Yes. Unless your dog is lactose intolerant. Yogurt contains probiotics (live cultures of bacteria) that do good things for a dog’s gut, particularly for dogs taking antibiotics, which a kill off some of the good bacteria in a dog’s belly. Probiotics also help dogs yeast infections that sometimes irritate a dog’s ears or skin. Yogurt contains calcium and protein, which promote bone and muscle health. It also contains potassium, which helps dogs absorb fluids and maintain a healthy cardiac and nervous system. Compared to other types of yogurt, plain yogurt is safer because it doesn’t contain the added sugars of flavored yogurt, nor does it contain artificial sweeteners. One of these — Xylitol — is extremely toxic to dogs.
- Share a few licks of plain yogurt with your dog when you make your morning smoothie.
- Add a small serving of plain yogurt on top of your dog’s food.
- If your dog is taking antibiotics, offer him a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt several hours after taking her medicine.
- You can buy probiotics made for canines and serve these instead of yogurt.
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