How to Use Boiled Rice to Stop Diarrhea in Dogs

By Rhomylly Forbes

Dogs can get diarrhea for a variety of reasons: They've eaten something that doesn't agree with them, such as a rawhide chew or another treat with a high fat content, or they're stressed or suffering from stomach flu. Dogs can often overcome diarrhea by eating a bland diet for a day or two, and few foods are as bland as plain cooked rice. Switching your dog from his regular dog food to rice for a couple of days should help his digestive tract return to normal.

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Determine the right amount to feed your dog. Give your dog the same amount of rice as you would his regular food. If you feed your dog two cups of dry dog food per meal, give him two cups of rice per meal.

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Cook the rice. Get a large pot and cook enough rice (according to package directions) to feed your dog for a day or two. At first, just cook the rice in plain water to feed to your dog.

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Gradually add extras to the rice. After the first day, add a couple of tablespoons of plain yogurt to the rice at feeding time. Yogurt is full of good stuff for your dog's digestive tract. Or you can add boiled turkey or hamburger to the rice. Boiling the meat gets rid of the fat that would otherwise prolong your dog's problem. You can also begin to cook the rice in low-sodium chicken stock to increase nutrients and flavor.

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Gradually phase in regular dog food. If your dog is starting to recover from the diarrhea, gradually mix the rice or rice-and-meat mixture with his regular food. You could start with 25 percent dog food to 75 percent rice in the first meal and gradually increase the percentage of food. If your dog's diarrhea subsides with the addition of his regular food, you should be able to return to his regular diet.