Who does not love dogs? We cannot deny the fact that we all have a special place for dogs in our hearts. They provide companionship, and if you deliver unconditional love towards them, they will become your best friend.
But keeping a dog is not as simple as it sounds; you have to take care of them. When it comes to feeding them a healthy diet, it is good to know how much to feed them, and when.
Chicken and rice are great food options for dogs, especially dogs that suffer from diarrhea.
Firstly, you can feed dogs raw meat but only do so if the chicken comes from a high quality and pasture-raised source to reduce significantly the risk of foodborne illnesses that frequently occur in poultry raised in cages. If your dog was raised on kibble, then you need to transition them off of kibble and to a meat-based diet. You can use brown or white rice, but brown rice has more fiber.
When cooking the chicken, boil it for around 20 to 30 minutes. The middle should be entirely white. No, this doesn’t sound as appealing as barbequing it, but for dogs with gut issues, this is an important step.
When they recover, you can think about adding fat-free gravy, broths, or other additions, like potatoes, carrots, green beans, or other vegetables and flavorings.
However, don’t overly rely on just chicken and rice. Consider adding egg, beef, turkey, or any other protein. This protein can even come from the organs of animals that can be bought from your butcher. Egg is especially good as it is nutrient-dense. Either cook the egg or pasteurize the whole egg to kill bacteria and feed them that as the shell is a good source of calcium.
So how much chicken and rice for dog by weight is correct? Let’s find out below!
How Much Chicken and Rice for Dog by Weight?
Typically, you should feed your dog around 2 to 3 percent of their body weight each day in chicken (or protein of choice), unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian. Active dogs may need more, and overweight dogs may need less food or food substitutes such as pumpkin.
So for a 100-pound dog, give them 2 to 3 pounds of chicken. For a 20 pound dog, give them 4 to 6 ounces.
For rice, give them the same amount that you would their regular food. So if you give 1 cup of dog food in the morning, do the same amount in rice.
This chicken and rice meal is simple, a good source of nutrition, water, energy, and may help to correct digestive issues.
After getting them on a rice and chicken diet, don’t put them back on a traditional kibble diet immediately. Replace some of the chicken and rice each day with kibble over two or more weeks.