Home-prepared chicken rice is a mild food source that is often recommended by veterinarians to help dogs recover from diarrhea or vomiting. This is a diet composed of a single, easily digestible lean protein and a single carbohydrate, which is usually recommended mainly in cases of gastrointestinal irritation. This combination of protein and starch also stimulates appetite when the dog is sick or recovering from surgery. While not recommended for long-term use, white rice with cooked chicken has enough nutritional properties to get the dog back on the path to good health.
Part 1 of 3: Preparing for Baking
Step 1. Buy the best quality chicken you can to limit the dog's exposure to toxins
Boneless chicken breast is the easiest option as you won't have to strip the fat or bones.
Look for hormone-free chickens
Step 2. Buy a packet of long or short grain white rice
Avoid quick-cooking rice for this dog food recipe, as this product has less nutritional value than long-cooking rice.
- Brown rice can be used, but it needs to be cooked longer so that it is crisp and tender enough to avoid irritating the dog's stomach or intestines.
- Some sources say to avoid brown rice because it's high in fiber, but that's a myth. Fiber helps promote and regulate normal bowel functions. Veterinary nutritionists believe that fiber shortens the pace of intestinal transit in dogs with slow transit times and prolongs the pace of intestinal transit times in dogs with fast transit times (in other words, they make constipated dogs poop but leave the feces behind. firmer dogs with diarrhea).
- No need to buy organic or non-GMO rice; there is no evidence linking these products to changes in nutritional quality or arsenic levels in rice.
Step 3. Prepare the chicken for cooking
It can be cooked with the bone, but the meat must be removed from it after cooking. However, chicken cooks faster and more thoroughly if you bone and cut it before putting it in the pan or buying boneless chicken.
- Take the chicken off the bone (or buy it already deboned) and remove the fat.
- Cut into cubes of one centimeter for small dogs and two centimeters for medium and large dogs. Dogs that don't already have many teeth may need even smaller pieces of food.
Part 2 of 3: Cooking Chicken with Rice
Step 1. Place the chicken in a large pot
Fill with enough water to cover it. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Cook until meat is completely white inside.
- Cooking time varies between 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. Chicken on the bone takes longer.
- If the chicken is not fully cooked, the dog is at risk for more diarrhea and vomiting due to bacteria found in raw or undercooked chicken.
Step 2. Take the chicken out of the water and let it cool completely
Reserve the broth for later use. You can help the chicken cool down faster by spreading it on a baking sheet or putting it in a sieve and pouring ice water over it.
Step 3. Remove bones from cold chicken
Separate the meat and discard the bones. Cut into pieces of one centimeter or smaller for small dogs and two centimeters or smaller for medium and large dogs.
The dog must not have access to the chicken bones, either in the chicken pieces or in the trash. Bones can chip and become lodged or puncture the dog's throat, stomach, or intestines. This can be fatal
Step 4. Remove any fat remaining on the surface of the cold chicken broth and pour the remaining liquid into a container
If you have defatted the chicken before cooking, you may have little or no fat to remove. Measure out two and a half cups (591.47 ml) of the chicken stock and return to the pan.
Step 5. Boil the chicken stock
While you wait, start preparing the rice, which will be cooked in the broth.
Step 6. Measure out a cup (236.58 ml) of the rice and rinse well
Do this in a saucepan, in the bowl of a crockpot, or in a bowl. Use plenty of water and mix the submerged rice with your fingers. Rinse several times until the water comes out clear. This step helps to remove excess starches and arsenic from the rice.
Step 7. Cook rice in chicken broth
Once the broth is boiling, put the cup of rice in it. Bring to the boil again, then reduce the heat. Cover with a snug lid and cook for 20 minutes (brown rice will probably need 40 to 45 minutes). The rice will be slightly soggy and tender when done and all the water should be absorbed.
Step 8. Let the rice cool completely
The process can be speeded up by spreading the rice on a baking sheet and fanning it with a piece of cardboard.
Part 3 of 3: Feed the Dog
Step 1. Add cooked chicken to rice and mix with a fork
The ratio of rice to chicken should be between 2:1 and 3:1. For example, two to three cups of rice should be mixed with one cup of chicken.
Step 2. Serve the chicken and rice in the dog's regular dog food dish
Follow your veterinarian's instructions on how to feed the dog, but usually you will serve a few at a time to an animal that is vomiting. If he holds the food, give it a little more next time, continuing this way until you reach a full serving at his regular meal times.
Step 3. Make the transition between chicken and rice and regular kibble
After a few days of feeding the dog the bland food, you can start adding his dog food to the chicken-rice mixture. Add more feed each day, reducing the amount of chicken and rice, while gradually transitioning to normal food over a period of four to five days.
Consult your veterinarian about transitioning back to normal food. Depending on the dog's specific condition, you may need to feed him the chicken and rice diet for more than a few days
Step 4. Call the veterinarian if the dog's symptoms don't improve
The chicken and rice diet should be a temporary home treatment. If the dog's diarrhea doesn't go away within the time period given by the vet or it remains very watery for three days or more, call the vet immediately. He will tell you if you need to bring the animal in for re-examination, can give you another home remedy, or give you some guidance over the phone on what to do next, such as adding pumpkin puree or other easy-to-try steps.
- Consult your veterinarian before making a dog food recipe. He will see if his illness can be alleviated with a gentle diet like this, or he will suggest another medical intervention.
- Dogs don't digest spices like humans. Do not use salt, pepper or any other condiments when making homemade dog food.
- This gentle food should not be the dog's total food for too long. There are essential vitamins and minerals that will be lacking if the dog is fed only chicken and rice for life. Consult a veterinarian about good recipes for homemade food if you want to cook your dog's food regularly.
- Do not use oils and remove all the fat from the meat you are going to cook. They require more effort from the pancreas to digest, which can cause inflammation in the pancreas.
- If the dog continues to vomit, call the vet immediately. Dogs (especially small breeds) get dehydrated very quickly when they vomit, so it's critical to keep them hydrated to regain their health. The more dehydrated they become, the worse their symptoms will be and other organs will start to be affected, such as the kidneys.