Bland Diets

Your doctor has recommended a bland diet for your pet. A bland diet is a diet that is highly digestible. The diet is generally composed of a single carbohydrate source and a lean protein source. The most common home-cooked bland diet is boiled white rice and boiled plain chicken breast without any oils or spices. Alternatively, your doctor may dispense a prescription diet such as Hill’s Science Diet I/D.

Bland Diet Feeding Instructions


Withhold both food and water for 4-6 hours after your pet vomits.


No need to withhold food or water.

● Offer a small amount of a bland diet (a tablespoon per 15 lbs of weight) every 4-6 hours.

● If your pet is tolerating these feedings, gradually increase the amount over the next two days until your pet is getting roughly the same amount of bland diet at about the same frequency (i.e. if you feed your pet 1 cup of food twice daily, the goal is to eventually feed 1 cup of bland diet twice daily). Feed the bland diet until you have 3 days of no vomiting or diarrhea. Realize that with some cases of diarrhea, your pet may actually have cleared out everything in the intestines and they may not defecate for up to 48 hours. Once you have 3 days of no vomiting or diarrhea, slowly change back to the regular diet over 3-5 days.

Ideal Bland Diet

1 part boiled plain chicken breast and 2 parts white rice

Permitted Lean Protein Substitutions

Pork loin
Egg whites
Low-fat cottage cheese
93% low-fat hamburger

Permitted Carbohydrate Substitutions

Boiled potatoes
Boiled pasta

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