Yogurt can be a delicious (and healthy) treat for humans…
But is it safe for a dog to eat?
In this guide, you’ll find answers to all your yogurt-related questions.
So, let’s take a look.
Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Yes, dog’s can eat yogurt… but it depends on the ingredients.
Plain yogurt is the best. It’s free of any preservatives or sweeteners that could be bad for your dog.
You’ll need to watch out for xylitol, which is an artificial sweetener that’s very toxic to a dog.
What’s more, certain flavors (such as chocolate, for example) are off-limits, due to the extra toxicity risk they pose.
Yogurts that contain live active bacteria might help your dog’s digestive system, especially if they’ve been taking antibiotics recently.
Yogurt also contains plenty of protein and calcium, which supports healthy bone and muscle development.
Any Side Effects?
Many dogs are lactose intolerant… so yogurt could cause digestive upset, especially if eaten in large amounts.
It’s best to start out small, and only serve plain yogurt.
Additionally, dogs with pancreatitis won’t benefit from the fatty content of yogurt… nor will dogs who are overweight.
Can Dog Eat Strawberry Yogurt?
Dog’s can eat yogurt in small amounts.
And they can eat strawberries.
In fact, strawberries have lots of healthy antioxidants, as well as vitamin C and reasonable fiber content.
But you need to check the ingredient label carefully. Many ‘strawberry yogurt’ products may actually contain additional sweeteners and preservatives that aren’t safe for your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Blueberry Yogurt?
Blueberries are also safe for dogs to eat (in moderation.)
They contain lots of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants which can support your dog’s immune system and digestive health.
But again, make sure there aren’t any artificial sweeteners or flavorings that are hazardous for your dog to eat.
Can Dogs Eat Vanilla Greek Yogurt?
Yes. Greek yogurt is usually a safe choice for dogs.
It contains no additives, low-fat content, and plenty of probiotics that can be beneficial to your dog.
But watch out for artificial vanilla flavorings or sweeteners, as well as xylitol.
Can Dogs Eat Raspberry Yogurt?
Raspberries are safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. They have plenty of fiber, along with vitamin C, manganese, potassium, copper, iron, folic acid, magnesium, and more.
However, according to the American Kennel Club, they also contain one of the highest naturally occurring levels of xylitol… which is a dangerous sweetener for dogs.
It doesn’t mean your dog can’t eat any raspberries at all, but keep the quantity low.
Can Dogs Eat Yogurt With Probiotics?
Yes, plain yogurt with probiotics can be healthy for your dog in moderation.
Keep in mind that yogurt can trigger a dog’s lactose intolerance, so don’t serve too much. But probiotics can be good for your dog’s digestive health. Consider mixing in a small amount with your dog’s regular wet food.
Quality, low-fat, plain yogurt is best. You don’t need to give your dog ‘probiotic enhanced’ products.
Can Dogs Eat Yogurt With Fruit?
Many fruits (such as strawberries and blueberries) are great for dogs, but it depends on the fruit that’s in the yogurt.
Something to be aware of is that many fruit-based yogurts have more ingredients than you think. In fact, they may contain sweeteners, preservatives, or xylitol… all of which could be problematic for your dog’s digestion and general health.
Can Dogs Eat Soy Yogurt?
Soy comes from processed almonds, and in small doses, it should be fine for dogs.
However, some dogs can be allergic to soy. If so, it can cause digestive issues, along with diarrhea and vomiting.