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Feeding my pup over this holiday weekend

We finally got away to the beach this weekend, only problem is we somehow forgot our dog’s food! She’s on a gentle to the tummy food after having blood on her stool about a year ago. She’s 1-1/2 almost 2. So i was worried about just switching her to another dog food suddenly. My research told me that white rice is gentle to the tummy and dogs need 2/3 rice and 1/3 protein. So I’ve given her that last night and today. We’re only here til Monday. Anything else I should be feeding her or need to know about cooking for my pup? I did not add salt and I’ve given her approximately the same volume of food. She may not want her kibble once we get back home but I’ll figure that out. If it’s not too complicated to keep her on real food I could consider doing so I just don’t want her to be deficient in anything. She also has only pooped once today so I guess the white rice is doing it’s job of not causing upset tummy. Thanks in advance of any advice you can offer.
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We finally got away to the beach this weekend, only problem is we somehow forgot our dogís food! Sheís on a gentle to the tummy food after having blood on her stool about a year ago. Sheís 1-1/2 almost 2. So i was worried about just switching her to another dog food suddenly. My research told me that white rice is gentle to the tummy and dogs need 2/3 rice and 1/3 protein. So Iíve given her that last night and today. Weíre only here til Monday. Anything else I should be feeding her or need to know about cooking for my pup? I did not add salt and Iíve given her approximately the same volume of food. She may not want her kibble once we get back home but Iíll figure that out. If itís not too complicated to keep her on real food I could consider doing so I just donít want her to be deficient in anything. She also has only pooped once today so I guess the white rice is doing itís job of not causing upset tummy. Thanks in advance of any advice you can offer.
If you are going to feed your dog a homemade diet, it is critical to consult with an animal nutritionist or naturopath who can train you to do it properly. It is not that hard, but it must be done properly so that it does not result in nutritional deficiencies.
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I think for the weekend itís probably not the end of the world as long as youíre careful about what you give her, but Iíd be really worried about diarrhea while youíre on vacation. Is there someplace local offering curbside pickup?
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If you are going to feed your dog a homemade diet, it is critical to consult with an animal nutritionist or naturopath who can train you to do it properly. It is not that hard, but it must be done properly so that it does not result in nutritional deficiencies.
Just wanted to add that I have been feeding my dogs a homemade diet for over 10 years. They are ages 11 and almost 12 and have done great and have no health issues. I did this in spite of tons of naysayers telling me I was going to hurt my dogs somehow. However, it is critical to know how to feed a balanced diet or you can harm them. It is NOT rocket science and not that hard. Anyone who has the desire can learn how to but it is important to find someone knowledgeable to teach you. Do not guess at it.
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This sounds like a temporary problem for this weekend. Giving rice and a protein is essentially a bland diet which is fine and wonít upset the tummy. I would use boiled chicken (ground or boneless breast) or boiled lean ground beef as the protein.
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Yes, just trying to get through the weekend. Her normal food is from the vet’s office, not something we can easily buy at the grocery store. And a total change to a different kibble is more likely to cause diarrhea from what I understand. She is enjoying her rice and beef or chicken but hasn’t pooped yet today however! I guess that is preferred over diarrhea, taking her on a little walk now.
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Yes, what you are feeding her is EXACTLY what many vets would advise for a few days following a tummy bug. It is sbsolutely fine for that period. And because with dogs, (as with kids) you never know when a tummy bug or more likely “dietary indiscretion” can happen, I always keep a few meals worth of frozen chicken and rice (or chicken and sweet potato) in the freezer with us when we vacation in our travel trailer.

However, as mudpuppy said, it is completely possible and not that hard to home cook for your dog, but you DO have to know what you are doing, and this simple, bland diet is not a complete LONG TERM diet. So if you do decide that you enjoy cooking for her (and dogs ALWAYS prefer home cooked food!!! ) You do need to learn to do it under the guidance of a trained canine nutritionist, or at least do a LOT of research before starting!

But for the weekend, no worries at all. You won’t hurt her in the least!
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Thanks everyone, just needed confirmation that what I was doing would be ok! I figured it would be since it was just 3 days. But she is our first dog so this was definitely a first. And now I know what to do if she has tummy upset on the future, thankfully that hasn’t happened yet. She didn’t poop as frequently as normal but no diarrhea so mission accomplished. 🙂
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Thanks everyone, just needed confirmation that what I was doing would be ok! I figured it would be since it was just 3 days. But she is our first dog so this was definitely a first. And now I know what to do if she has tummy upset on the future, thankfully that hasnít happened yet. She didnít poop as frequently as normal but no diarrhea so mission accomplished. 🙂
You can check with you vet if you actually ever need it for tummy upset, but my vet actually prefers sweet potato and the appropriate protein (my dogs get boiled chicken breast, but that depends on the dog) because it is still very easy on the tummy, but provides a bit better nutrition than plain boiled rice, which is really JUST a starch. The nice thing about sweet potato is you can pop a whole one in the microwave for about 10 minutes, take it out, remove the skin, mash it and it's ready to use!


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