Can dogs eat kefir? Good or Harmful

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Can dogs eat kefir? Good or Harmful

Many people wonder if cheeses can be fed to dogs, and among the various questions, there is also this one about kefir. The latter is a kind of cheese rich in nourishing properties and capable of providing many vitamins. It is precisely a cow’s milk cheese. Being very liquid, many consider it more as a drink.

Precisely for this reason, it can be given to the dog without problems, as long as it is not intolerant to milk. Of course, just remember to never run into exaggeration, because you risk causing negative consequences for the dog. These may include the accumulation of intestinal gas.

Dogs and Kefir

Can dogs can eat kefir? Asking this question is like asking if dogs can eat burrata. While these two foods may seem harmful, they are actually healthy for dogs. In fact, especially burrata, like kefir, has many properties.

In addition to this,  it helps cleanse the dog’s intestines. However, these words should not be misunderstood: this means that the owners should not abuse this ingredient.

Never exaggerate is the rule to keep in mind and always respect it. In fact, if kefir, like other types of cheeses, is eaten in excessive quantities by the dog, it can lead to annoying disorders. These, if very serious, can also lead the owner to have to call the vet.

Disorders

First of all, it is good to underline that the annoyances and the slight negative consequences can only be present if the quantities of kefir were really beyond the limits. In general, it is a food that is good for the dog, unless the latter is intolerant to milk. If you see any particular reactions in the animal after it has eaten kefir, then go to the dog emergency room.

Disorders due to exaggeration are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a lot of gas that can cause cramps in the dog’s belly. Sometimes, as mentioned, it may be necessary to take the dog to the emergency room if it has allergies to this food.

Advantages

Kefir can bring various benefits to the dog, such as a large number of vitamins, including A, K, C, and also a lot of fiber. They help keep any muscle in shape at all times and also increase the dog’s concentration.

It is a food that also improves vision, colon, blood, and the immune system. In general, it is recommended to always include a little kefir in the dog’s food. Be careful not to overdo the doses, or you risk that your dog might become intolerant to dairy products.

This article is purely informative, at Shelterapet we do not have the right to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We encourage you to take your pet to the vet in case of any kind of discomfort.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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