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Kefir Care for your Dog and Cat

Updated on October 7, 2014

Kefir is a natural food item that contains 5 billion beneficial bacteria. Ten strains are found in every serving. Compared to commercially prepared probiotic supplements, your feline and canine companions get more out of kefir. Better start your engines and check out the nearest organic food store. Kefir can improve your pet’s overall health and well-being. Why spend on expensive probiotic supplements when you can provide the best probiotic care through kefir?

Yummy kefir!
Yummy kefir!

What is Kefir?

Kefir looks like yogurt. It is creamy, and dairy-based. It is food from coconut milk, soy milk, rice, sheep’s milk, or cow’s milk. The shepherds of the Caucasian Mountains developed kefir by allowing fresh milk to ferment in their leather pouches as they worked. Eventually, they learned to mix the resulting grains of kefir with fresh goat’s or cow’s milk to culture it. They leave the mixture in the leather bags made of goatskin, so that it can ferment.

So delicious!
So delicious!

What are Kefir’s Active Ingredients?

The grains of kefir look like florettes similar to the caulifower’s. Friendly bacteria and casein are the main ingredients in kefir. Strains of bacteria in kefir are Saccharomyces kefir, Lactobacillus caucasicus, Lactic streptococci, Torula kefir, and Leuconnostoc species. Because of the content of friendly bacteria, kefir is known to be the only cultured dairy product that has more than three strains.

What Benefits Can You Get from Kefir?

Just a tablespoon of kefir contains 5 billion good bacteria strains. Below are some of the benefits that it can give your dog or cat:

  • Provides essential amino acids and tryptophan
  • Gives phosphorus, B-complex vitamins, Vitamin D, Calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin A
  • Prevents diseases
  • Very digestible
  • Ideal for your immune system
  • Prevents tumors from developing
  • Helps your pet heal faster
  • Provides anti-fungal and anti-bacterial relief

Introducing Kefir Into Your Pet’s Diet

When it comes to giving kefir to your dog and cat for the first time, do it slowly. The probiotics in kefir are highly potent, so gradual introduction gives their digestive system time to keep up. You should only give half the recommended dosage during the first week. Perhaps maybe after a couple of weeks, you can bring the dosage up to the recommended amount. If ever your cat or dog reacts negatively to kefir, stop giving it.

Here are the recommended dosages:

  • Give a teaspoon to a tablespoon of kefir to cats and small breeds of dogs.
  • Give a tablespoon to 2 tablespoons of kefir to medium sized dogs.
  • Give 2 tablespoons to 3 tablespoons of kefir to large dogs.

Mmmmm....MMM!
Mmmmm....MMM!
Waiting for their kefir!
Waiting for their kefir!
They behave better with kefir's probiotics.
They behave better with kefir's probiotics.
So adorable when they get along with kefir.
So adorable when they get along with kefir.
Can't get enough!
Can't get enough!

Kefir is a very helpful probiotic source that does wonders for the immune system and the digestive system of your dog and cat. If your furkid is currently undergoing steroid or antibiotic treatments, you should make sure that kefir is in the daily diet. The helpful bacteria return the balance of bacteria by increasing the good bacteria, overpowering the bad. This is the way kefir’s probiotics work. You can make your cat or dog healthier by giving something that tastes good as well. Check out kefir recipes in www.fermented.org for delicious, homemade kefir, anytime!

Kefir Feedback

Below are some feedback on feeding kefir to dogs and cats:

"I have always wanted a natural food that I can always feed my dog, Kyle. I discovered kefir through www.fermented.org and www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com. It is delicious, economical, and helpful for my dog's digestion and immunity." ~ Nina Gustavo (Arkansas)

"I never thought I'd be making my own kefir for my cat, Celine. I visited www.fermented.org and found out that it's so easy and affordable to make. Now, Celine enjoys her kefir at any time of the day." Lara Freeman (Orange County)



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    Eva 3 years ago from Tucson

    AWWWW--What cute pictures :-). I am going to find my cameras again someday (we just moved), and get some pics of my two cats.

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    Shane Ong 3 years ago from Philippines

    My two dachshunds and my German shepherd enjoy yogurt. I haven't tried giving it to my cat yet. My dogs' appetites have improved since I started giving them yogurt or yogurt caplets. Good for us for giving our furkids yogurt!

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    Eva 3 years ago from Tucson

    Cool little hub! I know my two cats love yogurt, but haven't tried them on kefir yet :-)