Tummy Troubles

Kirby just hasn't been himself.  Every morning for almost a week I would wake to discover he had vomited and had diarrhea during the night.  By the time I would get home from work he would be fine. I kinda thought he had caught some kind of bug.  I spent the day with him on Saturday where he was sick during the night but by afternoon he was fine.  Sunday we finally came to the horrifying conclusion of what was going on with him.  

He eats Honest Kitchen and/or homemade food and I also bake the majority of his treats.  I've always purchased the pork chews he loves along with other various small treats.  I had purchased a new product recently from my local Dollar General store and was giving him one every night at bedtime which is his standard ritual.  So every night he would eat ths treat, get sick, and be fine by the next afternoon which meant something in the treat was adversley affecting his body.  

A visit to his veterinarian and he is on the road to his old self.  She recommended a bland diet of chicken and rice, plain yogurt, and Pedialyte to fight off dehydration.  He is also taking half a tablet of Pepto Bismol along with a prescribed oral suspension.

I have posted the recipe for Chicken and Rice in Kirby's Barkery.  It is a nutritious light meal good for upset tummies, just like chicken soup for us.  Normally I use brown rice for Kirby but in this case I prefer to use parboiled rice which is a lighter variation.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The seeds of the rice plant are first milled using a rice huller to remove the chaff (the outer husks of the grain). At this point in the process, the product is called brown rice. The milling may be continued, removing the 'bran', i.e., the rest of the husk and the germ, thereby creating white rice. White rice, which keeps longer, lacks some important nutrients; in a limited diet which does not supplement the rice, brown rice helps to prevent the disease beriberi.


White rice may also be buffed with glucose (often called polished rice, though this term may also refer to white rice in general), parboiled, or processed into flour. White rice may also be enriched by adding nutrients, especially those lost during the milling process. While the cheapest method of enriching involves adding a powdered blend of nutrients that will easily wash off (in the United States, rice which has been so treated requires a label warning against rinsing), more sophisticated methods apply nutrients directly to the grain, coating the grain with a water insoluble substance which is resistant to washing.

In some countries parboiled rice is popular. Parboiled rice is subjected to a steaming or parboiling process while still a brown rice. This causes nutrients from the outer husk, especially thiamine, to move into the grain itself. The parboil process causes a gelatinisation of the starch in the grains. The grains become less brittle, and the color of the milled grain changes from white to yellow. The rice is then dried, and can then be milled as usual or used as brown rice. Milled parboiled rice is nutritionally superior to standard milled rice. Parboiled rice has an additional benefit in that it does not stick to the pan during cooking, as happens when cooking regular white rice. Instant rice differs from parboiled rice in that it is milled, fully cooked and then dried. There is also a significant degradation in taste and texture.

Cooked rice can contain Bacillus cereus spores, which produce an emetic toxin when left at 4–60 °C (39–140 °F). When storing cooked rice for use the next day, rapid cooling is advised to reduce the risk of toxin production.

 Original post dated November 7, 2010

I have since discovered this treat MADE IN CHINA is very dangerous - We no longer purchase ANY treats manufactured or processed in China.