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Yes, dogs can safely eat vanilla yogurt in moderation. However, it is not the best yogurt option to feed your dog as it can be high in sugar. A spoonful or two should be okay as occasional treat for your dog.

Vanilla Yogurt
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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe for consumption in small amounts
Nutritional Value Yogurt is an excellent probiotic, therefore it can be beneficial for a dog’s digestive health
Potential Risks High fat and sugar content can lead to obesity and other health issues. Commercial brands of vanilla yogurt can contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Yogurt can also trigger an allergic reaction in lactose-intolerant dogs.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Vanilla Yogurt is Safe for Dogs?

A tablespoon of vanilla yogurt as an occasional treat is safe for dogs. As a rule of thumb, the serving of vanilla yogurt should not exceed more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories. However, feeding it regularly and in high amounts to your dog can lead to problems such as diabetes and weight gain.

What Happens if Your Dog Eats too Much Vanilla Yogurt?

If your dog eats too much vanilla yogurt it can lead to abdominal discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea. Overtime, eating too much vanilla yogurt can lead to issues such as obesity and diabetes, which are chronic conditions.

How to Feed Vanilla Yogurt to Dogs?

Vanilla yogurt should only be fed to dogs as an occasional treat. A quick tip: switching to greek vanilla yogurt that is made at home may be a healthier option for your dog.

Actions to Take If Dog Has Eaten Vanilla Yogurt

Check to see if the yogurt contains xylitol. If so, have your dog seen at the veterinarian immediately because this ingredient can cause death in dogs. If the yogurt does not contain xylitol and they ingested only a small amount, monitor them for symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Vanilla is a particularly pleasant flavor to dogs due to its scent, therefore, dogs enjoy eating vanilla yogurt.

  • Greek yogurt is best for dogs due to its probiotics and low calories.

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About the Writer
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.