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    I had read a post that @Twice had mentioned giving dogs Kefir. I had no idea what Kefir was so I did some research. It sounds pretty amazing and there are some great stories of it helping dogs with issues with digestion and allergies. So I went to the store and bought some today. Here is some info on Kefir vs Yogurt.
    Both kefir and yogurt are cultured milk products…

    …but they contain different types of beneficial bacteria. Yogurt contains transient beneficial bacteria that keep the digestive system clean and provide food for the friendly bacteria that reside there. But kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract, a feat that yogurt cannot match.
    Kefir contains several major strains of friendly bacteria not commonly found in yogurt, Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species, and Streptococcus species.
    It also contains beneficial yeasts, such as Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir, which dominate, control and eliminate destructive pathogenic yeasts in the body. They do so by penetrating the mucosal lining where unhealthy yeast and bacteria reside, forming a virtual SWAT team that housecleans and strengthens the intestines. Hence, the body becomes more efficient in resisting such pathogens as E. coli and intestinal parasites.
    Kefir’s active yeast and bacteria provide more nutritive value than yogurt by helping digest the foods that you eat and by keeping the colon environment clean and healthy. Because the curd size of kefir is smaller than yogurt, it is also easier to digest, which makes it a particularly excellent, nutritious food for babies, the elderly and people experiencing chronic fatigue and digestive disorders.

    This is a link to a vet's blog on benefits to dogs. http://www.drharveys.com/blog/tag/148

    Recommended Minimum Daily Intake of Kefir or Yogurt

    • Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp to 1 tbs
    • Medium size dogs - 1 tbs to 2 tbs
    • Large dogs - 2 tbs to 3 tbs
    • Extra large dogs - 4 tbs to 6 tbs

    You can increase (either a little or by doubling) the daily intake noted above if you wish to increase the amount of probiotics ingested by your dog and cat on a daily basis. Just make sure to increase gradually over the space of days or weeks.

    One question I do have is can I still give yogurt and Kefir or stop the yogurt?
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    Wow this is interesting!! I hope some food gurus come along and answer you! I am really intrigued by this! Sorry I don t have the answer though!! Good thread!!
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    Interesting. I had never heard of the stuff. I will be watching this thread. Thank you for the info.
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    So can you buy kefir the same place you buy yogurt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomVan View Post
    So can you buy kefir the same place you buy yogurt?
    Yes it is in the dairy section next to yogurt usually in a bottle. Buy the plain Kefir so far my boys love it.

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    One question I do have is can I still give yogurt and Kefir or stop the yogurt?

    Totally up to you, since your dogs love kefir, you could give that 3 x week and
    give yogurt 3 x week and save a little money because kefir is pretty expensive
    from the store.

    Great educational information and well written!


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    Wow thats really good to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post

    One question I do have is can I still give yogurt and Kefir or stop the yogurt?

    Totally up to you, since your dogs love kefir, you could give that 3 x week and
    give yogurt 3 x week and save a little money because kefir is pretty expensive
    from the store.

    Great educational information and well written!
    Great idea Carol that is exactly what I will do . I read you can actually make your own kefir but that is way beyond my abilities (laziness)

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    I totally agree with Carols' suggestions, as Kefir is more expensive. I drink the flavoured Kefirs like strawberry or Blueberry, and buy them either at Costco, or beside the yogurt in the dairy aisle. Since Kefir is thicker, richer, and has more benefits than yogurt, then you could just use Kefir, but it is double the price, so you could substitute the plain yogurt part of the time like Carol said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashleym View Post
    Great idea Carol that is exactly what I will do . I read you can actually make your own kefir but that is way beyond my abilities (laziness)
    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post

    One question I do have is can I still give yogurt and Kefir or stop the yogurt?

    Totally up to you, since your dogs love kefir, you could give that 3 x week and
    give yogurt 3 x week and save a little money because kefir is pretty expensive
    from the store.

    Great educational information and well written!
    Quote Originally Posted by Vikinggirl View Post
    I totally agree with Carols' suggestions, as Kefir is more expensive. I drink the flavoured Kefirs like strawberry or Blueberry, and buy them either at Costco, or beside the yogurt in the dairy aisle. Since Kefir is thicker, richer, and has more benefits than yogurt, then you could just use Kefir, but it is double the price, so you could substitute the plain yogurt part of the time like Carol said.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vikinggirl View Post
    I totally agree with Carols' suggestions, as Kefir is more expensive. I drink the flavoured Kefirs like strawberry or Blueberry, and buy them either at Costco, or beside the yogurt in the dairy aisle. Since Kefir is thicker, richer, and has more benefits than yogurt, then you could just use Kefir, but it is double the price, so you could substitute the plain yogurt part of the time like Carol said.

    I'm not sure where you guys are getting that it is more expensive than yogurt? Looking at peapod.com, a 32 ounce tub of Cabot greek yogurt will cost you 4.29. A 32 ounce bottle of Lifeway Kefir will cost you 2.99. Not to mention, you use less kefir than you do yogurt so it is actually cheaper.

    The health benefits are HUGE and making it yourself costs you nothing more than 2 cups of milk. I've been making my own for a few weeks now. You can probably get the grains for free on craigslist or freecycle. You can also buy them. The ones I got for free didn't germinate right so I spent 4 bucks and ordered them from amazon. You get your grains, pour it into a glass jar (I'm using a Mason jar). Pour 2 cups of milk over the grains, put the lid on the jar and stick it in your kitchen cabinet for 24-48 hours. When it's done, strain the grains out, put them into a clean jar and add more milk. I have a fresh supply of kefir all the time and it costs me almost nothing to make. After a few weeks your grains will begin to multiply. You can either dehydrate them to save for later, give them away to someone else looking to make it themselves or sell them on Amazon lol

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    i would think there is no harm in giving both really. good bacteria in the gut is a good thing so if you like both use both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twice View Post
    I'm not sure where you guys are getting that it is more expensive than yogurt? Looking at peapod.com, a 32 ounce tub of Cabot greek yogurt will cost you 4.29. A 32 ounce bottle of Lifeway Kefir will cost you 2.99. Not to mention, you use less kefir than you do yogurt so it is actually cheaper.

    The health benefits are HUGE and making it yourself costs you nothing more than 2 cups of milk. I've been making my own for a few weeks now. You can probably get the grains for free on craigslist or freecycle. You can also buy them. The ones I got for free didn't germinate right so I spent 4 bucks and ordered them from amazon. You get your grains, pour it into a glass jar (I'm using a Mason jar). Pour 2 cups of milk over the grains, put the lid on the jar and stick it in your kitchen cabinet for 24-48 hours. When it's done, strain the grains out, put them into a clean jar and add more milk. I have a fresh supply of kefir all the time and it costs me almost nothing to make. After a few weeks your grains will begin to multiply. You can either dehydrate them to save for later, give them away to someone else looking to make it themselves or sell them on Amazon lol
    OMG that is crazy they multiply?? Would be funny if we had a Kefir grain supply going on this forum. I actually got Keifer from Trader Joes and cost less then $3 for a large bottle.

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