Instructions for Feeding a Bland Diet

The general rule for feeding a bland diet is as follows:

Withhold water and few for ____ hours.

If there is no vomiting after that period of time, water can be started. Start with a couple tablespoons only. If there is no vomiting, offer more 20 to 30 minutes later. Only offer small amounts at a time. If there is no vomiting of the water after 2 to 3 hours, then you can slowly begin a bland diet. 

A bland diet can be made form a boiled lean meat (chicken, hamburger or turkey) mixed 50/50 with boiled white rice. Do not use any additives such as butter, salt, garlic, or seasoning. 

Start with a very small amount such as one tablespoon or a small meatball sized portion. If there is no vomiting after 2 hours, you can offer a little more.

Gradually the quantity can be increased and the frequency increased. For example, instead of 2 Tbsp every 2 hours, you can gradually increase the amount to maybe a ½ cup then a cup every 3 or 4 hours.

Generally if this plan is working, you can feed this diet for 1 to 2 days then begin gradually mixing your pet’s normal food.

Over a couple days, y slowly decrease the bland diet and increase is regular food until he is back on his normal food. 

If your pet continues to vomit, has diarrhea, is lethargic or won’t eat – please call us.