Can a dog drink milk?
Most dogs consider a cow’s milk a real treat. But is drinking cow’s milk so healthy for your puppy or older dog? A frequently asked question is: my dog ??drank milk is this harmful to my dog? Can he get sick of it or die of it? Do I have to warn a veterinarian immediately? Read on for the answers soon!
What is milk?
Milk comes from dairy cows. In the Netherlands it has been produced and drunk for centuries. The cow’s milk is stored in tanks at the dairy. The milk fat is separated from the milk. The fat is then re-dosed. So that it becomes skimmed, semi-full or full milk. To kill the bacteria in the milk, it is pasteurized. It is then pushed through small openings to make the fat globules in the milk smaller. It is then stored in refrigerated tanks and then packaged.
Nutrients in milk
It contains the following nutrients:
Fat: saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids
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Is it dangerous for my dog?
Milk is lactose (milk sugar) When a dog drinks this, this lactose has to be digested in the body of the dog. This is done by an enzyme called lactase. This enzyme is present in large quantities in puppies. Lactase is made to digest breast milk. When a dog is no longer fed with breast milk, the production of this enzyme stops. This is because an older dog no longer drinks milk naturally. Sometimes occasionally giving a little milk to your dog can not hurt you. When your dog gets too much milk and therefore also lactose, your dog can not easily break down this lactose in his body. If your dog is sensitive to lactose or gets too much of it, your dog can develop severe diarrhea symptoms. Lactose can have a laxative effect.
Do I have to go to the vet?
The moment your dog gets symptoms of diarrhea after drinking milk. It is of course wise to give your dog no milk. If the diarrhea is not over yet, it is wise to consult a veterinarian.