We have been asked this question a lot recently at BarkinBISTRO, so here is an article to explain a little more about the benefits of goat’s milk for your pup.
Goat’s milk is much easier to digest for our pups as the fat molecules are much smaller than in cow’s milk. It is also full of good bacteria, so really helpful for protecting their digestive system and microbiome. Goat’s milk is also an excellent source of natural minerals, enzymes and vitamins.
Goat’s Milk for dogs may help your pup recover from certain diseases such as:
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract issues
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Kidney stones
- Liver disease
What are the health benefits of giving your dog Goats’ Milk?
- It can help with pups who are lactose intolerant as some dogs cannot digest cow’s milk due to the pasteurisation process.
- Dogs who need to gain weight can benefit from goat’s milk, due to the high protein levels.
- Goat’s milk is great for sensitive dogs and is packed with pre and probiotics and enzymes.
- It can be helpful if your pup has had antibiotics to help heal the gut.
- A great source of calcium which is essential for healthy teeth and bones.
- The essential fatty acids in goat’s milk can improve the health of your pup’s coat and skin and also help with hot spots or allergies.
Is goat’s milk high in essential nutrients?
Goat’s milk is a ‘powerhouse’ full of essential vitamins and minerals which include:
- Calcium – for dental and bone health
- Iron – for red blood cell production
- Magnesium – for all bodily functions
- Potassium – to aid nerve and muscle function
- Phosphorous- for repairing cells and tissues
- Riboflavin – to metabolise carbohydrates and fats
- Selenium – for supporting the thyroid
- Zinc – for helping hormones
Can goat’s milk help with my dog’s immune system?
Goat’s milk is full of many immune-boosting nutrients due to its pre and probiotics which help to balance the gut flora. It also contains:
- Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells and assists the immune system.
- Vitamin C, another anti-oxidant which helps support the body’s natural defence against infections and diseases.
Can goat’s milk help with my dog’s skin and coat?
Another ‘yes’ here folks, the essential fatty acids in goat’s milk certainly help to improve your pups skin and coat and the moisturising properties can help to soothe skin conditions such as allergies or hot spots. Two more vitamins found in goat’s milk are:
Biotin – a B vitamin that helps promote healthy skin and a shiny coat, also strengthens hair follicles and provides nourishment to the cells that produce sebum.
Vitamin E – helps reduce inflammation in the skin.
Can goat’s milk help with allergies and intolerance?
Goat’s milk is an excellent option for pups with sensitivities or food allergies as it is less likely to trigger a reaction than cow’s milk. Because goat’s milk is not pasteurised, it still contains the enzyme ‘lactase’ that is responsible for breaking down lactose in dairy products. Therefore, it can help reduce lactose intolerance-related problems such as diarrhoea and vomiting.
Does goats’ milk help reduce inflammation in my dog?
The combination of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids in goat’s milk make it quite unique and this combination can play a vital role in reducing inflammation in your pup’s body by suppressing certain inflammatory molecules. This can help to reduce swelling and pain in joints, therefore can assist with arthritic pups too.
- Selenium (a critical trace mineral) in goat’s milk has anti-inflammatory properties and helps protect the body against free radicals, which can lead to inflammation.
Can goat’s milk help with acid reflux in my dog?
Your pup’s gastrointestinal tract has different levels of pH at each segment and maintaining the perfect pH is really important not only for digestion, but optimal absorption of food.
Goat’s milk has high levels of potassium which control and neutralise the acidity in the stomach, therefore can help your pup to achieve the correct pH balance in the digestive system.
Can goat’s milk help hydrate my dog?
Making sure your pup stays hydrated, especially on hot days is essential. Goat’s milk contains approximately 85% water which makes it an excellent source of hydration. It also contains electrolytes, potassium and sodium, and these minerals can help to balance the fluids in your pup’s body, plus may help with any digestive problems such as vomiting or diarrhoea.
As with all things folks, consult with your Holistic Vet (if possible) and check that your pup does not have any health conditions or allergies that can prevent them from being able to consume goat’s milk safely.
Starting slowly is also important, enabling the body to adjust to new foods. A good storage tip is to freeze the goats milk into ice cubes which will keep the milk fresh. You can then thaw the cubes as and when they are needed.
Goat’s milk does not work for all dogs and some may get diarrhoea and wind. Just make sure you check first.