How to Cook a Bland Diet for Dogs (Easy Steps For Beginners)

When your pup’s digestive tract is on the fritz, you should know how to cook bland diet for dogs. The idea is to keep the ingredients simple, soft and easily digested so as not to create any new problems. Peruse the recipes here to see if they’re right for your canine companion.

Of course, you are welcome to change up or remove some ingredients as you see fit. But, always confer with your veterinarian or dog nutritionist to make sure the foods are right for your pooch.

Turkey Tummy Tamer

Items You’ll Need

  • Large Saucepan
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Large Stockpot
  • Large Cooking Spoon
  • Freezer-Safe Containers

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil  
  • 3 Cups Baby Spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • ½ cup peas, canned or frozen
  • 1½ Cups White Rice (not instant)

Instructions

  1. Always use the package directions to cook the white rice.
  2. Put the olive oil in a large stockpot and set on medium heat.
  3. Add ground turkey and brown for about three to five minutes, crumbling the meat while it cooks.
  4. Add the spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and cooked white rice. Continue stirring until well-heated; about three to five minutes or until the spinach looks wilted.
  5. Remove the food from heat and let cool.
  6. Give some to your dog and store the rest in freezer-safe containers.

Gentle Pumpkin Rescue

This is good for dogs experiencing issues with diarrhea. However, this is not for daily eating. It’s simply a gentle, well-balanced diet to give as medicine. Therefore, you shouldn’t feed it to your dog for more than a week.

Items You’ll Need

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Large Pot
  • Small Sauce Pan with Lid
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Large Spoon

Ingredients

  • ½ 8 oz can Pumpkin Puree, plain
  • ½ Cup White Rice
  • 1 Tbsp Plain Yogurt, Greek-strained
  • 1 Chicken Breast, boneless and skinleess

Instructions

  1. Cook the white rice as indicated on the package.
  2. Put the chicken in a large pot and cover with filtered/purified water. Boil until fully cooked.
  3. Chop the chicken into cube-sized pieces.
  4. Blend yogurt, chicken, pumpkin and rice in a mixing bowl.
  5. Allow this to cool and feed it to your dog.
  6. If there is any food leftover, put it in a freezer-safe container.

Stomach Smoother for Dogs

This single serve recipe for your furry four-legged friend will help calm their gastrointestinal issues. This includes heartburn. Regardless, feed it in small amounts.

Items You’ll Need

  • Nonstick Skillet or Frying Pan
  • Small Sauce Pan with Lid
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Large Spoon
  • Freezer-Safe Containers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 3 Cups White Rice
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook the white rice according to the directions as indicated on the package.
  2. Crumble and cook the ground chicken, ensuring it breaks down into small bits.
  3. Add the cooked rice to the chicken and sprinkle with garlic powder.
  4. Mix until well incorporated and allow it to cool.
  5. Serve into portions for the freezer and give some to your dog.

What Kinds of Foods Are Good to Give a Dog for a Bland Diet?

Whether your fur baby has an upset stomach or other digestive issue, it’s imperative that you give it gentle, easily digested food. While these are not to be part of their normal daily diet, they can help greatly with the healing process.

Below is a list of foods that are safe and gentle on a dog’s system when they’re sick. However, you should always first speak with your veterinarian to ensure you’re giving the kinds of foods appropriate to your dog’s condition.

  • White Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Canned & Pureed Pumpkin 
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Mashed Cooked Carrots or Parsnips
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Boiled Egg
  • Gluten-Free Oatmeal
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Greek-Strained Yogurt
  • Seedless Watermelon
  • Ripened Banana
  • Goat Milk

Are There Any Other Tips or Techniques When Serving a Bland Diet for Dogs?

There are some things you can try when serving your dog a bland diet. While none of these are foolproof, you may want to consider them in relationship to your situation. As always, when in doubt, contact a vet with your questions.

  • Only feed your dog ¼ cup of food at a time when they’re sick. Observe how they eat and if this accompanies vomiting, nausea or other reaction. If so, stop giving the diet and take your dog to an emergency pet clinic.
  • If you know your dog’s condition is temporary, any of the recipes here are fine to give your dog. But, if this is a recurring or persistent problem, there might be something more serious going on with your pooch.
  • You’ll have to okay it with your vet, but try putting your dog on a fasting diet of nothing but water and goat milk. Avoid giving the dog food for 12 to 14 hours to see if this clears up the problem.

Who Is Juliette de Baïracli Levy in Regards to Bland Dog Diets?

Go to the library or buy some books by Juliette de Baïracli Levy. She was an esteemed herbal veterinarian who was a miracle-worker with various canine digestive ailments. British-born citizen of Turkish and Jewish decent, she traveled around with Gypsies in the 40s and 50s learning their tricks of the trade.

Baïracli Levy’s Afghan Hounds were notoriously healthy. For 70 years she helped hundreds of people all over the world; saving countless canine lives. She was the first person to publicly promote fasting dogs. While this was much to the shock and amazement of many owners, it’s a technique that has proven to work.

You can find her 1998 documentary “Juliette of the Herbs” for free online. Consider the following book titles to help with a sick dog:

  • “The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog,” (1955, 1975, 1984) London: Faber & Faber
  • “The Cure for Canine Distemper,” (1930, 1950) London: Fowler & Co.  
  • “Medicinal Herbs: their use in Canine Ailments,” (1943) London: A.P.Tayler & Co.
  • “The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat,” (1971) London: Faber & Faber