Calling all pet lovers! This one’s for you – but maybe not for your furry friends.
Giving them a treat is something most of us admit to doing. But how do we know if it’s good for our pampered pals?
But while they may like the taste of milk, it isn’t necessarily the best treat for them according to veterinarian and farmer Emma Riley.
“As they grow, puppies and kittens quickly lose the ability to digest lactose, around the time they would naturally wean off their mother.”
Liz Earl from the New Zealand Veterinary Association adds, “Individual dogs may have differing degrees of lactose intolerance – some will digest milk well, whereas others can develop stomach upsets with only a small amount.”
Although that may be bad news for our fur babies, milk is still great for us. It’s a great source of protein and calcium, as well as nutrients including vitamin B12 and iodine. Unlike our four-legged animals, humans are designed to reap the benefits of milk and all its nutritional value.
Things have changed a little over the years and we know a bit more about what is good for them.
There is now specially designed milk that cats and dogs can drink.
You can buy it from your vet and we suggest feeding your loved pets this to keep them strong and healthy.