Is Feeding Dogs Yogurt Smart?

Nimble shares most of her home made yogurt treats... she understands about feeding dogs yogurt in moderationNimble gets a piece now and then... most of her home made yogurt treats go to the neighborhood doggies

Feeding dogs yogurt has it's pros and cons.  Awareness of the ingredients in your dog's yogurt is so darned important! 

Furthermore, understanding that your furry pal's digestive system is different than ours explains why moderation is the key...

I believe this applies to all “human food” I might decide to feed my Nimble doggy.

Our Reasons for Feeding Dogs Yogurt

There's many reasons why doggy parents feed their dog yogurt...

  • The taste of yogurt appeals to many dogs... especially frozen yogurt dog treats during hot weather.  I had a really picky dog... she loved grandma's plain yogurt!  Nimble loves this dog treat and her frozen homemade yogurt dog treats.

Click here to see Nimble's “secret” homemade frozen yogurt snack (she doesn't mind!).

  • Yogurt can be found just about anywhere.... even organic and plain.
  • This soft treat for dogs has lots of nutritional qualities.   However, how well our canines digest this dairy product (and other nutritious human foods) is questionable (just my opinion).

Just think'in... do you have a hot, healthy and safe yogurt (or other) home made doggy treat recipe?  Please click here to share it with us.  Or, you may leave it in the comments section below.  Thanks.

  • Use yogurt as a dog food remedy.  Many yogurt brands contain friendly bacteria (probiotics) that are super beneficial to a dog's digestive system.  For this reason, feeding dogs yogurt to maintain a healthy population of these live cultures is popular.  More on this later...
  • Yogurt dog food storage is simple.   Just plop 'em in your 'frig.
  • Dog yogurt has a decent shelf life... refrigeration is a must.
  • It's very convenient... feed right out of the container.  You can easily add fruit or make easy yogurt dog treats!  And yes... dogs can eat apples.  Click here if you're unsure.

Serving dogs yogurt with a little organic fruit flavors nicely!Fruit and proteins aren't too compatible. I mix a little in Nimble's yogurt... her system digests it ok.

Reasons for Not Feeding Dogs Yogurt

This tasty gourmet dog treat isn't the cheapest of dog vittles.  However, you get what you pay for.

Be aware of dog food intolerance symptoms to one or more of the ingredients in yogurt.  If you feel unsure about serving your furry pal yogurt, contact your veterinarian for advice.  Mother nature designed our companions' digestive systems to consume a healthy dog food diet different from ours.  However, there are some similarities!

Planning to spice up your dog's yogurt with other good dog food ingredients?  Check out this website to make sure they're safe!

Yogurt is pasteurized.  I'm not saying this is bad... but if you think you're feeding raw food to dogs, you're not!  Pasteurization compromises some of the nutrients, just like in other dog food and dog treats.

Feeding dogs yogurt, like other human foods, tends to stick to your pal's teeth.  This creates an environment for bacteria, resulting in poor dog dental hygiene.   Read our pages about keeping your pooch's teeth healthy...

Feeding Your Dog Yogurt Correctly

We're big fans of proper food combining.  If you're feeding your dog a small amount of yogurt as an occasional favorite dog treat, I wouldn't worry too much.  However...

Try feeding your dog yogurt-dipped home made sweet potato treats!Nimble illustrates proper food combining... yogurt-dipped home made sweet potato snacks

Are you feeding your dog larger amounts more frequently due to it's nutritional qualities?  If so, make sure your dog eats safe healthy dog food that's compatible with this tasty treat.  Improper food mixing results in poor digestionThis food combining chart clearly illustrates proper food combinations for yogurt and other foods as well.

Comparing Digestive Systems when Feeding Dogs Yogurt

Human digestive systems are designed for fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains (grains are controversial).  Look at your hands... they're designed perfectly for plucking fruit from a tree! 

Our long digestive system takes 24-36 hours to eliminate food (if it's working properly).

Nimble's (my dog) digestive system is built for digesting meat and bones.  Her teeth are designed to grab onto prey and rip them apart! 

Her elimination process only takes about 8 hours.  Mother nature built a short digestive tract to pass that raw meat dog food diet out before it rots...

Because of our differences in “design”... yogurt as well as other human foods/treats should be fed in moderation.  This includes our list of healthy home made dog treats.  "Click here to check 'em out... arf!"...Nimble.

It's ok to feed your canine fruits and veggies... here's how.

Yogurt, Dogs and Friendly Bacteria!

Yogurt contains friendly bacteria (probiotics) that makes for a happy environment in your pooch's (and your) digestive tract.  A healthy supply of these live cultures helps with...

  • your doggy's digestion.  A happy environment is a healthy environment!...
healthy dog food including a little plain organic yogurt makes for two happy, playful dogsA healthy dog is a happy dog!

  • immune system function. Is this why Nimble is free of dog diseases?  Hmmm...
  • upset tummies, diarrhea, gas and bloating.  No more midnight potty walks... one of your best dog upset stomach home remedies!

These are just a few benefits.  Actually, your dog's body as a whole (overall performance) will be enhanced!

Probiotics are found in most dog yogurt brands.  Some brands may not contain them.  Read the label carefully... it should tell you.  Look for language such as:  “Live active cultures are included.” 

Yogurt is a healthy natural dog remedy.  See all of our other safe dog remedies by tapping here...

Are you frequently feeding your dog yogurt to make sure she gets plenty of friendly bacteria?  More than occasional snack?  If so, use probiotics as a dog nutrition supplement instead.  Don't over-do it!

Do a little research to make sure your probiotics are from a reputable, health oriented manufacturer.  Also, a prebiotic is a good addition to the formula (but not an absolute must).   Prebiotics provide food for the probiotics.

Check Your Dog's Yogurt Ingredients!

 Here's Nimble's list of the good, the bad and the ugly...

  • The ugly.   Xylitol is an acute killer.  If you didn't buy plain and organic... watch out!   This artificial sweetener will show your dog no mercy!  It can be found in other dog foods as well.
Stay away from artificial sweeteners when feeding your dog nutritious yogurt!Use healthy honey to sweeten your pooch's yogurt

Xylitol is just one of many...

Keep in mind... all unhealthy ingredients are bad for your dog.   It takes longer for most to rear their ugly heads... manifesting as dog diseases in your furry companion's body.  Because of this, it's harder to point a finger at the culprits, unlike xylitol.

Only One Way for Feeding Dogs Yogurt

Nimble and I aren't going to make a long, lengthy list of bad ingredients and yogurt pros and cons...

And we'll skip the same old boring dog food ingredients analysis!


Follow Nimble's advice... “Feed your dog yogurt in moderation and only buy plain and organic.”  How can you go wrong?

Because of it's availability, there's no reason to buy otherwise!

You might enjoy learning more about human grade dog food... tap here.

Now You Understand that Feeding Dogs Yogurt... an occasional dog snack is ok.  The same applies to other “human made” treats. 

If you over-do it... it's good to be familiar with different dog food reactions.


Making dog yogurt treats are refreshing doggy vittles.  Just make sure you feed plain, organic yogurt. Low fat is best.

Nimble eats these natural dog treats dipped in yogurt as an occasional snackNimble enjoys yogurt and home made sweet potato treats as an occasional snack

Thinking about feeding yogurt regularly to meet other nutritional needs?

Feed your dog a barf diet instead.  If a raw meat dog food diet isn't your thing, a reputable pre-made dog food is your next best thing.

Our website is a work in progress!  We'd love it (and so would your dog) if you returned regularly to check out all our new articles.  We can't wait to expand on the topics above!  Also, we'll include our highly recommended products for you and your dog to choose from... only those we have used or would use ourselves.

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