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5 reasons: Why brewer's yeast is so healthy for dogs

You want to know what brewer's yeast for dogs can do? Brewer's yeast not only causes a shiny coat. Where you can use it and what exactly it does, I have summarized for you in this comprehensive guide. Also, for this article we have chosen Advice from veterinarian Emin Jasarevic obtained. Note: This article is written for the german country. So be excited 🙂

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What is brewer's yeast?

Brewer's yeast consists of spherical, unicellular yeast fungi. These are microorganisms that reproduce by sprouting.

Brewer's yeast is a waste product that is produced during beer production. After fermentation, it floats on the beer as beer sludge. Nowadays, manufacturers filter out the brewer's yeast from most types of beer. The yeast particles created during fermentation cloud the beer and make it less durable. 

But even today there are types of beer that contain yeast. These include yeast-clouded wheat beer or Zwickel beer.

History of a natural remedy

In 1725, the physician Dr. J. F. Heckel opined, "Breweries are the most distinguished pharmacies." 

He knew about the healthy effects of beer, as did so many scholars and physicians before and after him.

It is not the beer itself that is so healthy, but the yeast it contains. The many valuable properties people knew already 5000 years ago. 

The use of brewer's yeast as a medicine is as old as brewing itself. In Mesopotamia and in the Ancient Egypt people used the beer mud for wounds and skin diseases. 

The knowledge of the effect of yeast continued in the Greek antiquity continued. Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, already appreciated the remedy. 

Also from the late middle ages doctors used brewer's yeast as a medicine and anti-aging agent. It could not be missing from the recipes of Paracelsus and Hildegard von Bingen. 

Scientific studies drew the attention of manufacturers to the healthy effect of brewer's yeast. Therefore, it is no longer processed as a residual product, but is specifically produced and marketed as flakes, powder or tablets. 

Today, the range of brewer's yeast products is growing. As a cosmetic or dietary supplement, it has convinced many people. Dog owners can share the benefits with their four-legged friends.


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Brewer's yeast is a purely natural product and contains no chemical additives. The main groups of ingredients are:

  • B vitamins
  • Amino acids
  • Minerals
  • Antioxidants
B vitamins are important for many body functions such as metabolism and cell structure. However, the dog's body does not store vitamins sufficiently, which is why our four-legged friends need to take them in regularly through food or supplements.
Amino acids, the building blocks of the body, are important for Metabolism, Muscle and cell building. The body cannot form the so-called group of essential amino acids itself. Like the B vitamins, they enter the body through food. 
Brewer's yeast contains many vital minerals, responsible for a variety of functions of the body. Of the minerals there are two groups: Trace elements and Quantity elements. The body needs significantly more of the latter than of the trace elements.
The trace elements in the yeast include Iron, zinc and selenium. The quantity elements include Sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium. 
Antioxidants like Vitamin E, which protects cells from free radicals, are contained in yeast. 
Free radicals are partly responsible for a variety of diseases.
Brewer's yeast is also low in fat, sugar and cholesterol. 

Effect and areas of application

The brewer's yeast is a All-rounder. Because there are so many valuable substances in brewer's yeast, it is a ideal complement to the dog food. As much as we try to always provide the best food for our four-legged friends, hardly any diet plan is perfect. And even the best feeding can not protect against every disease.

Brewer's yeast can do both: prevent or compensate for a deficiency. If you feed it regularly to your four-legged friend, its effect unfolds. 

The main areas of application are:

  • Skin and coat problems
  • diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Liver problems
  • Small wounds

1. fur and skin

Dry or shaggy coat becomes softer and shinier already a few days after the first intake. Just before the Coat change is particularly suitable, in addition to regular coat care, brewer's yeast. 

Furthermore yeast helps with scaly skin, lichen, itching or rashes. For example, if your pet tends to Sweet itch, his suffering can be alleviated by a preventive administration of yeast can be alleviated or it disappears completely.

2. ticks

As a dog owner you come around the topic Tick protection not around. Among all the annoying parasites that can infest our four-legged friends, the tick is particularly unwelcome. In the warm months, they lurk in every meadow and woodland. Since they can transmit dangerous diseases, they are a serious threat to animals and humans.

Brewer's yeast helps against these parasites. The ticks avoid your furry nose because they do not like the smell of the yeast. If a tick nevertheless gets lost in the fur, it often does not bite immediately and you can simply remove it. 

Nevertheless, brewer's yeast is not a perfect protection against the little beasts. Unfortunately, there are few scientific studies on most natural means of tick defense. 

It could not be found out in the studies carried out which ingredient in the yeast the ticks do not like. Probably an interaction of several substances is responsible. 

Despite incomplete data, we can draw on testimonials. Many dog owners do not want to miss the yeast anymore. 

Moreover, as a natural product, yeast can be combined with other natural means to be on the safe side. Thus, it is absolutely recommendable as a gentle and natural method to get the tick problem under control.

If brewer's yeast is not effective in combating ticks, you are welcome to read our article on Black cumin oil or Coconut oil study

3. diabetes

Brewer's yeast contains no sugar and is suitable as a supplement for quadrupeds with diabetes. It stimulates the production of insulin in the dog's body.

4. problems with stomach and intestines

Thanks to the fiber, brewer's yeast helps with constipation or an unbalanced intestinal flora. You can give it as a support for a stressed intestine, for example after the administration of antibiotics. 

5. liver problems

In the case of liver dysfunction, brewer's yeast helps stimulate the healing process. 

6. small wounds

For dry spots or smaller wounds, you can use brewer's yeast for external application. Mix the yeast with a little water to make a paste and apply to the wounded area. 


Taste and administration

The brewer's yeast has a bitter-spicy, slightly cheesy taste. Most four-legged friends tolerate the taste and accept the yeast well. The product is available in different forms, so there is something for every furry nose. 

Whether tablets, flakes or powder: Simply mix into the dog food and ready! Some dogs also eat the tablets as a treat.

You can buy brewer's yeast in large supermarkets, health food stores, drug stores, pharmacies, over the internet, or in pet stores.

Correct dosage

In principle, the manufacturer's recommendations should be followed for the dosage. The amount depends on the weight of your protégé.

You can give fewer tablets or powder the first day and increase the dose the next few days. Some dogs get mild flatulence, but as soon as the body gets used to the yeast, they disappear again.

Dosage orientation: 

  • Small dogs from 5-10 kg: from 1 g per day
  • Medium dogs from 11-20 kg: from 1.5 g per day
  • Large dogs from 21-40 kg: from 2 g per day
  • Very large dogs from 41 kg: from 3 g per day

If the yeast is used during the change of coat or as a tick remedy, the dosage can be a little higher for the desired period.

Disadvantages and side effects

Except for the above-mentioned flatulence at the very beginning, very sensitive dogs may react with diarrhea. 

But this problem also normally resolves after the body gets used to the yeast. Otherwise, no side effects are known.

Please note that the use of brewer's yeast is not recommended for quadrupeds with kidney disease. More about this can be found in the guide to Kidney diet in dogs.

If you pay attention to the dosage recommendations of the manufacturer or veterinarian, your protégé will not have any further difficulties.

However, if you experience unexpected side effects or a noticeable change in your pet's behavior, you should call your veterinarian immediately.


My Conclusion

Brewer's yeast is particularly suitable as a dietary supplement and for coat and skin care. As an additive in the feed unfolds its effect from the inside.

Many dog owners who give their pets brewer's yeast are convinced of the effects. I started feeding brewer's yeast to my four-legged friend about a year ago and have also been positively surprised. Since then, his coat shines particularly beautifully. 

Since you can't go much wrong with brewer's yeast and there are no problematic side effects, I recommend just giving it a try. 

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Examined by the veterinarian Emin Jasarevic
Examined by the veterinarian Emin Jasarevic

I am a veterinarian and writer on animal health topics. Animals are my passion and it is my personal concern to create medically accurate articles and videos to inform pet owners as much as possible.

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