Bland Diet Recipes for Dogs With Upset Stomach
The recipes for a bland dog diet were quite popular when we got frantic last-minute calls from owners dealing with doggy diarrhea at the vet's office. It was often too late for scheduling the dog to come in, yet symptoms were mild enough to skip the after-hour emergency hospital referral. So, after performing a form of patient triage over the phone, we often gave out these recipes. We had these recipes readily stored in our notebooks so we could glance at them as needed, but most of us knew them by heart after giving them out over and over.
Most clients were often grateful of being offered bland diet recipes for dogs option since it saved them often from a vet trip and a costly bill, and not surprisingly, the case of digestive upset often resolved on its own, and the dog's chart was put back on the shelf. I could almost count on my hands the number of dogs who came in a few days later still with some issues.
So when should you try a bland diet for dogs with digestive issues? Bland diets should be exclusively used for mild cases when you are aware of what could have possibly been the culprit, and it's not a medical emergency. For instance, if you just switched your dog's diet and didn't follow the protocol of introducing the new food gradually or if you know your endured in a dietary indiscretion such as lapped up some milk and you know for a fact that he is a bit lactose intolerant. Other examples where a bland diet may be helpful is when dogs get a bit of a tummy upset from being in the car, moving or undergoing changes that make them a bit stressed.
You shouldn't try a bland diet if you're not sure what your dog ingested and what could have triggered the digestive upset. There are chances your dog may have ingested something potentially toxic, and in such a case, you definitively shouldn't wasting your time on trying home remedies! Also, you shouldn't be trying a bland dog diet if your dog has severe symptoms such as continuous vomiting, continuous liquid diarrhea, lethargy, bloody or tarry stools, lack of appetite, fever and other worrisome symptoms that should warrant a vet visit.
There are also many other medical conditions that may look like a case of digestive upset, but that can be a much more serious issue. Puppies with vomiting or diarrhea should see the vet as they can get dehydrated quickly and to rule out life-threatening parvo. There are many other serious conditions that warrant a vet visit. Please use extreme caution and common sense when trying to treat something at home. Time is of the essence in some cases, so don't make the mistake of regretting a choice that could turn out risky. When in doubt, get on route to your dog's vet. Adhere to the better safe than sorry protocol to prevent any anguish.
Bland Dog Diet Recipes
What's a bland dog diet recipe? It's a recipe meant to be given to dogs with some form of self-limiting digestive upset. In this case, we're tackling mostly bland diets for dog diarrhea. For bland diets for upset stomach and vomiting protocols, read my article on vet approved dog upset stomach home remedies.
The most common recipes for bland diets include low-fat foods. The following are several recipes of bland diet for dogs with digestive upset. Dr. McCullough on the College of Veterinary Medicine - University of Illinois website suggests withholding food (not water) for 12 to 24 hours prior to feeding a bland diet. If you own a very young puppy or a small breed prone to dog hypoglycemia, consult with your vet first.
Recipe 1: Classic Rice and Hamburger Bland Diet for Dogs
- White rice
- Lean Hamburger
Boil the rice in a container and make sure it's well cooked and tender. Cooking it separately from the hamburger helps reduce the absorption of fat. In the meanwhile, boil in another container some lean hamburger, making sure you drain off all the fat and that you're using a lean cut. For greater benefits, the rice should comprise the bulky part of the meal. "Start your pet on small frequent meals of the boiled hamburger and rice and see if the diarrhea stops" further suggests Dr. McCullough on the College of Veterinary Medicine - University of Illinois website.
Recipe 2: Classic Rice and Chicken Bland Diet for Dogs
- White rice
- Chicken breast
Boil the rice in a container and make sure it's well cooked and tender. In the meanwhile, boil in another container the skinless and boneless chicken breast. For greater benefits, the rice should comprise the bulky part of the meal. Veterinarian and Just Answer expert Dr. Fiona suggests a mixture of 75% cooked white rice, and 25% low-fat protein such as boiled chicken breast with any fat scooped off.
Recipe 3: Ground Turkey and Plain Pumpkin Bland Diet for Dogs
- Ground turkey
- Plain pumpkin
This recipe is recommended by veterinarian Karen Becker (see video below) which offers an interesting twist on the classic bland diet recipes many vets recommend. She states that even lean hamburger contains fat which is not ideal for a bland diet and can exacerbate the diarrhea and that rice can ferment in the dog's stomach causing gassiness. She therefore suggests cooking ground turkey and adding pureed plain pumpkin (not the pie type with added spices).
Recipe 4: Plain Scrambled Egg
Don't have rice or chicken or hamburger or turkey or pumpkin? Don't despair. Some scrambled eggs may be an option for your dog's bland diet according to South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic.
How long should you feed this diet? .It should be fed for a minimum of 3 to 5 days, by which the stools should be better formed. Afterward, you can start gradually mixing the bland diet with your dog's regular diet over the next several days until the regular diet replaces the bland diet totally according to Mokena Animal Clinic.
Disclaimer: this article is not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary or nutritional advice. If your dog has a digestive issue, consult with your vet so any serious conditions can be ruled out. By reading this article, you accept this disclaimer.
Veterinarian Karen Becker Explains Causes of Diarrhea and the Best Bland Diet
For Further Reading
- Dog Health: Why is My Dog Vomiting?
This article addresses common causes of dog vomiting and a guide to help pinpoint the problem. If in doubt, see your vet as vomiting in dogs can be caused by serious problems.
- Dog Health: Understanding Pancreatitis in Dogs
What is canine pancreatitis? Why does the dog's pancreas get inflamed? What are treatments for pancreatitis in dogs? Learn more about this debilitating condition.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2013 Adrienne Farricelli