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Gentle diet for the dog (recipes and suitable food)

You want to give your dog a gentle diet? This can have many reasons and also be very useful. In this article we show you when it makes sense, which foods are suitable and also our best recipes for DIY. In addition, we have for this article Advice from veterinarian Emin Jasarevic obtained. Note: This article is written for the german country.

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There are several reasons to resort to bland foods. An upcoming operation, intolerance to certain foods, Diarrhea, intestinal diseases or chronic stomach complaints are some of the numerous reasons. 

These foods are allowed

Light Diet

When feeding your four-legged friend a gentle diet, it is important to use certain foods.

The classics here are meat, vegetables and rice. Under certain circumstances it is possible that you also use lean curd cheese and cottage cheese. These support the intestinal flora and provide fluid and protein.

Make sure as much as possible Low fat and digestible meat to buy. It should be well cooked and neither salted nor spiced. You should avoid pork in the light diet, because it is very high in fat and low in nutrients.

Poultry and beef are best for your foster. Since beef can sometimes be difficult to digest, you should focus on poultry in the beginning. The best poultry for this purpose are: Chicken and Turkey. 

Rice serves as an ideal side dish. Make sure to cook the rice soft. This makes it easy to digest and suitable for dogs as a light diet. It is also important not to add salt or other spices to the rice.

Vegetables is also well suited for your four-legged friend's diet. Among the best varieties are Carrots, pumpkin and potatoes. The vegetables are cooked and then pureed. It must not be fed raw under any circumstances. Raw vegetables and fruits are not suitable for dogs as a soft food, because they are difficult to digest.

Flaxseed are optimal for intestinal cleansing. The tiny seeds swell in the gastrointestinal tract and thus ensure cleansing of the intestines. For this reason, it is recommended to add one to two tablespoons of flaxseed to the food. The amount depends on the size and weight of your cat.

At Oatmeal you can also fall back on. They also support the intestinal flora and provide a varied diet.

Apples are some of the few types of fruit that are suitable for the soft diet. It is important to grate them finely. Do not forget to core the apple beforehand.

Please refrain from adding apples if your foster suffers from dental problems. Are you preparing the bland diet because of a damaged gastric mucosathen you should refrain from adding apples. Otherwise, the fruit acid contained will have a bad effect on the well-being of your four-legged friend.

Food - Summary

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Here again the most suitable foods at a glance:

Fish and meat:

  • Chicken meat
  • Turkey
  • Beef if necessary
  • lean fish (for example, trout, salmon and sardines)


  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin

Dairy products (preferably lactose-free):

  • Low-fat quark (with little fat content)
  • low fat cottage cheese

Other foods:

  • Rice (preferably in a cooking bag)
  • Flaxseed
  • Oatmeal
  • Apples
  • Honey

The food should be researched beforehand if possible or discussed with the veterinarian. For example, the dairy products are not suitable in every case.

Correct preparation

It is important to have a spice free and unsalted meal to prepare. Especially in case of diarrhea, the spices deprive the animal of vitamins and further important water minerals and nutrients.

Always cook rice, vegetables and meat extra well. Raw vegetables and fruit are difficult for your four-legged friend to digest. In addition, the long cooking process frees the meat from harmful bacteria. 

A fat-free preparation is essential for the gentle diet. Prepare the meat without fat in the oven, in a steamer or fry it in water.

Recipes for bland food

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We give you here a few delicious recipes for your four-legged friend on the way. Of course, you can not generalize the quantities for different dog breeds. Our recipes are designed for a dog weighing 25 kilos. At this weight it is recommended to prepare 400 to 450 g of food. 

Not only the factor "weight" plays a role. Other factors, such as the dog's overweight, age and size, as well as physical activities, must be taken into account. 

A quick call to the vet will clarify this. He can tell you how much food is best prepared for your pet.

1. carrot soup with oatmeal



  • 300 g carrots
  • 100 g potatoes
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 1 tablespoon oatmeal


  1. Peel and chop the carrots
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes as well
  3. Put carrots and potatoes in boiling water
  4. Cook vegetables until soft and puree
  5. Add honey and oatmeal and leave to cool

2. turkey with potatoes



  • 200 g turkey meat
  • 200 g potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cottage cheese
  • ½ tablespoon flaxseed


  1. Cut turkey meat into pieces as small as possible
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes
  3. Bring water to a boil
  4. Boil potatoes until soft and then mash them
  5. Add turkey meat to the water and cook until done

3. boiled rice with trout



  • 250 g rice
  • 200 g trout
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 tsp low fat curd


  1. Preheat oven to 200 °C
  2. Put rice in boiling water 
  3. Cook rice until completely soft
  4. Cut trout into small pieces
  5. Wash and finely grate the zucchini
  6. Mix all ingredients together and leave to cool

4. vegetable stew with cottage cheese

vegetable pot
cottage cheese


  • 100 g zucchini
  • 100 g carrots
  • 100 g pumpkin flesh
  • 100 g potatoes
  • 1 - 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons cottage cheese


  1. Wash vegetables and peel if necessary
  2. Chop vegetables and cook until very soft
  3. Put vegetables in a container and puree
  4. Add honey, flaxseed and cottage cheese
  5. Mix everything together and leave to cool

5. pumpkin puree with chicken and rice

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  • 200 g rice
  • 100 g chicken meat
  • 150 g pumpkin flesh
  • ½ apple
  • 1 tablespoon oatmeal


  1. Put rice in boiling water and cook until soft
  2. Chop chicken meat
  3. Also chop the pumpkin flesh
  4. Put chicken and pumpkin in boiling water and cook until soft
  5. Puree pumpkin and chicken and place in a container
  6. Add rice and mix
  7. Wash, core and grate apple
  8. Add apple to the container
  9. Add oatmeal and mix
  10. Allow everything to cool a little

Recommendation from the vet

Just as it happens with us, it also happens with our dear dogs that they spoil their stomachs and have to fall back on a diet. As long as your friend's "upset" does not occur at regular intervals, it is normal.

If this is not the case, serious diseases can be behind it. If your dog's symptoms do not subside in one or two days after a diet, do not hesitate. Notify your veterinarian.

You should also do this if your four-legged friend has significant accompanying symptoms that do not just point to an ordinary gastrointestinal upset. Here, your observation skills are particularly important. When in doubt, always ask your veterinarian for advice.

Examined by the veterinarian Emin Jasarevic
Examined by the veterinarian Emin Jasarevic

I am a veterinarian and writer on animal health topics. Animals are my passion and it is my personal concern to create medically accurate articles and videos to inform pet owners as much as possible.

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