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Dog Facts

Do dogs drink milk?

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Dogs can drink milk, but owners should feed milk with caution.


Dogs drink almost anything that is put in front of them, whether it is good for them or not.

Many dogs are lactose intolerant (the sugar in milk), which means they have difficulty digesting milk. Without the presence of enzymes to break down lactose, it remains undigested and ferments in the intestine. This causes diarrhea, gas, vomiting, abdominal pain and an upset stomach.

Pay close attention to your dog after introducing milk into its diet, and ask your veterinarian about the appropriate amount of milk for your dogs’ size and health.

If your dog is capable to tolerate milk, a cup as a treat every so often will do no harm. Many dogs safely consume milk without any adverse side effects.

Milk contains vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, calcium and phosphorus, which play an important role in your dogs’ metabolic processes and growth.

Milk should never be used as a primary fluid for a dog.

Milk is a safe treat in small quantities.