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Have you heard the buzz about brewers yeast? People are talking about the benefits of brewers yeast for dogs, but what exactly is it? And is a dog food with brewers yeast healthier than a dog food without it?

Like the name suggests, brewers yeast, also known as brewers dried yeast, is a by-product of the brewing industry, and can be a beneficial ingredient in dog food.

So, just what are the benefits of brewers yeast for dogs?

Brewers yeast improves palatability.

Adding brewers yeast to a dog food formula gives it a boost of flavor, making the food more appealing to dogs. This is especially helpful for picky eaters or dogs that might not have much of an appetite. When a dog doesn’t eat his food, he doesn’t get all the nutrients he needs. That’s why it is important for a food not only to provide healthy, balanced nutrition, but also to taste good.

Brewers yeast helps support lean muscle mass.

Brewers yeast is a high-quality source of essential amino acids and protein, which helps support lean muscle mass. It also contains B vitamins, which help convert the nutrients in your dog’s food into energy he can use.          

While it offers many nutritional benefits, brewers yeast does not guarantee that the dog food formula that contains it is healthier than a formula that does not contain it. If you have additional questions about whether brewers yeast is appropriate for your dog, your veterinarian is a good place to start for advice.

If you decide brewers yeast is right for your dog, one of the best ways to make sure he gets it is in a complete and balanced dog food formula. One example of a food that includes brewers yeast is Purina® Pro Plan® Natural Turkey & Barley Formula. Made with high-quality protein, including turkey as the first ingredient, it includes barley and oat meal as quality, easily digestible energy sources.

Some people choose to add brewers yeast supplements to their dog’s diet, but keep in mind that supplementation is generally not necessary if you feed a complete and balanced dog food formula.

As always, when you’re considering making a change to your dog’s diet, be sure to do your homework, explore all of your options, and talk to your veterinarian. It’s the best way to find a formula that not only meets his nutritional needs, but also provides a taste your dog will love.