Nutrition Resources

Bland Diet Feeding Instructions

Bland diets are fed to rest the gastrointestinal system and to help promote normal stool formation.
dog eating a treat

Bland Diets

dog eating a treat
A bland diet is one that is highly digestible. It is low in fiber, fat, and protein and is high in carbohydrates. Bland diets are generally composed of a single carbohydrate source and a single lean protein source. The most common bland diet is boiled rice and boiled lean chicken breast (without skin and bones). As bland diets are low in fiber, stool production slows, and defecation is less frequent. Bland diets are fed to rest the gastrointestinal system and to help promote normal stool formation.

BASIC BOILED RICE AND CHICKEN BLAND DIET RECIPE

CARBOHYDRATE SOURCE

Boiled white rice

1 part white rice with three parts water boiled for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is easily crushed

LEAN PROTEIN SOURCE

Chicken breast (no skin/bones)

Remove all visible fat and boil in water for 10-15 minutes (or until the meat is easily pulled apart and is fully cooked)

MIXING INSTRUCTIONS

Finely chop the lean protein and mix with the carbohydrate source at a ratio of 2 cups of carbohydrate for every ½ cup of lean protein source

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

Bland diets can be pre-made and stored in the fridge for a maximum of 48 hours. The diet can be cooked in batches and frozen in portions to minimize preparation time. Thaw and warm the frozen diet prior to feeding
Permitted Lean Protein Substitutions
Pork loin, lean ground beef (93%), egg whites, low-fat cottage cheese, and plain low-fat Greek yogurt.
Permitted Commercial Bland Diets
Purina EN, Hill’s Science Diet i/d, and Royal Canin Gastrointestinal.
Transition Back to Normal Diet
Never transition back to a regular diet rapidly. Transition over a 4-5 day period. Start by adding 25% of the regular diet to 75% of the bland diet. If the stools remain firm, continue substituting the regular diet in 25% increments in daily intervals until the diet is 100% regular. Minimize treats for another week after switching back to the normal diet.
Permitted Carbohydrate Substitutions
Boiled potatoes, boiled spaghetti, and minute rice.
Feeding Instructions

Estimate 25% of your animal’s diet and feed that amount of the bland food every 6-8 hours. The bland diet should be fed for 2-3 days with no treats or other food sources until the stools are firm.

  • Dogs weighing <5: Feed a total of about ½ cup
  • Dogs weighing 5 – 15 pounds: Feed a total of about ½ – ¾ cup
  • Dogs weighing 16 – 30 pounds: Feed a total of about 1 – 1 ½ cups
  • Dogs weighing 31 – 50 pounds: Feed a total of about 1 ½ – 2 cups
  • Dogs weighing 51 – 75 pounds: Feed a total of about 2 – 3 cups
  • Dogs weighing 76 – 99 pounds: Feed a total of about 3 – 4 cups
  • Dogs weighing 100 pounds: Feed a total of 4 – 5 cups