Can Dogs Drink Milk? – The Scoop on Dogs and Dairy
Milk is a drink that is VERY popular among humans and animals alike. It is delicious (heck, it is used in so many bakery goodies of course it is yumma-licious!). We are told it is great for our teeth and amazing for our skin. With small children, it is supposed to give strength and is a very much-preferred way of getting nutrition. 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?
YES, DOGS CAN DRINK MILK.
How Dogs and Dairy Mix
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. The lack the enzymes that are required to be able to break sugars found in milk down and thus it is very difficult for them to digest the milk even if they think that it is very delicious. 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.
Use Caution When Giving Your Dog Milk
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. Also, excessive diarrhea can be deadly for your because it can leave them dehydrated. This is a problem especially for puppies. 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. It is always advisable, just like with any other new products you are thinking of feeding your dog, to consult your vet, do your full research and if still interested in feeding that item to make sure you feed in little amounts to increase endurance to the product and keep diarrhea at bay. It is the same deal when you are trying to feed milk to your dog for the first time.
In conclusion, the answer to the question can dogs drink milk is YES but also comes with a lot of different caveats that you must be aware of.