Feed Dogs Yogurt for Allergies

My dog Dazee has problems with allergies that cause her to chew, lose hair, and get sick. After treating her with cortisone shots, not only was it becoming expensive to visit the vet, she refused to eat the expensive foods we bought. Then this past January, she was in really bad shape. I had recently started eating yogurt a lot and it was helping me with my digestive system. I thought, well, I will try yogurt on her food.

She not only loved it and refuses to eat her food without it, but within a week she started chewing less and growing her hair back. She started getting her energy back as well. Within a month, all her hair had grown back, she gained weight, and she was as spunky as when she was a puppy. So if any of you are at your wits end with trying to help your dog with the allergies or digestive problems, give yogurt a try. I use organic, plain yogurt. It's a lot cheaper than trips to the vet. Here is a picture of what she looked like when we first started the yogurt treatment. It broke my heart when I couldn't help her. Thank God for yogurt!

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By Heather from Clinton, WA

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September 17, 20081 found this helpful

Hi, my dog had a similar problem. I gave her some cortisol tablets, stopped her old food. Now she has a hypoallergenic food, James wellbeloved, not sure if you can get in th U.S, as I live in the U.K, but I'm sure you can find similar, now i give her a few cortisol tablets in the summer and she's completely fine. Not sure about yogurt as my vet said she could be allergic to dairy, certain proteins, and flour. Hope that helps.

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September 17, 20080 found this helpful

Glad your dog is better but I also hope like heck you've found a better educated/less money grubbing vet!

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September 18, 20080 found this helpful

Phoebe, one of my Yorkies was diagnosed with allergies too. She was very itchy, at one point her whole back half was bald, reddish and itchy. She used to chew herself constantly and had hot spots. She was on Atopica pills and a special diet, but did not have much improvement.

Finally, the vet tested her for low thyroid, even though a symptom of that is weight gain or loss, and her weight stayed the same.

She DOES have low thyroid, and the meds they put her on are even less expensive than your yogurt! You might want to have your vet test her, its just a blood test. My dog got better right away, and seems perfectly normal now. Kathy in Ct

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September 18, 20080 found this helpful

Heather, every summer my dog has allergies from grass. The vet puts him on prednisone which I don't like but if I don't he chews the hair off his feet. I will have to try this after the pills are gone. Once it freezes, then he has no problem. Thank you for this tip. May I ask how much you give him in a day? I have a very large Sheltie (he also has a thyroid problem) so I just wondered if I could afford it if it took a lot.

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September 18, 20080 found this helpful

What a sweet heart! I'm glad you have found something that relieves her distress.

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

I have 3 pugs- we live in Georgia, hot and lots of pine trees, straw with fleas and ticks. I read somewhere few years back to use Head & Shoulders Shampoo to bath your dog and it kills fleas and ticks. Works great and no harsh chemicals. I also use Tea Oil for hot spots. It is cooling to my pets and clears up the sore areas. Pugs can not get to their tail area and one of my pugs has terrible skin problems- I use flea comb every other day - this helps too. Hope this helps your pet. Please try the Tea Tree Oil- wet cotton balls with water, squeeze excess water then add 5-6 drops to cotton ball and dab on hot spots. You will see great results and no more trying to scratch, Good Luck!

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

One night I was having a yogurt snack and my cat nearly jumped into the cup. I let her lick the foil top clean. After checking on the internet that yogurt was good for cats, I started to put a dollup in her wet food once a day and I feel it has cut down the frequency of hair balls.

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

I know you're talking about dogs, but one night I was having a yogurt snack and my cat, Sparky, nearly jumped into the cup. I let her lick the foil lid clean. After checking the internet that yogurt was ok to give cats, I now put a dollup in her wet food treat once a day and she loves it. I really think it has cut down on the frequency of hair balls.

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

Excellent Article. Thanks for sharing.

It is said that to help combat tearing eye and thus the stain for beautiful pure white Maltese dogs, as well as others prone to teary eye, is to add one teaspoon of plain yogurt to their food each morning.

This does wonders to help prevent the teary eye. In addition to regular cleaning of course.

Yogurt with active bacteria can be very beneficial to our dogs as well as ourselves.

Thanks again for the post. Cute dog!!

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

Recently my shih-poo decided I needed to share my vanilla yogurt with him. Now I buy a generic plain and give him some on top of his food. A tasty treat and vet said it was good for him. I put a serving spoon on his wet food. He weighs 9 or 11 pounds.

Your doggie made me say; ahh when I saw it so adorable and sweet lil'face looks like she was having a sad lil face. oh what a cutie!

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October 2, 20080 found this helpful

My dog recently was having a few problems with constipation being one of them and my vet suggested yogurt and/or pumpkin pie filling. He told me to mix a tablespoon in her food each day. Just started this so I can't say on how it is working yet, but she does love the yogurt.

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May 7, 20110 found this helpful

I keep reading about yogurt for chronic infections etc. I am wondering it it has to be plain. I can't find a small size in the local grocery stores & I want to give it to my car but i think the lager size would spoil before using it all. I like some yogurt but not plain.

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October 12, 20160 found this helpful

If you find your cat doesn't like it (unlikely) then you could add a dollop of jam or jelly to it and eat it yourself. I only buy plain yogurt and that's what I do. I can add whatever flavor I like! Good Luck

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May 7, 20110 found this helpful

Allergy causes. corn, corn, corn, wheat and soy. Vaccines bring about the shutdown of auto immune systems and open everything for attack, including allergy, arthritis, cancers and the like. Read up on ingredients and dangers at vaclib.org or other anti vaccine cites that list ingredients. Back to food. No more grocery store Purina or other garbage. Specialty store that carries decent clean food (evo, California natural, foods that have ingredients not starting with corn wheat or soy. Lamb is a good starter on ingredients. Cooking is good. Include some raw in the diet. Internet full of good big pot recipes and when you add before serving such things as raw green beans, peas, carrots you are adding health and freedom from ugly. For instance, did you know common grocery store product can contain euthanized pound dogs and cats? That euthanasia drug does not cook off. See proof on the internet. Answer to most problems is to build the immune system, do not destroy it with vaccines and the most commercial crap food.

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December 24, 20140 found this helpful

Yogurt is so beneficial to the pets. Our dog was showing his allergies in the way diarrhea. His immune system will never be up to snuff as he was inbred. The yogurt keeps him doing great. It became expensive to buy the organic yogurt by the big tub.

So I learned how to make it. It is easy and he loves it. Now, my hubby makes it. The hardest part is heating up the milk slowly, (which is not hard at all). I put the burner on number 4 on my electric stove setting (so medium low) and it takes about 2 hours for the gallon of milk to heat to 180. Then temper one cup of hot milk with one cup of organic plain yogurt. (mix one cup hot milk & one cup cold yogurt) then add all the hot milk, stir gently to blend it all. (no whisking).

Cover it place it in the oven (which is off and has been off) turn on the oven light. It will be ready tomorrow. Leave in the oven for a minimum of 8 hours up to 24 hours. It is the best yogurt you will eat or the dogs. LOL.. Enjoy. Oh and for allergies, you can add to their food/yogurt serving a little bit of Raw local honey. That works wonders for them and for you. :)

PS if you want to add flavors do it after it has formed into yogurt. Per cup add 1/8 of tsp of vanilla, you can add fresh sliced fruit, or a tsp of preserves, etc... Use it in your cooking. I sub the yogurt for buttermilk. or sour cream in certain recipes. It is a beautiful thing.

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