Grains and Starches
on January 9, 2018

Rice: longstanding staple for calories in dog and cat diets

Rice has been a staple in pet food diets for decades and, despite some minor controversies, remains a high-quality supply of calories.

In February 2004, the topic of rice in pet foods was covered in this column. What is new 14 years later? For starters, rice, along with other grains, has lost significant product share to non-grain carbohydrates like legume seeds (pulses) and tubers. There has been some research published that provides…

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