Even though we’re not supposed to spoil our dogs with treats, we can’t say no to those sweet eyes and adorable begging faces sometimes. There are however a few snacks we should never cave in to, like chocolate or grapes and raisins.
Is yogurt one of those foods you should definitely say no to?
No, your dog can eat yogurt safely. In fact, many dog parents use yogurt as a healthy snack option for their dogs. It is filled with nutrients that support your dog’s overall health such as probiotics, proteins, and calcium. However, not all dogs can enjoy yogurt safely.
Let’s discuss what you need to know regarding feeding your dog yogurt safely, and the benefits of doing so.
Benefits of yogurt
Yogurt is a food source of protein and calcium for dogs. This has the benefit of promoting good circulation, improving bone and teeth health, and preventing the onset of diseases related to old age. Yogurt also contains probiotics that support gut health.
Feeding your dog yogurt
Note that not all yogurt is safe for your dog. You should only be feeding your dog plain yogurt that does not contain many extra ingredients or sweeteners, especially one called xylitol. This sweetener is toxic to dogs. You should also serve yogurt in moderation, adhering to portion sizes, to avoid dog obesity.
Your dog’s veterinarian should be able to advise on appropriate portions based on your dog’s breed and size. Typically, this is around a tablespoon. Do not feed your dog yogurt if he/she is lactose intolerant as it can lead to an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea.