Yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein assisting bone and muscle health. It also contains potassium, a mineral that acts as an electrolyte and helps balance the fluid in your dog’s body.
Potassium is responsible for regulating enzyme function and maintaining healthy nerves and muscles and it plays a key role in your dog’s heart function.
The magnesium in yogurt is an essential mineral that assists the body’s absorption of important vitamins and nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and vitamins C and E.
If you are going to feed your dog yogurt, make sure they are not lactose intolerant. Cats are more prone to this that dogs but its something you should be aware of. Pets that are lactose intolerant lack the enzyme in the intestine that breaks down the lactose sugars in milk. The result is undigested lactose that passes through the gastrointestinal tract, leading to abdominal discomfort, gas, bloating and diarrhoea.
If your dog is lactose intolerant you can replace the yoghurt with a probiotic supplement from you vet or health professional.
Plain non fat yogurt is the best choice as it does not contain sugar. Too much sugar is not good for any of us, pets included.
Select yoghurts with live bacterial cultures, not the sweetened varieties. Greek is the best as it has more probiotic organisms like acidophilus which replaces the good bacteria in your dogs intestines.
Offering your dog yogurt several hours after he takes his medicine will also help to replace some of the good bacteria.
Probiotics fight yeast infections, which are not uncommon in growing pups or in dogs that suffer with recurrent ear and skin infections.
We all know that carrots are good for us, that they help our eyesight and keep us healthy and strong, but did you know that they are also very good for dogs too?
One of the questions many people ask is "how do we keep our dogs teeth clean?" If you start when they are young, many dogs will learn to tolerate a daily tooth brushing, some may even enjoy it. But, if you’ve adopted an older dog or have never brushed their teeth before, you’ll need to be patient or find other options…
Most dogs find raw carrots surprisingly delicious because of their sweetness and crunchy texture. Raw carrots keep gums and teeth healthy by gently scraping the teeth and preventing plaque buildup.
Although crunching on carrots is beneficial to their teeth, dogs cannot metabolise the nutrients of raw carrots because each cell of a carrot is protected by a thin wall of cellulose and for that reason most of the crunched up carrot will pass straight through them and they won't be absorbing any of the Vitamins that they are so rich in.
Crunching on carrots will do their teeth a lot of good, however if you really want your dog to benefit from the overall goodness you would be best to serve them baked or steamed. Carrots are low in calories and make a really healthy treat option.
They are a natural source of Beta-Carotene which helps your dog produce Vitamin A and serves as an antioxidant to help prevent disease and infection. They are also high in soluble fibre and a great way to keep your dog regular. Just be aware that moderation is key for the digestive system so always start slowly.