If your dog ate uncooked rice, is there reason to panic? The answer to this is not straightforward and in this article, we are going to explore this and give our recommendation for the action you need to take.
When your dog eats uncooked rice, you need to immediately call your vet and explain to them how much rice your dog consumed. Uncooked rice will, in most cases, cause severe diarrhea in your pooch the following day. In the most severe cases, it will cause gastrointestinal blockages which may need an invasive procedure or surgery to clear.
When your dog eats dry rice, you need to find out how much of the dry rice they have eaten. When the amounts are small, they will pass through the digestive system without any issues at all.
You will find the white rice in your dog’s stools 2 days later so please don’t be alarmed when this happens. Fido does not have worms.
Where you need to express varying levels of concern is when your dog ingests significant amounts of uncooked rice. In such a case, you need to immediately call your vet and explain the situation to them. They will know whether to walk you through the steps you need to take at home or will call you in immediately.
If the situation is severe enough, the vet will induce vomiting to allow the rice to come out. This is better than allowing it to come out the other end or risking a blockage.
You do need to get to the vet quickly though if you are considering the option of inducing vomiting. This option has a short time window because the rice will leave the stomach after 2 hours at which point you’ll have to wait it out or the vet may have to use an invasive method to get the rice out.
The most frightening thing that could happen at this stage is your dog experiencing a blockage in the intestines. If left unattended, your dog will experience a lot of discomforts and could lead to death if it is not cleared.
Is uncooked rice good for dogs?
You need to make every effort to keep uncooked rice away from your dog. Sometimes your little four-legged children may get into mischief while we are not around.
You may notice some symptoms of rice ingestion or blocked intestinal tract. Your pooch may, all of a sudden begin to exhibit lethargy, continuous vomiting episodes, lose appetite, or start sleeping or lying down in awkward positions. These may all be signs of reacting to eating uncooked rice. When they eat it, it will lead to indigestion and later on episodes of severe diarrhea.
This is both a blessing and a curse If it happens, it’s a good sign that there are probably no blockages and the rice is passing through the system.
The bad thing about it is that you’ll have a lot of cleaning to do. Dog parents who have experienced these situations have lamented at the amount of cleaning they have had to do. To limit the impact of this stage, you can designate a room in which you can put the dog until they recover. Also, make sure to take them out often so as to minimize the damage indoors.
Does Rice upset a dog’s stomach?
Rice is known to soak up acids in the stomach and for this reason; people with acid reflux are encouraged to eat rice. In fact, it is believed that giving your dog cooked rice and boiled chicken can help settle their stomachs.
However, when it comes to uncooked rice, the opposite is true. It will lead to serious discomfort and in some cases may scratch the intestinal tract walls leading to blood in stools.
Uncooked rice will not digest as it passed through the gastrointestinal system. It will come out on the other side the same as it came in.
What to expect if your dog eats uncooked rice
There are a few possible outcomes that may transpire when your dog eats uncooked rice. In the first scenario where very minute amounts are eaten, the rice will pass through the digestive system and come out the other end pretty much intact.
This will take about 2 days. In this case, your dog will most likely experience no to very mild discomfort and that will be it. The second possibility is where your dog will experience severe diarrhoea as explained before.
In such scenario, brace yourself and allow the process to run its course and your pooch will come out the other side pretty much unscathed.. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, you actually need to give them water during this phase because they will be losing a lot of fluids. People have the notion that if you drink water the rice may expand and cause blockages but this has not been proven.
You will need to hold off food for at least half a day to a day while they are going through this process. Later on, you will need to re-introduce their old diet gradually.
Start off by giving them half the regular amounts then work them up gradually to their normal portions. The last scenario is where a blockage occurs. This is the most severe and most frightening of the scenarios. In this case you may notice your dog vomiting on a regular basis and failing to pass stools.
They will experience great pain which may manifest in loss of appetite and clear signs of discomfort. Some dog parents have reported that their dogs were not able to sit or lie down.
Even though they may be willing to eat, they will most likely not be able to keep it down which may lead to depression.
They will need to receive treatment from a vet to make sure that the issue is taken care of as quickly as possible. In all of these situations, you will need to consult your vet so that they advise on the best course of action.
How to keep uncooked rice away from your dog
It is very important that you keep rice and other harmful foods or household products which may harm your dog in any way.
Depending on the size of your dog, you will want to keep these foods and other items as high as possible so that they are not able to reach.
Uncooked rice is best kept as far away from your dog as possible. The effects that it has may range from mild all the way to life-threatening.
Though we have given some recommendations, this or any other article on the internet should never be taken as medical advice. It is therefore imperative that you always contact your vet in order to get expert guidance on your own unique situation
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