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Hi there,
I heard that giving plain yogurt several times a week can help prevent hip dysplasia? If so, how much do you give them and how often? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I have never heard that yogurt can help prevent that. I do know that it is good to give yogurt b/c of the beneficial "good" bacteria that is contains and the added calcium. I'm sure some of the other members might know more about this. Wish I could have been more help.
 

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I figured it was more of a calcium thing... how much of it should I feed him? Can I give him one whole yogurt and how often per week? Once again, any advice or comments are greatly appreciated. thanks in advance,
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Ditto what everyone else said. Yogurt does not prevent hip dysplasia, but tastes good and the dogs like it. Not to mention it does have beneficial bacteria in it that was also mentioned.

I usually give my dogs a tablespoon or two several days out of the week, or everyday just depending on if I remember to throw it in there.
 

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I think I read somewhere that your dog isn't mature yet?
Use caution with adding calcium to a dog's diet that isn't fully grown.
 

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I too was told not to add calcium until Quincy was fully grown
 

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Originally Posted By: Romy1I figured it was more of a calcium thing... how much of it should I feed him? Can I give him one whole yogurt and how often per week? Once again, any advice or comments are greatly appreciated. thanks in advance,
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One whole yogurt is going to give him the runs. Most of us add a tablespoon or two.
 

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Originally Posted By: larrydee33Try Goats milk yogurt it's a lot better for dogs but it has no efferct on hips
What does this mean?
 

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Hi guys,
My Romy is a year old. I guess I should wait another year or so for yogurt?? Thanks for helping me out.
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If you have treated your dog or puppy with antibiotics, maybe wormers too, Dannon's yogurt which has the live cultures in it, read the label can help straighten out the digestive tract.

When you give the dog stuff to kill infections and possibly worms or fleas, you may also kill off good bacteria required in the digestive tract. That is where the the yogurt comes in.

Feeding extra calcium regularly can add to calcium deposits and actually cause problems with their hips and other joints. It is not recommended. Normal puppy food is loaded with way too much calcium and many GSD breeders suggest their puppies' owners skip puppy food altogether.

Babsy had ears that were playing with me. One day one would be up all the way, the next it would be sagging. Finally at about six months she had one all the way up and the other had just the tip folded over. I did not want to tape or glue, so I added a little calcium to her diet. Ear sailed up and I repeated this for a weak or two. Since then the ear has been up. I am not sure if all it really needed was another day or so.

Checked Babsy's hips and they are OFA good so I guess that didn't hurt her. She also had regular yogurt last summer when I was trying to get everyone back in shape after our colitis/dog show crud nightmare.

My point is a few tablespoons of Yogurt to help with digestion when indicated or after treatment shouldn't hurt a dog or a puppy. Regular calcium supplements are said to cause joint problems.
 

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so, only give yogurt if he's experiencing tummy problems or thereafter? I guess that makes sense. Will keep that in mind. Thanks!
 

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Some dogs are lactose intolerant. Yogurt helped mine. Many, many dogs have the runs when you introduce something new into their diet, even premium quality dog food. Sometimes if you stick with it, it clears up. Sometimes you have to find out what is in it that is causing your dog problems.

Regular yogurt is from cow's milk. If you give cow's milk to puppies (that are not yet ready to be weaned), they will get the runs and can even die. I guess goat's milk is better.

But you can give normal yogurt to a pup or dog that is not lactose intolerant.
 
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