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Is Greed yogurt what some of you are using for tear stains? Or is it a different type of yogurt- I need to do something for one of my girls that has pretty bad stains- I did a search on greek yogurt but mostly what came up is for poop issues.
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Katie,
Yes the Greek Yogurt does help with the tear staining as it has pro-biotics in it.
I use it with my dogs and I think it even helps with just the tearing alone ( I have less wet faces) as well as with the staining.
 

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Oliver used to get tearstain but once I started giving him Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt he hasn't had any..................
That was a long time ago.
 

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Thanks girls- Justice has such a cute cut so that I can see her face, but her tear stains are pretty bad- I really want to try and clear them up.
We are on day 2 of greek yogurt...I will let you know if it works!
The funny thing.....the only ingredient in it is cultured grade A non-fat milk. This is Dannon brand Greek yogurt....
 

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There is nothing special about Greek yogurt ingredients, it's just the texture. My girlfriend has always given her dogs yogurt twice a day every day, and her Havanese Nellie has bad staining. On the other hand, Mojo hardly ever gets yogurt and he has very little staining.

It may depend on the dog. In any case, easy to try, nothing to lose. And otherwise very good for the dog.
 

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There is nothing special about Greek yogurt ingredients, it's just the texture. My girlfriend has always given her dogs yogurt twice a day every day, and her Havanese Nellie has bad staining. On the other hand, Mojo hardly ever gets yogurt and he has very little staining.

It may depend on the dog. In any case, easy to try, nothing to lose. And otherwise very good for the dog.
I have had great success with the Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt is thicker and richer than regular yogurt, and typically contains lower sugar, higher protein and higher amounts of probiotics. The probiotics has shown to help the chemical balance and reduce the tearing as well as the bacteria that causes the staining.
[FONT=&quot]Most veterinary eye specialists believe the actual cause of tear staining is excess tearing. When the face hair is wet from excess tearing it is the breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. One of the most common yeast infections is Ptyrosporin or Red Yeast which causes a deep reddish-brown stain. Low grade bacterial infections in the tear ducts are also common and may cause excess tearing and staining.
The term probiotics originates from the Greek word that means "for life." When ingested, these living microorganisms replenish the microflora in your pet's intestinal tract. This results in the promotion of a number of health-enhancing functions, including enhanced digestive function.
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Granted, like any thing it may not always work for every dog, however if it does not work then your dog should be checked for other health issues, such as blocked tear ducts, ear infections, etc.

Here are two different dogs of mine that had the tear staining before I put them on the Greek yogurt and then an after picture.

First two pictures are Oskarka and the last two are of Zmrzlina. Zmrzlina's are even better today, the second picture is of her after about 2 months maybe closer to 3, on the Greek yogurt, she has now been on it for about 5 months and the stains are almost gone.
 

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Wow... I was giving Ache all natural plain yogurt but I am going to buy the greek one today. I didn't know about the probiotics. Thanks for the explanation, Heather. BTW, beautiful dogs !!!
How much and how many times a day do you give the yogurt ?
 

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This may seem like a silly question--but what is greek yogurt? I mean--is it actually called greek yogurt or does it have another name like a brand or something? I'd like to try it for Quincy's muzzle staining....and yet---I live in the sticks where there are like 2-3 kinds of yogurt. Dannon and A&E...maybe a Blue Bunny yogurt. What one would you buy?:ear:
 

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Another even sillier question. Does it have to be plain or can you give them a flavored variety. Julie, I too live in the sticks and don't have much to choose from!
 

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Here is a web site that I found about the different Greek Yogurts http://www.buzzle.com/articles/greek-yogurt-brands.html I copy and pasted it below too.

Please note that some of the brands like Dannon have a lot more sugar in them, so all I can say is do your homework.

I like the Trader Joe's brand, which I can only get when I go to the city, other wise I feed the Greek Gods brand. I would only feed the plain yogurt over the flavor ones.

Best Greek Yogurt Brands

Before we get started, for those of you who don't know what is Greek yogurt, let me tell you that it is a type of strained yogurt which is made by removing whey out of the yogurt. The process of making Greek yogurt is pretty standard, which typically increases its nutrition facts. When you compare Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt, you would come to know that Greek yogurt contains twice the protein content than the regular yogurt. It is rich in calcium and free from cholesterol and saturated fats. It is the prime reason why substitution of regular yogurt with Greek yogurt has become a sort of trend in the western countries. Well, here are some popular Greek yogurt brands.

Chobani Greek Yogurt
The word Chobani is derived from the Turkish word shepherd. Chobani is one of the most popular Greek yogurt brands in US and is popular for its extreme thickness and rich taste. According to the manufacturers, Chobani Greek yogurt is low sugar, hormone free 100% natural. You can find different types of yogurts like low fat as well as fruit flavored. The low fat version of Chobani yogurt contains 100 calories per serving while the flavored yogurt contains about 140 calories per serving. Chobani yogurt is also gluten free and has certification by Kosher. Chobani yogurt also fits under the USDA standards about Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, probiotic cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Bifidus. Chobani is also said to be safe for the people who usually suffer with food allergies from products like soy, corn and other nuts.

Fage Greek Yogurt
Fage is one of the popular Greek yogurt brands in the US, which is manufactured by one of the biggest dairy product company of Greece - Fage. It's popular for its state-of-art yogurt making technology that produces about 500 million yogurt pots per year. You can get Fage yogurt in 0% as well as 2% fat versions. 0% Fage Greek yogurt contains 120 calories per serving, while 2% Fage yogurt contains 150 calories per serving. According to the manufacturers, Fage is 100% natural yogurt, which doesn't contain any added thickeners, sweeteners, preservatives and flavors. One of the interesting facts about Fage is that it is made of raw organic milk only. It is 100% gluten free and this Greek yogurt benefits as a great source of protein for vegetarians, pregnant women, diabetics and people who are suffering with gluten intolerance.

Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt
Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt is one of the most popular Greek yogurt brands, when it comes to organic products. It is made by using fresh organic milk from select family farms while the flavored yogurt is made using organic fruits only. Similar to Chobani, Oikos is also made using five of the important and USDA recommended active cultures, namely Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidus and Lactobacillus casei. For those who are interested to know, I would like to mention that Oikos Greek yogurt is the first certified organic Greek yogurt on the US market. Oikos doesn't contain any artificial flavoring, preservatives, hormones, antibiotics or genetically modified organisms. It is also low on lactose count and hence it is beneficial for health conscious people.

Dannon Greek Yogurt
Due to the Greek yogurt nutrition facts, lots of people are switching to it and Dannon is one of the most popular of the Greek yogurt brands that they like to start up with. Dannon Greek yogurt is one of the thicker brands of green yogurt which is rich creamy and great to taste. Along with plain flavor, it comes with four more fruit flavors of blueberry, strawberry and honey vanilla. It comes with 0% fat version, which is pretty healthy and beneficial for overall health of a person. One 5.3 oz container of Dannon contains 110 calories, 12 g protein and 16 g of sugar. Dannon is often marketed as the 'fruit on the bottom' yogurt and is popular for the natural fruit flavors. However, some people often complain about its sugar as well as sodium content and hence, to be on a safer side consult your health care provider before consuming it, especially if you are suffering with high cholesterol and diabetes.

Some other popual Greek yogurt brands include: Yoplait Greek yogurt, Voskos Greek Yogurt, Cascade Fresh Greek Style Yogurt, Greek Gods Yogurt, Trader Joe's Brand Greek Style Yogurt, etc. If you know how to make Greek yogurt at home, then it is even more better. You can use the homemade Greek yogurt the way you want and enjoy its bountiful benefits!
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Sorry for got to answer how much :p
I feed about one tablespoon once a day.
 

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Tucker gets this, too.

I like and use the Greek God's yogurt, and the people around me love it, too! It is richer than the "regular" yogurts.

In fact, a rather interesting fact for me is that, although I am milk intolerant, (a teaspoon of milk sends me running to the bathroom after about 20 minutes!) I can eat Greek Yogurt without any bad effect. So, I use it in place of milk in my morning cereal. It is thick, but yummy, and a little goes a long ways in flavor.
 

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My dogs don't like yogurt, but I do. Chobani is good but I really like the Trader Joe's brand.
 

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Just to add to the discussion, yogurt is VERY easy to make - especially if you have a digital oven - set the temp at 115 degrees. I reconstitute dry milk to double strength. I make 6 5oz. jars at a time. Use any live culture you like (4or 5 Tbsp.) and if you make it at least every 3 weeks, it will stay viable forever. About 5 hours but not critical - shake it once in a while to see if it has set. The longer, the more tart it will be. I put the jars in about an inch of water. I don't know if that is important.
Luci loves it and so do we. She gets about 3T. for her bedtime snack. If I forget she gently bumps me with her nose. She always has perfect poops :) and very little tearing - no stains.
 

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The brand I have is by Dannon- it's plain flavored and just called Greek Yogurt. I got it at Walmart. It was the only Greek one that didnt come in a huge container. I wanted to start off with a small one in case she didn't like it.
She LOVES it! I give her spoonful one time a day.
This type happens to be fat free- next time I will see if I can find one with more fat as she could use a little meat on her bones!
Oh, and it has 6grams of sugar.
EDITED TO ADD- the 6grams of sugar is for the entire 5.3oz container- with her only getting a spoonfull at a time I am not too concerned w/the sugar content.
 

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Thanks so much for this, I started Sir Winston on it today and he did eat it very well.
 

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Thanks for the before & after photos, Heather. That is impressive!

Anne, I used to make my own yogurt years ago but had a yogurt maker. I did do it in the oven, too, when I wanted to make a larger quantity. It is great to have it fresh with no preservatives or additives - except what you choose! I might have to try it again but I'll probably be lazy and buy some!
 

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The brand I have is by Dannon- it's plain flavored and just called Greek Yogurt. I got it at Walmart. It was the only Greek one that didnt come in a huge container. I wanted to start off with a small one in case she didn't like it.
She LOVES it! I give her spoonful one time a day.
This type happens to be fat free- next time I will see if I can find one with more fat as she could use a little meat on her bones!
Oh, and it has 6grams of sugar.
EDITED TO ADD- the 6grams of sugar is for the entire 5.3oz container- with her only getting a spoonfull at a time I am not too concerned w/the sugar content.
Thank you Katie! Next time I am at Walmart I'm gonna see if I can find it for Quince. I'm willing to try it! :thumb:
 

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I love the fage greek yogurt with honey...yum! I've only given santos plain regular yogurt, and he loves it. I bet he'd like the Greek variety too.
 
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