If your dog has diarrhea, your veterinarian may have advised a bland diet of chicken and rice. Chicken and rice can get your pet’s digestive system back on track and help chase away runny diarrhea.
Your dog should be back to pooping normally around one to two days after undergoing the chicken and rice diet. If your dog has not begun pooping normally after one week on the chicken and rice diet, you need to contact your veterinarian.
You may have questions about how long the diet should last and the exact measurements of chicken versus rice you should use for your dog. Read on to find out all about your pet and a chicken and rice diet.
How the Chicken and Rice Diet Works
For dogs who have diarrhea, a chicken and rice diet can be beneficial because it can help with your pet’s gastrointestinal problems. While there are many reasons your dog could have diarrhea, the most common antidote is a bland diet.
A bland diet is one that is soft and highly digestible. It offers the following benefits:
- Low in fiber
- Low in fat
- Low in protein
- High in carbohydrates
Bland diets are comprised of one lean protein source and one carbohydrate source. Because it is low in fiber, a bland diet gives the intestinal system a chance to reset and regain normal stool function.
The most common bland diets for pets consist of boiled chicken and rice. Make sure it is plain chicken and rice with no spices, as spices could upset your dog’s system even more. De-fat and de-skin your chicken and boil your chicken and rice separately.
How to Start the Chicken and Rice Diet
Here are the steps you should take when your dog gets diarrhea:
- Fast your dog for 24 hours, allowing only water
- Take a fecal sample to your veterinarian to check for intestinal parasites
- Boil white meat chicken and rice
- The combination of rice to chicken will be 2 to 1. So, if you feed your dog a cup of food, use 2/3 cup of rice and 1/3 cup of chicken
- Feed several small meals a day
- After seeing normal bowel movements for two days, begin switching back to your dog’s regular food. Do this gradually, switching the bland food for the dog food a little more each day
Fasting your dog for 24 hours before starting the chicken and rice diet allows the digestive system to rest and recover and minimizes the water lost in the body. Make sure you cook the rice and chicken all the way through. Undercooked chicken, especially, can further upset your dog’s stomach. You can substitute the chicken with the following:
- Pork loin
- Egg whites
- Low fat cottage cheese
- Choose the best quality chicken, preferably without hormones
- Get boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Get short or long-grain white rice. White rice is better for digestion problems
- Do not get quick-cooking rice
For a recipe on chicken and rice for your pet, read below.
Chicken and Rice Recipe for Bland Diet
This recipe for chicken and rice is part of a bland diet and comes courtesy of care4dogs.com:
- Cube 2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Fill with enough water to submerge the chicken
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and let the pot come to a simmer
- Let simmer until meat is completely cooked
- Remove the chicken and let it cool
- Reserve some of the chicken broth
- Pour the broth into 3-quart saucepan
- Supplement broth with water to make two cups of liquid
- Bring broth- water mixture to a boil
- Rinse rice underwater
- Measure out 1 cup of rice and add it to chicken broth
- Return to a boil, then stir and reduce heat to simmer
- Cover the pot and cook mixture for 20 minutes
- Take off of the burner and allow the mixture to cool completely
Add the cooked chicken to the rice and blend with a fork. Rice to chicken ratio should be 2:1. You can make a few batches of chicken and rice meals for your dog and freeze them for later use. Always thaw the chicken and rice before serving to your pet.
How Long Should I Keep My Dogs on Chicken and Rice?
The length of time you keep your dog on the chicken and rice diet will depend on two factors:
- Veterinary recommendations
- When your dog begins pooping normally
Always follow the recommendations of your veterinarian, but you should generally see your dog’s poop return to normal anywhere from 2 to 3 days up to a week. The chicken and rice diet is so bland it gives the small bowels a chance to recover from ailments.
These are the main components of a dog’s digestive system:
- Small Intestine
- Large Intestine
Diarrhea is usually a sign of digestive issues in dogs, mainly from the small and/or large intestine. When you fast your dog for 24 hours and then give them a bland diet of chicken and rice, it gives the intestines a chance to reset and heal. If, after a week of the chicken and rice diet, your dog is still having digestive issues, you need to consult your veterinarian.
Common Causes of Diarrhea in Dogs
As stated, digestive problems are the most common cause of diarrhea in dogs. These issues can often be remedied by the bland chicken and rice diet. Digestive problems can be caused by:
- Eating rich foods
- Eating indigestible foods or items
- Sudden change in food or treats
- Food allergy or intolerance
Other possible reasons for diarrhea in dogs include:
- Viral or bacterial infection
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Kidney or liver disorders
The chicken and rice dish is not going to help with a major medical issue such as cancer or kidney disorders, which is why it’s important you keep an eye on your dog’s poop after the chicken and rice diet takes effect.
Effects of Chicken and Rice Diet
Hopefully, after feeding your dog a diet of chicken and rice, you see normal, solid poop after a day or two. However, if after eating the chicken and rice, you see your dog’s poop and it is yellow, it could be a few different reasons:
- Introduction to a new food
- Parasitic infection
- Food allergy
- Medical conditions
If you see illness along with yellow stool, consult your veterinarian.
How Long After Diarrhea Will a Dog Poop Normally Again?
Without utilizing the chicken and rice diet, a dog may take over a week to poop normally again. Feeding your dog a bland diet could decrease that time down to 1 or 2 days.
One warning: you don’t want to feed your dog chicken and rice for an extended period of time because it’s not a complete, balanced diet for your pet. As noted above, it’s lacking in fiber and other nutrients your dog needs on a daily basis.
Use chicken and rice for up to a week to help resolve any digestive problems on your dog. Using dog food is all you need for a normal, healthy dog as it has all the nutrients your dog requires.
The Final Word
Using chicken and rice when your dog has digestive problems is a good idea, in concert with your veterinarian’s recommendation. Use it for up to a week after fasting your dog for 24 hours. Your dog should poop normally anywhere from one day to one week after starting the diet.