Pet Tips, Dog Health

Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?

April 29, 2022

I Already Wrote About Kefir And How, In Many Ways, It’s Better Than Yogurt…So Why The Yogurt Post?

dogs yogurtBesides the fact that I needed a dog safe food that starts with Y, I understand why not every dog owner would want to go through the process of making kefir for their dogs.  Most people are much more open to the idea of feeding yogurt verses fermenting milk in their own kitchen.  It may not be the powerhouse of a probiotic that kefir is, but is yogurt still beneficial?

The Benefits Of Giving Dogs Yogurt

dogs yogurtMost people feed yogurt for its probiotic properties.  It’s thought to be able to help with intestinal issues such as gas and upset stomach.  There are a couple of potential problems with this theory.  One is that, like I mentioned in my kefir post, the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt doesn’t normally colonize the intestinal tract.  They act more as helpers, providing food and a proper environment for the good bacteria already in the gut to preform optimally.

Another issue is that some yogurt brands sold in grocery stores are pasteurized.  This heating process is used to kill off any potentially dangerous pathogens, but it also kills any beneficial bacteria present.

If your looking for probiotic benefits, I’d look into using a probiotic supplement.

However, that doesn’t mean yogurt is necessarily bad.  Some yogurts do contain live cultures that, as I already mentioned, can help the good bacteria already present in the gut preform better.  Yogurt also provides calcium, protein, potassium, and folic acid, among other nutrients.

What To Look Out For

Make sure you never feed your dog yogurt that contains Xylitol!

Plain, unflavored yogurt is best when you’re buying it for your dog.  Flavored yogurts can actually contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause GI upset, pretty much the opposite result that most owners are looking for when they feed their dogs yogurt.  Yogurt can also cause symptoms in dogs who are lactose intolerant.

I Don’t Regularly Feed My Dogs Yogurt

Especially not since we discovered kefir!  However, I do occasionally eat yogurt myself, and will often let my dogs lick my bowl or yogurt container clean.  If you bought yogurt especially for your dog, I’d offer only small amounts at a time, perhaps as a food topper, at least until you know that your dog reacts well to it.

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  • Reply greyzoned at Angels Bark Blog April 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I use yogurt as a topper. Somehow I missed your Kefir post so will have to go back and check into that… If it’s hard or time consuming though, I’ll stick with plain yogurt! 🙂

    Michele at Angels Bark

  • Reply Lisa April 29, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    I usually have lemon yogurt, and my dog doesn’t like it. Too tangy I guess.

  • Reply Beth April 30, 2022 at 8:57 am

    My daughter’s dog loves to lick out the empty yogurt containers!


  • Reply jana rade May 1, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Plain yogurt can be a wonderful addition to a dog diet. I prefer plain yogurt myself. My dog prefers raw goats milk or sour cream, though 🙂

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