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Is it okay to give dogs milk?

Secrets that dog lovers don’t like to share

There are many stories I could share from my practice. Some themes repeat themselves over and over again in different versions.

Many dog ​​lovers come to my practice or website with questions about allergies and food intolerances. It is not unusual for their dogs to have seen several practitioners and specialists by the time they arrive. Along with their dog comes a pile of file notes, tests and dietary restrictions that make everyone’s heads spin.

These dietary restrictions often include special diets that are only available at a veterinary clinic. The latest specialty allergy formulas are usually made by disintegrating and processing proteins to the point where the body and its immune system no longer even recognize it as real food, causing it to become unresponsive. These super-processed foods are far from what nature intended, so other problems arise from these foods.

All you have to do is look at the ingredients to see that there is something wrong with the picture. Here is an example of the four main ingredients in such a special diet food:

Corn starch, hydrolyzed chicken liver, cellulose powder and soy oil.

Based on this recipe translation, the so-called scientific approach to the allergy diet is to feed starch, liver, wood chips and soybean oil. How does that sound to you?

My experience treating allergies in dogs

When it comes to allergies, dealing with them is fairly easy for most dogs. Most dogs respond well and in a relatively short time to what I call the healing cycle. Part of the healing cycle is a HairQ test to check for mineral deficiencies, essential minerals and vitamins to correct deficiencies and spinal alignment and control of energy flow. Some severely affected dogs may require a detox, but generally the prognosis is good unless there are deeper hormonal causes.

Misdiagnosis of food allergies is common

Unfortunately, there are also many dogs that have been misdiagnosed with environmental and food allergies. I wrote in about this subject a previous article. Many people and practitioners do not realize this much Digestive problems arise from back injuries.

However, some dogs have true food sensitivities and it is best to avoid foods that are particularly allergenic. One of them is milk.

Secrets that dog lovers don’t like to share

When I see a dog that seems to be reacting to a certain food category or meat protein, the first step is a diet trial. Dogs’ digestive tracts tend to be the most reactive to foods they wouldn’t eat in nature. Grains and milk often top the list of allergenic foods and it’s good practice to ask about these first.

The funny thing is that many dog ​​lovers often hide the fact that their dog gets toast with peanut butter or a scoop of ice cream after dinner in the morning. Knowing this, when I ask if a dog is fed grain, bread or dairy products and the answer is no, I ask, “Anything else?”

On average, the confession about the ice cream, cheese or peanut butter toast comes after a number of “anything else?” questions or even multiple appointments. I find this phenomenon endearing and challenging at the same time. We all love giving our dogs what they shouldn’t eat, because we also love eating what we shouldn’t eat, right?!

I hope that from now on you will not hesitate to share this information with your veterinarian as it will help him or her help your dog. I completely understand, food is an expression of love and it’s hard to deprive our puppies of what they love most.

Milk or no milk

My answer is: when in doubt, look at what nature does.

Generally, no mammals in the wild consume milk after weaning, which clearly indicates that milk is not essential and that includes dogs. Some people still mistakenly believe that dogs need milk to get calcium, but nature solves this with bones. There is also a significant amount of calcium in meat and vegetables. GreenMin also contains highly digestible vegetable calcium, but more importantly, it also contains other trace elements that are deficient in the soil and food due to intensive agricultural practices.

Everything in moderation

When it comes to diet, moderation is usually the best choice. While I don’t recommend milk on a regular basis, some dogs enjoy a spoonful of yogurt or a small piece of cheese or even a lick of ice cream and occasionally is fine unless your dog suspects a dietary allergy. In such cases, one of the first steps of an elimination diet trial should be no grains and no dairy products.

The main reason is that most adult dogs lack lactase, the enzyme that digests lactose – the milk sugar. The inability to digest lactose can lead to intestinal inflammation and diarrhea. Knowing this, you can also choose fermented products such as yogurt, which contain a lower percentage of lactose thanks to the fermentation process.

What about probiotics?

I’m thrilled to see that most dog lovers now understand the importance of probiotics for healthy digestion, immunity and disease prevention. I prefer non-dairy probiotics and dog-specific strains. Many dogs with dietary allergies respond very positively to it, especially if they have a tendency to diarrhea or indigestion.

If you’d like to learn more about allergies in general, here are some related articles.

The surprising connection between back injuries, diarrhea and too much exercise

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© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

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