Friday, January 16, 2009

ASK LOLA: Is Yogurt Good for Dogs?

Dear Lola: What do you think about yogurt for dogs. I have a Poodle and a Maltese. Someone suggested it, but I'm not sure if it is good for them or how much? Just thought you might have an idea.

Sincerely, Jeannie & Yoghounds

Dear Jeannie & Yoghounds: The one thing every dog loves is food. So, it is important to always know pet food do's and don'ts. But, lucky for my pup pals, yogurt is on the enjoy with your hearts content list. Don't get me wrong some rules apply & moderation is key. Plain, unflavored yogurt with active probiotic bacteria & healthy cultures is perfectly fine to feed your dogs. It will help promotes their overall healthy well being & get their tails wagging.

Like any, loving parent, always read food labels before selecting the yogurt brand of choice. Since dogs are highly sensitive and can't tolerate certain sugar. So, the best bet is to stay away from flavored yogurt which contains quite a mouth full of sugar. As well as avoid light yogurt which contains artificial sweeteners. Make sure the yogurt you buy contains active yogurt cultures (active L. acidophilus). My parents add a little bit to my meals to foster healthy digestion and aid in the elimination of unhealthy bacteria.

Yogurt Benefits:

1. Good source of calcium
2. Provides protection from bad bacteria.
3. Aids in folic acid and niacin production both necessary for good health, especially in pregnant dogs.
4. Promotes healthy digestion
5. Lowers cholesterol
6. Reduces harmful intestinal bacteria like E. coli
7.Improve immune function.
8. Lessens occurrence of yeast infections
10. Helps replenish digestive system naturally after dog has been prescribed antibiotics which can kill the good intestinal bacteria.
11. Great for soothing an upset stomach.

As always it is important to seek the advice of a trusted vet who can help you incorporate it in your dogs diet and tell you the amount. My parents put a spoonful of yogurt in my dog food and I love it. Which by the way has been lovingly prepared by hand by mom. I must say the yogurt adds quite a nice flavor and touch.

Hey, if your dogs come to love yogurt then they will fall head over paw for a delicious frozen treat made with dogs in minds. Yoghund is an organic, all natural, & healthy frozen yogurt treat for dogs. Check it out!!

Barkingly yours,

Lola the eco dog

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Anonymous said...

My dogs, Lola and Sam, love yogurt, too. I add a spoonful to their dry/wet mix. They also go bonkers over cottage cheese, which boggles my mind.

Anonymous said...

I was just having this conversation yesterday with someone asking whether or not yogurt was ok for dogs. Now I know - thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I foind a great recipe my dogs LOVE! 1 LARGE YOGART, 1 BANANA, 2 TABLESPOONS OF HONEY. MIX WELL & PUT IN CONTAINERS TO FREEZE! Give it a try your dogs will thank you!LOL