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Can dogs drink milk

Posted on | March 24, 2012 | No Comments

Ah, that creamy white drink that we are all used to drink from infancy. Yes you guessed it, today’s topic is milk. With cereal, cookies, or even in a plain glass, we are used to consuming tremendous quantities of milk through the course of our life, but the question that lies here today is Can dogs drink milk?

You may remember from when I talked about cheese, that most dogs are lactose intolerant. This doesn’t mean milk will kill them, it means that they have a harder time breaking down milk just like some of us. There are some dogs that are NOT lactose intolerant and they might be fine drinking a bit of milk every now and then. Even if your dog is lactose intolerant, they may be fine as well drinking just a tiny bit of milk as a treat unless it is a puppy. If you dog is still a puppy, do not feed him or her milk. It’s never a good idea to do experimenting at such a young age. The same goes with if your dog is a senior.

Diarrhea in dogs is a problem and milk may be the cause in many cases. You are aware that milk isn’t too great for your dog so giving it to your dog may result in diarrhea because your dog’s stomach cannot break down the lactose.  I’m sure you would not want to deal with a dog with diarrhea, especially with your busy schedule. If you’d prefer to stay on the safe side, the best alternative is giving your dog water to drink.

The specific milk I have talked about in this article was cow milk. I have heard in some cases that people give their dogs goat milk because it is easier to digest than dog milk. Whether you give your dog milk or not is totally up to you but the safer side of things would be sticking with water. This is one of those things where Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. So yes, dogs can drink milk, preferably goat milk, but it can come with bad side effects.

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