Almond milk, chances are you’ve got this new household staple in your fridge, a new (ish) popular dairy-free milk substitute. It is made from almonds, water and sometimes some added nutrients. Nothing too scary, but is almond milk appropriate and safe to give to your dog.
In this article we’ll look at whether almond milk is safe for dogs, the potential benefits of almond milk for dogs, and things you should watch out for.
Is almond milk safe for dogs?
Dogs don’t need milk once they are weaned. But if your pooch loves the taste of milk, a little unsweetened non-dairy milk, like almond milk, is fine for dogs as an occasional treat.
Remember, almond milk should only be given to your dog in moderation. Almond milk is quite high in calories, so if you’ve got a smaller dog you really don’t want to feed too much, and is not recommended for regular consumption just because it’s not the most natural thing for a dog to consume. What this means is that an excess amount of almond milk may cause some unpleasant side effects like upset stomach, diarrhoea, or vomiting.
Not all almond milk is equal! There can be preservatives, sweeteners, and artificial flavors in non-organic almond milk, in which case it’s probably best to avoid giving your dog that type of almond milk.
Benefits of almond milk for dogs
Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of almond milk for dogs:
- Almond milk is low in allergens and irritants. Many dogs are lactose intolerant and almond milk is free of many types of allergens found in dairy milk.
- Almond milk is full of Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant known to help your dog’s brain. Almond milk antioxidants can help dogs’ bodies manage free radicals more effectively. It also helps maintain the eyes and the liver.
- Almond milk has high vitamin B3, which aids in keeping the dog’s skin and fur healthy.
- It is often enriched with nutrients including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
- Great for your dog’s bone health because it contains a plethora of nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants. Calcium in almond milk keeps the dog’s joints and bones healthy.
- It is safe for dogs with gluten or wheat allergies.
Few considerations before giving almond milk to dogs
Dogs are like children and they depend on us for everything. It is important to understand that as a dog owner, you are responsible for the health and wellbeing of your dog. Here are a few things that you must look at before giving almond milk to your pooch:
- Before feeding your dog with almond milk, you need to make sure your furry friend is not allergic to any of the ingredients in almond milk.
- Problems encountered in giving almond milk in dogs are mostly related to digestion issues. Almonds, being high in fat, can be difficult to digest by some dogs, resulting in gastrointestinal signs like watery and oily diarrhea.
- Make sure to choose unsweetened almond milk, as some varieties may be high in added sugars.
- Check out the ingredients carefully. Some brands contain Xylitol as a sugar substitute. It can cause life-threatening issues such as low blood sugar and liver injury in dogs.
Remember to control the amount of almond milk your dog drinks. You can consult your vet for a better idea of the amount of almond milk that you add to your dog’s diet.
Unsweetened and unflavoured almond milk is generally considered safe in moderation.
On a personal note, I prefer to give small amounts of kefir or goats milk to my dog!
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