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.

Have you ever made the ground beef and rice for dogs recipe? How did your pup like it? Let us know in the comments section!

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37 comments on “Making Ground Beef and Rice for Dogs With a Belly Ache

  1. My mini golden doodle [ Sally ] was sick and had diarrhea. . My daughter said : cook some ground beef and rice . Just use common sense for ratios. I did; the next day she had normal bowel movement and ” appeared ” to be normal.

    IT WORKED FOR SALLY Good advice .

  2. I heard about this thou family members but never thought I would ever end up doing it I was told to cook the hamburger in water not a pleasant thing do in the early morning anyway do I have to cook it in water and can you freeze this to have on hand
    My Ralphie is doing better

    1. I fry my ground beef, NO SEASONINGS, drain , then rinse with water to get rid of any extra fat. Excess fat can cause stomach irritants. I also cook up some white rice and start with about 1/2 cup of white rice to a tablespoon or two of ground beef for my large (78-80 lb) dog for his first meal several hours or even longer after vomiting, increasing to 3/4 c of rice for the next meal, then a cup of rice for the next meal with a little more ground beef. After a couple of days I would start slowly adding his regular food into the mix until he’s back to his normal diet. I refrigerate the beef and rice separately for later use, good up to a couple of days. You could freeze it for later use but I run into freezer burn in my deep freeze if kept too long, follow regular standards for keeping prepared foods/meat. After mixing the appropriate amount of rice and ground beef in a bowl I have microwaved it so it’s not so cold for 25 – 30 seconds but check to make sure it’s not too hot before serving. In any case, please do take your dog to the vet. My dog became sick toward the weekend and I couldn’t get him in right away but I did make an appointment immediately. Could be something serious, but our dogs are prone to eating grass and occasionally find dead wildlife when we’re hiking. If you don’t like the smell of cooking the beef, try cooking boneless chicken breasts in plain water for cubing/shredding instead, using the remaining liquid and white rice. Hope this helps!

    1. If your furry friend has an upset stomach I would stay away from tomatoes as the acid in them may not help the belly ache. I would stick with a bland diet, plain hamburg and rice, or chicken and rice.

      1. My very senior dog is not processing her normal dog food diet anymore. I am away from home and I turned to this diet of cooked hamburger meat and rice which she devoured! Hopefully I will not end up having to bathe her everyday, sometimes twice, due to the awful diarrhea. Poor baby, I just want to make her as comfortable as possible at the age of 18 years. It may be her kidneys are failing at this point. We have a call in to her vet. She gobbled up this mixture of rice and hamburger like it was a treat though.

  3. What would the serving size be for a 9 week old puppy? I have an English bulldog who is eating this food and I’m not certain how much rice and meat to give him per meal. He had diarrhea. Thank you.

  4. What is the measurements for rice and hamburger for an 19lb dog. I think it 1/2 cup each but not sure.

    1. Have a 4 month old puppy, weighs 19 pounds. Wondering if I would be okay to give her the rice and hamburger mixture and if so how much…. she’s had an upset tummy, possibly beginning stages of teething

  5. What if your dog doesn’t want to eat the Hamburg and rice? Still has diarrhea. Vet has prescribed medication and the rice and Hamburg diet. He doesn’t want to eat.

  6. I make a meatloaf type of dish for my little terrier cross. One pound of raw lean ground beef mixed with one cup cooked white rice, together with one beaten egg and all the best dog-friendly vegetables, boiled in a small bit of water, and mashed together with the water. Pack into a loaf tin and cook at 350 for one hour. Good when she’s sick (you can hide meds in it!) and when she’s a fussy eater, she never turns it down. Lasts about one week- two times per day.

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