What Are the Benefits of Yogurt for Dogs?

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What Are the Benefits of Yogurt for Dogs?
Plain, unflavored yoghurt is healthy for dogs. (yaourt image by danimages from Fotolia.com)

Yoghurt is typically eaten only by humans, but dogs may also enjoy this tasty treat. The best thing about feeding your dog yoghurt is that it improves digestive and immune system health. Yoghurt provides both humans and dogs essential vitamins, calcium and probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms, such as bacteria, which are safe for the host organism. These good bacteria aid in regulating the digestive system and battling illness.

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There are three main benefits of feeding your dog yoghurt periodically. Yoghurt contains essential vitamins that are beneficial for your dog's overall health. The calcium found in the dairy treat helps to strengthen your dog's bones and skeletal structure. The friendly bacteria found in yoghurt works wonders to improve and regulate your canine's digestion.


There is only one type of yoghurt you can feed your dog or puppy. Feed your dog plain, unflavored yoghurt if you choose to add this dairy product into his diet. Flavoured yoghurt has too much sugar, which is not safe or healthy for dogs.


If your dog is currently experiencing diarrhoea, do not give your dog yoghurt to eat. On the other hand, if your dog has a history of diarrhoea, you may want to feed your dog a small amount of yoghurt and see how his digestion reacts. Monitor your dog's stool. If the stool is consistently loose and runny for more than a few days, take it to a vet for a check-up.

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