Is it safe to give my dog yogurt?
Yes. Dogs have trouble digesting lactose, but yogurt is fine. if it’s plain, non-fat and has live cultures in it, you are giving your dog a healthy treat. Never use flavored yogurt, because it has too much sugar and won’t be safe or healthy for your dog.
Yogurt is a good way to supplement extra calcium, protein, potassium and magnesium in a dog’s diet, because they are essential nutrients and minerals that are beneficial for your dog’s overall health. The calcium strengthens your dog’s bones and skeletal structure.
Yogurt is also a probiotic, and the friendly bacteria found in it works wonders to improve and regulate your canine’s digestion, but don’t give it if your dog has diarrhea.
You can give yogurt to your dog a few different ways:
• Mixed into kibble: Pour 1 cup of dry dog food or kibble in to a bowl, then mix about two tablespoons of non-fat, plain yogurt into the bowl. You want to mix it very well, so that A) you’ll to avoid large clumps of yogurt forming and B) the dog will get an even amount of kibble and yogurt with each bite.
• Spoon-feed: Some like it straight! Just put it on the tip and let the dog lick it. Never try to shove the spoon down her throat!
This might be the most fun of all:
Make a yogurt version of a food puzzle. Add 2 tablespoons of plain non-fat yogurt to a thick rubber dog toy that has a hole in one end. These toys are made to have treats hidden inside.
Put the toy on the floor for the dog to play with.
Allow the dog to play with the rubber toy and try to reach the yogurt treat hidden inside.
When she’s done and has eaten the yogurt, rinse the rubber dog toy out thoroughly.