You may have read our article, ‘can dogs digest milk’. While little puppies can have milk, dogs become lactose intolerant as they grow older. Since curd is made of milk, do the same rules apply? Can dogs eat curd? Let’s find out.
Can Dogs Eat Curd?
Dogs that cannot digest milk can safely have curd.
This is because dogs are not allergic to the milk itself but the high amounts of lactose in the milk. The longer we leave the milk to ferment to curd, the lesser the lactic acid.
You may have seen that those who are lactose intolerant can usually digest curd and some types of cheese. This is because of the reduced amount of lactose in curd.
What Are The Benefits Of Having Curd
There are many benefits of curd. Here are some of them listed below:
1. Building A Strong Digestive System
Curd is filled with a lot of probiotics, which stimulate the production of a lot of digestive enzymes. This makes digestion much easier and therefore it is ideal for dogs with digestive problems.
The curd is perfect for summers too, or when it is too hot. The body can easily digest curd rice without heating up.
2. Rich In Calcium And Phosphorus
Calcium and phosphorus are essential for all dogs but it is absolutely vital for little puppies. Large breed dogs are prone to calcium and phosphorus deficiencies which can lead to bone defects like hip dysplasia or osteochondritis dissecans (OCD).
Too little or exorbitant amounts of calcium and phosphorus can cause OCD. This is why you should rely on natural sources of calcium and phosphorus instead of depending on supplements. Apart from investing in a balanced dog food formula, you can add curd in their diet as well.
3. Keeps Their Weight Under Control
Dogs with tooth problems will also benefit from curd.
But apart from adding curd in their meal, you can also apply curd on their skin. Curd has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. This is why it is very effective with skin infections.
Dogs that have mange, can benefit from small amounts of curd applied to their skin. Mange causes a lot off itching and the curd is cool and moist which soothes the irritation on their skin.
However, applying curd on their skin may be a bit of a challenge because most dogs love curd and they will find innovative ways to scratch the curd off the back of their head to get a taste!
How Much Curd Can I Give My Dog?
Most dogs love curd and they will be happy to eat a whole bowl of it. But just because they like it doesn’t mean you can give too much of it.
Too much curd can cause loose stools. One to two dollops of curd with water should be a healthy amount. Make sure to give the curd when it’s hot outside.
Remember, curd does not substitute high-quality non-vegetarian dog food, that your dog should be having on a daily basis.
So while you can give them curd as a snack or a light mid-day meal, it should not be their main source of nutrition.
Giving Curd To Puppies
Curd is also good transitional food for puppies when they are getting weaned off their mother’s milk.
You can give them curd mixed with chicken Cerelac made for babies. As they grow to about 40 days old, you can give them pellets crushed in curd. This makes it easier for them to eat the pellets that may otherwise be too hard for their teeth.
Making A Curd Popsicle
Now, many dogs love curd but how can you make curd a fun treat for the summers? Simple, all you have to do is mix curd with a little bit of boiled sweet potato and add some water. Put it in a popsicle mould and let it set in the deep freezer.
Give it to them once it’s fully set. We’re sure they will love it. It is also a good way to keep them occupied during the summers or when you are away.
We hope this article helped you understand if your dog can have curd. We want to clarify once again that curd is not a substitute for their daily wholesome dog food but rather just a great addition to their diet.
Many dogs love curd so you can give it to them as a snack. We’re sure they will thank you for it.
Do you give your dogs curd? How often do they get curd and have you noticed any changes since you started giving them curd? Let us know in the comment section below. We are always eager to know your thoughts.