Non-Fat Greek Yogurt For Dogs: All You Should Know 

Greek yogurt is a favorite snack for many on a diet.

Do you generously share as you munch on some and notice your dog drooling?

If looking for healthy ways to spoil your pup?

Non-fat Greek yogurt is the way.

Serve it as a topping, an occasional treat, or an addition to their diet.

Remember, moderation is key.  

So, can dogs have nonfat Greek yogurt?

Yes, non-fat Greek yogurt is better and dog-safe than other types of yogurt.

Unless your dog is allergic to dairy or lactose intolerant, this is an excellent addition to their diet.

It contains concentrated probiotics good for gut health, calcium, and proteins and is non-fat.

Avoid flavored or sweetened Greek yogurt since dogs don’t require added sugars.

Consult your vet before adding non-fat Greek yogurt to your dog’s diet.

We’ll share all you need to know about nonfat Greek yogurt for dogs, like the benefits, risks, and how-to feed them.

Non-fat Greek yogurt for dogs

What you should know about dogs and dairy

Most senior dogs are lactose intolerant, while some are allergic to the protein in dairy.

Puppies produce adequate lactase while breastfeeding.

However, this production reduces as they wean off and transition to solid dog food.

Therefore, larger dogs lack the enzyme lactase helpful in breaking down the complex protein in milk products leading to indigestion; lactose intolerance.

Symptoms of lactose intolerance in dogs are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating or gassing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Thirsty

Other dogs react negatively to dairy products.

Although nonfat Greek yogurt is nutritionally beneficial to canines, allergic reactions will result in discomfort.

Allergic reactions in dogs can manifest as:

  • Nausea
  • Low appetite
  • Excess itchiness and skin rashes
  • Face swellings
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Excess paw and ear licking

Why give your dog non-fat Greek yogurt?

Nonfat Greek yogurt consumed in reasonable amounts it’s nutritious for your pup and can help ease digestive problems.

Some of the nutritional benefits it provides include:

  • Source of calcium – Your dog’s body requires calcium to build and maintain strong bones, teeth, and muscles. Calcium combined with Vitamin D helps prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.
  • Probiotics – Non-fat Greek yogurt contains probiotics that promote gut health improving your dog’s immune system.
  • Rich in proteins – Dogs are playful and require more proteins to remain energized and develop strong muscles. Proteins also aid in cell growth, repair, and development.
  • Low calories – Non-fat Greek yogurt helps reduce cholesterol levels, thus weight management and reducing risks of high-fat-related diseases.
  • Prevents tooth decay – nonfat Greek yogurt is an excellent substitute for teeth cleaning besides dental chews. It contains casein peptides which remove tartar and plaques on your dog’s teeth neutralizing bacteria that cause tooth decay.

How to safely feed your dog nonfat Greek yogurt

  • Keep it plain – find non-fat Greek yogurt without added flavors, sweeteners, or sugars to get the maximum nutritional value without harming your dog. Some sweeteners are lethal even in small amounts. Add in some fresh fruits for that decadent taste.
  • Avoid toxins – Some ingredients like chocolate, grapes, nuts, and xylitol are highly toxic to canines and are better avoided. Toxicity manifest as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or liver damage, and death in worse cases.
  • Monitor the intake – Although non-fat Greek yogurt is the healthiest form of treat, moderation is key when feeding your dog—too much of anything is bad. The dairy in yogurt may cause digestive problems in large quantities.
  • More probiotics – Some non-fat Greek yogurt brands contain added probiotics: these active cultures aid digestion, gut health, and general immune boosting.

How can I incorporate non-fat Greek yogurt into my dog’s diet?

  • Toppings – Adding a spoonful of the plain. Unsweetened Greek yogurt as a topper helps those fussy eaters to gobble up more dog food. Similarly, disguise medications and supplements with a spoonful of Greek yogurt to sweeten the deal and entice them to take them without resistance.
  • Popsicles – Freeze some non-fat Greek yogurt to make a fun treat for those hot days, and your canine pal will love every cool-down lick.
  • Pup cakes – Bake some cupcakes with nonfat Greek yogurt or other homemade cakes. It can also serve as a great frosting.
  • As a treat – Put plain non-fat Greek yogurt on a spoon and serve it directly as an occasional treat. They will enjoy the tanginess and creaminess.

How much non-fat Greek yogurt should I feed my dog?

The exact portions depend on the dog’s size, current diet, underlying medical condition, and activity level.

Be wary of the calorie intake to avoid high-fat-related diseases like obesity and pancreatitis for overweight dogs.

Conditions like lactose intolerance and dairy allergies limit how much non-fat Greek yogurt your dog should eat.

Start with small amounts and increase according to how your canine pal reacts to non-fat Greek yogurt.

Ideally, treats shouldn’t take more than 10% of your dog’s diet.

It’s, therefore, best to consult your vet and obtain a personalized recommendation for your furry friend.

Can diabetic dogs have nonfat Greek yogurt?

Yes.

Diabetic dogs can have plain nonfat Greek yogurt with no sugar additives and sweeteners.

Flavored Greek yogurt with artificial sweeteners will complicate the health of your diabetic dog.

Consult your vet for the exact portions depending on your dog’s size and age.

What should I do if my dog overeats nonfat Greek yogurt?

The effects may be mild or severe depending on the dog size, preexisting health condition, and ingredients in the nonfat Greek yogurt.

For instance, diabetic dogs will have dangerous complications due to the high sugars in flavored nonfat Greek 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.

Wrapping up

Nonfat Greek yogurt is the best nutritious treat to offer your furry pal.

Add some fresh berries, make popsicles or cupcakes and watch your dog enjoy the snack.

It contains calcium, proteins, and probiotics that boost the general immune.

However, watch out for the quantities as too much can also be problematic.

Megan Turner
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