Ground Beef For Dogs With Upset Stomach


Wondering what to ground beef for dogs with upset stomach? A dog with upset stomach can be a sad experience for the dog, owner, and kids. Dogs with upset stomach will often vomit, have diarrhea, or even both if your dog has really bad upset stomach! You are here because you are looking for natural remedies to help your dog with upset stomach. I was in the same place when it happened to my dog Oliver.

Making Ground Beef and Rice for Dogs With a Belly Ache

Easy instructions on making a meal of ground beef and rice for dogs who don’t feel well

White rice in bowl on the wooden table

Have you ever been sick? Chances are when you weren’t feeling well, you weren’t up to eating your normal food. I sure know when I don’t feel good food is the last thing on my mind. Has anyone ever told you about the ground beef and rice recipe for dogs who don’t feel well? This is one of my parents go-to meals when I’m under the weather. In fact, most of my dog friends have eaten this meal when they’ve been sick, and we’ve all had a few different illnesses.

Before trying this or any human-food recipes, please bring your sick dog to an animal hospital or veterinary clinic. If you can’t make the trip out to the vet’s office, you might want to call with a list of your pooch’s symptoms and ask if ground beef and rice for dogs is a healthy choice for your individual furball. Remember, some food simply is not good to give your dog, so be careful what you feed him!

Ground Beef and Rice for Dogs

When your dog is sick, you need to be careful not to upset his stomach. Feeding your four-legged friend a bland diet can help him maintain his appetite without upsetting his stomach. Ground beef and rice for dogs is the perfect meal for a pup who isn’t feeling well. Below is a step by step recipe created by my human parents and tested with my hungry canine belly.


  • 1 package of organic 80/20 ground beef
    • Leaner ground beef is good too, but try to stay away from the fattier mixes.
  • 1 package of white rice
    • Minute rice works well and cooks quickly.

 Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat a frying pan to medium/medium high heat.
  2. Add your ground beef. Whatever you do, do not season the beef with any kind of spice. I repeat, do not season the beef.
  3. While the ground beef is cooking, you can begin to cook your white rice according to package directions.
  4. Cook the beef until it’s brown. Cook your rice until it’s tender.
  5. In a bowl, begin to mix your cooked ground beef and your cooked rice together.
  6. Wait a minimum of 10 minutes for the beef rice mixture to cool before serving to your dog.
  7. Serve a small portion of the ground beef and rice for dogs meal to your sick pup and observe. If he doesn’t vomit or have diarrhea, you can feed him the rest of the serving. How much of a portion you share with your pup depends on how big your dog is.

Even when I’m sick, I still devour my meal, and I’ve been known to stop eating food completely when I don’t feel well.

You can feed your dog the ground beef and rice for dogs mixture for up to a week, but I suggest starting to mix in your pup’s regular food as soon as you see that he is acting like normal. You should also be mindful if your dog has a weight problem. This diet will pack on the pounds if given them to an extended period of time.

Oh, and my parents want me to tell you that it can be a bit tedious cooking this meal every day. They say that you can save some time by cooking a large batch of rice and beef and having it ready in the refrigerator. Just heat it up for 30 seconds, give it a mix, and it’s ready to serve! Always check the temperature of the food before you share with your pup. Even 30 seconds in the microwave can be too hot for your dog.

How to Properly Use a Bland Diet to Treat Dogs with Diarrhea

Veterinarians often recommend owners feed dogs that have diarrhea a diet consisting of boiled hamburger and white rice for a few days. This type of bland, easily digested diet gives the intestinal tract a bit of a break while still providing needed calories and nutrients.

The recommendation is appropriate, so long as the dog doesn’t have any other worrisome symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal pain, or weakness, the caregivers understand that if the diarrhea doesn’t resolve quickly, the dog must be brought in for an exam, and the dog soon goes back to eating his normal diet.

Owners sometimes will treat their dog’s diarrhea with a homemade diet without first consulting a veterinarian, which is fine so long as they abide by the provisos mentioned above. However, I recently ran across a case report concerning a dog whose caregivers didn’t, and the outcome was almost disastrous.

An 11-week-old Saint Bernard was picked up from his breeder. His new owners realized he had diarrhea and started feeding him a hamburger and rice diet and dewormed him. His diarrhea resolved but returned whenever they tried to feed a commercially available, chicken-based adult dog food. Presumably being aware that hamburger and rice alone was not a nutritionally complete diet, the owners modified their offerings by adding apple, broccoli, egg (including shells), a vitamin and mineral supplement, and a small amount of the chicken-based adult dog food to the hamburger and rice.

The dog was seen several times by a veterinarian for routine care and appeared to be doing well, until he was evaluated at a veterinary teaching hospital for bilateral forelimb lameness presumably associated with osteochondritis dissecans of both shoulders. While there, the dog developed severe seizures; at one point his body temperature rose to a potentially life-threatening 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Lab work revealed many abnormalities, including a very low blood calcium level that was the cause of his seizures. The attending veterinarians were able to save him after giving him intravenous fluids, valium, propofol, and infusions of calcium gluconate, intubating him and putting him on inhalant anesthetics and oxygen, and performing cold water gastric lavage. The dog was hospitalized for three days.

An analysis of the dog’s homemade diet revealed that it was severely deficient in calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, all of which were provided at less than half the minimum levels required for growing dogs. Other deficiencies included sodium, chloride, iron, iodine, choline, copper, folic acid, vitamin A, linoleic acid, and taurine.

Once the dog’s condition was stable, he went home with oral calcium carbonate, calcitriol (a form of Vitamin D that helps the body make use of dietary calcium), taurine supplements, and a commercially available puppy food. A recheck of blood work approximately one month later revealed complete resolution of all abnormalities, and interestingly, the dog was also no longer lame.

I relate this tale not to scare you off from feeding dogs that have diarrhea a hamburger and rice diet, but to emphasize that such a nutritionally incomplete diet only be fed for a few days, and if the diarrhea doesn’t resolve, veterinary attention is essential. The long term feeding of a homemade diet should always be done under the supervision of a veterinary nutritionist.

Boiled Hamburger & Rice for Sick Dogs,.. (to stop diarrhea)

When we humans are feeling under the weather, there’s nothing quite like good old comfort food to help us get back on track. Even if we aren’t feeling up to the task of eating, things like chicken soup seem to have this magical ability to ease our appetites without making things worse.

The same thing applies to dogs, too! If your dog has diarrhea, getting them to eat can be a bit of a task. Your pooch still needs to eat. However, feeding them their standard food could only exacerbate the problem and lead to more painful stomach upsets.

So, what’s a dog owner supposed to do?

Bowl of rice for dog with diarrhea

Well, you could try giving your dog a simple meal of rice and beef. Also known as a “bland diet,” a straightforward dinner of just rice and ground beef is the equivalent of chicken soup for us humans.

The recipe is a great way to provide your dog with all the nutrition they need without the added agitation. Commercially available dog foods are filled with a wide range of ingredients. Even top-shelf products have ingredients that could cause further stomach pains.

The goal of a bland diet is to maintain your dog’s diet while letting the system heal on its own. Sometimes, your dog’s gastrointestinal tract just needs time to regulate. A bland meal lets the process continue uninterrupted.

As always, consult with your vet before you make any sudden dietary changes. Before you try this recipe out, it’s a good idea to ensure that there’s nothing more serious going on.

Hamburger and Rice Recipe


First things first, you’ll need to gather your ingredients. For this bland diet recipe, all you need are:

  • 3 cups of Water
  • 1/2 a pound of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 a cup of brown rice

When you’re choosing the two main ingredients, beef and rice, stick with healthier alternatives. Avoid fatty ground beef products. Organic lean beef is always recommended.

As for the rice, you can choose white rice. Even minute rice is acceptable. However, if you’re looking for the healthiest option available, stick with brown rice.

You can always adjust the quantities of the food to make enough food for a few days. Once your dog starts feeling better, you can also implement simple vegetables for a kick of vitamins.

However, to deal with diarrhea, we recommend sticking to only rice and ground beef.


In a large frying pan, brown the ground beef. Do not add any extra spices or ingredients. Just brown the meat over medium heat until it’s no longer pink. Make sure to break the meat up as you’re cooking so that it’s easy to mix later on.

As the beef is cooking, you can bring your water up to a boil and add your rice. The recommended water amount is just a guideline. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package. 

Typically, brown rice needs a bit more water than standard white rice. Of course, things don’t have to be perfect. As long as the rice is soft when it’s cooked, your dog is not going to care about texture too much.

Once the beef is cooked, drain off any excess fat in the pan. It doesn’t have to bone dry. A bit of fat is good for your pup. However, because they’re suffering from diarrhea, you want to keep things on the leaner side.

Then, all you have to do is mix the beef up with the rice until they’re fully combined. Voila! It’s done!

Give the mixture some time to cool down fully before you feed it to your dog.

Feeding Guidelines

Your dog shouldn’t have any issues gobbling this bland meal down. Despite the limited ingredients, the cooked beef is quite appetizing. When you’re feeding this recipe, provide about the same amount of food as their standard kibble.

* You can continue feeding the meal for about a week.

With that said, it’s a good idea to start phasing the kibble back in once your dog’s stool starts to firm up. This recipe is very fattening. If you feed it to your canine companion too much, they may end up gaining weight. So, provide this in moderation only when they’re experiencing diarrhea.


A bland meal of boiled rice and hamburger beef may be the solution your dog needs to feel better. It’s a simple recipe that can be whipped up in only a few minutes.

Even still, your dog will appreciate the food and what it does for their system.

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