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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Benefits of Yogurt for Dogs

Yogurt is a natural source of calcium and it contains bacteria like Lactobacilos Acidophilus which are the natural inhabitants of the digestive tract. L. Acidophilus is a probiotic that helps in the process of digestion by inhibiting the growth of other harmful bacteria. Yogurt helps in certain gastrointestinal conditions like yeast infection, diarrhea, constipation and irritable bowel movement. It also produces folic acid and niacin which are important vitamins in pregnancy of humans as well as dogs. Benefits of yogurt for dogs are:
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Changes the microflora of the gut
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Reduces incidence of yeast infection
Yogurt for Yeast Infection in Dogs

Yeasts are single cellular organisms, which are the normal inhabitants in a dog's body. One of the family of yeast called Candida Albicans are known to survive on sugars and fats, and release toxins that affect the dog's immune system, nervous system and the endocrine system. Yeast toxins cause a hot of health problems, the symptoms of some of which are listed here.
  • Food Allergies
  • Hives and other skin eruptions
  • Itching and skin rashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Scratching in and around the ears
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Chewing paws
  • Offensive body odor
For the treatment of yeast infection in dogs, an anti-yeast diet is recommended. Anti-yeast diet includes meat, mostly vegetables and some diary products. Yogurt for dogs has been highly recommended in the treatment of yeast infection. It is known to treat most of the yeast infection symptoms like skin rashes and allergies. Yogurt for dogs ears have also been recommended for fast relief from itching. There are certain shortcomings of yogurt for dogs in the treatment of yeast infection. Yogurt cannot cure yeast infection but only provides temporary relief. The active bacteria present in yogurt can only target yeast cells but not the cause that promotes the growth of yeast.

Yogurt for Dogs with Diarrhea

Acute bout of diarrhea in dogs can emerge for no apparent reason. That gets most of us worried and we tend to rush him to the vet. Diarrhea is caused by harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses present in the body. Ignoring the symptoms of diarrhea can lead to serious consequences, like dehydration and weakening of the immune system. Normally, vets recommend a bowl of low fat plain yogurt to treat diarrhea. Being pro biotic in nature, the microorganism present in yogurt releases hydrogen peroxide and lactic acid which destroys or inhibits the harmful bacteria responsible for diarrhea in dogs.

The Best Yogurt for Dogs

Only plain, unflavored yogurt is the best for your dog. You can easily make plain yogurt at home. But, if it is too much hassle for you, then varieties of plain yogurt are available in the stores. Check the label to be sure that the yogurt contains active L. acidophilus. Your dog may like the flavored yogurt, but it contains high sugar content, much more that your dog can consume. Too much sugar can cause bacterial imbalance as bacteria thrives on sugar. Yogurt which contains artificial sweeteners has to be avoided as the dog might be allergic to sugar substitutes. These can produce side effects like depression, seizures and disorientation.

But how much yogurt for dogs is required?

You know that yogurt is beneficial for your dogs. You also need to know how much yogurt should your dog consume. Yogurt contains calcium which is good for the bones of your dog. But overfeeding your dog with calcium supplements is known to cause bone abnormalities in dogs. The quantity of yogurt should be 1 tsp to 1tbsp depending on the size of your dog. If you are giving yogurt for the first time, start with small amounts to prevent stomach upset.

If you intend to put your dog on yogurt supplement, do check up with your vet. Yogurt for dogs sound a bit unrealistic in the beginning, but this article must have definitely helped you to conclude that yogurt is a dog's best friend.

Source: Buzzle.com

The  benefits of yogurt include a boost to immunity and it is high in calcium (so use it sparingly with dogs).  Commercial yogurt coating also contains sugar, another reason to use it when using it as an icing or frosting for dog treats.

For our treats, we use natural plain yogurt coating instead of sweeter sugary candy coatings with a tasteful touch in their different designs and flavors.

Spoil your dogs and given a healthy life at the same time with Oh my Dog! Holistic Doggery


  1. I give my dog small bowls of plain yoghurt every couple of days. A tbsp seems hardly worth the effort. thanks.

    1. One of my dog suffers from colitis and after a few expensive visits to the vet, I discovered this inexpensive remedy. I mix a couple of tablespoons in his food...problem solved! I have not visit the vet with the colitis problem in almost 3 years!!

    2. Started giving my 5 mos old American Bulldog yoghurt a couple of days into her diarrhea and she is now cleared up completely. I gave her a half of a cup twice a day for two days now a quarter cup everyday for maintainence. Her eyes are now clear and not more puss in the inside corners is just a bonus. Love, Love, Love it!!!

    3. Too much yogurt can be dangerous. Look it up. Just a teaspoon to a table spoon is all they need.

    4. I've been using it to get rid of cysts on the surface of my dogs skin. She is getting older. I work with dogs and see in a number of them as they get older these cysts form. Mostly not dangerous. But they can grow and get bigger. I've seen many dog owners take their dogs into the vet to get them removed. My dog had hers for a couple of months and grew from a dime to a quarter size and got harder. After 10 days of a tablespoon of organic plain yogurt a day, it was gone!!

  2. I have to tell you that this is a miracle cure!!!!! I am sharing your website EVERY WHERE! My dog had horrible, I mean horrible diarrhea. I came across your website and gave him plain organic yogurt mixed in with a little bit of his dry food. Within 24 hours, diarrhea CURED! I can't thank you enough!!!

  3. Hello Dog Owners,

    I read your article with great interest, as our family dog was diagnosed with heart condition and was given 12 months to live.

    He was put on a strict diet which included Yogurt, that was 6 years ago. Today he can't get enough of "throw the ball" time. In my opinion "Yogurt" and diet saved his life.

    In my recent research into yogurt for dogs I refer you to this website www.yoggie.co.nz

    My greatest interest in this product is that it's a natural coconut yogurt for dogs. Which means no dairy, no added sweeteners, and no preservatives.

    It is available next month (August 2013) I am looking forward to it.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your article online to other dog owners. I will be sure to share this article as much as I can.


    1. y Dog was diagnosed with Cancer as well can you please share with me what kind of diet your dog is on and what it consist of? The link you have posted for the yogurt doesn't open to anything :( Your time s much appreciated.

  4. Blue buffalo has dog treats with yogurt that's only $4.99 for a pretty big bag

    1. It's $4.99 at petsmart. I think it's a little bit more at other stores

  5. my lab puppy seems to have very loose stools at 7 months old. No other symptoms and no lack of energy or signs of illness. Will buy some natural yoghurt today .

  6. Gave my American Bulldog yoghurt two days into her bout with diarrhea and she is now over it completely. Her puss in the corners of her eyes are gone and her eyes being clear is just a bonus. Love, Love, Love it.!!!

  7. Thank You for this article. I learned a lot. I wanted to give my dog oatmeal this morning. Continued reading about other pet information and stopped by here. So glad I did.

  8. I just got a Golden Lab/Golden Retriever mix pup she is about 10 weeks old and has had REALLY bad diarrhea since coming home (3 days)...I have just given her, her first little bit of yogurt with diner tonight and I am hoping it helps ...I will update ...but thank you so much for having your Blog info :)

  9. What brand of yogurt should I give my dog

  10. My dog was diagnosed with an autoimmune issue which causes lesions along his gum lines. This is very painful to him and I am looking for a natural supplement to his diet to help. I am tired of having him on antibiotics and prednisone. I'm going to try organic unflavored yogurt, but is there anything else and how much do I give a 7 pound dog? Thank you so much for any information that you can give to me.

  11. My dog has a real bad door and scratches all the time no matter what we do and have tried nothing works any help would be appreciated

    1. My sister has spent thousands on her dogs yeast infection. I watched a vet online say natural unflavored Greek yogurt ( I give him one spoon in the morning and one at night) and a rinse for his skin ( one gallon of water and one cup of regular vinegar(in the salad dressing isle) it's working great.... it takes awhile

  12. Try using a dandruff shampoo for itchy dogs. I have a Morkie who constantly itched until I tried this and it helped. I do not use this on her head, only baby shampoo so it won't hurt her eyes..

  13. i agree! Every time my dog suffers from diarrhea the only food that I would give her is plain Greek yogurt and it's amazing how it works! In just an hour or so her problem is solved! No stress, no worries .. yogurt does it's work!

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  19. I've read allot of God things here, my dachshund is starting to itch her ears like crazy and has almost licked her right paw raw! Very concerned, I've done the camamile tea bath and oatmeal, today I bought yogurt before reading this and just got vanilla flavored as I thought that would be best now I've already feed it to her! I did it all wrong my poor fur baby is suffering help! And she's gotten very picky with her food