Can dogs eat yogurt?
Modern Dog Magazine says yogurt is a good source of available calcium and protein. When choosing yogurt, pick one that has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. The active bacteria may act as probiotics. Probiotic, which literally means ”for life,” refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts.
If your pooch is pudgy, make sure that you pick fat-free yogurt but not one that contains fat substitute.
Frozen yogurt is a nice summer treat for dogs. Sometimes, you can also feel free to add some fresh blueberries, strawberries, apples, bananas or other safe fruits that dogs can eat to the yogurt to make it more delicious. It will be like icecream for dogs! Of course, dogs cannot eat ice-cream because it’s too much fat and sugars so the yogurt will serve as a great substitute.
Dairy foods are high in fat and may upset your dogs’ stomach, and cause them to become overweight. However dogs can eat nonfat plain yogurt occasionally as a treat.
Also, for a lot of dogs out there, dairy products act as natural laxatives so I would really look out and not feed too much of it to my dog- especially, if you know your dog gets an upset stomach quite easily! Something to note is that yogurt is easier to digest than milk. Many dogs that cannot tolerate milk, either because of a protein allergy or lactose intolerance, can enjoy yogurt. The culturing process makes yogurt more digestible than milk. The live active cultures create lactase, the enzyme lactose-intolerant dogs lack, and another enzyme contained in some yogurts (beta-galactosidase) also helps improve lactose absorption in lactase-deficient dogs.
Bacterial enzymes created by the culturing process, partially digest the milk protein casein, making it easier to absorb and less allergenic. This works quite the same for children. It has been observed that children who cannot tolerate milk can often eat yogurt without any intestinal upset. While the amount varies among brands of yogurt, in general, yogurt has less lactose than milk. The culturing process has already broken down the milk sugar lactose into glucose and galactose, two sugars that are easily absorbed by lactose-intolerant persons.
Culturing of yogurt increases the absorption of calcium and B-vitamins. The lactic acid in the yogurt aids in the digestion of the milk calcium, making it easier to absorb.
The bacterial cultures in yogurt have also been shown to stimulate infection-fighting white cells in the bloodstream. Some studies have shown yogurt cultures to contain a factor that has anti-tumor effects in experimental animals.
This can sound contradicting to the information above but yogurt, because it contains less lactose and more lactase, is usually well-tolerated by healing intestines and is a popular “healing food” for diarrhea.
There are a few studies that have shown that yogurt can reduce the blood cholesterol. This may be because the live cultures in yogurt can assimilate the cholesterol or because yogurt binds bile acids, (which has also been shown to lower cholesterol), or both.
In conclusion, dogs can eat yogurt. They should be fed yogurt as a small, occasional treat, not an as everyday thing. Most importantly, if you dog is prone to weight-gain, please feed non-fat yogurt only!
As you can see, our friends Kitty and Coco approve of yogurt, so I am sure it is good for your health!:) I trust my pals way more than online research.