Everyone is looking to make sure their dog has the best advantage possible when it comes to their health. We will give our dogs supplements, dental care, and even puppy massage, but some of the best things you can do for your dog happen right at home. While many of our foods are toxic for dogs, yogurt can be a great food to share.
Veterinarians offices have reported getting many questions regarding the use of yogurt in a dog’s diet. What kind of yogurt should be used? How much should you give? Can I make treats with it? What can it benefit? Here we’ll go over some of the common uses of yogurt in a dog’s diet .
What Kind of Yogurt Can I Give My Dog?
First thing, lets define what we mean when we say yogurt. What we’re talking about is the good kind. It’s plain, has no sugar, and it’s loaded up with probiotics. Not all yogurt has probiotics or is good for you. Read labels!
Yogurt covered pretzels don’t count. While there is a way to make yogurt dog treats, that is for another discussion.
Anything but plain yogurt has additives that, while perfectly fine for humans, are not so great for your dog. Regular yogurt is the best way to ensure that your dog reaps the full benefits to be had.
You’ll also need to avoid things that are yogurt “coated” or “flavored” as they aren’t real yogurt and don’t carry the benefits of yogurt. However, yogurt infused dog treats are fine. There are many to choose from on Amazon.
What Can Yogurt Do?
It is a great source of calcium and zinc and probiotics.
It can help alleviate such problems as gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, infections, inflamed bowels, bacterial overgrowth or other absorption issues.
It’s relatively inexpensive and readily available in almost every supermarket.
It’s also a great source of protein which can aid in weight-loss by creating a longer lasting “full” feeling in your dog’s stomach.
Can I Give My Dog Yogurt For Probiotics?
Good, plain yogurt gives your dog probiotics. Probiotics help with digestion. They get rid of unhealthy bacteria in your pet’s tummy, replacing it with good bacteria. This is especially helpful if you have a dog that is fond of getting into the trash and eating anything it gets it’s nose on.
As we spoke of earlier, there are treats that are already infused with prebiotics and probiotics.
just make sure you read the labels and reviews before buying and you can help your dog live a higher quality of life.
Some medications can cause constipation or diarrhea, but the probiotics can definitely help restore the balance in your dog’s digestive system. Ask your vet about giving it to your dog post surgery as something easy on the tummy with lots of nutritional punch. The added benefit in these situations is the immunity boost that it can give your dog, possibly preventing infections like staphylococus and typhimurium.
Yogurt is easy enough to introduce into your dog’s diet. Some dogs are picky, and not all dogs react well to being given a new food on its own. Try mixing a few tablespoons into your dogs food each day. They will see it as a treat and gobble it up.
Anytime your dog is in an unhealthy situation, yogurt is great for daily use. Use yogurt or treats with yogurt when your dogs tummy is upset, when they are being de-wormed, after surgery, and around giving birth. It’s great for high stress times too.
Upset Tummy Dog Food
- 2 Boneless skinnless chicken breasts
- 4-5 cups cooked brown rice
- about 1 cup of good, plain yogurt
- 2 low sodium beef boullion cubes
Boil boneless skinless breasts til done and dice them finely. Crush boullion cubes and whip them into the yogurt. Mix everything together. Portion it out to your dog as you would their normal dog food. Store excess in the fridge up to 4 days. Continue use until their tummy is better.
Hot Day Yogurt Treat
- 4 cups yogurt (flavored or plain, non-fat if needed)
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
Melt butter in microwave for 30 seconds. Pour all of the ingredients (including melted butter) into a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Pour into Popsicle molds or ice cube trays. Freeze until firm and then pop out using a butter knife. Let your pooch enjoy!