The Benefits of PLAIN No Sugar Yogurt For Your Dog or Cat.
DISCLAIMER: Before using yogurt to maintain good health for your pet, or any homeopathic treatment, please check with your vet FIRST.
Many cats and dogs are intolerant to dairy products because of the lactose. It can make them gassy and give them loose bowels. As much as we would like to treat our little fur babies, especially the feline kind, to a small bowl of warm milk or cream, it is better for them that you don't. However you may give them as a treat kitten or puppy formula. KMR formula is the best and its only pennies more then other brands.
Yogurt is a dairy product but it contains live active cultures called Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. These cultures break down or kills the lactose in milk, which is what most pets are intolerant to.
Yogurt is actually good for pets and for you too. The live active cultures promote good digestive health and is a natural boost for the immune system.
We all, including our pets have good bacteria in our bodies. This good bacteria is called Flora. You have it on your skin, inside your mouth, and in your digestive tract.
Using Yogurt To Restore Good Health
When your pet becomes ill and your vet prescribes an antibiotic to kill the harmful bacteria, yogurt can help restore the balance of the good bacteria in your pet. I always suggest that whenever your pet is on medical treatment to also "treat" your pet to some yogurt. When your pet is sick with an infection, the bad bacteria is battling the good bacteria and winning. The yogurt puts the good stuff back into the body and therefore helps the medication do its job, and by restoring the good bacteria through yogurt, helps the immune system fight the infection. Yogurt enhances the effect of the antibiotic.
Also de-worming can disturb the good flora. Many times a dewormer can cause loose bowels which shows an off-set in the good flora. Feeding yogurt will restore the good balance.
Sometimes Vets will suggest using "Forta Flora." It comes in packets in a powder form. This is very good but can take about 30 days to do its job. Yogurt takes about 2 weeks and is WAY less expensive.
Using Yogurt To Maintain Good Health:
I stumbled on the good effects of yogurt by accident. We have a cat that suffered stomatitis. This is advanced gum disease. After having his teeth cleaned, several rounds of antibiotics, and a couple of sterroid shots to boost his immune system to fight off the gum disease, and flushing his gums daily, I started giving him kitten glop as a treat. I was feeding some young kittens the glop and my cat liked it too, so as a treat I was giving him about 1/4 of a cup. He's a good kitty and deserves spoiling! Shortly after giving him his daily treat of kitten glop we had an appointment with his dental vet. She told me that she has never seen his gums looking so healthy and his teeth were so clean. She asked what I was doing different then before and the only thing I changed was giving him kitten glop as a treat. WOW light bulb moment. She said it was the yogurt in the kitten glop. The active cultures in the yogurt was keeping his flora balanced in his mouth and fighting off the gum disease. That was more then a year ago. Chuggles gets a tbs of yogurt on a potato every other day, the stomatis is gone and he is the picture of excellent health.
Using yogurt as a maintenance after treatment is so beneficial. Many times medications can off set the balance of good flora. Even using the yogurt with the medication, it is important to also use it afterward because of the effects on the immune system. As a rule, I use it every other day for our cats in our rescue. A tsp of yogurt over their food is a yummy treat. On occasion, a cat will turn his nose up at yogurt. Just like people, Yogurt doesn't appeal to everyone. However I have found that mixing a little tuna packed in water or some fresh boiled chicken in with the yogurt, they usually become very interested in it. They just need a little bit of fooling. Dogs I find need less inciting. Just give them a spoon of yogurt and watch them lick it off!
Thank you for reading. I hope you find this tip of the week helpful. If you would like to treat your dog or cat to a healthy gourmet treat, please take a moment to contact me at: MarysMiracleKittyRescue@Yahoo.com.
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