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If you have a pet, then you know the amount of effort you need to give to ensure your pet is taken care of in the best way. However, things that might be absolutely harmless for you might act in the opposite way for your dog or cat. Food is one such thing. You might indulge in a particular food and must have eaten it all your life but that does not mean it will be good for your pet too.
Milk and dairy products may seem like the most harmless of all foods but if you are giving it to your pet, then you should stop immediately. It seems absurd that cats, who can literally live on milk are also included in the list but the truth is, milk is harmful to cats too.
Why is milk harmful?
Unlike us, our pets do not have a significant amount of lactase in the digestive system which is required to break down milk into smaller components. Another reason why pets shouldn’t be given milk is because they might be lactose intolerant and you might not even know about it. But then what about mother’s milk then? Every child born must be fed mother’s milk because it contains all the essential nutrients that even the best food in the world can’t provide. In puppies, the enzyme lactase is found in abundance and therefore it does not affect puppies. However, when the puppy grows up, some of the enzyme gets lost and dogs develop an intolerance towards milk.
However, recent research has shown that dogs can drink cow and goat milk and it does not cause any harm. In certain cases, it causes diarrhea or other complications in the stomach. Dogs often have a difficult time digesting the lactose and in some cases, develop serious stomach complications.
Milk and dairy products including chocolates can be replaced with other nutritional supplements which provide the same amount of energy. Consult a pet dietician or a veterinary doctor for learning more about the food replacements.
Milk and dairy products are harmful to pets and can cause serious medical conditions. As a pet keeps growing, the level of lactase enzyme in the digestive system keeps decreasing. The lactase breaks down lactose into smaller, more digestible substances. However, since the body lacks an adequate amount of lactase enzyme, milk and dairy products become toxic. Diseases like pancreatitis and diarrhea are some of the complications that take place in a pet’s body if the lactose does not get digested properly. In the case of serious complications, take your pet to the vet and have him/her checked. Additionally, remove milk and dairy products from the diet.