Rice is known to alleviate the symptoms of an upset stomach in dogs, but that is not its only use. Rice is actually one of the human foods which can be given to dogs on a daily basis. It is a good source of carbohydrates, and it is not encumbered by fats, cholesterol or sodium. Rice can offer your dog the following benefits.
The digestion of starch only begins once it has reached the stomach. This is a complex carbohydrate present in rice, and thus will leave your dog feeling fuller due to the increased absorption time. This is particularly attractive to dog owners with pups who are overweight. Insoluble fiber is found in brown rice and can actually help protect your doggie from cancer. Neurotransmitter nutrients are also naturally occurring in brown rice and can help prevent Alzheimer’s.
Iron is a vital component in red blood cells and is therefore required in adequate amounts in order to prevent anemia. Iron is abundant in meat, but most meat comes with fat. Rice does not. Niacin is Vitamin B3 and is present in all rice. It is central in enzymatic and hormonal control. Niacin is used in the production of estrogen and testosterone and it regulates nervous system activity and digestion. While a vitamin D deficiency in dogs has not been documented much, it is vital for correct bone growth and formation.
Giving your dog rice will provide them with stores of this vitamin, in case of an emergency. Due to the low amounts of sodium in rice, it is a very beneficial food for dogs who suffer from high blood pressure. Cooked rice can be fed to your dog every day but not in excessively large quantities. With this diet, a dog must also be given adequate amounts of water to prevent constipation.