Can dogs eat yoghurt drops?

Words By Gemma Sheehy

July 09, 2019

Does your dog have a sweet tooth?

Yoghurt drops are the fresh new treat that pet parents are going bananas (and strawberry, and apricot, and vanilla) for. Not just a delicious taste, yoghurt is loaded with vitamins and minerals, good bacteria and nutritious probiotics to foster a healthy gut. The fruity flavours add some punch to any dinner bowl, in moderation with a healthy doggo diet.

How are yoghurt drops made?

Usually, yoghurt drops are more than just yoghurt. To keep drops affordable for dog owners everywhere, WAG yoghurt drops are a combo of yoghurt solids, fruity flavours, sugar, skim milk solids and sustainable palm kernel oil.

WAG yoghurt drops come in five traditional flavours: Apricot, Banana, Carob, Strawberry and Vanilla. There are also two new tasty combinations to try: Coconut & Mint and Berry & Aniseed.

These flavours have all been tried and tested to make sure they’re both safe and tasty for your pooch. Chocolate and dogs don’t sound like a perfect match, but Carob is a chocolatey flavour that’s non-toxic and delicious for doggos. Likewise, aniseed in dog treats is also new to many dog owners but can be a tasty flavour for them to have in moderation

It’s important to only give your dog treats that are made especially for dogs. That’s why WAG makes sure that all ingredients are wholesome, healthy, and, most importantly, safe for your dog to indulge in. 

Are yoghurt drops healthy?

Man holding yoghurt drops next to dog

Holly loves Banana Yoghurt Drops! 📷 Photographer: Shelby Huckstep

Because of the sweet ingredients, yoghurt drops are more like a cheat-treat than a main meal. Just like we do with our favourite human desserts, it’s important to exercise moderation.

We suggest no more than 10 drops a day. If you’ve accidentally gone overboard, no biggie, just give them a smaller evening meal and get back on track tomorrow.

But with pet obesity on the rise in Australia—between 39% and 59% of pet dogs in Europe, Australia and the US are estimated to be overweight or obese— it’s our job to make sure we rein in the cheat treats. Part of our responsibility as dog owners is keeping our four-legged friends in great shape so they can live their best life, for as long as possible.

As much as our dogs would enjoy a never-ending supply of yoghurty-goodness, we need to keep their diets balanced: which means indulging in small doses. We know it’s tough to look deep into those puppy-dog eyes and say no, but your doggo’s waistline will thank you for the self-restraint.

Are the probiotics in yoghurt good for dogs?

Probiotics are good bacteria that help promote gut health for your doggo and are just as good for your dog as they are for you. They support healthy daily digestion and can help with upset tummies and stomach inflammation. Probiotics have also been known to help with that bad doggy breath.  

Yoghurt is packed full of good bacteria and probiotics to help support a healthy digestive tract and our yoghurt drops are no different. Bear in mind though, that like any good thing they must be taken in moderation. Yoghurt drops are a ‘sometimes’ treat and not suitable as a supplement if your dog requires a significant dose of probiotics. If that’s the case, we recommend chatting with your local vet or a pet nutritionist about what other probiotics your dog might need. 

But as a treat balanced with a healthy diet? We can guarantee that ours taste the best! 

Are yoghurt drops eco-friendly?

Indulging your doggo’s sweet tooth should be eco-friendly.

But are you hearing alarm bells when you look at the list of ingredients? Palm oil is one of the most versatile oils in the industry and staggeringly common as an ingredient, particularly in yoghurt drops. You can sleep easy knowing that WAG only uses sustainable palm oil in the production of our yoghurt drops. 

What does that mean? It means the palm oil that is in WAG yoghurt drops is farmed ethically and produced in a way that protects the environment and the local communities who depend on it for their livelihoods. You can read more about the Global Standard for Sustainable Palm Oil and certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

Sticking with companies committed to transparency and using organic materials means you won’t dig up anything rotten (except two-month-old marrow bones buried by your doggo!). Always check the ingredient label, or the website, of a product that lists palm oil to know exactly where they stand in the fight for rainforest conservation. If it’s sourced sustainably, no need to tuck-tail. If it isn’t, consider sniffing out another source.

Treating your dog should bring joy – not a guilty conscience.

Dog surrounded by yoghurt drops

Yoghurt drops come in every flavour of the rainbow. 📷 Photographer: Shelby Huckstep

Can I use yoghurt drops as part of our training? 

Yoghurt drops are the perfect treat to bring to a training session with your pup. 

Not only are they packed full of flavour, but because they’re a cheat-treat, your dog will be on their best behaviour for something a bit different. We’re big fans of obedience and all the stellar benefits, including an increased bond with your best bud. With their bite-size shape and one-of-a-kind flavours, yoghurt drops will have any dog sit-stay-speaking to perfection for just one morsel. 

Yoghurt drops are also the perfect training tool for puppies as they’re packed full of flavour and soft enough for a young pup’s teeth. Want the training session to go a bit longer while still treating your pup in moderation? Cut your drops down into smaller sizes to get a few extra tricks in. 

Make sure to keep the lid closed tight and store them in the fridge or in a cool, dry place until it’s time to make your dog’s taste buds tingle. 

How else can I treat my dog to yoghurt drops?

Every treat can be tailored to unique moments of your doggy’s daily life. But here are several ways you can treat them:

  • Besides polishing your sit-pretty, yoghurt drops are quintessential for mental stimulation. 
  • Small and relatively non-perishable, they’re all kinds of right for dropping into puppy-puzzles, snuffle matts, and stuffing all kinds of toys and treats.

The other major way you can treat your pups to yoghurt drops is by making your own DIY treats outta them! You can melt them, freeze them, mix-and-match them or enjoy straight out of the drop-bottle. Frozen yoghurt treats will be perfect for your doggo in a hot summer.

You can also try melting yoghurt drops into new shape moulds to make a special treat for Easter or Christmas. Fancy making a birthday cake for your pup? Top your cake with some melted yoghurt for an extra special icing treat. 

Just remember when making extra treats for your pup to keep an eye on how many drops they’re having per day. 

You can buy our yoghurt drops bottled for instant gratification or design your own treats with our DIY doggo recipes. What are you waiting for?

Author

Gemma Sheehy

If there's one thing Gemma's passionate about in life, it's dogs. When she's not writing about them at WAG she's living, breathing, walking and snuggling with her own. Besides dog shows and sporting events on the weekends, Gemma is partial to cooking (sometimes) healthy meals, watching horror movies and making records for time spent in pyjamas.