Can Dogs Have Brown Rice or White Rice?

Rice is a really popular food item that is common in almost every household. They’re yummy, they’re filling, and you can have them at any time of the day! Be it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Two of the biggest consumers of rice are China and India and are a staple in those countries.


Rice tends to have a very bad reputation in the dog owner community and people believe that they’re unfit for their dog’s consumption.

In this blog post, I’ll answer the question, “Can dogs have brown rice or white rice?” and answer the question in as much detail as possible.

So, let’s jump right in, shall we?


Can I Give My Pooch Some Rice?

Although uncommon, I’d like you to know that some dogs are allergic to rice---regardless of the color---and if your dog is allergic to the grain, you should never feed it to your furry companion.

Following are some of the symptoms of a rice allergy:

  • Hair loss
  • Itching and irritation of the skin
  • Increase in infections---especially ear infections

So, if you feel that your furry companion is allergic to rice then, he cannot have anything that has even a grain of rice in it.

If not, then, rice is perfectly safe for your furry friend to consume.

Brown or White: What’s Better?

As you may have noticed, the high-end dog foods tend to contain brown rice rather than white rice---which are a standard for lower grade dog foods.

Why is that so?

I’ll tell you…

White Rice and Dogs

White rice can be cooked rather easily and faster than brown rice. It's also easy to chew as well as easy to digest by dogs and cost considerably lesser than brown rice does.

However, white rice can cause stomach problems in dogs.

Brown Rice and Dogs

Brown rice is known to contain more protein and starch as compared to white rice. White rice is extremely processed and don’t retain as many nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that brown rice do.

It is also believed that rice cures stomach disorders and increases appetite. Brown rice is a good source of neurotransmitter nutrients that helps in prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Brown rice contains a lot of fiber which is beneficial to your dog's digestive healths.

Soluble fiber supplements keep the stool soft and easy to move and function as a prebiotic, which helps establish and maintain beneficial bacteria in the gut.

So, you see, that both brown, as well as white rice, have their respective advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you to decide which one you find suitable for your furry friend.

Moving on…

So Can Dogs have Brown Rice or White Rice?

Yes, dogs can have both brown and white rice provided that they are not allergic to rice at all.

In case your dog is allergic then, feeding him rice is not a good idea altogether.

Each variety has its pros and cons which you can assess and decide which one is better for your dog.

I hope I was able to answer your question in as much detail as possible!

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