Yogurt

13 Jan

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Yogurt is very beneficial to feed to your dog. It is a natural source of calcium and it also contains much needed pro-biotics, which are live microorganisms such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus. Pro-biotics are helpful in inhabiting the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut. In addition to calcium, which helps build strong bones, yogurt also contains potassium and magnesium as well as healthy carbohydrates and is a protein source which is easily digested.

Yogurt is of great value in helping combat yeast infections, irritable bowel syndrome, during whelping and times of stress, as well as during deworming. Some studies suggest that yogurt containing the probiotics Lactobacillus GG, acidophilus or bifidobacteria may help ease some types of diarrhea, Yogurt is a further benefit if your dog is going through a round of antibiotics. Yogurt can restore the healthy bacteria in the gut and further boost your dog’s immunity.

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Choose a brand of yogurt that is all natural, sugar free, and if you have a portly pooch, then fat free would be a good choice. Be certain to read your yogurt ingredient label for sugar content and for pro-biotics. I use plain greek yogurt for my dogs. Depending upon how much your dog weighs, typically one or two tablespoons mixed into their food daily is sufficient. If your dog is on an antibiotic, or his immune system is being compromised, then you can increase the amount of yogurt. Additionally, if your dog has tummy upsets including flatulence, then adding an additional spoonful of plain yogurt will be beneficial.

Consider coating your homemade dog treats with plain yogurt. Another fun way to get yogurt into your dog’s diet is to freeze the small cups of plain yogurt. You could also place yogurt into ice cube trays and freeze it that way. Pop a cube or two and put directly into your dog’s food bowl, or let them eat their healthy and tasty treat outside if the weather is nice.

Written by:  Brenda M. Tobin-Flood, Cert. C.N.

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With a background in Animal Science, Animal Nutrition, and Natural Health, I can help you to create a holistic wellness plan for your animal companions.  Does your pet have an acute or chronic disease? I use natural curative treatments such as homeopathy, herbs and essential oils.  Have any questions, or to schedule an appointment,  email brenda@rubysnaturals.com

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