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Bland Diets

Has your dog been vomiting? Or maybe having some diarrhea? If you call your veterinarian for some advise one of the first things they may tell you to do is start feeding a bland diet.

A bland diet consists normally of either boiled chicken or hamburger and rice. Just like humans, when our four legged friends get a belly ache they should be fed something bland. For example, we eat crackers or soup when we’re not feeling good. The boiled chicken and rice acts as the same thing for your pet when they’re not feeling well.

What’s the benefits of feeding a bland diet you might ask? Well, it allows for the animals GI tract to recuperate and lessens the work it has to do to break down the animals normal diet. A bland diet, along with any mediations the veterinarian may prescribe for your pet, will help them build up their good gut flora and to help them get feeling better.

Now that your pet is feeling better, you can start to gradually switch them back to their normal diet. However, do not just switch back right away. To ensure that the animals stomach is prepared for its normal meal, a slow transition is always best. Typically switching back to the normal diet over 5-7 days allows your pets GI tract enough time to recover and break down the food like it’s supposed too.

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