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It was not until I had to visit the vet centre thrice in a month, with the same complaint of stomach upset, did I realize that I needed to pay close attention to my dog’s feeding.

I have always believed that dogs have a terrific digestive system. Guess I never considered that they may occasionally eat the wrong stuff or fall into the hands of an intestinal bug. My dog suffered both.

Discovering the bland diet has been a great relief. I give it to my dog occasionally and he has never been better.

And because I love to share good stuff, I have provided in this article, all you need to know about bland diet – the home remedy for your dog’s upset stomach.

As you read on, you will learn what a bland diet is, why your dog needs it, how to prepare it, and more.

If you love your dog as much as you claim, then you should read this article till the end.

Let’s get started! 

What Exactly Is A Bland Diet?

A bland diet is just as the name sounds, bland – nothing fancy, as simple as it can be. In this case, a meal without extras or add-ons.

4 major qualities are key here:

  • Soft
  • Not spicy
  • Low in fat and fibre
  • Well Cooked

You can say that a bland diet is such that includes meals, which are soft, not spicy, low in fibre/ fat, and well cooked.

Therefore, a bland diet will lack meals like whole grains, cheese, fried foods, spicy foods, and raw foods.

But will include meals like milk, yoghurt, cooked veggies or canned veggies, fruit and vegetable smoothies, refined white flour pasta, and so on.

For your dog, a good bland diet will contain a simple carbohydrate and a single protein source.

And the right combination is two parts of the carbohydrate with one part of the protein e.g. 2 cups of rice with 1 cup of meat.

Foods you can use to prepare a bland diet for your dog include chicken breast, lean meat, white rice, brown rice, fish, eggs, potatoes, and oatmeal.

According to the American Kennel Club, these foods are ideal for a dog with an upset stomach: Chicken and Rice, Chicken, Pumpkin, Bone Broth, and Baby Food.

I gave more details on these meals later in the article. For now, let’s see why your dog needs a bland diet.

Keep reading!

Why Does Your Dog Need A Bland Diet?

The major purpose of placing your dog on a bland diet is to reduce the signs of stomach upset or diarrhoea.

Since a bland diet is low in fibre, it slows down the urge to stool in your dog.

Also, a meal that is low in fat has a soothing feel on the stomach. It helps reduce vomiting.

Additionally, bland meals are highly digestible. Therefore, placing your dog on a bland diet will help reduce intestinal contractions.

The goal is for your dog’s gastrointestinal tract to get enough rest and re-stabilize for more work.

I hope you can now see that bland meals should not be missing in your dog’s diet plan.

Next, I will explain when you can give your dog a bland diet.

Read on!

When Can You Give Your Dog A Bland Diet?

We have established that a bland diet will help reduce your dog’s vomiting but please do not run off to give him a bland diet immediately after a vomit.

When your dog vomits, the first thing to do is nothing! Why? You want your dog’s digestive system to rest after a vomit.

Feeding your dog immediately after a vomit even with a bland diet can result in more vomits.

So, what can you do? You wait and observe your dog for 12 – 24hours.

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But while waiting for that long, you want to keep your dog hydrated. Remember, he has lost fluids and electrolytes in the course of the vomit or diarrhoea.

You can keep your dog hydrated by giving him some water. ¼ cup every 2 hours from the time of the vomit is a good idea.

If your dog holds still after drinking water at those times, then it is safe to proceed with a bland diet.

In giving your dog a bland diet, begin with small portions like 2 teaspoons or meatball sizes. Continue with the same portion for every 3 hours.

As you observe the stability of your dog at the end of each meal, you can increase the portion of the bland meal. It is safer to feed your dog small portions several times in a day rather than 1 or 2 large portions the whole day.

For your healthier dog, continue with the bland diet for 5 days, then gradually introduce normal food.

Your dog should feel and act stronger by the 3rd day. If the case is otherwise or vomiting persists, please visit a vet centre.

In summary, you place your dog on a bland diet after a minimum 12-hour hydration process following a vomit/diarrhoea episode.

Got it? I hope so.

Moving on, I will show you how to prepare a bland diet for your dog.

How To Prepare The Food For Your Dog?

There are 2 ways to go about this:

  • Doing it yourself
  • Getting it from the store

Doing It Yourself

As mentioned earlier, a bland meal is achieved with a combination of starch and protein in the ratio of 2:1.

Hence the first thing to do is to get the ingredients in their right proportions say 2 cups of rice and 1 cup of chopped meat.

Next, you boil the meat until it is well cooked. Set it aside in a sieve to drain.

Then boil the rice and mix with the meat.

Remember not to add any oils or seasonings so that you will achieve your goal.

Leave the mix to cool to room temperature before feeding your dog.

(I shared some Band Diet For Dog recipes towards the end of this article. Be sure not to miss them)

Getting It From The Store

There are stores where you can purchase already prepared ones for your dog.

For example, Amazon has a freeze-dried bland diet product that you will find handy. All you need to do is add boiling water and the meal is ready.

And you can save the product on the shelf for future use.

This is a good option if you are too busy to prepare the bland meal yourself.

5 Bland Diet Recipes For Your Dog

In this section, I shared 5 bland diet recipes that your dog will love.

Have a look!

Bland Diet For Dogs – #1 Recipe

You will need:

  • White rice –  1 ½ cups
  • Lean ground beef – 400 g

(Note: this will be enough for 4-5 meals for a medium-sized dog).

How to make it:

  • Add water to your rice inside a pot and place on low heat to boil
  • Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes till all the water is absorbed.
  • In a different pot, boil the ground beef for 5-10 minutes. Then drain in a colander to get rid of any water and fat.
  • Next, you mix the cooked rice and beef together in a bowl
  • Serve when cool.
  • Store the remainder in the fridge.

Bland Diet For Dogs – #2 Recipe

You will need:

  • Brown rice
  • Lean Hamburger

How to make it:

  • Boil the rice until it is well cooked and soft
  • In another container, boil the lean hamburger and drain it of any fat
  • Mix both ingredients and serve when cool

Bland Diet For Dogs – #3 Recipe

You will need:

  • Potatoes
  • Skinless and boneless chicken breast

How to make it:

  • Boil the potatoes until they are well cooked and tender
  • Squash the potatoes and set aside
  • In another pot, boil the chicken and drain it of any fat
  • Then mix both ingredients and serve when cool

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Bland Diet For Dogs – #4 Recipe

You will need:

  • Ground turkey
  • Plain pumpkin

How to make it:

  • Purée the plain pumpkin and set aside
  • Boil the ground turkey until it is well cooked and drain it of any fat
  • Next, you mix the ready ingredients
  • Serve when cool

Bland Diet For Dogs – #5 Recipe

You will need:

Eggs

How to make it:

Simply prepare a scrambled egg without any spices and serve your dog.

Take Away

It does not include all the nutrients that your dog needs to stay healthy. It is important that you gradually resume nutritionally complete meals for the dog after recovery.

Also, you must endeavour to keep your dog hydrated all the time. A good way to achieve this is by keeping his water bowls clean and filled.

Another option is to administer prescribed electrolyte supplements or IV fluids.

You can also improve your dog’s health by giving him probiotic supplements or live culture yoghurt.

This will help maintain the normal balance of the healthy bacteria in your dog’s intestinal tract and reduce the possibility of digestive complications.

Summary

In this article, I explained what a bland diet is and why your dog needs it. I also explained when you should feed your dog a bland diet and how to prepare it.

Plus, I included 5 of its recipes that you can begin with.

Now, I would love to hear from you:

Has your dog experienced diarrhoea or vomiting before? How did you manage it?

Which of the recipes shared in this article do you prefer?

Do you have other recipes that you’d love to share?

Let’s have your answers in the comments section right now.

And before you leave, please share this article with your friends if you enjoyed it. Thank you!

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