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Stop Feeding Your Pet Rice


When you're pet is poorly or suffering from a stomach upset whether it's some form of vomitingdiarrhoea or IBS, it's essential to look at diet as the first cause of the issue and also as the first point to help cure the problem. 

If you're pet is not suffering from a more serious issue such as a gut blockage etc., the most common occurrences of vomiting and diarrhea are from either something your pet has eaten or a food intolerance.

It's important that your pet gets onto a bland diet to help them recover from their gastrointestinal illness and the most common recommendation for a bland diet for a pet is rice and chicken.

Rice is suggested as it's classed as a carbohydrate and therefore a starchy food that is supposed to help bind the stools together, reduces diarrhoea and not irritate the stomach, but...

white rice is probably one of the worst foods to feed your pet. 


White rice is digested very quickly, it actually has very little nutritional or hydrating benefit for your pet as it's processed into sugar by the body. It's a refined carbohydrate which basically means it's been stripped of it's nutrition and it's been calculated that 97% of all white rice is genetically modified food. (1) 

Diets high in refined carbohydrates such as bread and rice etc. have been linked to obesity and according to the New York Times, a 2010 Harvard study showed that people who consume white rice at least five times a week "are almost 20 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who eat it less than once a month." This applies to pets too.

One of the big issues with diarrhoea or vomiting is the malnutrition that can happen from your pet not eating properly and given the poor quality of white rice, why feed this to your pet?

Another option that's recommended is using brown rice instead of white as it has more nutritional value and takes longer to digest but a dog and cat's digestive system hasn't been designed to digest rice so the nutrients in brown rice aren't available to their body.

If you're pet is ill, it's digestive system is already compromised so adding a hard to digest food into their diet at this stage is likely to cause more irritation.

The main reason why rice is recommended or added into a processed pet food is that it's a cheap filler food and easy to prepare but it's giving you're pet no nutritional value. It's also highly likely that rice in processed pet food is what they call "feed grain rice" which are the left overs from the rice production for humans and loaded with chemicals and preservatives rather than "human grade rice". (2)

Most pet's on a processed food aren't dying of hunger but they're likely starving from some form of proper or optimal nutrition, hence why they're trying to forage other food to compensate for possible macro and micro nutrients that are missing from their systems, resulting in their upset stomach by eating something inappropriate.

The idea of a bland diet is to help your pet's digestion system recover quickly by replacing the lost fluids from the diarrhea or vomiting etc. and replace the lost nutrients such as potassium and sodium.

Your pet actually needs a clean high quality food that helps naturally replace those fluids, electrolytes, nutrients, helps them quickly recover and energizes them again.

Your cat and dog are carnivores. They have absolutely no requirement for grains. All rice and grains in general should be avoided with your pet and you should consider them as gut irritants with no nutritional value.

Top 5 foods to replace rice

Think of replacing rice with either winter or summer squash varieties.

1. Pumpkin

2. Butternut Squash

3. Summer squash 

4. Sweet potato

5. Bone Broth click here for recipes

Winter squash such as the pumpkin family are "low-calorie foods and good sources of complex vegetable carbohydrates and dietary fiber. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, a great source of vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese, and a good source of folate, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B1 (thiamin), copper, tryptophan, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). They are also a source of iron and beta-carotene. Usually, the darker the skin is, the higher the beta-carotene content". (3)

Diarrhoea and vomiting normally sort themselves out with bland food for a few days.

You need to be aware if your dog or cat regularly suffers from an upset stomach as this isn't normal and they probably have some underlying issue.

The most common symptom of IBS is repeated bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation; other symptoms can include abdominal pain and vomiting. click her to read more.

The most common cause of chronic diarrhoea and the easiest to fix is due to dietary intolerance to one or more components in the diet.

Food intolerance is where the bowel is irritated (hence Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Inflammatory Bowel Disease) in response to a food, usually a protein, a particular meat source or gluten.

Wheat, beef and chicken are the most common foods that cause intolerances and therefore loose stools/diarrhoea.

When it comes to using chicken as part of the bland diet to help your pet recover from a stomach upset, be aware that it might actually be the chicken that's the underlying issue.

If you start your pet on a bland diet using pumpkin as a replacement for rice and chicken, and your cat or dog's stomach illness clears up to their point their poos are a perfect 10. Click here to see the scale. then it's likely your pet is fine with chicken.

However, if your pet regularly suffers from loose stools it's likely you'll need to address their dietary issues with appropriate supplements, including probiotics and bone/fibre.

One of the first steps to helping your pet would be to remove the chicken and all but one protein (single meat minces are great for this) for a few weeks and see how it impacts your pet's poos. 

Use non-standard proteins such as lamb, duck or rabbit (including bone, bone broths and some green veg) for the first month initially to address food sensitivity issues and discover which proteins your pet is not tolerating. Click here to read more on IBS or click here to read about the effects of an inappropriate diet on your dog or cat.

Ultimately, if you want to help your pet's health stop feeding rice and where rice is recommended, swop it out for one of the squash varieties, ideally pumpkin.

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(1) https://www.science20.com/news/97_9_percent_of_all_white_rice_is_genetically_modified
(2) https://company.justfoodfordogs.com/is-rice-bad-for-dogs/
(3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_squash

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