Yogurt Dog Treats

These yogurt dog treats are super easy to make, packed with nutrients, and taste so good that people and dogs alike will go wild!

Yogurt Dog Treats Yogurt for dogs? Why not? After all, yogurt is a healthy nutritious food that most dogs like.

But is yogurt good for dogs?

You bet! That is, if you give your dog the right type of yogurt. Not sure which kind of yogurt is good for dogs? Visit this page for more information.

Health Benefits of Ingredients

  • Oats: Oats are rich in B vitamins and are particularly good for the nervous and cardiovascular systems. They are also a good source of selenium, which has antioxidant properties and can help regulate thyroid hormone metabolism. Oats are also rich in fiber.
  • Strawberries: Who doesn't like strawberries? They are sweet, tasty and healthy for both people and dogs! Strawberries are rich in vitamin C; they also contain an amazing combination of phytonutrients that are powerful antioxidants. The antioxidants can help protect the eyes from issues such as dry eye, infections, and macular degeneration - all of which are rather common issues in dogs!

    Strawberries can also help strengthen the immune system, regulate the proper functioning of the brain, and may prevent cancer. They are beneficial for all but especially older dogs.

  • Chia Seeds: See this page for more information on the health benefits of chia seeds.

Simple Yogurt Dog Treats - Basic Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Instructions:

  1. Put rolled oats and chia seeds in a bowl.
  2. Add yogurt and fruit and mix well.
  3. Let soak overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Serve at room temperature in the morning.

Variations

Using the basic recipe above, you can add variations to the yogurt dog treat to give it a different flavor, or different "mouth feel".

More importantly, by adding various specific ingredients, you can use the yogurt dog treats to help your dog with different health issues. For example:

  • Seasonal Allergies: If your dog has seasonal allergies, drizzling a teaspoon of local honey on the treat before serving, mix well.
  • Cushing's Disease: Many vets suggest adding high-lignan flaxseed hulls to a dog's diet if s/he is suffering from Cushing's disease, as the flax hulls can help restore the dog's energy, and return the dog's coat and skin to normal condition. The hulls can also help return the dog's normal weight and appetite. Add a teaspoon of the hulls to the yogurt fruit mix before serving.
  • Digestive Issues: Add a teaspoon of carob powder to the yogurt dog treat if your dog has digestive issues such as loose stool, diarrhea, indigestion, etc. Carob is rich in fiber and can enhance the health of the digestive system.
  • Thyroid Problems: Sprinkle some unsalted sunflower seeds on the yogurt fruit mix. Sunflower seeds are rich in selenium, a trace mineral that has been found to play an imporant role in thyroid hormone metabolism. An added benefit is that, selenium is also a powerful antioxidant!
  • Diabetes: Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the yogurt treat. Cinnamon contains an active ingredient that mimics insulin and helps improve blood sugar regulation.
  • Parasitic Worms: Add a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on your dog's size) of unsalted pumpkin seeds to the yogurt treat. Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid (called cucurbitin), which helps to paralyze and eliminate the worms from the digestive tract.

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Fido's Tips

  • If you run out of strawberries, use other fruits, such as bananas, blueberries, etc.
  • Be sure to use unsweetened yogurt. (Can't believe I said that - I love sweet foods!)

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