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Can Puppies Drink Milk? What You Need to Know

As a new puppy owner, it's natural to want to provide your furry friend with what they need to grow up healthy and strong. One question that many pet owners have is whether they can give puppies milk. The short answer is that it depends on the type of milk and the age of the puppy. In this article, we'll discuss the different types of milk and when it's appropriate to give them to your puppy.

Cow's Milk

Cow's milk is NOT recommended for puppies because it can be difficult for them to digest. Most adult dogs are lactose intolerant, meaning they don't produce enough lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose (a sugar found in milk). Puppies are born with lactase, but their bodies begin to produce less of it as they age. This means that even though puppies can tolerate cow's milk better than adult dogs, it's still not the best option for them.

Goat's Milk

Goat's milk is an alternative to cow's milk that some pet owners prefer. It's easier to digest than cow's milk and contains less lactose. However, like cow's milk, it's not nutritionally complete for puppies. It's also important to note that not all goats' milk is created equal. Some goats' milk may contain harmful bacteria that can make your puppy sick.


If your puppy is very young or hasn't been weaned yet, formula is the best option. Puppy formula is specifically designed to provide the nutrients your puppy needs to grow up healthy and strong. It's available in both powdered and liquid form and can be found at most pet stores.

When choosing a formula, it's important to choose one that's appropriate for your puppy's age and breed. Different breeds have different nutritional needs, so it's important to consult with your veterinarian before making a decision. Your veterinarian can also provide guidance on how much and how often to feed your puppy.

Once your puppy has been weaned, you can start introducing solid food. It's important to do this gradually, as a sudden change in diet can cause digestive upset. Start by mixing a small amount of the new food with the old food and gradually increase the amount over several days.

In summary, while puppies may love the taste of milk, it's important to remember that not all milk is created equal. Cow's milk and goat's milk are not nutritionally complete for puppies and can be difficult for them to digest. Puppy formula is the best option for very young puppies or those who haven't been weaned yet. As always, it's important to consult with your veterinarian to ensure that your puppy is getting the nutrition they need to grow up healthy and strong.

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