Could Your Dog Be Lactose Intolerant?

Posted by Krissy Howard
ABC 13

Humans aren't the only ones who suffer from lactose intolerance.

Dogs can be made uncomfortable from a variety of things, including seasonal allergies to certain types of food. While most dogs will clamor toward an unattended ice cream cone or beg to clean out that cup of yogurt their human just finished, dairy and other products containing lactose content may not sit well with certain pups' digestive systems.

"Dairy products are not toxic to dogs; however, they are not necessary in their diet and may cause undue discomfort to your pet," Dr. Rachel Barrack told The Dodo. "Well-balanced dog food will contain all the calcium requirements your dog needs."

While drinking their mother's milk is initially necessary to help young dogs grow, the need for milk becomes unnecessary once a dog has been weaned, especially milk from other species like cow's milk and goat's milk. Lots of dogs cannot digest lactose, which leads to adverse reactions.

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So how do you know if your pup is lactose intolerant?

Gas is the most common symptom after your dog drinks milk, along with abdominal pain, stomach upset, bloating, nausea, loose stools, and even vomiting and diarrhea even when they consume small amounts. Because there is no current medication to treat lactose intolerance in dogs, the best course of action is to prevent your pooch from ingesting any dairy.

If your best friend seems to drink milk with no problem, be sure to keep flavors mild and avoid the usual harmful ingredients like chocolate, raisins, and most nuts that ma cause allergic reactions.

Barrack suggests sticking with plain old vanilla if pet parents must share their ice cream cone with their four-legged friend or give them small quantities of cheese as a treat in the dog's diet.

Do you think your dog is lactose intolerant? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Could Your Dog Be Lactose Intolerant?