Adding Yogurt to Your Dog Food

by Leslie Darling
Read the label before giving your dog yogurt -- it should have no sugar or sweeteners.

Read the label before giving your dog yogurt -- it should have no sugar or sweeteners.

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The same nutritious qualities that make yogurt a healthy snack for people also make it a good choice for Fido. Plus, your pooch will think he's gettin a special treat when you feed him people food! Just make sure to add the right type of yogurt.

Live Bacteria

When choosing yogurt, pick one that has live active bacteria. The active bacteria act as probiotics, which are healthy bacteria that aid in digestion and improve immune system function. If your dog is taking antibiotics, which kill both good and bad bacteria, feed him the yogurt at least four hours after he takes his medicine.

Yeast

Yogurt can also help to ward off excessive yeast, which can lead to ear infections and skin problems. Choose yogurt that has no sugar or artificial sweeteners or flavors, because yeast feeds off sugar. If your tail-wagger is a bit chubby, also go with yogurt that is fat-free yogurt and doesn’t contain fat substitutes.

Nutrients

Yogurt provides your pooch with extra calcium for strong bones and colon health, potassium and magnesium. Yogurt also provides easy-to-digest protein and healthy carbohydrates and fats and improves the absorption of vitamin B12 -- all things that he needs for energy to chase balls and jump for Frisbees.

How Much to Feed?

Depending on weight, one or two tablespoons atop his regular dog food is all you need to feed your dog to provide him wih the benefits of yogurt. If he’s on antibiotics, you might want to adjust up, or if Fido is a particularly flatulent breed, such as boxers and bulldogs, more might be beneficial for his digestion. Consult with your vet before making any changes to your pooch's diet.

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About the Author

Leslie Darling has been a writer since 2003, writing regularly for "Mississippi Magazine" and "South Mississippi Living," specializing in food and wine, animals and pets, and all things Southern. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.

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