Yes, most dogs can have a little bit of yogurt occasionally. It’s high in calcium and protein, plus it has probiotics that can help improve a dog’s digestive health. However, it’s important to remember that dogs can have a dairy allergy just like humans, and some may even be lactose intolerant.
Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Also, many flavored varieties of yogurt contain a lot of sugar which can cause problems for your pup, including diabetes and obesity. In addition, a few brands of flavored yogurt use artificial sweeteners which can be toxic to dogs, particularly the sugar alcohol xylitol, which can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and liver failure in small doses. read more
If you do decide to give your dog a bit of yogurt, make sure that it’s plain and that you avoid any added sugars or preservatives. Yogurt with fruit should be limited as well, since these usually have high amounts of sugar that can lead to major health issues for dogs.
If you want to add a bit of flavor to your dog’s yogurt, try mixing some plain yogurt with some dog-friendly fruits or vegetables such as watermelon, cantaloupe, berries, carrots, bananas, etc. You can then freeze the mixture in a doggy popsicle mold or ice cube tray to create a delicious and healthy treat for your pup. You can also serve this as a healthy topping for their regular meals for an extra treat or boost of nutrients. This can be especially helpful for dogs who have been taking antibiotics, as yogurt can help return the good gut bacteria to normal.