Our dogs love milk products! But there is one thing when it comes to dairy that may be a problem: Lactose intolerance! But is that even a thing when it comes to our canine friends? Are dogs lactose intolerant? The shortest possible answer to that would be: Maybe.
To know is an occasional sip of milk could actually hurt your dog, keep on reading this article.
How much milk is safe for dogs?
Just like when it comes to any other human food, milk should only be given in moderation. Small quantities on an occasional basis should be completely safe for your pup. But it should stay that way, because by giving your dog dairy on a daily basis, you could trigger some really unpleasant intestinal reactions. Such as: diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, loose stools.
Another problem when it comes to dairy products is that they contain a lot of fat. Certainly, that also means a lot of calories which could lead to weight gain. Additionally, that weight gain could get so bad that it could even lead to obesity.
Are dogs lactose intolerant?
Even though all dogs weren’t really built to digest large quantities of milk, some of them could have it worse than the others.
Some of them can’t even have a small sip of milk without starting to show symptoms of lactose intolerance. However, sometimes they can easily digest other dairy products such as cheese or yogurt (especially Greek type yogurt). It’s easier on their stomach than straight milk. However, there are some dogs that can’t have any dairy products at all. Clearly, those are the ones we would consider completely lactose intolerant.
How to know if your dog is lactose intolerant?
Like we already explained, there are varying levels of lactose intolerance. Some experience only mild symptoms while it’s more severe for others.
Most of them will experience symptoms such as:
- Loose stool
- Stomach pain
If you want to find out if your dog is lactose intolerant, start out with small quantities. Give him just a small sip of milk, and then monitor if he’ll show any of the previous symptoms. Some dog owners make the mistake of giving their togs larger amounts of milk, which triggers a reaction even in dogs that aren’t lactose intolerant.
So to know if your dogs are lactose intolerant, you’ll just have to be on the lookout for any symptoms that may start to show shortly after they had dairy.
If you’re positive about them being lactose intolerant, discuss the possible diet options with your veterinarian.