When you think you’ve seen everything, along comes Yogi-Dog, created by Dee Marie. It’s yogurt for dogs. Not only is it beneficial for a dog’s digestion and immune system, it is also a human-grade treat.
Described as “one of the most nutritious and innovative dog treats to come along in years,” Yogi-Dog is all-natural yogurt. The company starts with 1% low-fat milk from locally owned Lancaster County cows in Pennsylvania. No sugar is added, and Yogi-Dog is also lactose free (a benefit for any dogs that might be lactose intolerant).
Eight live and active cultures plus probiotics are added to give a boost to a dog’s digestive health. According to the company, Yogi-Dog contains 17 billion CFUs (colony-forming units, the standard unit of measure that denotes the number of active, reproductive bacteria) of probiotics per 6-ounce container.
Yogi-Dog offers plenty of other health benefits, including:
- Calcium, protein, electrolytes, potassium and magnesium
- Encourages more efficient fiber processing
- Promotes bone health
- Relieves diarrhea and constipation
- Improves gut health and soothes the stomach of a sick dog
We selected Eeyore, one of our test dogs, to try out Yogi-Dog. A dachshund who likes to scrounge and get into things that he shouldn’t during his walks, he can get the occasional digestive issue, so we felt he would make an appropriate candidate.
For a dog of Eeyore’s size (approximately 35 pounds), the company recommends two tablespoons per day of the yogurt treat, which is available in three flavors: Original, Peanut Butter Cream and Cheddar Cheese. Eeyore’s a big fan of anything peanut butter, so we decided to give him a shot at the Peanut Butter Cream flavor.
Since the product is described as a treat, we wanted to introduce him to Yogi-Dog straight from the container, which gave Eeyore the feeling he was being rewarded for being a good boy. We gave him a couple of spoonfuls of the yogurt, and he eagerly licked it from the spoon – although he ended up wearing a few bits of yogurt on his chin and ear. But he certainly liked the flavor.
Each day following this initial serving, we mixed a single spoonful of the yogurt in with his meals. He perked up at the sight of the Yogi-Dog container being retrieved from the fridge and the product being mixed into his food. On several occasions, he literally ran to the spot that he gets to eat his meal before we were finished stirring the yogurt into his food.
Although we didn’t wait for a digestive issue to start Eeyore on Yogi-Dog, the product is a good preventative measure for problems such as diarrhea, constipation, inflamed bowel, infections or bacterial overgrowth. And since including it in his meals, Eeyore has not encountered any of those issues, and we haven’t noticed him experiencing any gas-passing sessions.
We feel that Yogi-Dog is a great idea, and it’s one we fully support as a product that’s a treat with health benefits. The yogurt is low in calories, so there’s no need to worry about a pup gaining weight, although we don’t recommend giving a 20-pound dog the entire container of Yogi-Dog at one sitting. An example of Yogi-Dog coming in handy is if a dog is on antibiotics, which can disrupt the gastrointestinal tract. Giving the pup some Yogi-Dog can assist in maintaining the dog’s gut balance while it’s taking those meds.