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Can dogs eat brown rice?

Yes, dogs can eat brown rice.

Brown and white rice both come from the same plant, white rice is removed bran and germ but brown rice keep them, so brown rice retains most of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Brown rice is cheaper than other dog food, so including moderate portions of brown rice in your dog’s diet can help reduce the total cost of dog food.

The brown rice is high in dietary fiber, which can maintain a healthy digestive tract. It’s the best choice for dogs which suffered from constipation. Brown rice is safe for dogs.

Brown rice contains more protein and fiber than white rice. White rice takes less time to cook, and it’s easier to digest than brown rice. Besides the bran of brown rice contains phytic acid, which can prevent the absorption of minerals. So if your dog suffered from digestive problems such as diarrhea or an upset stomach, white rice is a better choice to calm dog’s stomach.

Dogs should eat cooked brown rice because cooking gelatinizes the tough starch granules and makes them easier to digest and absorb. That can cause dyspepsia and an upset stomach if dogs ate uncooked brown rice.

Brown rice can make your dogs feel full and offer enough energy, but brown rice can’t offer enough protein and nutritional value for dogs, so you should’t substitute too much brown rice in dog’s regular food. Don’t let the grain foods be more than 40% of the dog’s meal.