Bland food diet for dogs is often a dietary recommendation for digestive issues or illnesses. Bland foods are those that are soft, low in fiber, cooked rather than raw and highly digestible. Such diet is generally composed of a single carbohydrate source and a single lean protein source.
Bland food diet is a dog choice for your dog when they have an upset stomach, diarrhea. Since bland diets are low in fiber, stool production slows and defecation is less frequent.
The most common bland diet is boiled rice and boiled lean chicken breast, without skin and bones. Bland food diets are fed to rest the gastric system and to help promote normal stool formation. However, dogs that are physically sick should not be fed bland diets as a method of treatment.
Chicken and Rice
Chicken and rice are prime ingredients in many dog foods, and these mild foods sit well on upset canine stomachs. Plus, this bland meal is easy to prepare.
Chicken and Rice Recipe
CARBOHYDRATE SOURCE: Boiled white rice. White rice is lower in nutritional value than brown rice, but its blandness makes it more suitable for upset stomachs.
LEAN PROTEIN SOURCE: Chicken breast, no skin, and bones
BOILED RICE: 1 part white rice with 3 parts water boiled for 20 – 25 minutes or until the rice is easily crushed.
BOILED CHICKEN: De-fat chicken breast and boil in water for 10 – 15 minutes or until the chicken meat is easily pulled apart and cooked all way through. Use pressure cooker if you have one, as it will be faster and easier to blend everything.
MIXING INSTRUCTIONS: Finely chop or blend with a food processor the lean protein and mix 2 cups carbohydrate source and ½ cup lean protein source.
STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Bland diets can be premade and stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 48 hours. The bland diet can be cooked in a batch and frozen in feeding sized portions to minimize preparation time. Thaw and warm the frozen diet prior to feeding.
Other Protein Options
If your dog does not like chicken, you can try turkey and rice instead. Turkey meat is very similar to chicken, but some dogs as humans find it tastier.
Moreover, you can try lean pork loin, egg whites, low fat cottage cheese. 7% low fat hamburger, plain low fat greek yogurt.
Another good option to include in your bland food diet for dogs is a pumpkin. Pumpkin is also high in fiber, which helps regulate canine digestive systems. Cooked, peeled, unsalted, and unseasoned pumpkin contains vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese, giving your dog a nutritional boost along with a little digestive help.
Adding pumpkin to your dog's meal usually helps regulate mild constipation. Veterinarians recommend one to four tablespoons of pumpkin, depending on your dog's size. Canned pumpkin (not raw, not the sugary, spicy pie filling) is a convenient alternative to preparing pumpkin yourself, as long as it is unseasoned. Feeding your dog a can of pumpkin pie filling might end up sending you back to the vet, as the spices and sugars could irritate your dog's stomach and cause further complications.
How Much Pumpkin Should I Give My Dog?
To help abate your dog’s diarrhea, add 1-to-4 tablespoons of pumpkin to your dog’s meal. It is a good idea to start out with smaller quantities to avoid adding too much fiber to your dog’s diet, and if you have any questions about exactly how much pumpkin to feed your dog, consult your veterinarian.