Can Dogs Eat Wild Rice? [Barking Up the Right Bowl]

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You adore your pup’s excited dance at mealtime, but when faced with a plate of wild rice, do you hit pause? 

The dilemma of whether to share or not to share is as old as fetch itself. 

Can dogs eat wild rice? 

While your loyal companion relishes a gourmet delight, is it truly scrumptious and also wholesome?

From fluffy grains to tail-wagging health benefits, we’re about to embark on a culinary journey that’ll have both you and Fido drooling for more.

Shall we dig in?

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Can You Feed Your Dog Wild Rice?

Can You Feed Your Dog Wild Rice

Wild rice is not just another usual rice you can see in the grocery store because it’s super tasty and chewy.

It has more proteins than other types of rice too, and with all the other nutrients you can find in this rice, I know you have a question as a dog owner.

If this wild rice is filled with helpful nutrients to nourish your health, can you also feed it to your dog?

Thankfully, wild rice can be fed to your dog. In fact, many dog foods have rice in their ingredients.

If commercialized dog foods have processed rice in their products, why not feed your dog an actual wild rice, right?

Is wild rice good for dogs?

If you can feed wild rice to your dog, you’re probably now asking if it’s actually GOOD for dogs.

Is there too much carbs in it? Can it just trigger the existence of other diseases?

The answer is that wild rice is generally good for dogs.

Feed your dog a moderate serving of wild rice and he’ll receive the right amount of carbohydrates he needs to remain active all day.

The nutrients present in wild rice are also very helpful in promoting good brain activity!

Hence, your dog won’t just be a bouncing ball of energy when he eats wild rice as he can also be up and about with wits.

I’ve mentioned that dog foods usually have rice in their ingredients but that kind of rice is already devoid of bran coating.

Thus, a certain amount of fiber is already gone from the dog food.

Feeding your dog actual rice will give him the right amount of nutrients he needs to be healthy!

How is wild rice different from other types of rice?

The fact that wild rice is actually just an edible seed of aquatic grasses already makes it different from other types of rice.

Plus, wild rice has more fiber and protein than other types of rice. This means that your dog will feel full quickly with wild rice since it’s more filling.

Eating wild rice will also lessen the chances of getting cholesterol among animals, such a win you can’t guarantee from other types of rice.

With all the benefits it gives, it reduces the occurrence of heart failure too!

Naturally gluten-free, rich in antioxidants, and dense with nutrients, wild rice is a good kind of different from other types of rice.

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Benefits of Wild Rice for Dogs

Excellent source of carbs

Other types have more carbs per serving than wild rice, making them an unhealthier option for dogs.

But wild rice is an excellent source of carbs since it has just the right amount of carbs per serving.

The carbs your dog will get from eating wild rice are considerably easier to digest than those from other carbohydrate sources.

Your dog will be energized without the threat of health concerns in the future!

Promotes good gut health

Wild rice gives your dog healthy bacteria that will live in his guts to keep the gut health well-balanced.

These bacteria will be responsible for regular bowel movements with lesser chances of digestive issues.

If your pup has a sensitive tummy, wild rice is a safer option if you wanna feed him any grain food.

Keeps the heart healthy

Wild rice has low cholesterol levels and it’s also a great source of antioxidants, your dog’s heart will be in better hands.

Wild rice keeps the heart healthy with its balanced nutrients, making it really beneficial, especially to senior dogs.

Boost brain activity

I’ve already said that wild rice has low fats and cholesterol right?

This makes wild rice an excellent choice to boost your dog’s brain activity since fats and cholesterol affect the functioning of the brain.

Your dog will still be energetic but calmer and definitely more intelligent!

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Drawback of Wild Rice for Dogs

As a natural cereal, wild rice can sometimes be infested with ergots.

When ergots occur in wild rice, long black cereals or grains appear and they are very dangerous to eat.

Ergots can affect humans AND animals, but animals are the ones who usually get poisoned by those toxic things.

If your dog accidentally eats wild rice that has been affected by ergot infestation, he’ll experience severe poisoning symptoms.

These include vomiting, nausea, itching, and muscle pain. In worse cases, dogs would usually experience difficulty in breathing.

Wild rice is safe for dogs to eat, and it even offers a lot of health benefits. But you’ll still have to be careful that no ergots will ever make it to your dog’s system.

How Much Wild Rice Should You Feed Your Dog?

How Much Wild Rice Should You Feed Your Dog

The amount of wild rice you should feed your dog depends on its size and how big or small its appetite is.

Smaller dogs will naturally eat a lesser amount of wild rice, while bigger dogs will need more servings.

You have to balance the wild rice portion with the other food you’re feeding your dog too. 

Since wild rice is filling and has a dense amount of nutrients, a quarter of a cup is already enough to satisfy a dog of normal size.

It’s also best to ask your vet how much wild rice your dog should really have if he has an underlying health condition.

How Can You Include Wild Rice Into Your Dog’s Diet?

Including wild rice in your dog’s diet can be easy since it tastes really good with its nutty flavor.

You may simply boil it with shredded chicken if you’re going for a filling and healthier option.

If your dog is a picky eater with a favorite dog food, you can just top the cooked wild rice with his regular dog food.

Properly cooked wild rice smells appetizing so you won’t have any trouble making your dog eat it.

What Other Types of Rice Can Dogs Eat?

Can dogs eat white rice?

Although white rice has fewer health benefits than other types of rice, dogs can still eat white rice.

Most dog owners only let their dogs eat white rice if their dog has tummy issues since it’s easier to digest.

Can dogs eat brown rice?

Brown rice is healthier than white rice since it isn’t as refined as the latter.

Brown rice still has bran and germ that contain the nutrients essential for your dog making it a healthier rice option. 

However, a dog with gastrointestinal issues or a sensitive tummy never does well with brown rice.

Can dogs eat red rice?

Dogs can eat red rice since it is rich in antioxidants like wild rice. 

The antioxidants in red rice ensure that dogs are safe from any chronic diseases that may affect their health.

Can dogs eat jasmine rice?

Dogs can eat jasmine rice as it is also rich in iron and vitamin B.

Unfortunately, it’s also high in carbohydrates so you can’t let your dog eat jasmine rice all the time.

An occasional serving will go well, but a regular diet of jasmine rice will only cause health issues.

Can dogs eat basmati rice?

Dogs can eat basmati rice too but it doesn’t offer many nutrients as its bran and germ are gone just like white rice.

Let your dog eat this rice in moderation. And as much as possible, only feed this rice when your dog is on a plain diet to soothe his tummy issues.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it possible that my dog is allergic to rice?

A dog being allergic to rice is uncommon but not impossible. Your dog can possibly be allergic to rice if he itches or suffers from hair loss after eating a serving of rice.

Can my dog eat wild rice every day?

Your dog can’t eat wild rice every day since it still contains carbs no matter how little it could be compared to other types of rice. Your dog’s diet should be mainly composed of proteins and fibers, not carbs.

Can diabetic dogs eat wild rice?

Grains like wild rice are good for diabetic dogs but only in moderation as it can worsen the symptoms of diabetes among dogs.

Can dogs eat quinoa instead of rice?

Dogs can eat quinoa but there’s no reason for you to swap quinoa instead of rice. They are two different foods that offer equally different benefits to your pup. You can occasionally feed your dog quinoa and rice.

Does rice harden stool in dogs?

Rice has high fiber and fiber makes your dog’s stool more solid, which means that rice hardens stool in dogs.

Can rice give dogs diarrhea?

Rice can’t give dogs diarrhea but it can instead help solve diarrhea in dogs since it’s easily digestible. Dog owners even use rice for their dog’s bland diet when their dogs are suffering from diarrhea.

In Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Wild Rice?

So, the next time your pup gives you those ‘share-worthy’ eyes during your wild rice feast, remember: this versatile grain can indeed be a delectable addition to their bowl.

Be sure to follow the tips I’ve shared earlier and always remember that a balanced diet is what’s most important for our pups!

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Zack Keithy

Hey, I'm Zack, the Chief Editor here. I was formerly a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) for a good 6 years before moving on to greener pastures. Right now, I am still heavily involved in dog parenting duties, and it is my desire to share all our knowledge with fellow dog owners out there! Connect with me on LinkedIn, or read more about Daily Dog Drama!

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