Thursday, July 14, 2016
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).
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.