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Can Dogs Eat Rice?

Yes, dogs can eat rice! Rice is generally safe for dogs and can even be a helpful addition to their diet. However, as with anything, moderation is key. Too much rice can lead to nutritional imbalances and other issues.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jun 26, 2024

Did You Know?

Rice is often used in dog foods and as a component of a bland diet to help settle an upset stomach.




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Benefits and Risks of Rice

Rice provides some nutritional benefits, such as carbohydrates for energy and a small amount of protein. It's also gentle on the stomach, making it great for dogs with digestive issues. But, feeding too much rice can contribute to weight gain and doesn't provide all the nutrients a dog needs. Balancing rice with other foods is crucial to keep your pup healthy.

How Much Rice Can Dogs Eat?

The amount of rice a dog can eat depends on its size, breed, and overall health. For small dogs, a tablespoon of cooked rice mixed with their regular food is usually enough. Medium to large dogs can safely enjoy a quarter to half a cup. It's best to include rice in their diet no more than a couple of times a week to avoid over-reliance on it as a food source.

Common Misconceptions

One common misconception is that rice should be a staple in a dog's diet after every digestive upset. While it’s true that rice can help soothe an upset stomach, it's not meant to be a long-term solution. Overfeeding rice can lead to a lack of essential nutrients and potential weight gain.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Rice?

If your dog shows any signs of an upset stomach, such as vomiting or diarrhea, after eating rice, stop feeding it immediately. Give your vet a call to discuss the symptoms and get advice on the next steps. Always better safe than sorry!

What are Healthy Alternatives?

If you're looking for other gentle foods to help with digestion or supplement your dog's diet, consider these options:

  • Pumpkin: Great for the digestive system and rich in fiber.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Offer vitamins and minerals, plus they're easy to digest.
  • Boiled Chicken: Lean protein that's easy on the stomach.


In summary, while rice is generally safe for dogs and can be beneficial in moderation, it’s important not to rely on it too much. Balance is everything. Always monitor your dog's reaction to any new food and consult with your vet for personalized advice, especially if your furry friend has specific health concerns or dietary needs. Quick tip: a little variety keeps tails wagging and meals interesting!