Yogurt for Dogs

Is yogurt good for dogs? You bet! Yogurt is an excellent dog treat ingredient that is healthy and nutritious. It is easy to be incorporated in dog biscuits, muffins and frozen treats. Most dogs like the taste and that's a big plus!

Yogurt for Dogs Yogurt is another natural healthy ingredient that can be used to make delicious dog treats.

Yogurt is rich in protein, vitamins B2 and B12, as well as minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.

In addition, yogurt contains probiotics, the "friendly bacteria" that are so important for supporting digestive health and boosting immunity.

Yogurt for Dogs - Which Type?

There are so many different types of yogurt you can get now at the stores, it is really difficult to know which type is good for dogs, isn't it?

Well, when shopping for yogurt for your dog, choose one that is organic and look for these 4 things on the label:

  • Unsweetened: Sugar is, as you know, not good for dogs, so always use plain unsweetened yogurt for dogs.
  • Non-fat: This one is a no-brainer. Too much fat is not good for dogs either, especially for those who are prone to pancreatitis.
  • With "live and active cultures": Not all yogurt contains live probiotics. Look for one that contains at least 1,000,000 live bacteria/gram of yogurt, or 106 CFUs (colony forming units).
  • With added Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A lot of commercial dog foods are low in Omega-3 fatty acids, so it is good to have additional source of this important nutrient for our dogs. Omega-3 is essential for healthy skin and immune system. It is anti-inflammatory and is good for dogs with allergies, arthritis, and cancer.

Benefits of Yogurt for Dogs

  • Promotes Digestive Health: As mentioned above, the probiotics in yogurt promote digestive health, by improving intestinal function and fortifying the intestinal lining. These friendly bacteria help fight against the bad harmful bacteria that cause diarrhea. Therefore, yogurt helps dogs with diarrhea caused by digestive problems such as colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, or diarrhea caused by antibiotics.

    If your dog is taking antibiotics, it helps a lot to feed him yogurt to replenish some of the good bacteria killed off by the antibiotics.

  • Keeps Yeast In Check: Moreover, if there is a healthy balance of gut bacteria in a dog's digestive system, there is less chance for yeast to overgrow, which means there is less chance for the dog to develop yeast infections.
  • Boosts Immunity: Yogurt is rich in protein, which is an essential nutrient that we all (dogs included) need. In addition, with added Omega-3 fatty acids, yogurt can strengthen a dog's immune system.

Feeding Yogurt to Dogs

The simplest way to give yogurt to your dog is to put a tablespoon or so on the dog food! Better yet, if you have flax seed, mix the yogurt with some ground flax seed for added fiber and essential fatty acids.

You can also mix some fruits (blueberries, bananas, etc.) with yogurt and serve that as a healthy treat.

Frozen yogurt, anyone? This will make a great treat for the summer.

Of course, yogurt can also be added to baked treats such as cookies and muffins, and can be used to make dog treat icing.