Yes. Nutritional yeast is one human food that is safe for dogs as well. Note that this is not the same kind of yeast used for rising purposes, like in loaves of bread or buns. That type of yeast is toxic for dogs.
With that being said, always consult your vet before adding anything new to your dog’s diet. Let’s discuss how nutritional yeast can benefit your dog:
Benefits of Nutritional Yeast
If you are vegetarian or vegan and your dog is on a similar diet, nutritional yeast is a great option to ensure he/she gets all the necessary vitamins and nutrients. Nutritional yeast is chockful of B vitamins. This includes:
- Vitamin B 1 which helps to boost metabolism
- Vitamin B2 which keeps the immune system strong
- Vitamin B9 that improves cognitive function and promotes mental agility
Nutritional yeast also contains protein that promotes overall well-being, strong bones and muscle, cell creation, and nerve health. It also helps their food to taste better, which is great for picky eaters!
How to Feed Your Dog Nutritional Yeast
Ask your vet about the right portion sizes if you are unsure about what you should give to your dog. Starting with a teaspoon is usually recommended, but this varies depending on the size of your dog, and his/her dietary needs. Note that you should only purchase veterinarian-recommended brands. Ensure the yeast is properly cooked, as uncooked yeast can be toxic.
Has your dog been enjoying his/her nutritional yeast? How do you serve it?