Can Dogs Drink Milk?

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Can dogs drink milk? It is safe to give your dog a small cup of milk in their drink bowl or mixed with their kibble once a week. However, despite the fact many can drink small amounts and experience no problems, dogs don’t really need milk once they are weaned. Many adult dogs have difficulty digesting lactose, a natural sugar found in dairy products. Even if they are allergy free, too much can still cause your dog digestive distress. There are milk replacement products such as soy, oat and almond milk available, but again these are generally best avoided.


Milk is a good source of nutrients like protein and calcium, as well as important vitamins like D and B12. But your dog gets these from his regular food anyway. When it comes to milk, moderation is key, as with any treats. Adult dogs need to drink plenty of water as a priority.

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Can Dogs Drink Cows’ Milk?

Dairy products of any variety are not the best fit for your dog’s regular diet, but occasional little tastes are okay as long as they aren’t allergic. You can give your dog a half cup of milk in their drink bowl once a week, or mix that half cup in with their kibble as a special treat. Just keep an eye on their poops and make sure that they are a normal consistency afterwards.

Can Dogs Have Almond Milk?

Almond milk is one of the most popular plant-based milks. Although almonds are not as harmful to dogs as some other nuts, they are hard to digest and high in fat. A tablespoon of almond milk once a week shouldn’t do any harm, but read the packet to make sure it doesn’t have anything toxic to dogs in the ingredients such as the sweetener xylitol.

What About Soy Milk?

Soy milk is a plant based substitute that contains proteins called isoflavones. Some of these proteins are known as phytoestrogens, which are estrogens or female hormones found in plants. Dogs can digest soy milk and it is not poisonous to them, so you can give them a half cup once a week as a treat.

Anecdotal evidence suggests soy protein can help dogs with urinary incontinence, but firm scientific studies are as yet to back this up .

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Can Dogs Drink Oat Milk?

Oat milk is safe for dogs provided the other ingredients are also canine friendly. A cup once a week should not upset your dog’s stomach, but if you see any signs of digestive issues stop giving it to them.

Can Dogs Drink Coconut Milk?

Coconut milk is particularly popular for lactose-intolerant humans. Coconut milk won’t harm your dog, as long as it is in small quantities and only occasionally.

Is Goat Milk Good For Dogs?

Raw goats milk is nutritionally different to cows milk.

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Goat milk is higher in some nutrients like calcium and potassium, but lower in vitamin B12 and folate. Goats’ milk has a slightly lower amount of lactose than cow’s milk, which means it might produce less allergic responses too.

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