Can we feed milk to dogs?

I knowingly took up this topic for today's discussion. This is the most asked question by pet owners and if you follow Dr. Google there are many paradoxical statements on giving milk to dogs. Additionally, there are many dog owners out there who feed their dogs at least a cup of milk every day. This is despite objection by their vets. Therefore, I want to answer this question from my experience and knowledge. 

Milk to dogs!!


Milk as such is not harmful to dogs. Afterall, milk is so much full of nutrients. It is the way milk is produced is responsible for all ill effects on dogs. If your dog is not lactose intolerant, milk is very well digested. 

The modern-day system of milk production


Milk nowadays is produced from cows kept in cramped places. These cows have injected hormones and are often in negative energy balance. These hormones are harmful to our dogs.

Another hormone which is harmful is oxytocin. Oxytocin is secreted at the time birth of calves in case of cows. This hormone stimulates uterine walls to facilitate the birth of calves. 

Additionally, Oxytocin is used to promote milk letdown in
cases of agalactia (lack of milk) and to facilitate treatment of mastitis (infection or inflammation of the
mammary glands) in cows (EMEA 2001, Intervet UK 2003). 

laboratory made oxytocin is injected in cows of modern dairy farms to enhance the production of milk. 

Oxytocin is currently included on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances as a synthetic substance allowed for use in organic livestock production. This oxytocin when injected into cows body(maybe for milk production) causes extreme pain mimicking labor pain. This pain, in turn, releases adrenalin( commonly known as flight. fright hormone). Adrenalin comes to milk and even pasteurization does not destroy its residue. 

Now when Adrenalin containing milk is drunk by dogs or human, they suffer from several physical problems. 

A few years ago there was news that milk is causing early puberty in girls. though later this was dismissed as a myth, doubts remained. 

Milk preservation and packing


In modern day America we get ultrapasteurized milk. This milk contains many antibiotics and preservatives. 

Propylene glycol is added to cow feed and consequently, this comes in milk. Propylene glycol is poisonous to dogs. 

It is these additives that cause problems in dogs. Milk causes flatulence, diarrhea, and vomiting. Interestingly, I know some vets(my friends) who put blame on milk for causing cancer or skin diseases!! Perhaps, their opinion is so much biased. 
 

Which milk to give


If you get milk directly from cows, unpasteurized and without any additives, There is no reason of depriving our dogs from such milk. I understand this is not possible in our country unless you are a cowboy, but things are changing. People are now demanding free-range chicken, organic vegetables, likewise we may someday get unpasteurized milk. The demand for milk is bound to rise, as American Heart Association has now given a clean cheat to milk and advising getting 2 to 3 servings per day, and why not go for unadulterated natural milk!!

Finally, Coming back to dogs, give milk to dogs but that should be mixed with water in equal quantity. If you see some adverse reaction, stop immediately and never ever give milk to the dog. 

Now there is a trend to give goat milk to dogs. As goat milk is naturally hypoallergenic, lesser in lactose and easily digestible, it is considered safe. 

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