You might find your dogs wanting the milk you drink from the fridge. That is normal. After all, dogs want everything we eat and drink. But does that mean it is good for them? Well, the answer is it depends.
Like any human food, milk can only be given to our furry little friends in moderation. It’s okay to give them milk as long as you don’t do it often.
Small quantities of milk are not likely to hurt your dog. A few tablespoons of cow or goat’s milk is a nice reward for your pets for being such a good boy or girl.
That said, you should avoid is giving them a glass or bowl full of milk. This can cause some health issues for your beloved pet such as obesity and pancreatitis.
However, you must also remember that lactose intolerance also exists in dogs. So, if your dog is lactose intolerant, then milk is a bad idea for a treat. Symptoms of lactose intolerance can include vomiting, diarrhea, loose stools, gas, and abdominal pain. If your dog shows any one of these symptoms after drinking milk, you need to check with your vet immediately.
If your dog is lactating and is needing an increase in milk supply, you might think it’s a good idea to give them milk to produce more. However, this is not the case. You can check with your vet to find supplements that can help your dog increase her milk supply.
There are also other commercially produced dog milks that are safe for dogs. These come in either powder or liquid form. Either way, “dog milks” are made specifically for dog consumption. Just be sure to read the label on the back to see how much you can give your dogs and how often.