Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Plain, non-flavored yogurt is an excellent source of good bacteria for your dog's digestive tract, and most pets really like it. Yogurt is a natural and reliable source of probiotics, unlike many commercial dog foods which claim to have probiotics but do not. (1) Strawberries are also good for your dog in moderation, as they provide fiber and antioxidants.
Watch Out for Sugar and Xylitol
Strawberry yogurt though? I would avoid it and not give it to my dog. Some of those products contain a lot of sugar and might cause your dog to be sick.
The most dangerous type of strawberry yogurt would probably be labelled "diet" and contain the toxic compound xylitol, and the amount that will cause a dog to be sick is so low that giving any flavored yogurt is not worth the risk.
If the yogurt has no sugar or sweeteners, it is safe, but why give it to your dog? Stick to plain, non-flavored yogurt.
- Weese, J. S., & Arroyo, L. (2003). Bacteriological evaluation of dog and cat diets that claim to contain probiotics. The Canadian veterinary journal = La revue veterinaire canadienne, 44(3), 212–216. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC340078/
This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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