Should I Feed My Dog Chicken and Rice Dog Food?

Go to any retailer and walk down the dog food aisle — you're sure to see quite a few chicken and rice dog food recipes. How do you know if this is right for your dog? 

First, you should think about your dog’s age and general health. If he is a senior dog (over the age of 7), or if he has specific nutritional needs, he may require a food that is made to support those needs. However, if you have an adult dog in good health, something like Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Chicken and Rice Formula dry dog food might be a perfect choice for your dog.

Next, consider his taste preferences. A complete and balanced dry dog food made with chicken and rice won’t satisfy his nutritional needs if he simply refuses to eat it.

The key to switching dog foods is to do it gradually, over the course of 7–10 days. Slowly add more of your new chicken and rice formula as you decrease the amount of your previous dog food. Once you are feeding the new food exclusively, you can monitor his eating to ensure that he's licking his bowl clean at each meal.

There are a few things to look for when choosing a chicken and rice recipe for your dog:

  • Is real chicken the first ingredient?
  • Does the food offer 100% complete and balanced nutrition?
  • Does the food offer a texture your dog enjoys?
  • Does the food offer additional nutrients, such as glucosamine or antioxidants?
  • Does the food help support whole body health?

Protein from chicken and other high-quality sources plus easy-to-digest rice can provide a wonderful meal for your dog. Ask your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s health or diet.