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Brown Rice vs. White Rice

Discussion in 'Feeding' started by Boxer_Mom, Mar 22, 2005.

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  1. Boxer_Mom

    Boxer_Mom Boxer Buddy

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    Hi, I have heard that brown rice is better than white rice when feeding a dog a bland diet. My boxer periodically needs to be on a bland diet when his colitis flares up. I have been giving him white rice, but tonight bought some brown and will give it to him tomorrow. But was wondering if anyone else feels that brown would be better for him...or would it be "harder" on his digestive tract? Thanks!
     
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    courtney323 Energetic Moderator<br><img src="/forums/images/mo

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    In short, brown rice is better than white rice. Both are easy on the stomach, which is why boiled chicken and rice is recommended as a bland diet.

    Note the following, from Gwyneth's wonderful kibble page (which, incidentally can be found HERE)

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    I have been giving him white rice for months and he was doing good on it when he had his flare ups... but if brown rice is better I will switch. I can't give him chicken with it though, he's allergic. I boil hamburg, drain the grease, and then mix it with rice. Thanks for your post!
     
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    Brown Rice is much better than white. White has almost NO nutritional value, I think its like 80% stripped away in the bleaching, brown is in its more natural state.
     
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    gmacleod Elusive Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, brown rice is better nutritionally than white - but since he's being fed a a hamburger/rice diet on a temporary basis to bring his colitis under control, personally I would consider which form of rice has better nutrition to be very much a secondary consideration ;) 99% of the nutrition he's getting on this diet is coming from the hamburger anyway.

    Since you've got the brown rice, I don't see any harm in giving it a try. I'm not sure that either form of rice would necessarily be better or worse than the other for colitis - brown might be harder to digest since it is 'whole' but white has been bleached and chemicals of any sort are usually best avoided in a dog suffering from chronic colitis (which could be why you've heard brown is better for a bland diet). Sooo - only one way to find out, and that is to try it :) If the brown rice works as well as or better than the white rice does, then sure, it is preferable. If it doesn't, then just go straight back to the white rice.

    Just as a matter of interest, does his colitis flare up often? If you haven't already tried it, many colitic dogs do well on either a simple homecooked or raw diet (simple as in not many different foods). Each one is different though, and neither of those diets is a magic cure for all colitic dogs. If he's having frequent flare-ups though, it might be worth a thought.
     
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    Brown Rice has more fiber and can be harder to digest. Each dog is an individual and some may not tolerate one or the other. Owen has pretty much no digestive issues but for some reason he just cannot digest brown rice for anything, it comes right out the other end which can irritate the intestinal tract even more. White rice he has no problems with.
    If he can tolerate brown rice then by all means feed it. :)

    Just make sure you cook the rice enough (if it's not pre-cooked) - for dogs it's usually 3-4 cups water to 1 cup of rice and cook it for 45 min to an hour. Undercooked rice can be hard to digest also.

    If you really want to compare nutritional values you can use this USDA website:
    http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/index.html
     
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    Hi Kit, Thanks for writing. I use Success Boil in a bag brown rice, so it takes 10 minutes to boil. I used it last night and this morning his poop was ok...but we'll keep watching it today. I don't ever use "minute rice", which is like "fake" rice...lol. He's also going to the vet today and we're going to talk to him about IVD prescription diet. <sigh> Poor Monson and his poops! lol
     
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    Hi Kim - Thanks!! :o)
     
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    I just came across an article regarding IBD that says that rice should not be fed unless it's ground up. The theory is that the pointy ends can trigger a bout of inflammed bowels. This only seems to be the case when a dogs digestive system is extremely sensitive or irritated and does not seem to apply to otherwise healthy dogs. It's still a good idea to cook the rice thoroughly (even longer adding extra water/liquid) and you could run it through a blender/food processor/grinder if you wanted to make sure it is a smooth consistency. This might help a very sensitve tummy digest the rice more easily. Just a thought. :)
     
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