Fruit-flavored yogurts are a healthy snack choice for us.
As you take your cherry yogurt and the pup admires it, do you share some with them?
Considering yogurts’ nutritional profile, it’s tempting not to give them a bowl.
But is it equally good for your dog?
Dogs will enjoy this treat but moderately.
So, can dogs have cherry yogurt?
Yes, sparingly, though.
While cherry yogurt isn’t toxic to dogs, it contains dairy, which many canines will have trouble digesting.
Yogurt is high in protein and probiotics good for your dog’s gut health.
It also boosts the immune system and enables cell development.
Unfortunately, too much sugar and fat content can lead to severe health conditions if consumed largely.
Opt for plain yogurt always.
This article highlights everything about cherries, dairy, and dogs, from the nutritional benefits, risks, and tips on feeding cherry yogurt to your dog.
Why yogurt is good for dogs
- Protein – Yogurt is high in protein essential for cell growth and development that aids metabolism. The amino acids present boosts bone muscle and improve brain functioning in your dog.
- Yeast – Cherry yogurt has live cultures that fight yeast, minimizing the risks of frequent infections. Dogs with ear infections, frequent itchiness, and yeast infections significantly benefit from the consumption of cherry yogurt.
- Probiotics – These are the good bacteria in the body present in foods like yogurt and supplements. Consumed in high amounts of probiotics strengthens a weak immune system and feeds the good bacteria in your dog’s gut.
- A thriving population of good bacteria in your dog’s guts helps in weight management, improved digestion and immune functioning, glowing skin, and decreased infections and diseases.
- Prevents tooth decay – Yogurt contains peptides that remove tartar and plaques on your dog’s teeth neutralizing the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
Why is cherry yogurt bad for dogs?
Dogs have a sensitive stomach which is mainly triggered by human foods.
A dog’s digestive system cannot handle some spices or the high-quality proteins in foods like cherry yogurt, which causes health issues like vomiting, diarrhea, or decreased appetite.
Yogurt is a dairy product; thus, it’s difficult for most dogs to digest.
Puppies have adequate lactase during breastfeeding, making it easier to digest lactose, but its production decreases as they wean off and transition to solid food.
Contrary, adult dogs lack the enzyme lactase, which aids in breaking down the protein in milk (lactose) for easy digestion.
Symptoms of lactose intolerance in dogs include; vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal discomfort.
Some dogs are allergic to dairy products.
Although cherry yogurt is packed with nutrients, it may discomfort your canine friends if they’re allergic to milk.
The symptoms manifest as nausea, excessive itching, swellings, diarrhea, and excessive paw licking.
Consult your vet before including yogurt in your dog’s diet.
Sugar in yogurt
Cherry flavored yogurt contains added sugars like syrup which is a health hazard to your dog if consumed in large amounts.
These sugars are complex for your dog’s digestive system to process, risking obesity, diabetes, and dental problems.
You might opt for sugar-free cherry yogurt, but that’s a risk since most contain sweeteners (xylitol) which are highly toxic to dogs even in small quantities.
Its consumption can lead to low blood sugar or kidney and liver failure.
Always check the label to confirm when buying cherry yogurt for your pup.
Yogurt with low-fat content is ok for your dog’s diet.
However, the increased fat levels in cherry yogurt can lead to obesity and pancreatitis if consumed regularly.
Pancreatitis is caused by too much that inflames the pancreas and can be fatal.
What is the best type of yogurt for my dog?
Yogurt comes in different types, Greek or regular yogurt.
Each with a different nutritional profile but similar ingredients.
Pick yogurt for your furry friend according to type and the contents as discussed below;
Regular yogurt has a smooth consistency and is runnier than Greek-style yogurt because it’s strained twice, leaving some whey in the end product.
It’s packed with more calcium and fewer calories.
Greek yogurt is made by extracting the liquid and whey in regular yogurt.
Thus, it’s filled with more milk to compensate for the straining process making it creamier, thicker, and tangier.
It contains more proteins, fats, and fewer sugars and carbs than regular yogurt.
Choose plain yogurts without additives like syrups or sweeteners.
Always pick low-fat or non-fat, naturally flavored yogurt.
Alternatively, select plain yogurt and add fresh fruits like cherries and berries.
How much cherry yogurt can my dog eat?
Cherry yogurt has dense nutritional value for your dog, but it’s not a primary dietary component.
Balance it with other dog food consumed daily, sticking to the 10% rule for treats.
The appropriate portion depends on your dog’s size, weight, pre-existing medical condition, and daily calorie intake.
Start with small amounts but check with your vet to ensure the quantity and the calorie requirements.
What should I do if my dog overeats cherry yogurt?
The effects may be mild or severe depending on the dog size, preexisting health condition, and the cherry yogurt ingredients.
For instance, diabetic dogs will have dangerous complications due to the high sugars in the cherry yogurt, while large dogs will need to consume a lot to be affected.
First, check for symptoms of lactose intolerance or allergic reactions like vomiting and diarrhea.
If mild, they’ll subdue after a few potty visits.
However, contact your vet if the symptoms are severe or the dog ingested toxic flavors.
Cherries in yogurt are a nutritional combination your dog will love as a treat.
Probiotics, minerals, and vitamins in yogurt will give your furry friend strong muscles and immune system.
However, it’s dangerous in large amounts, especially dogs with underlying health conditions.
Don’t shy away from feeding your furry friend cherry yogurt; just pick plain yogurt and add fresh cherries for maximum benefits and reduced health risks.