A diet which is soft and highly digestible is a bland diet. It is low in protein, fat and fiber and heavy in carbohydrates. Generally, Bland Diets are composed of a single source of carbohydrates and a single source of lean protein. Boiled rice and boiled lean chicken breast, with no skin and bones, are the most popular bland diet. Stool development slows, and defecation is less frequent because bland diets are low in fiber. To rest the gastric system and help facilitate normal stool formation, bland diets are fed. As a means of treatment, animals that are physically ill should not be fed bland diets.
It is important to keep animals fasted for 12 to 24 hours. Young animals are not permitted to fast for more than 12 hours. Fasting would make it possible for the digestive system to relax and decrease the secretions of acid that can irritate the intestinal lining and inflame it. Small quantities of water or ice chips can be supplied during the rapid process.
Never quickly switch back to a normal diet. The transition over a period of 1 week back to the normal diet. Start by adding 75 per cent of the bland diet to 25 per cent of the daily diet and feeding that mixture for two days. If stools continue to be solid, 25 per cent of the daily diet will continue to be replaced.
The mixture is increased and fed in 2 day time intervals before the food is 100 per cent daily diet. After switching the diet back to the 100 per cent daily diet, limit treats for one week.
Bland diets help relax the uprising going on within the stomach and intestines of your pet. Low in fiber, bland diets slow the development of stools, so the urge to go to the toilet is less common, alleviating diarrhoea. These diets often have low-fat content, are gentler on the stomach, and reduce vomiting. In addition, they are highly digestible and decrease peristalsis (intestinal contraction), giving the requisite rest to the GI tract.
It is also tedious to plan bland diets. There's no grilling or pan-searing! The source of the meat is normally boiled (yuk). In unsalted or lightly salted water, boil boneless, skinless pieces of chicken or turkey until cooked. Drain the boiled meat until it is diced into small pieces and allow it to cool to room temperature. Even with these very lean sources of protein, boiling can create a little fat, so skim the broth to eliminate the fat floating on top. To add moisture to the meal, save the skimmed broth, which can enhance palatability. Bland's not appetizing, either.
You can pan fry lean ground beef or turkey, as an alternative to boiling meat. To extract as much fat as possible, drain thoroughly. Another decent protein source for tummies in chaos is unseasoned scrambled eggs. Poached fish rich in protein could appeal to feline diners. As a protein source, you can also use commercially made turkey or chicken food or cottage cheese, but be careful of the sodium content.