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    Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Hello...Everything I've read says that even dogs that are lactose intolerant can normally handle yogurt. I put in a teaspoon of lowfat vanilla yogurt with live cultures to my dog's kibble for every meal (breeder's suggestion for aiding in digestion)) but I'm wondering that if maybe he's lactose intolerant and that this may be causing his soft stools? I switched from the C. Natural chicken and rice dog kibble to the lamb and rice formula to see if that helps but I'm also wondering if maybe I should also eliminate the yogurt...?
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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    I would go with plain, non-fat yogurt. It should regulate the digestive system, not upset it. If he keeps having issues, try every other day.
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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    def only give plain, but I only give the regular....the low-fat and non-fat stuff have other sweetners and stuff added to make it good for us to enjoy. Dogs don't need that extra stuff.
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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    If you go with natural or organic I do not believe it contains any added falor/sweetener. It's actually quite tasteless.
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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    the added sugar/sweetener/splenda/etc. could easily contribute to loose stools.

    plain, fat-free yogurt without any sugar additives are best.

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    Kimrisa why are you changing his food AGAIN? You're not taking the excellent advice givin to you. I know in several responses to your GI issue threads. It has been mentione PLAIN yogurt... not flavored, you've also been told to keep him on the same food for at least a month by myself as well as other learned people here. You're not doing your pup any good with these constant diet changes and incorrect additives. If you really want to help your pup PLEASE follow the advice given specifically and accurately or you're just going to make matters worse and not better. You have an english bulldog... they have VERY sensitive digestive tracts, you really NEED to give one cure a good chance before changing things yet again. Even the vet will tell you a month on food before considering it not helpful or harmful.

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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Just to clarify-- I have NOT made any dietary changes regarding yogurt--the breeder had him on vanilla dannon yogurt and I've been followign that protocol. I was just wondering if maybe that was part of his issues. As for the food, I am staying with the same brand of california natural, just transitoning to the lamb and rice which is supposedly easier on the digestive system.
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    I would think that the vanilla might be a little too I guess rich is the word, maybe too sweet. Right now my girls get Nancy's Plain Organic yogurt. Mandie had a tummy upset o Monday so I upped how much I was giving her and she is right as rain again.

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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Quote Originally Posted by kimrisa View Post
    As for the food, I am staying with the same brand of california natural, just transitoning to the lamb and rice which is supposedly easier on the digestive system.
    OK Maybe I'm confused here but how is that not changing her food?

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    Actually, full-fat yoghurt is better than low fat, just because some companies use artificial sugars like aspartame for low fat versions.. some of these sugars are poisonous to dogs. Just check the ingredients at the back of the yoghurt carton, the less ingredients, the better.

    If the yoghurt is sweetened, make sure they use something like fructose or sugar. Cadence does fine on flavoured (fresh fruit), sweetened yoghurt. I only give him one or two teaspoons a day anyway.

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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    the moment i stopped feeding my pup yogurt with her meals, her stools firmed right up.

    as stated above, stop changing foods. slowly work your way into your current food and stop with the flavored and sugary additives unless it's canned pumpkin or green beans.

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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    well anway, im not going to get into anything else but to feed or not feed yogurt here. in your case, what you may want to do is buy some probiotics. they have a cheaper brand that i use on my dogs and my horses that works very well, its called Probios. you can get it at a tack shop, tractor supply i believe has it, etc. its much cheaper than buying it "specially made for dogs!" and all that jazz. its the same crap just cheaper!
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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Shrink View Post
    OK Maybe I'm confused here but how is that not changing her food?
    ok i did just want to comment on this little thing here. shes sticking with the same brand of food, just a different "flavor" if you will. is what she means. i do this all the time. my dogs are on taste of the wild, but i switch between the wetlands, prairie, and other "formulas" (if you like that word better!) all the time. one of my girls has a cast iron stomach so i never worry about her, the other is know to get booty blowout (diarrhea.... its just our way of saying it lol) the minute she LOOKS at something she shouldnt eat. shes so sensitive. as long as i stay with the same brand, im fine. the ingredients are mostly the same, just the meat sources are different.

    tonisaysss- why all the sudden are green beans and pumpkin fine, but nothing else?? i understand pumpkin- i use it on my girls when there is a case of booty blowout. but whats your reasoning for green beans?
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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    I understand the whole same brand thing but for this case switching protein sources is going to be a big deal. Like your blowout girl. Hopefully she sticks with this variety for more than 2 weeks.

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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Shrink View Post
    I understand the whole same brand thing but for this case switching protein sources is going to be a big deal. Like your blowout girl. Hopefully she sticks with this variety for more than 2 weeks.
    ah see i havnt been following her posts or anything (im just getting back to the forum after a loooong time away, so im not exactly "up to par" on everything going on lol) i didnt know it had only been 2 weeks!

    in this case, i have to very much agree! do not keep changing the food like this. youre doing a lot more damage than good. 2 weeks is not long enough to be determining to change yet or not. you need to give the dog time to adjust and settle with this food before you haul off on another. and if you have a dog who is sensitive like this one, i possibly would suggest it at all. how would you like if everytime you tried something different your butt went whacko?? not fun.
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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Quote Originally Posted by lucidity View Post
    Actually, full-fat yoghurt is better than low fat, just because some companies use artificial sugars like aspartame for low fat versions.. some of these sugars are poisonous to dogs. Just check the ingredients at the back of the yoghurt carton, the less ingredients, the better.

    If the yoghurt is sweetened, make sure they use something like fructose or sugar. Cadence does fine on flavoured (fresh fruit), sweetened yoghurt. I only give him one or two teaspoons a day anyway.
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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Ive heard both ways, that it can help or cause diarrhea depending on the dog. I'd switch to plain yogurt without a bunch of "stuff" added. Could the pup be sensitive to corn? Many flavored (and a whole lot of plain ones too!) yogurts contain corn.

    My 11 month old Saint loves his yogurt. I usually go through a 32oz container of Dannon All Natural Plain every week to week and a half. Buster has a corn allergy and ends up with severe diarrhea if he ingests any, we havent had any issues with diarrhea just due to the yogurt.

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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Yogurt does not contain corn.. where'd you see that? Maybe high fructose corn syrup is what you meant.

    "Ingredients
    Although milk of various animals has been used for yogurt production in various parts of the world, most of the industrialized yogurt production uses cow's milk. Whole milk, partially skimmed milk, skim milk or cream may be used. In order to ensure the development of the yogurt culture the following criteria for the raw milk must be met:
    low bacteria count
    free from antibiotics, sanitizing chemicals, mastitis milk, colostrum, and rancid milk
    no contamination by bacteriophages
    Other yogurt ingredients may include some or all of the following:
    Other Dairy Products: concentrated skim milk, nonfat dry milk, whey, lactose. These products are often used to increase the nonfat solids content
    Sweeteners: glucose or sucrose, high-intensity sweeteners (e.g. aspartame)
    Stabilizers: gelatin, carboxymethyl cellulose, locust bean Guar, alginates, carrageenans, whey protein concentrate
    Flavours
    Fruit Preparations: including natural and artificial flavouring, colour" From the University of Guelph

    read the facts on yogurt here

    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/T045700.asp

    even people and animals that are lactose intolerent often deal perfectly fine with natural yogurt. Yogurt is easier to digest than milk.

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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Shrink View Post
    Yogurt does not contain corn.. where'd you see that? Maybe high fructose corn syrup is what you meant.
    I read labels Not sure what brand at the moment, Ive read many, many labels since bringing Buster home. And, no, it was not high fructose corn syrup...though I avoid that as well.

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    Re: Can small amounts of yogurt cause loose stools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Inuit_Luv View Post
    Thanks! I knew there was a reason, and couldn't think of it or find the answer...I know I read it in one of my raw books.
    Lol, no problem! I think most low fat stuff is only marketed for humans anyway... people who love eating sweet stuff but don't want to gain weight. I've read articles on dogs eating a piece of chewing gum and dying from it because of all the artificial sugars that are used in them.. If I'm not mistaken, sorbitol was the one that is toxic.. It's been a while since I read the article though, I could be wrong.

    *edit* found it! It's xylitol that's toxic.. but just to be safe I never, ever give Cadence anything with artificial sugar in it.

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