Dogs love human food. Fortunately for them, some of it is good for them. You can safely feed your dog both cheese and rice. Rice is good for dogs with digestive upset, and cheese in moderation can be a good source of protein. Consult your veterinarian with any questions about your dog's diet.
Rice for Pancreatitis
Some dogs have pancreatitis, a condition in which the pancreas is inflamed. It is often brought on by dietary indiscretion, such as eating too much greasy human food or eating from trash. If your dog has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, you can feed him overcooked white rice that's been cooked with extra water to give it a porridge consistency. It is soothing to the digestive tract.
Rice for Diarrhea
You also can give your dog rice to help control diarrhea. According to the Dog Health Guide, dogs with chronic diarrhea sometimes need protein replaced in their diets. To identify the cause of the diarrhea, you can change your dog's diet to one source of protein from cooked meat and one source of fiber from gluten-free rice.
Cheese for Protein and Medication
In moderation, cheese is a good source of protein for your dog. According to Vetinfo, cheese also is a source of calcium amd essential fatty acids. Other benefits of cheese include vitamin A and B-complex vitamins. And if you're trying to get your dog to swallow prescription medication, you can camouflage it in a piece of cheese.
Caution on Cheese
When it comes to cheese, too much of a good thing is possible. How well dairy products are tolerated varies from dog to dog. Finding out how much cheese your dog can tolerate is a trial-and-error process. You'll know you've fed him too much cheese if he has diarrhea, flatulence, bloating or constipation. Moderation is key in feeding him this treat.
Leslie Carver has been a professional author since 2009. Her work appears on multiple websites. She has an associate's degree in English with progress toward her bachelor's at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been awarded an Outstanding Student Award in English and twice nominated for creative writing awards.