One ingredient that has become increasingly popular with paw parents is the brewer’s yeast. What is this interesting ingredient and what benefits does it have for dogs?
Brewer’s yeast is made from a type of fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiae which is primary used in beer production. This type of yeast is rich in nutrients, as it can be used as a nutritional supplement as well. It contains chromium, selenium, protein, and a number of B-complex vitamins. Brewer’s yeast as supplement can be available in several different forms. For human consumption, it comes in a powder that can be stirred into milk or juice. As for dogs, it can be taken in tablet form or powder that is mixed into their food.
Because of the rich nutrients packed in brewer’s yeast, it has several health benefits for dogs. The chromium content can aid in maintaining blood sugar level in a dog’s body. It is also rich in antioxidants which can make your dog’s skin healthier and the coat shinier. Brewer’s yeast can also help your dog suffering from itchy, dry skin. This supplement can also help to reduce stress and calm nerves due to its high concentration of B-complex vitamins. Regular intake of brewer’s yeast supplement may also help to repel biting insects like ticks and fleas.
The exact dosage of brewer’s yeast will vary depending on your dog’s weight, so be careful to follow the instructions on the package and consult your vet first before providing the supplement as some dogs may be allergic to yeast.