Most veterinarians would tell you that yogurt is beneficial to dogs in a number of ways. Many times, pet owners will wonder what are the best kinds to give their furry friends. It is not uncommon to hear both cats and dogs react positively to this tasty dairy product.
Yes, dogs can consume yogurt, too, but they do not necessarily need to. This dairy food is also rich in many important nutrients including protein and calcium. So, it is a very important part of your dog’s diet. What’s more, the benefits of yogurt may help decrease your dog’s risk of certain types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, rectum, bladder and colon.
One of the most common benefits of yogurt is the apparent nutritional value. The problem is, too much plain yogurt may not be beneficial to dogs at all. The type of yogurt that you buy in stores is generally cow’s or goat’s yogurt. The kind that you buy from a health food store is fruit-based yogurt.
So, if you choose yogurts with fruit-based sweeteners, be sure to read the labels carefully. Do you really want to feed your dog foods that contain sugars and other artificial ingredients? Although they might taste good, they can actually contribute to obesity. Not only does feeding your dog sugar-free or artificial sweeteners encourage obesity, it can also weaken the teeth. In addition, some types of sweeteners can create a toxic environment that breeds bacteria.
The best kinds of yogurt for dogs are those without added sweeteners, carbohydrates and bacteria. Natural plain yogurt is very good for dogs. It contains probiotics, which help to regulate the levels of good (beneficial) bacteria in the gut. When you choose Greek yogurt, look for the ingredient “live acidophilus cultures” and “real grade yogurt cultures” to be certain that you’re getting what you need.
Another benefit of yogurt is its use as a food for dogs with lactose intolerance. Most veterinarians will tell you that a dog needs about 1 cup of yogurt per pound of body weight on a daily basis. If you have one of these dogs, choose the plain variety. Plain yogurt contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which is the same bacteria found in the human mouth that helps to prevent and treat an assortment of illnesses. Yogurt also contains a non-bacterial component called “Probiotics,” which are beneficial bacteria that provide the body with more needed bacteria than it usually gets. This is the reason why some dogs seem to be healthy and others seem to be chronically sick.
It’s important to choose yogurts that are made without sugar and that contain live cultures. If you don’t choose yogurt that contains live cultures, then it may not be beneficial to your pet. Yogurt that has sugar or artificial sweeteners can actually cause your dog to suffer from more diarrhea than if it were made without the sweeteners. If you choose yogurts without sugar and live cultures, try to make sure that they are unsweetened. Sweeteners cause the body to release more insulin than it normally does, which contributes to a higher risk of diabetes. Therefore, they should be avoided in any circumstance.
Yogurt for dogs with lactose intolerance should be a regular part of their diet. The bacteria in yogurt play an important role in helping your dog to digest lactose in a gentle manner. You can also give your dog dairy products that are low-fat plain yogurt, as well as low-fat or skim milk. These dairy products help to keep your dog from being affected by chronic diarrhea caused by other kinds of foods that cause the same problem.