Thursday, July 14, 2016

Dairy Doggies


Abby - the senior rescue Lab mix has some Siberian husky friends in Blogville  who love yogurt - so I decided to give her some.  Although there are a number of "people" foods that are toxic to dogs, plain yogurt without a lot of additives or sugar is not one of them.  You do want to avoid the ones without fruit or a lot of sugar or cheap additives - read the label. We love the Oberweis yogurt that I get fresh weekly through home delivery. It's made from milk from humanly raised cows, without added hormones or chemicals and the big tub of plain is priced to be budget friendly (though sometimes I  share my vanilla or coconut Greek yogurt with her which she loves).

You’ll also need to avoid things that are yogurt “coated” or “flavored” as they aren’t real yogurt and don’t carry the benefits of yogurt. There are some yogurt infused treats out there which are likely just fine but I prefer to give her the actual food.

Yogurt is easy enough to introduce into your dog’s diet. If you have a super picky eater just add some plain yogurt in with his or her dog food each day.  Pretty soon they will view it as a treat and jut gobble it up. Abby LOVES it and if we don't give her the couple of Tablespoons of yogurt in a dish each night after we finish our supper she goes into the kitchen and if we don't follow to get it for her she'll WOOF! (No, NOT spoiled or anything)
Hey - where's my yogurt treat?

Last night, due to severe storms in Chicagoland, Abby got her yogurt treat a couple of hours early so I could get her walked before we ate, as that was when the severe weather was due.
What's this Mom? 

It's not the right time but that looks familiar.
It's my Oberweis yogurt!  (yes, dogs can smile).

Why yogurt?

It’s not expensive and readily available in stores and from dairy companies.

It's a great source of protein which will help keep your pet feeling "full longer" -  important if you have a senior or inactive dog who is prone to put on weight.
It is a great source of calcium and zinc and probiotics. Probiotics help with digestion. They get rid of unhealthy bacteria in your pet’s digestive tract, replacing it with good bacteria. This is especially helpful if you have a dog that is fond of getting into the trash and eating things it shouldn't (though anything toxic for dogs such as garlic or onion we put out in a special trash bin on the back porch she doesn't have access to and NOT in the kitchen trash.)
It can help alleviate such problems as gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, infections, inflamed bowels, bacterial overgrowth or other absorption issues. Talk to your vet about adding some yogurt to your dog's diet when it is on medication or recovering from surgery.  

Whatever your reason for adding this tasty nutritious food to your pet's diet they will thank you for it.

15 comments:

  1. Have you tried the coconut milk yogurt option Abby? This one does not cause any problems with lactose intolerance (and tastes yummy especially when frozen on a hot day)
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    1. Yes, I have. Mom thought she was lactose intolerant as it ALWAYS upset her tummy so she was using coconut and soy products. Then she tried Oberweis which didn't have the growth hormone that her cheap milk products had and no more tummy issues at all!!! Yay!

      Abby Lab

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  2. We like yogurt also, yummy. stella rose

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  3. Hari oM
    The J's both loved their yoghurt-fix... and Jade was a fanatic for the empty cartons; hours of fun... yes 87 of 'em... 'cuz for sure there is just one little lick of the stuff still there, right??? Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  4. Me and Stanley love yogurt! We also like watermelon.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  5. Oh yes my Mommy gives me yummy yogurt too!! It is so delicious :)

    xoxo,
    Matt & Matilda

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  6. We both get a dollop of plain nonfat yogurt in our kibble each morning. Mom found some of the coconut milk yogurt that Leah mentioned today - we can't wait to try it tomorrow. We do enjoy our yogurt.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. We were inspired by you to get some and Abby LOVES it. LB

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  7. YES!!! We just love yogurt! ... except I won't eat the Greek kind.
    Cammie!

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  8. We love to eat yogurt too! Yum!

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  9. Oh, I loves yogurt! We don't have a fancy schmancy dairy around here, so we have to buy the grocery store stuffs, butts I likes it! It just confirms that I needs to pack my backpack and move in with you gurl!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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    1. You would be welcome any time, but bring your family - your Mom sounds like someone my Mom would enjoy spending time with!

      Abby Lab

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  10. Yogurt is DELICIOUS... Esp FROZEN ... a Grrrrreat Summer Cool Treat...

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  11. we mostly use 0% fat natural yogurt, but the pup decided to like only activia... Easy knows how to shred a wallet :o)

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  12. Yummy, that DOES look good! Maybe I should work on getting Momma to add some of that to my meals too.

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