yogurt for dogs

Inspired by Hurricane’s recent diet of eggs, green peas, pumpkin and now yogurt.  I’ve embarked of giving Sparky a holistic diet as well.  This evening, I tried giving him some yogurt and guess what?  He loved it as well!  In case you are wondering if Sparky is a vacuum cleaner (meaning he eats any and everything), well he is not… He can be quite picky when it comes to food.

Only plain, unflavoured yogurt is good for dogs.  Avoid yogurt with fruit as it contains high levels of sugar that are not suitable for dogs.  Check the label to be sure that the yogurt contains active L. acidophilus.  I decided to go with my friend’s recommendation of Farmers Union Greek Style natural yogurt.

Benefits of yogurt for dogs:

Yoghurt is a natural source of calcium and it contains bacteria like Lactobacillus acidophilus which are the natural inhabitants of the digestive tract. L. Acidophilus is a probiotic that helps in the process of digestion by inhibiting the growth of other harmful bacteria. Yogurt helps in certain gastrointestinal conditions like yeast infection, diarrhea, constipation and irritable bowel movement. It also produces folic acid and niacin which are important vitamins in pregnancy of humans as well as dogs. Benefits of yogurt for dogs are:

  • Enhances the immune system
  • Changes the microflora of the gut
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Reduces incidence of yeast infection

Sparky lapping it up and obviously very thrilled with yet another new treat!

I took an excerpt of the benefits of yogurt for dogs from these articles.  To learn more, click here and here.

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