I read something about a chicken and rice diet for sick dogs with colitis type symptoms. Could someone expand on the preparation of the chicken and rice...cooked together..lean chicken..etc. Thank you.
I have fed chicken and rice to my dogs many many times. Both when recovering from illness or when finicky and they don't want to eat their regular diet. Here is my recipe:
Boil natural long grain rice according to instructions on bag. Don't use instant rice like Uncle Ben's. Don't use any oil or salt to prepare. Set aside and let cool.
In another large pot boil on high heat several chicken leg quarters. I like to use leg quarters that are not "Enhanced" with added juices. Add two tablespoons of fresh minced garlic (makes it tasty). The chicken is ready when it falls off the bone (about 1 hr). Let it cool this may take several hours. Remove the chicken from the pot. Skin and bone the meat. Mix the chicken and rice together. No real recipe here. I like the mix to be heavy on the chicken. Add a little of the water from the pot to the mix until it is slightly soupy. Be sure not to add any of the fat that will float up the the surface of the chicken "water". Your dog will like the fat but it WILL give him / her diarrhea. If you put the chicken "water" from the pot in the freezer for 2 or 3 hours, it will make the fat removal much easier, just skim the congealed fat off the surface of the water. Save the water in a container and refrigerate for future use.
Voila! Doggy chicken and rice a la mode!
P.S. add the chicken water to the regular diet when they don't want to eat it and watch them devour it with pleasure.
Honestly, I never put that much time or thought into it. I get minute rice(generic) and canned chicken. I add a good amount of chicken to the rice, and then I add a teaspoon or 2 of pure canned pumkin. Works like a charm. I am working with 20-40lbs dogs, you need to figure out how much by what size dog you have. Good luck
Thank you very much for the advice. I have a newly adopted male boxer, who has had two episodes of severe diarrhea (last one with some blood in it) and some vomiting. Both episodes happened after he stole food from the countertops, first time english muffins (ate like 6 of them) and second time a raw lean steak of about 2.5 lbs.(just came back from shopping and phone rang). All along he was very humgry and drinking water. When we got him, he was underweight and I have been feeding him lamb and rice or chicken and rice nutro premium dog food to increase weight and help with his skin and hair. He is been with us for 2-3 months and has had marked improvements to his disposition, skin, and hair, except in his thieving ways...smile. We are reinforcing precautions and clearing everything from the countertops. I fed him the homemade chicken/rice and this morning he had a formed stool. Is the chicken/rice sort of a low residue diet..Do you know why it works so good? Another person reported the use of pumkin..what does it do?
I think the poor dog, who's name by the way is trouble (he came with the name) and seems to fit well..smile, may have some sort of IBS or colitis, which is exacerbated by human food!
Again, thank you very much for responding to the post.
pumkin helps with the diarreah and loose stools. You could also try some probiotics. My breeding girls tend to get diarreah after having a litter, I feed them a mixture of there food, rice, chicken, yogurt, and pumkin. It helps alot, and I know they are still getting the neutriants needed to produce milk.
Homemade chicken and rice is a very low residue, easily digestible diet that is also tasty. The only bad thing is that it is not a complete nutrition diet. Your dog cannot live on it without other supplements.
After you have a handle on the bloody and loose stool condition, mixing in a high quality kibble to the mix would address this concern.