Milk and Dairy Products — Are They Safe for Your Dog?

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Some dogs have no problems digesting milk and dairy products. Yet others experience acute intestinal distress — like gas, diarrhea or vomiting — whenever they consume these kinds of foods.

It all comes down to how your dog handles a specific nutrient found in milk — a nutrient known as lactose.

So, what exactly is lactose?

Well, lactose is a kind of sugar. Not just one single sugar, but two sugar molecules chemically linked together.

In order for a dog to digest milk, the lactose must first be broken apart into its two basic, easy-to-absorb sugars.

And in order to do that, a dog’s body must be able to produce a special lactose-splitting enzyme known as lactase.

And that’s one thing most dogs can’t reliably do.

Like Humans — Dogs Can Suffer
from Lactose Intolerance

Without lactase, a dog simply cannot digest dairy products. And acute intestinal symptoms nearly always arise. 

Now, this inability to digest milk is infamously known as lactose intolerance. And it’s the same lactose intolerance so many humans suffer from every day.

So, if you’ve ever noticed your dog tends to develop gas or loose stools after having milk, there’s a good chance your pet may be suffering from this condition.

Knowing a Food’s Lactose
Content Can Help

Now to be fair, and in rare cases, a dog can be allergic to the protein in milk1.

However, milk shouldn’t be considered toxic for a dog. Yet for dogs that are lactose intolerant (as so many actually are), dairy products can present a real problem.

Yet for those pets, there’s still hope.

That’s because a dog’s reaction to lactose can be directly related to the “dose”. The higher the lactose content, the greater the likely response.

Thankfully, not all dairy products contain the same amount of lactose. Many kinds of cheese and yogurt contain considerably less lactose than milk.

Take a look at this table. Notice how some milk products contain only a minimal amount of lactose per serving.

Lactose Content of Common Dairy Foods

For example, notice how most cheeses contain very little lactose. About a gram per serving. Sometimes less. Now, compare that quantity to whole milk, which clocks in at a whopping 11 grams.

The Bottom Line

In a nutshell…

The lower the lactose content of any dairy product, the more likely it will be for your dog to tolerate consuming them without distress

So, depending on the food, it may be OK to offer low-lactose dairy products to your dog. In fact, almost any cheese can make a great natural treat for any pet.

Footnotes

  1. Wills J, Harvey R, Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, “Diagnosis and management of food allergy and intolerance in dogs and cats”, Australian Veterinary Journal, 1994 Oct; 71(10):322-6
  • Yeah I’m just asking if is good for my dog which is a beagle so yeah.

  • CherrySoda

    cows milk not mama dog milk. dogs cannot process cows milk very well. thats why they should only have small amounts at a time no matter what age

  • Reggie Anderson

    Chicken and Pork should never be eaten raw. 70% of shop bought chicken contains campylobacter, uncooked pork can contain the Pork Tape Worm.

  • Reggie Anderson

    As dogs get older some lose the ability to process the sugar (lactose) in milk, young dogs usually have no problem as all mammalian young need Mothers Milk.

  • Reggie Anderson

    No infact the opposite, all young mammals require mothers milk and puppies do too, however after wheening some dogs lose the ability to process the sugar in milk (Lactose).

  • Miss Cellany

    Healthy table scraps are fine. Heavily processed ready meals are not (they shouldn’t even be eaten by people). Also there are some human foods that dogs should never eat – chocolate and onions are two examples.

  • Miss Cellany

    Please don’t give your dog m&ms. Yes a tiny bit of poison won’t kill him but it doesn’t do him any good either (it damages the liver a tiny bit each time meaning when he’s older his liver may fail sooner than if you hadn’t given him chocolate). Also the sugar can contribute to cataracts and may increase the risk of the dog developing diabetes.

  • Miss Cellany

    Royal canin isn’t a particularly good food by the way – it has a lot of cereals and plant based proteins in it which dogs can’t really digest. If you’re going to feed dog food, better to feed something made from meat and animal products (maybe with a small amount of added vegetables / herbs etc for vitamins & minerals) as that’s what dogs digestion evolved to thrive on…

    Royal canin is also really expensive for having such cheap ingredients – my dogs never liked it either. It’s annoying that vets recommend it, they make it sound like a good food but really, they get sponsored to promote it :/

  • Lenny Garcia

    Yeha Mine love milk with oaks but I found that make her extremely hungry after several hours and make difficult to control her weight. I think if you slowly increase the doses every few days will be fine…. Thanks her… I now drink milk too and I had before lactose intolerance….and I did the same way I did to her.

  • Miss Cellany

    Actually yes, millions of dog owners feed their dog weiners – don’t you know what a “bully stick” is? 😛

  • Miss Cellany

    Good choice!

  • Miss Cellany

    Don’t feed your dog soy milk – unfermented soy isn’t a healthy food and has been shown to increase risk of certain types of cancer.

    Fermented soy (miso, soy sauce etc) is healthy for humans but probably not great for dogs due to high sodium content!

  • Miss Cellany

    Yes that’s a good point! Yogurts often come with live bacterial cultures that assist in digesting lactose.

  • Miss Cellany

    I’ve noticed mixed breeds tend to have stronger digestive systems than purebreds and can eat almost anything without problems. This goes for both dogs and cats.

  • Miss Cellany

    Some dogs are fine with milk. My shepherd mix likes a bowl of porrige (made with goat’s milk) every morning and has never had an issue.
    My border collie however used to get an upset digestion with too much milk – I could only give him a tablespoon or so per day.

    Might be some difference in purebreds vs crossbreds too – I’ve always noticed my mixed breed animals are more tolerant of varied diets and can eat almost anything, compared to purebreds which ime always seemed to have a more finicky digestion.

  • Susan

    Hi Agida,
    what is backing?? do you mean going toilet not pooing? it depends what has he eaten? has he eaten any bones? does he have a blockage? how many days hasn’t he opened his bowels & done a poo?

  • Agida Emmy

    What do I do to my dog is not backing?

  • anon101

    They may get diarrhea, if so, call the vet if this happens, as puppies can become dehydrated quickly’
    Don’t do this again!

  • Phoebe Guzman

    what to do if i fed my puppy with condensed milk? coz i just fed my 4 pups and i am so worried plz. help me what could be the cure for it. tnx

  • Susan

    Hi Phoebe the best milk is Goats milk or you buy the lactose free puppy formula’s from pet shop or supermarkets have Puppy Milk in the pet food section….you’ll know if something is wrong the puppies will get diarrhea or sloppy yellow poo’s from the condensed milk condensed milk is very rich..

  • Phoebe Guzman

    hi guys…i just fed my 4 puppies with condensed milk they say this can make the puppies sick. and i am so worried what would happen to them. is it okay to feed them condensed milk or what can be the cure?

  • יהודי נודד

    I read that puppies have a greater tendency to experience lactose intolerance.

  • Michael von Bornemann

    It’s the drumstick that’s the problem when it comes to dogs & cooked chicken pieces. I’ve always fed my dogs scraps & have never had a problem from feeding them cooked chicken pieces as long as the drumsticks are culled out of the feed & go straight in the bin instead. Plus my dogs have not had any problems with a splash of milk on their dried food. Mind you I’ve always had working dogs, usually Kelpie crosses – they’re good at jumping fences (current one’s a Kelpie x Border Collie), & they’re a lot healthier than the purebred dogs people often have as pets

  • Meer Faisal Baloch

    对朋友我这对好。

  • Mengfei Zhou

    I posted a long reply but it’s being approved by the website atm…

  • Mengfei Zhou

    It’s China and nothing we can do

  • Meer Faisal Baloch

    Yeah as you hope getting a puppy in china is not safe . I lose my puppy he got sick within just 5 days and i return puppy to store unlucky cant save him .. and I’ve complained about that pet store coz they already had 4,5 complaints before same issue. So i complain to nearby police as its an animal abuse but its china no responses neither i was refunded for dog nor they close the store as its continued selling sick puppy’s

  • Kerrilee Bell

    All dogs process dairy differently but I know many breeders whom give their puppies from a young age goats or sheeps milk, and yoghurt. Many dogs become lactose intolerant when their digestive systems change to cope with solids they produce. Rarely one will have a milk protein allergy. This is not to say all dogs will. I personally give my dogs milk 1/4 cup every morning as they love it and it does have great nutritional benefits. I use goats milk or lactose free cows milk. I also feed them a tablespoon of sheeps yoghurt every day. I have 3whippets, all my puppies I raised have and continue to have milk so it’s not been an issue for myself. If you are unsure I suggest you only use lactose free milk as it’s the lactose that is 99% if the issue with feeding it. There are great benefits such as calcium and extra vitamins and minerals (sheeps or camels milk is the best nutritionally). If you try it, just keep an eye on any changes to your dogs health and if negative stop immediately. Premium biscuits are pushed as they have a nutritional balance. Many people who don’t research well don’t create a proper balance with raw food so the biscuits are pushed to ensure the dogs particularly puppies get the nutrients they need. I personally feed a raw and biscuits mix from the time they can eat at 3-4 weeks. I start with a milk and ground mince, soaked biscuits as a slurry and work up and was given my guidelines from breeders with 50+ yrs experience with long lived healthy dogs. There are some great raw diets out there but speak to breeders specific to your breed as to what they find is best as some breeds have allergies to certain foods or can get hot spots. I would think that fish would be part of their diet being where the breed originated from.
    Best of luck!

  • Mengfei Zhou

    How is your puppy getting on? It could be a few possible scenarios for abnormal stools if you get a puppy in China…but hope everything is ok with him.

  • Meer Faisal Baloch
  • Meer Faisal Baloch

    And I have been stopped by the pet shop owner that not to give him any food except dog food which he sold to me!

  • Meer Faisal Baloch

    Yeah thanks for reply.. actually i live in china more curious about dog foods here I’ve got good one not sure about that brand even its a Chinese brand and can I know which foods are good for infants…. and his first stool was ok as normal but since now he had 6 times and its not normal

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Milk isn’t recommended for dogs, it has been known to cause diarrhea. At 8 weeks he is an infant, so his system is delicate. He should be getting all the nutrients he needs from a quality kibble or canned food with a splash of water added.
    As he matures, assuming he does not have a condition diagnosed by a vet that prohibits, you could add a spoonful of chopped cooked chicken, a bit of (scrambled in water) egg, a bit of cooked chopped lean meat.
    I would give him frequent small meals for now eventually going to 2 meals per day around 5 or 6 months old. Always have fresh water available.
    Asking these type of questions on the internet will get you a variety of opinions, homeopathic views differ from traditional science based medicine…..so, it’s up to you who you choose to believe.

  • Meer Faisal Baloch

    Hi guys I’m looking for help as I bought a 2 months old husky puppy and I’ve been told not to give him milk . Till now im only feeding dog food with warm water …. can I know why I can’t feed him milk and other foods like chicken or anything else

  • aimee

    Hi Ben,

    I have never found any study showing that cooked foods make dogs age faster once they hit maturity. I’d appreciate it if you provide links to the studies or the authors, study title and and year of publication. Thanks in Advance!

  • ben

    cooked food is not healthy, personally I would stick with a mix of raw meat, bone, offal, liver, fish, raw egg, and throw in some finely chopped raw vegies. most studies carried out by non dog food companies show that cooked food, although initially fine is not good long term and not much better than dog food.

  • ben

    Wolves are omnivores and are known to eat fruit, berries and other plant materials. Although mostly they are classed as Carnivore as that is their main diet.

  • ben

    Using most commercial foods can be dangerous. Well is dangerous and unhealthy is more accurate.

  • ben

    Most problems from pet foods rear their heads as they get older, instead of a healthy dog till around 13 you will have an unhealthy dog from about the age of 8. Its not too later to switch to a healthy raw food diet.

  • ben

    Typical vet bought off to sell unhealthy pet food. There is no such thing a premium pet food.

  • ben

    If he tolerates milk that’s great just make sure he has a constant supply of water available as its much more important

  • ben

    Sadly any pet food is bad for you dog but you wont realise till it dies about 3 years earlier than it should.

  • ben

    Studys show cooked food tends to make dogs age faster once they hit maturity because your cooking all the nutrients out of the food. Its a myth that is comparable to a raw food diet. Although fish is good once or twice a week, I doubt any dog would stay healthy for long on a diet of tuna and mashed potatoes

  • ben

    You should be far more worried about allowing you dog to eat cooked chicken bones as they splinter and can damage a dog internally. You should never give a dog cooked bones especially cooked rib and chicken bones.

  • ben

    If your dog vomits, or get loose stools after milk she is probably lactose intolerant. After a dog has been weaned off its mother its more important she always has water available. Milk wont poison a dog but if the dog is lactose intolerant it wont be too pleasant for your either, although some dogs in rare cases can be allergic to dairy products. As a rule if your going to give milk do it in small amounts and see how your dog reacts. Experts say it doesn’t really help them, I disagree and give my dog a small amount of milk mixed with a raw egg once or twice a week.

  • ben

    If your going to use a raw diet you have to try and replicate what she would eat in the wild. that means bones [raw only – never cooked], liver, offal, not just one type of meat. it also helps to give fish once a week and I like to give mine an egg mixed in a little milk twice a week too. If you feed her a single type of meat she is going to sick it wont give her the nutrients she needs. Personally I also mix in a some small chopped vegetables. It can get expensive unless you find a butcher or market stall that sells in bulk. Remember it is a dog so offcuts left overs can be your best friend in a raw diet.

  • Lenny Garcia

    Well my dog rottweiler 7 yo had several years ago hip pain very badly and I began feeding her regular milk increasing the doses to a quarter gallon daily today. her hip pain long gone forever… The only problem she ask for more milk after she finished. 😉

  • Kimberley Fernandes

    My 4 year old mixed jackdash has half fat or full fat milk with water every day and ive never had any problems. ? Yet my pom from years ago as his nearly 16 cant take, and gets a bad belly.

  • Lorraine Mcgill

    Hi, our dog is exactly the same. We put her on a naturals dried food diet and is good on that. Autarky is the one she has

  • Shelly Conrad Ray

    The lactose in active yogurt is helped with digestion by the good bacteria in it.

  • joseph spano

    love the pic!……

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    The “sores” are a dermatological issue, they may be related to environmental allergies or some other skin disorder. For a diagnosis and treatment I would take the dog to a veterinary dermatologist for best results, or at least to the regular vet. Go to forums and search allergies for more information.
    I would give her a nice quality kibble with a topper and a splash of water twice a day. I don’t like the diet choices you mentioned.

  • Wp Yuan

    My 5 year old lab girl keeps getting sores that never really heal. She has been on raw diet since 4 months old. Previously she eat almost anything but after a year old she seems not to be able to tolerate chicken so I took that out of the diet. Then I changed to beef and mutton for her. For a while she seems to be doing ok then doesn’t seems to again. So, now she is on pork (which I deep freeze for weeks or more first) and salmon. Still she don’t seems to be doing ok. Finally I took a hard look at her diet. Well, all along I’ve been giving her no sugar added set yoghurt every day and I’m beginning to suspect it might just be the yoghurt. She farts a lot you see. I’m planning to take out the yoghurt and see if it helps to clear her sores.

  • dscottv

    A 6 week old puppy can eat canned puppy food or kibble soaked in warm water till soft.

  • Crystal Perry

    I love my puppy. My older dog Mojo died on us and we don’y know from what so now with our new puppy we fix her food like meats, veggies, and fruits. She seems to be doing fine. I just wanted to know if she could drink milk. My puppy name is Ms. Mojo we named her that because we missed our other dog.

  • What about soy milk?

  • Luis

    My dog sometimes vomits a very small amount of the dog treats I feed him in the morning and I also give him a small amount of low fat cream cheese (maybe 2 to 3 grams) I know is a small amount for a 55 lbs. dog but I’m suspecting that may be the cause of these misterious vomits. Has anybody had issues like this one ? thanks

  • theBCnut

    Are you talking about Copper Storage Disease?

  • FixGrim

    Was it Purina One? That was what the breeder and the vet told us to use. We have a healthy and happy 2yr old Boston Terrier now. I am asking for future reference. I switched him to Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Chicken and Turkey dry food.

  • FixGrim

    There’s a product called Frosty Paws that is made for dog available in your local grocery stores.
    Just don’t give if your dog has a copper allergy. You will know if they have an issue with copper because they become deathly ill and it effects their liver and renal functioning.

  • bojangles

    Hi Kelsie,

    I would be freaking out too. What I would do if I were you is try to give her some gas x. Simethicone could help coat her stomach so that the bones have a better chance of passing without doing any damage

    I don’t know the dose to give so please do a Google search.

    I hope everything goes well. I would also call a vet and see what they suggest.

    Sorry I couldn’t be of more help

  • Kelsie Jae Osorio

    My mut stole a hot wing off my plate and she swallowed the whole thing!! She was rubbing her face against furniture and stuff because of the heat. I gave her maybe like 1/3 of a cup of 2% milk, I just hope she will be okay and that small amount of milk won’t affect her in anyway way .. please help!

  • Shawna

    Pasteurization kills enzymes, certain vitamins and can damage certain amino acids like lysine.

    Some feel that pasteurization of milk is necessary to prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria. The beneficial microbes added to milk to make kefir however overpower any pathogenic bacteria that MAY have been in the original raw milk. If the good bacteria don’t overpower the bad, the milk can’t become kefir. It would simply spoil instead.

  • Kirstin Schultz

    Thanks Shawna, can you tell me what is the advantage to no pasteurization?

  • theBCnut

    The issue with the ice cream would be in how much sugar your dog is consuming, so a small amount would be OK. And yes, Lactaid and like supplements can help dogs with lactose intolerance, but it’s easier to just avoid foods with much lactose.

  • Shawna

    Human kefir is perfectly okay BUT I personally would chose Answer’s over any human product. Answer’s uses milk from grass fed cows and because it is not being used for human consumption it does not have to be subjected to pasteurization.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I use human kefir on a regular basis with my dogs wit no problems. The bacteria in the kefir grains actually eat the lactose, so it’s very low in lactose. The brand I use states it’s 99% lactose free.

  • Kirstin Schultz

    how about kefir?? Ive been giving it as a supplemental treatment for weightloss and a skin allergy. It was recommended by his doggie health food store and he loves it. The brand is answers pet food raw milk kefir. Unfortunately I am away on vacation and was reading that human kefir is okay to give instead of animal consumption kefir. Does anyone have any thoughts on this??

  • mahoraner

    Places like petco and petsmart sell mothers milk replacements, Just dont use hartz! i have read many stories of dogs dying from hartz milk replacement

    But it would be best to ask your vet. You should always trust your vet for most thhings EXCEPT when they suggest foods like : hills, royal canin, purina, or iams

  • Really?

    (note: not a sarcastic response) OMG! YES! Purina kibble is awful for dogs! We bought Purina puppy chow for our yellow lab puppy (now 10 months old) when we got her at 2 months of age. At about 6 months of age, she had her first bout of bad diarrhea. At first we thought it was the river water she drank (she didn’t get much, but it’s a dirty river so we thought that was it), but it kept happening over and over, fairly regular. We tried to eliminate all other possibilities: eating things out in the yard while out there alone, ingesting parts of toys (we quickly switched to kong and other hard to destroy toys and bones as well as going so far as to put her on the leash in our fenced in back yard), etc. She’s a puppy, if she can get a hold of it, she’ll eat it so we VERY VERY closely monitored her. We wanted to ensure that nothing she shouldn’t be eating was causing the problem. After all, she had been eating Purina for 4 months up to this point with no problem. Well, it kept happening and we were all ready to take her to the vet to get her looked at when my mother-in-law suggested changing her food as she had that problem with her dog, also a yellow lab. As soon as we switched, no more diarrhea! She had one bout 5 weeks after the change (she had been having a bout every 10 days or so), but it was far less severe. Before changing, she would cry and cry and paw to get out of her crate (initially crate trained tho now free to roam when we’re not home and nighttime as she’s house broken and rarely chews things she ought not to) and RUN out the door to go potty. That little bout after the switch was more like, “hey mom, I need to potty. Can you let me out please?” as opposed to, “MOMMY! LET ME OUT!! I GOTTA GO NOW!!” when she had Purina food.

    Sorry for the long rant, but I’m quite mad at Purina now and refuse to purchase any of their products.

    We now give her Blue Diamond food and she’s fine.

    Ok, I feel better now. 🙂 Thank you.

  • Really?

    First, please pardon the semi-sarcastic screen name, sometimes I am sarcastic, but not this time. 🙂
    Your article says that the lactose in dairy products is what harms dogs (makes sense to me, as the symptoms in dogs are the same for me, a lactose-intolerant human). I was wondering about 2 things:
    1. Would lactose free (vanilla or other non-chocolate of course) ice cream, made by Lactaid for example, be okay for dogs?
    2. Would giving them lactase enzyme pills, as you would for humans, help them digest dairy?
    Not planning on trying this (unless a combination of research and vet advice says I can), but I was wondering if anyone here knew.
    Thanks!

  • Nishtha Singh

    what about lactose in curd?

  • JBWilliams1991

    Lactose is not an ingredient added to milk, it’s a naturally occurring sugar. It exists in all cow’s milk. Some dogs tolerate milk just fine. Other dogs get diarrhoea and gas. Either way, milk is not a necessary component of dogs’ diets but if you want to give your dog milk and see what the reaction is there won’t be much harm. It’s not toxic.

  • Robert Szucs

    That’s ok. I don’t like you either.

  • Kiera Nguyen

    too

  • Kiera Nguyen

    doodoodooododododdododooddo

  • Kiera Nguyen

    i like brush

  • Kiera Nguyen

    i like diarrhera too

  • Kiera Nguyen

    your dog loves me

  • Kiera Nguyen

    sour tos

  • Kiera Nguyen

    but i dont like you

  • Kiera Nguyen

    i love me tos

  • Robert Szucs

    i love my dog

  • theBCnut

    Maybe nothing, maybe diarrhea. It won’t hurt a dog to fast for a day.

  • edison papa

    Take a picture of your dog’s mouth and show it to your ‘loving’ mom. All that sugar must have done tremendous damage to your dog’s teeth.

  • edison papa

    It depends on the cereal. if it’s loaded with sugar you should brush his teeth immediately.

    Without knowing the ingredients we have no clue how this will impact your dog.

  • Susan

    Hi gee what is his skin & coat like ?? eating human cooked food is OK as long as its healthy meals with meat, fish, potato, carrots broccoli, veggies etc….
    Can you buy some tin sardines in spring water or a couple of big cans of Tuna in Spring water or olive oil & some potatoes? peel & boil some cut up potatoes when potatoes are soft empty water & cool potatoes then add a big tin of the tuna first drain the spring water or oil then mix thru the tuna & mashed potatoes this is a cheap meal & he’s getting a protein & a carb add any boiled veggies you have on hand as well, but no onions, then leave in the fridge it will last 3 days so if there’s a heap left over freeze sectioned meals..
    I would ask your mum, do you love what ever his name is, if she say Yes, then I would say well he wont live long eating all that crap especially the sugar in the tea, does he smell bad & is he real itchy with yeasty skin……make the Tuna & potato & show your mum, how easy it is to make give him some for dinner every night till its finished then see if his poos firms up & show your mum look he’s doing firm poos, then tell her if he keeps have sloppy dirrahea he’ll end up with real bad scaring of the bowel & need to be put to sleep in the end…….
    even if you get a few tins of the sardines in spring water & give him a few sardines a day as a treat, he’ll be getting his omega 3 & 6, vitamin D & vitamins & minerals from the sardines, Sardines are packed with heaps of good things for dogs, Adlis sell them real cheap don’t buy the sardines in tomato sauce…also if you can buy him a couple tins of dog food & kibble & put it in the kitchen, even a bag of the cheap kibble has to be better then eating cheese….. Cheese would give my boy bad diarrhea, his bowel will get real bad scaring if he has tooo much diarrhea, also worms has he been wormed ? Can you steal him & re home him somewhere else like your boy friend or husbands parents place…..

  • Annabelle

    What happens when my dog eats cereal for dinner because we ran out of dog food

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Amanda,

    Thank you so much for taking your family Lab’s welfare into consideration. It’s a difficult, but wonderful thing you’re trying to do. I have Labs myself and am a sucker for them.

    As you probably know, Labs (and most dogs) will pretty much eat anything, even if it makes them sick. I can’t stress enough that not only is your Mom feeding unhealthy food, but if this is all the dog is eating, it’s a completely unbalanced diet which will lead to health problems in the future and possibly a shorter life span. Are your parents concerned that the dogs stools are so terribly loose?

    One option that would cost less than cheese and microwavable pot pies and would be a healthy alternative is to feed some decently rated, less expensive canned dog food. There are many available for less than $1 a can and would make the dry food interesting.

    Will your parents read articles on the internet or this website if I post some links? If not, would the family veterinarian get on board to help your parents get the dog onto a healthier diet? Let me know, I’d be happy to help.

  • Amanda Shoemaker

    Thank you, no unfortunately I am not in a position to assume responsibility for him. I am about to have a baby and wouldn’t be able to take him where I am moving, also my family would never allow me to take him. It doesn’t look like there is much I can do about it expect educate myself on the subject and spread that knowledge to them. I know my family loves this dog, they just can’t seem to see that this is the opposite of showing a dog love.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Amanda,

    Your concern for your dog’s health and welfare is admirable. The good news is, it’s never to let you improve your diet.

    Are you in a position to offer to assume responsibility for your family pet’s nutrition?

  • Amanda Shoemaker

    My family and I have a black lab who just turned 4 years old. My mom has always fed him whatever she ate from dinner food down to candy. She now even gives him his own bowl full of sugary tea…he hardly eats dog food, it is so bad to the point where she makes him something to eat everyday, such as grilled cheese or microwaveable pot pies filled with preservatives and GMOs. But before every meal she serves to the dog, she “starts him off” with american cheese. Nowadays our dog is ingesting almost a pound of cheese every 3 to 4 days. Our dog has only had a couple normal healthy looking stools within the past 3 years. I wish I could make my family see how bad these habbits are. Everyday I am heartbroken watching them slowly kill this dog I love so dearly. I haven’t been able to get through to my family I’ve only watched it get worse as I have no say or control over this situation…but believe me I do try everyday. If anyone has any suggestions on how I can get through to these people, whether it’s the scientific aspect of it or if it’s just any type of advice…please get back to me. Any help is greatly appreciated. What I see them doing to my dog everyday is literally haunting my mind. Thanks for reading.

  • Sylvera Lapai

    Hye doc..my puppy named lulu and she is 2mnth old..can she drink milk like MariGold brand which is fullcream??i have read the ingredient but none lactose..

  • Shirley E O’Donnell

    Babslynne is correct.

  • Shirley E O’Donnell

    Go to ur vet and ask if they can give u recommendations to bottle feed him.

  • Babslynne
  • Hi Frank,

    On behalf of all dog lovers, thanks for adopting this innocent and deserving little puppy.

    You are correct. Separating a puppy its mother’s milk too soon can be dangerous.

    I’m sure one of the experienced breeders on our website will soon reply to your question with some helpful suggestions.

  • Frank Peter Olaco

    Hi I have a labrador puppy i got from a friend it’s mother died and he is only 1 and a half month old. i read that a puppy must be re-homed only after 8 weeks. I can’t return it to it’s owner, I want to know how to solve this situation. what should i give him? to sustain the nutrition he can no longer acquire from his mother? I need your help guys. please I already love him ….

  • Frank Peter Olaco

    Hi I have a labrador puppy i got from a friend it’s mother died and he is only 1 and a half month old. i read that a puppy must be re-homed only after 8 weeks. I can’t return it to it’s owner, I want to know how to solve this situation. what should i give him? to sustain the nutrition he can no longer acquire from his mother? I need your help guys. please I already love him .

  • Dave Garry

    I would say feeding your dog Purina kibble to a good way to pay for your vet’s new Corvette.

  • theBCnut

    Healthy dogs do not usually have problems with the bacteria found in raw milk, but they can benefit from the probiotics they supply.

  • ChierDuChien

    Feeding your dog raw milk is a good way to help pay for your vet’s new Corvette.

  • Richard

    I recently was told that a molecule in milk, casein, was available in pill form that would calm my American pit bull terrier. He lost his companion, Moly,in July, and since then he has eaten through 4 doors in the basement whenever I leave for work. I was wondering if anyone knows if I give him milk,would that have the same effect as giving him this pill. Thanks

  • samdgood82

    since others have mentioned foods other than milk i wanted to say i researched which foods would be good snacks and apples was one. my dog loves them but if you want to give an apple to your dog the article said the skin is too hard to digest and the seeds are poison to a dog. otherwise, it is a good snack.

  • samdgood82

    LOL

  • Dori

    Yep! I’ve got one of those also. She’s taught me well. Wish she’d give me some treats though.

  • samdgood82

    too smart, i tried to teach her to fetch but she brings the ball to me then throws it and stares at me til i go get it!

  • Dori

    Now that’s what I call training. Hahaha! I guess you’re a quick learner. We all are aren’t we. Can’t help but give in to them at times. She sounds incredibly smart too!

  • Sandra Goodman

    i had that problem and always thought she felt guilty and wanted to get rid of it before i saw it. i solved the problem by getting a doggie door. now she always goes outside and no more eating.

  • Sandra Goodman

    my dog brought in a leaf and was chewing it so i took it away and gave her a biscuit. so, guess what? now she brings in leaves and sits and looks at me like, “well?” she has me trained i guess lol