Can Dogs Have Milk Or Not?

There are contentions among experts on whether dogs are born carnivorous or not because most domesticated dogs that you can see today are having a very different diet than their relatives that you see on the wild which are predominantly carnivorous. Try to experiment if your dog would gulp on some foods aside from meat, try some carrots or other vegies that your dog has not tried eating before and to your surprise, it may not even hesitate to eat it right away.

But there is a danger in giving your domesticated dog foods that human consume; some human foods are actually toxic to dogs even if they love to gobble it up. Onion, garlics, chocolates, apple pit and seeds, grapes are the few of the things that people eat and dogs love to eat that are toxic. Some foods that are nutritious to humans may not be as nutritious as it is to dogs and not appropriate for their diet.



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Besides protein, Dogs need calcium, too

Since dogs are active, they need a lot of protein to sustain their energy and built of their body and it should be the most primary ingredient of every food that they eat. As you know, meat is the primary source of protein besides lentils, beans, peas and other vegetable in pods. Another nutrition that your dog needs is calcium. Calcium protects the bones from wearing out or to be more precise it maintains the bones and teeth of your dog at a healthy level.

Calcium also plays a role in blood coagulation and lack of it may cause coagulation problems that may be life threatening to your pooches. It also avoids eclampsia in lactating dams. A good source of calcium are dairy products like milk and cheese so, if anyone is asking if Can dogs have milk, the answer is absolutely yes but in moderation.



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Milk are generally safe for a dog, in fact there are milk products that are specifically produced for your canine buddy but just like you, your dog can have or develop lactose intolerance. Lactose in milk is a type of sugar and if your dog’s digestion cannot break it down, then this could lead to an upset stomach that may result to severe diarrhea which can be fatal if left untreated because it may lead to dehydration.

To be sure about the milk that you are going to feed your dog, choose one that is lactose-free and talk to your vet about the administration. Just as you are concerned about giving your dog adequate calcium that it needs, you should also be concerned about not giving it too much because high level of calcium in dog’s blood will lead to hypercalcemia. When a dog has a level of 11.5 mg of calcium serum in his blood, it is considered hypercalcemic and symptoms of this condition are the following:

  • frequent urination
  • thirstiness
  • anorexia
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • swelling in neck
  • lethargy
  • bladder stone
  • hypertension
  • depression
  • comatose in extreme cases

So, this should be a warning in giving too much milk to your pooches aside from problems with lactose intolerance. It is really adorable to see your dog to be as healthy as it can be but if you overdo it, it can cause some complications.

Originally posted 2015-01-08 11:16:29.