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Bland Diet For Dogs: Feed Dogs with Gastroenteritis/Diarrhea/Sensitive Stomach

Updated by Sheryl on Dec 6, 2021

If your puppy has diarrhea or he has shown signs of abdominal discomfort along with lost interest in eating, you may be advised by your vet to feed him a smooth, bland diet to feel better. A bland diet will not irritate his stomach or digestive tract, and it can actually help him feel better while still providing him with adequate nutrition.

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  • What is a bland diet for dogs
  • What does my dog require a bland diet
  • Foods that should be included in your dog's bland diet
  • How to make bland dog food at home
  • When and How much should I feed my dog a bland diet
  • What if my dog is intolerant to the bland diet
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Bland diets for dogs are often low in fiber, low in fat, and readily digested in order to provide relief to a dog's disturbing gastrointestinal system. Effective bland diets usually comprise a single, lean protein source and a single, simple carbohydrate source, with no other ingredients. If you don't want to use a renowned commercial prescription GI diet, you may manufacture your own.

TIP: Always make sure that there is plenty of fresh and clean water available while offering a bland diet to your canines.

Medical ailments are the reasons your dog may require a bland diet. Veterinary care should be sought if your dog has been exhibiting indications of gastrointestinal discomfort for more than 26-48 hours and the symptoms do not subside on their own. Your veterinarian will rule out major conditions such as blockages, renal disease, tumors, and infestations, as well as germs that can cause stomach discomfort, such as E.Coli, before treating your pet.

As soon as you've received a diagnosis, your treatment plan will likely involve bland food for your pup for at least a few days to allow him to recover.

1. Proteins:

  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Scrambled egg
  • Beef
  • Turkey

2. Carbohydrates:

Bland diets for dogs are typically considered to be short-term remedies for dogs suffering from transitory gastrointestinal problems. If your pup has a naturally delicate stomach, you may feed him any nice commercial bland meal prepared with chicken, rice, vegetables, and egg for the rest of his life. The mixed diet is gentle on a dog's tummy while yet giving the balanced nourishment that he or she requires over the long run to thrive.

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When preparing your own custom bland diet, there are a few steps to take into consideration:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a 2:1 carbohydrate to meat ratio (for example, 2 cups of rice to 1 cup of meat - both cooked).
  2. It is critical to thoroughly boil the meat source in order to allow for the drainage and separation of as much grease as possible from the meat. Cook the beef until it is soft, around 30 minutes.
  3. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, lean minced beef, and ground turkey are all good options for protein sources.
  4. After cooking the meat, please remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool it entirely. Then chop the meat into bite-sized portions.
  5. Do not use any seasonings or additions such as butter, salt, garlic, or other seasoning in your recipe.
  6. Carbohydrates such as well-cooked white rice or pasta are excellent alternatives.
  7. Cooked diets can be kept refrigerated for several days or stored for extended periods of time without spoiling.
  8. Dogs suffering from diarrhea alone may benefit from including pureed pumpkin into their bland diet. Make certain that you are using canned pumpkin that is 100 percent pure and not pumpkin pie filling.
dog's food

For minor GI distress, it is usually suggested to refrain from feeding for 6-24 hours (depending on the dog) before resuming feeding. You should, however, only administer tiny amounts of water. Providing bland food may be an option if they are having trouble keeping water down after this period of relaxation.

When starting a bland diet for dogs, start with very little amounts of food to get them used to it (from 1 tbs to a small meatball, depending on the type and size of your dog). It is possible to give them a bit extra if they do not vomit after around 2-3 hours. As long as there is no further vomiting, it is recommended to try to eat often and in small portions. If your dog is tolerating the lesser dosages that are being given, you can gradually increase the amounts.

After all gastrointestinal symptoms have subsided, it is often advisable to maintain a bland diet for another 1-3 days to ensure continued improvement. Afterward, gradually include your pet's usual food into the mixture over the following few days until they are back on their regular feeding schedule. Homemade bland diets are not nutritionally adequate and should not be followed for an extended period of time.

feed puppy bland food

If your dog isn't feeling well, bland food might not be the most enticing option for him. That's OK with most dogs, but if your dog hates it, then keep cool and don't compel them to consume anything. If your dog is avoiding eating one of the ingredients (such as rice), you may try substituting a different carbohydrate for it.

Consult your veterinarian if your dog is refusing to eat or drink anything at all. They may be able to propose a prescription food that will be more enticing to your pup than the diet you now have. While prescription food is not the most cost-effective method to feed your dog, if he or she would not eat a home-cooked bland meal, it is an excellent approach to ensure that they get the balanced nutrition and live a healthy lifestyle.

dog and empty bowl
What's the benefits of a bland diet?
There are several reasons why feeding your dog a bland diet is healthy for him. The meal is readily digested, which means that your dog's digestive system will not have to try extra hard to break down the food to extract nutrients and energy. This will assist your pet in healing more quickly.
When is a dog's diet too bland?
The bland diet is unbalanced and unsuitable for long-term feeding since it lacks nutritional value. It is intended to be used just as a temporary remedy (typically for 2-5 days), and dogs should be switched back to a well-balanced diet as soon as the gastro-intestinal indications have disappeared.
What happens if a bland diet is ineffective for my dog?
Even though bland meals may be quite beneficial, there are numerous diseases that induce vomiting and diarrhea that are far more serious and need diagnostic testing and further therapy. If your pet's vomiting persists, they are sluggish, aren't eating, aren't peeing, their diarrhea is increasing or isn't clearing up, or you notice blood in their vomit or feces, it is suggested that you contact your veterinary doctor as soon as possible.
Sheryl is an editor from iPetor, owns extensive pet care experience. As a professional writer, she can provide useful pet care tips for all "parents".
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