Brown rice versus White rice

Does anyone feed their B cooked rice daily? If so which is better brown or white rice?

I have a two-year-old mix, more basenji then the pit she is mixed with. Daisy would not eat, she trained me as she was more stubborn then I was and I spent a fortune on food only to give it away. I finally went to the store, purchased chicken on sale, frozen mixed vegi's {canned has too much sodium} and brown rice. Cooked and mixed this up and she loves it. Brown rice has some nutrients in it where white is just a filler and is not good for people so I don't feed it to Daisy. I think if your only feeding your B rice with nothing else, it can't be very healthy for them. There are not enough vitamins or nutrients in rice and its just a filler. Daisy loves the mix and I finally found FreshPet or PetFresh (can't remember which one) she also loves so I alternate between them.

As with people, brown rice is better for you.... that said, brown rice is harder to digest so if feeding rice for tummy upsets, I use white rice. But I do not feed it daily (brown or white).

Yummmm CrazyDaisy, Im coming over to your place for dinner. Sounds delicious.

I don't feed my B any grains (nor myself for that matter). She chews grass sometimes when we go walking, self-medicating I guess. But that's the nearest she gets to grains!!
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Instead of rice, try barley. has about the same consistency, and is used to make beer, so it must be good. Getting back to the subject, I prefer brown rice for the dogs, and me, but barley is good also.

@tanza said in Brown rice versus White rice:

As with people, brown rice is better for you.... that said, brown rice is harder to digest so if feeding rice for tummy upsets, I use white rice. But I do not feed it daily (brown or white

Same with my pack. White rice only if to get them over some tummy upset - boiled and then softened with the water fish or chicken have been lightly boiled in. Basenjis can easily digest that while they recover and you gradually increase the percentage of their normal diet. Also, I only start them on rice after 24 - 36 hours starvation.

Natural yoghurt added helps replace the flor in the stomach which can be depleted if the Basenji has been suffering diarrhea or vomiting.

However, as a general rule - I wouldn't serve them rice, white or the more-difficult-to-digest brown.

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@zande yogurt really? Daisy won't touch it. I recently read that dogs can tolerate dairy which I was always told no dairy. I think I'll do research on that!

Yoghurt, ice cream, milk, cheese, cottage cheese (many people use the latter to get pills down at need !) - my pack has always enjoyed diary and with absolutely no bad affects. Too much milk will make them loose so I only flavor water with milk on away trips to get them to drink at all.

an' as aforesaid, if a Basenji has been ill, vomiting or diahrrea, and has been on starvation rations for a couple of days, they need something to replace the flor which was lost in the stomach and there is nothing better than natural yoghurt while you gradually work them back onto normal rations along with the fish and chicken you are giving them.

We eat brown rice and doodle doesn't seem to have any issues digesting it. I meal prep the chicken/veggie doggie dinner(s) as well, with occasional leftover rice. She gets ~1/2Cup after her walk, and I leave a 1/2Cup of kibble out for grazing. I don't like giving her kibble, but I'm trying to get her to lose a pound or two. Which really comes down to me being more mindful of how all the calories add up.

Dairy Products: doodle also gets a tablespoon (or 2) of 2%milk almost every night. Cottage cheese, occasionally. Sliced harder cheese (primarily cheddar) as a tidbit. And yogurt (plain, greek, with no sugar) from time to time. No digestive issues.

Spoiled little sweetheart(s).

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@redial said in Brown rice versus White rice:

Instead of rice, try barley.

hmmm.... I don't usually have barley in the pantry, but I'll give it a go.

@elbrant said in Brown rice versus White rice:

I'm trying to get her to lose a pound or two

In that case, fill her up with vegetables - green beans, runner beans, cabbage (I finely slice it and boil it gentle just to take the edge off it. Basically that goes for all veggies), any kind of squash - marrows, zuccini - you can really bulk up the green vegetables. Mind love cauliflower or any kind of broccoli. A good bowl of mixed vegetables for one meal a day - or half normal food and half mixed veggies for each meal and the weight will drop off while the Basenji still feels fully satisfied and the coat shines !

Sometimes carrots can be a treat but to slim a dog down, I prefer not to use roots.

I always cook more vegetables than we need and so there is a bowl in the fridge for treats !

Keepurr knew two words as well as a normal Basenji vocabulary - BEANS and CABBAGE ! He would get out of his favorite arm chair last thing before bedtime for either ! Hoover recognises 'beans' and stands by for stalks (raw) while I am preparing broccoli or brassicas.

I should maybe add that I have a large kitchen garden and grow most of the vegetables here - this winter we have an over-dose of butternut squash and red cabbage in store so I hope the new puppy likes fresh greens !

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Brown rice.... white rice if they are not feeling well as it digests easier. But veggies are best to loose weight. Mine also get a teaspoon of yogurt daily. And veggies, start with steamed... mine love all veggies... especially root veggies...

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oh @kembe, she is spoiled... definitely spoiled!

@elbrant said in Brown rice versus White rice:

@redial said in Brown rice versus White rice:

Instead of rice, try barley.

hmmm.... I don't usually have barley in the pantry, but I'll give it a go.

Quick follow up: I made barley for the first time tonight... well, technically I made a Homemade Vegetable Barley Soup. The entire family chowed down and then doodle passed out for the night. πŸ˜‰ I'm sure we will have Barley again (and I'm not just saying that because there's easily 4 servings left).

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