Just as with us, every now and then dogs experience some tummy upset. Although most veterinarians will recommend withholding food if your dog is vomiting, in the case of diarrhea many will suggest a bland diet such as chicken and rice. Just as mom’s chicken soup can help us get back on our feet, a bland mixture of chicken and rice can help your dog get back on his paws and back to his old self quickly.
If your veterinarian recommends a bland diet for your dog, chicken and rice is easy to make. To prepare a chicken and rice dish for your dog, first boil the chicken. We use chicken breast because it’s lean. (If you need to use a different cut, you’ll want to refrigerate the chicken after boiling and skim off the fat that will collect on the top of the broth.) Boneless breasts are easiest; if you don’t use deboned breasts, be sure that you have removed ALL bones from the chicken before serving or you’ll have a choking hazard.
Once the chicken has cooked completely, remove it from the broth and cook the rice in the broth. White rice is best (brown rice has more fiber which is the last thing your dog needs right now). While the rice is cooking, shred the chicken (and throw away bones, if there are any.)
When the rice has cooked, remove it from the heat and then allow the rice and the chicken to cool completely before serving the mixture to your dog. Start with a small amount of rice, chicken,and broth. Reserve the remaining chicken broth (when you’re dog’s feeling like his old self again, he’ll love it frozen as a cool treat!)
Chicken and rice makes an easy way to provide your dog with a bland diet, helping your best friend feel like himself as soon as possible!