Gastro Intestinal Diet for Dogs/Puppies

NOTE: If your dog is not able to keep down water for a period of eight hours, consult your Veterinarian immediately. It is important that dogs with diarrhea/vomiting do not become dehydrated. This can be extremely dangerous, especially for young puppies. If after 24 hours your dog still has diarrhea, please consult your Veterinarian. This information does NOT replace Veterinary care. 

If your dog becomes sick and is vomiting or has diarrhea, remove any food and do not offer water for 2 hours. After two hours, offer plain boiled water. If your dog keeps the water down, after two hours offer diluted chicken broth/or boiled cooled water with a tsp of honey added. When fluids are being tolerated, try offering a small amount of the Rice Congee mix (recipe below) at his next meal. Feed smaller, more frequent meals for a couple of days, until you have transitioned your dog back onto his regular diet. 

The following recipes are designed to be used for dogs with common gastrointestinal /bowel disorders with diarrhea and/or vomiting. The recipes are NOT for long-term use.  The Rice Congee recipes can be used safely for a couple of days as an interim diet, until your dog’s condition has stabilized, and he is able to transition back onto his regular diet. 

Some dogs may have a short-term gastro problem due to their current diet plan, or possibly, something foul they have ingested. This type of problem is normally simple to clear up by using the RICE CONGEE RECIPE # 1 for a couple of days while transitioning back onto a regular diet.   

There are many other reasons why dog/puppies develop long-term gastrointestinal /bowel disorders. Some examples are: Vaccinations, wormings, recurring doses/long-term antibiotics, poor diet at weaning, or genetics. Chronic gastro/bowel disorders can lead to long-term health issues, so we want to help you to get your puppy/dog back on track as soon as possible. Assuming your vet has ruled out any serious health issues, and has labeled your dog’s condition as gastrointestinal or irritable bowel disorder/syndrome, you can safely begin the diet plan below. We recommend you give a copy of this diet plan to your vet, for your dog’s file. Begin by taking your dog/puppy off all kibble/raw food or any other diet you are now feeding. Diarrhea and vomiting over 24 to 48 hours can be dangerous for a puppy, as he can quickly become dehydrated and critically ill.

Use RECIPE # 1 until the stools have become firm for at least 48 to 72 hours. Slowly move onto the next recipe and wait a further 48 hours to pass, with no setbacks, before you move to the next recipe. If your dog has a re-occurrence of diarrhea, go back to the previous recipe you were using. If diarrhea continues, go back to RECIPE # 1 and start over. It is not uncommon for a dog to relapse. Inflammation of your dog’s gut/bowels causes sensitivity, and the introduction of a new food before the gut/bowels are ready, can cause relapse. Strict supervision of your dog’s activities is extremely important, especially outside. Your dog/puppy may feel hungry on this diet; he may look for other things to eat, e.g., grass, plants, dirt, gravel, bits of wood, garbage, or dead carrion, such as mice and birds. Ingesting any of the above can be very dangerous, and may trigger a relapse. Feed your dog several small meals daily, rather than just two. Four to six meals per day is best until your dog’s diarrhea is under control. This gives your dog the opportunity to absorb some of the food’s important nutrients. A few dogs with gastro/bowel issues require smaller, more frequent meals throughout their lives, and may also need to continue to supplement with Rice Congee, along with their regular diet.

In the beginning, start with 1 tablespoon of Recipe # 1 Rice Congee per 10 pounds of body weight 4 to 6 times per day. If your dog can tolerate more food, you can continue to add a little more with each meal. GO SLOW FOR SUCCESS! Remember, you are trying to heal your dog/puppy’s gut/bowel, and it needs time to heal.  Too much food may cause a relapse.  

RECIPE # 1: CHINESE RICE CONGEE (A congee is a thick gruel.)

1 cup Thai Jasmine Rice (ALWAYS USE WHITE RICE FOR A GASTRO DIET; JASMINE IS BEST.)

*3 cups water

Add the rice to boiling water, cover, and reduce heat. Continue cooking until thoroughly cooked, until congee looks like a thick gruel/porridge.
*Some Chicken broth with fat skimmed off, either home made, or purchase in the tetra pack, can be used in place of some of the water, e.g., 1/2 water and 1/2 chicken broth.
Do not add excess liquid to the rice.  

RECIPE # 2: EGGS AND RICE DIET 

Note: Egg is a perfect protein and easiest on the gastrointestinal system.

Use Recipe #2 only after your dog is successfully tolerating Recipe #1
The following recipe provides enough food for one day for a dog weighing approximately 20 pounds. Break into several small meals per day. You may need to feed more or less, depending on your dog’s tolerance and appetite.

3 eggs, large, hard boiled
2 cups of Thai Jasmine Rice, cooked with 2 cups of water

RECIPE # 3: EGGS/CHICKEN AND RICE DIET

Use Recipe #3 only after your dog is successfully tolerating Recipe #2

The following recipe provides enough food for one day for a dog weighing approximately 20 pounds. Break into several small meals per day. You may need to feed more or less, depending on your dog’s tolerance and appetite.

2 eggs, large, hard boiled

1 cup cooked diced lean chicken

2 cups of Thai Jasmine Rice, cooked with 2 cups of water

Supplements, given in addition to these RICE RECIPES, play an important role in the recovery process. They can all be purchased at health food stores.

  • Acidophilus:  SISU is the brand we recommend (one capsule given twice daily with food)
  • Slippery Elm/Tree Bark Gruel: (give as directed) 
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract (often referred to as GSE)   (NOT GRAPE SEED!):  One drop per 10 pounds of bodyweight daily, e.g., if your dog weighs 30 pounds, you will add 3 drops per day to one of his meals. GSE is a natural antibiotic! 
  • ORGANIC Plain Yogurt (Goat yogurt, if you can find it, is best!)  1 tbsp. (per 20 lbs of body weight) with each meal
  • Unpasturized local honey  – 2 teaspoons daily 

IMPORTANT:

After your dog is successfully tolerating RECIPE # 3, try transitioning him back to his regular diet. Begin by feeding 2/3 of Recipe #1 and 1/3 of his regular diet. Slowly increase his regular feedings and decrease the rice congee. 

 

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