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Can Dogs Eat Jasmine Rice? Is It Bad For Them?

If you make a lot of Thai food or stir-fry meals in your kitchen, then the smell of jasmine rice cooking might attract the nose of your dog. And if you’re like most dog owners, then you enjoy sharing your food with your pupper.

Or, more likely than not, your dog got into your bowl of rice and ate some of it before you knew what was happening.

That might have you panicked and wondering if jasmine rice is even safe for dogs to eat.

Can dogs eat jasmine rice? Yes, dogs can have jasmine rice.

Luckily rice is a relatively safe food for dogs in general, and even jasmine rice doesn’t have anything toxic to dogs in it.

Keep reading to learn more about feeding your dog jasmine rice.

Is Jasmine Rice Good For Dogs?

You might be surprised to learn that jasmine rice is not only good for dogs, but it’s a healthy human food that you can feed your pup.

Dogs get the same health benefits from jasmine rice that humans do.

Jasmine rice has B1 ,B3, thiamin, and a bit of protein in it. This nutritional profile is a healthy one for dogs.

Plus, jasmine rice is very easy for dogs tummies to digest.

In fact, jasmine rice is a great thing to give your dog when he is sick with diarrhea because it is so easy to digest.

How Much Jasmine Rice Can You Feed Dogs?

So as you can see, adding tasty jasmine rice to your dog’s diet can be a healthy addition.

Start by adding a small amount to your pet’s regular food and slowing increasing the amount every other day or so so his digestive tract gets used to the new food.

Here are some easy ideas for introducing jasmine rice to your dog:

  • Don’t put any seasonings in the rice – including salt.
  • Cook the jasmine rice until it is extra soft.
  • You can give your dog up to 1/2 cup – 2/3 cup of jasmine rice in a meal.
  • Add some protein to the rice for a better nutritional profile.

 Is Jasmine Rice Safe for Dogs?

As with any human food that you feed your dog, there is a chance that your dog will have an allergic reaction after eating the jasmine rice.

This isn’t common, but do know that it is a possibility.

If you aren’t familiar with the signs of an allergic reaction in dogs, then consult with your vet or local animal hospital.

Allergic reactions in dogs often manifest as extreme itching and hair loss.

Another thing to keep in mind when feeding your dog jasmine rice is that if you give it to him too often, or too much at once, then it may cause an upset stomach.

That’s because rice is a starchy carb, which is known to cause tummy trouble for dogs when consumed in excess.

Additionally, if your dog has canine diabetes, then you should not give him jasmine rice (or any rice) because it will raise his blood sugar.

Other than the risks mentioned above, jasmine rice is safe for you to let your dog eat.

Final Word

Jasmine rice provides both humans and dogs many great benefits.

While there are some safety concerns that owners should be aware of, these problems are typically mild and jasmine rice is not poisonous to dogs.

The positives certainly outweigh the negatives when it comes to feeding your pet jasmine rice as well as other vegetables and proteins in moderation and as part of a healthy lifestyle.

So the answer to the question, “can dogs eat jasmine rice?” The answer is a dog wagging, four paws up,  “yes!”

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