Can I Feed My Dog Milk?

Although puppies drink milk shortly after birth, it is concerning to some dog owners whether or not they can actually feed their dog milk you would buy from a supermarket.

Can I Feed My Dog Milk? Answer: NOT COMMONLY

Nutritional Value

Many dogs can be lactose intolerant (some more so than others), as they lack the enzyme to break down this type of sugar. So, feeding milk to a puppy or adult dog has the potential to cause digestive imbalances.

Since milk is chalked full of calcium and protein, many dog owners see it as a nutritious food product for their dog. However, lactose intolerance can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and gas. And the amount of nutritional value is far from being overweight the side effects or drawbacks if your dog is intolerant.

Simply put, it’s just not really worth it.

Dairy Alternatives

Soy milk is no better than whole milk. And, further, skim milk is no better. Your best dairy alternative is yogurt. However, is it worth it for you to even feed your dog dairy products?

Your dog is probably better off getting 2nd Step Weaning Pup, which is an excellent milk or dairy replacement for dogs which has contains calcium, protein, and vitamins, but which will not upset your dog’s stomach to the same degree.

Lactose Intolerance

If you feel as though your dog is experiencing diarrhea, loose stools, gas, constipation, or any inflammation of the gut, then we recommend Pet Essentials Supreme Probiotics for Dogs. This simple treatment is provided over several weeks, but can help your dog with many of the stomach issues they may be experiencing.

It is also stated by Pets Essentials that 97% of dog owners see results after 1 week of using this product, so it may be worth it for you if you care about, or are concerned with, your dog’s digestive health.


Milk does not provide any dietary benefits or real nutrition that your dog cannot obtain elsewhere. The most common issue from a dog consuming milk, due to their lactose intolerance, is diarrhea, gas, and sometimes vomiting. This does not necessarily mean that it is not safe for a dog to consume milk. It is not a fatal substance to dogs, however it’s simply advisable that you avoid it, and stick to alternatives listed above.