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Many people wonder about feeding their dogs Greek yogurt.
Sharing seems like a good idea based on the high protein and probiotic properties. Is that line of thinking correct?
Here’s the deal:
This type of yogurt isn’t dangerous, but it is still a dairy product. While the Greek variety has reduced lactose, your dog’s stomach may not fully agree.
That said, a small amount is usually uneventful. The key is to stick to modest portions.
In Moderation, Your Dog Can Eat Greek Yogurt
Go easy when providing this yogurt to your precious pet, especially the first time sharing.
Dairy Doubtful For Dogs
Greek yogurt, even with its protein, obviously is not a natural fit for your dog’s diet.
And that’s why you’ve got to play it safe with dairy products.
Limiting Greek yogurt to a special treat is a reasonable approach, even if your dog seems to handle it well.
The thing is, despite reduced lactose, your dog could be somewhat intolerant and you may not even know it.
But generally Greek yogurt doesn’t have to be off limits.
Greek vs Regular Yogurt
It can be argued that Greek yogurt is more appropriate, and a bit healthier, for dogs compared to regular yogurt.
The extra straining means less lactose (whey), sodium, sugar and carbohydrates yet there’s more protein!
On the flip side, Greek yoghurt also has less potassium and calcium.
Overall though, at least compared to plain old yogurt, this particular variety does make more sense for dogs.
Probiotic Benefits For Pets?
Greek yogurt can, at least in theory, also improve your dog’s digestion.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is a live bacteria strand that is good for gut health. But this microorganism, and others like it, isn’t only in Greek.
All probiotic-packed yogurts can strengthen the immune system.
These benefits apply to dogs too. Consistency, however, is important for these effects to be realized.
The Answer Is Debatable
By now you are probably sensing that we aren’t exactly raving about Greek yogurt for dogs.
Again it’s a dairy product. And it also doesn’t make sense from a cost standpoint.
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Just as a Light K9 Treat
Greek yogurt is low in calories which is certainly a plus! Your dog won’t get sluggish.
Perhaps it can be a light snack once in awhile if your buddy can handle the moderate lactose levels.
If so, it’s a health food!
Though Greek yogurt is extra creamy, the carb count comes in low – just like the lactose levels.
It cannot be stressed enough:
Limit your dog’s portions. And the same goes for cottage cheese as well as fermented kefir.
FYI: Cheese, itself, is also quite low in lactose.
The Bottom Line
Greek yogurt, if it agrees with your dog’s stomach, is okay if you stick to feeding it in moderation.
Just like with humans, there is a probiotic potential for pets.
It is also packed with protein and fares well against regular yogurt.
On the other hand, greek yogurt does contain dairy. For your dog’s sake, don’t get carried away.