Why Yogurt Might not be the best way to give your dog Probiotics
While there is growing evidence that probiotics may be just as helpful for your dog as they are for you, yogurt is not the best option for introducing your dog to probiotics.
Lactose and Your Dog
Many dogs are lactose intolerant because their digestive systems don’t contain enough lactase, the enzyme that helps people digest the lactose in dairy products. The mess that may result from testing your dog’s tolerance for lactose isn’t really worth the risk. Do you really want to risk having to clean up after them? If you want to introduce probiotics into your dog’s diet, a much better way to do it is with a product specifically formulated for dogs and developed by pet nutritionists.
Xylitol in Yogurt is Toxic to your Dog
Many yogurts contain the sweetener xylitol. Research found that xylitol was harmful to dogs, and should be avoided.
Sugar and Your Dog
Even plain yogurt has sugar in it. That may actually be undermining the health benefits you are trying to elicit by adding probiotics to your dog’s diet. And sugar is just not good for dogs. It can damage their teeth, cause them to gain weight, and even lead to diabetes.
Your Dog’s Diet
Your dog’s digestive health is only going to be improved by a consistent, reliable diet. Introducing anything new to their diet could cause digestive problems, including yogurt. So if you want to introduce probiotics into your dog’s diet, we recommend that you do it with a probiotic made specially for dogs, and that you look for one that can be added to their normal diet without any significant disruption.
Liquid Longevity meets all of those requirements. It contains a blend of probiotics chosen to support your dog’s healthy digestion, and is formulated specifically to survive your dog’s lower pH stomach environment.