Can Dogs Eat Yogurt

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

When dogs eat yogurt, it can be worrying for some pet owners, but yogurt is actually a healthy boost for your canine companion!

Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?

Yogurt rich in calcium and protein has the potential to be a healthy snack and dietary supplement for your dog. However, not all types of yogurt are suitable for dogs.

  • Flavored yogurt, such as vanilla, cherry, and peach, is high in sugar and fat and is best avoided.
  • Yogurt with artificial sweeteners are not good for dogs – xylitol, in particular, is very toxic for them. So be sure to check the ingredients before buying and feeding your dog.
  • Vets recommend plain and Greek-style yogurts, which contain live bacteria and are low in fat.
  • You could blend fresh fruit with plain yogurt to make a healthy version of flavored yogurt, like strawberry or blueberry.

Note: Yogurt is best avoided if your dog is lactose intolerant.

A dog holding a yogurt pouch with its teeth

Yogurt could be a handy source of protein for your dog. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Benefits of Yogurt for Dogs

Natural yogurt is packed with probiotics, which are excellent for the digestive system and can help your dog recover from diarrhea. Probiotic food is particularly beneficial after your dog has been on a course of antibiotics, in order to rebuild their immune system.

Ways to Give Yogurt

You could mix the yogurt with their daily food to get them used to the taste or give them a few spoons after dinner as dessert. One to two tablespoons is a good daily intake for your dog.

Alternatively, try dipping their dog biscuits in yogurt or freezing yogurt ice cubes to make a refreshing and healthy treat on a hot day!

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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