Why Savvy Pet Parents Are Mixing Raw Goat’s Milk in their Dog’s Kibble

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Why Savvy Pet Parents Are Mixing Raw Goat’s Milk in their Dog’s Kibble

Organic. All-natural. Raw. What do these words bring to mind? If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking of food. Health food in particular. You can’t go anywhere these days without food companies tossing those buzzwords out left and right. And there’s a reason for that.

Not only are we more conscious of what we’re eating, we’re also paying more attention to the foods we feed our pets. After all, they’re our best friends, and if we deserve the best, don’t they deserve it too?

Raw milk has been in the news for a while now, but for those pet owners in the know, the next big thing is not raw cow’s milk, but raw goat’s milk.

If you just gave me the side-eye right now, I understand. For many, the concept of goat’s milk is a strange one, but bear with me for a second. You’ll be glad you did.

Sure, most of us grew up getting milk from a carton in the refrigerator that came from the supermarket. And more than likely, that milk came from a cow. Relatively few people have had the luxury of drinking raw cow’s milk. But for those who have, there really is no going back to the pasteurized stuff sold in stores.

But if that’s all you know, you’re truly missing out. Goat’s milk has been hailed as one of the most complete, natural food sources known to man. It’s full of vital nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, electrolytes and more – all while being more digestible than cow’s milk and lacking the complex proteins that are often associated with allergies.

And if goat’s milk is so amazing for us, why not share it with our canine (and feline) companions? Not only is it safe to give your pet goat’s milk, it’s also incredibly good for them. Although raw milk for human consumption  is illegal, if the milk is sold for pets, it’s ok if it’s sold for dogs.

Visit your local mom & pop pet store to see if they're carrying goats milk. One that I really like is made by a brand called Primal. Another great option (& the one I use for my dogs) is Dehydrated Instant Goat's Milk for Dogs. It's available at Amazon! I simply add some water then pour over my dog's food! 

A few of the highly touted benefits of including goat’s milk as part of a regular, healthy pet food diet include:

* Help with digestive issues. Goat’s milk is full of natural probiotics – those little buggers that help prevent problems like colitis, diarrhea, IBS and more. Those are all problems that can make your dog or cat miserable (and give us more messes to clean up as well). Goat’s milk is better than probiotic pills or powders because it absorbs quickly, usually within 20 minutes, and is gentle on the tummy.

* Alleviate allergies and itching. Another benefit of probiotics is that they fight off yeast. Goat’s milk also contains high levels of caprylic acid, which is also a natural yeast destroyer. If you’ve ever had a yeast infection, you know how awful it can be. Believe it or not, your pets can get yeast infections too – and not just in their girl or boy bits, but also in their ears and other parts of the body, including their paws. Have you ever watched your dog chew and bite at their paws, sometimes leaving hot spots? It very well could be yeast or allergies. And goat’s milk can help you stop that itching once and for all.

* Relieve arthritis symptoms and joint paint. The same enzymes that help with digestion can also help alleviate inflammation and pain in the joints. It also helps improve circulation, which can reduce (or eliminate) arthritis symptoms, giving your sweet pooch some much needed pep in their step.

And this is only the beginning. Other research has shown that carotene found in the milk can also prevent cancer, while the fat known as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is believed to shrink cancerous tumors in some cases.

But beyond that, it also makes for a nutritious, yummy treat that your pet is sure to love. After all, when have you known a dog to turn down a new treat? Case closed.

How to Serve Goat’s Milk to Your Dog.

While some call goat’s milk the world’s most complete food, we obviously don’t suggest feeding only that to your pet. Make sure to include it as part of a well-rounded and nutritious diet. Try adding it over their kibble taking an already nutritious meal above and beyond.

After all, doesn’t your best friend deserve the best nature has to offer?

  • LINDA OBRIEN says...

    Hi my little dog has nasal cancer and she has itchy skin and a little arthritis she is 14 nearly she is on a home cooked food im just going to add raw goats milk how much do i start to give her and build up to she also has quite a sensitive tummy and sometimes suffers from diarrhea and colitis she is 12 KILO thank you so much

    On September 26, 2017

  • Brenda says...

    Does goats milk work for cats too?

    On August 31, 2017

  • Darlene says...

    How much goats milk do you give a 19 pound dog per day. He has allergies.

    On August 28, 2017

  • Maggie says...

    Hi I have just bought my first carton of goats milk I’m really hoping it will fix my Winnie,she a bull dog with a very bad yeast infection.we have her on fourthglade lamb meal,.but she still suffers with very sore paws,and very itchy skin,she has suffered since she was born,she now five,we have tried numerous other things,so I’ve got everything crossed that this milk will help make her happy,if anyone knows of anything that I can give Winnie to bulk her out would be helpful,no grains,potatoes,wheat,or chicken,veg seams to make her itch as well,poor girl keeps loosing weight ,I will try anything,thankyou in advance, x

    On August 27, 2017

  • Jeannie says...

    I raise and show Golden Retrievers. One of my Grand Champions had a hormone imbalance after giving birth two years ago. Once pups were weaned (using goat’s milk and raw ground turkey) I put Mom on raw goat’s milk and fish broth exclusively for 30 days. She bounced back beautifully! Now all five of our Goldens get several ounces a day and are doing well.

    On August 26, 2017

  • Chad says...

    Raw Goats milk is one of the best foods you can give your four legged babies. It has more probiotics than beef tripe, you can actually fast for almost two weeks with out a single worry, settles a upset tummy, enticement for elderly animals to eat or animals undergoing cancer treatment that isn’t eating. The list goes on! It is great even for your young healthy four legged furry tanks.

    On August 14, 2017

  • Donna says...

    what about canned goats milk? Does it still have the same properties and how long does it last when the can is open.

    On July 07, 2017

  • Pam says...

    As a puppy, my boxer-pit mix was fed raw goat milk from a local farm because his mother was hit by a car shortly after giving birth and was on antibiotics. I got gallons of the raw goat milk (as a friend of mine owned the farm) and both my dogs and I drank it daily. Sadly we moved and no longer have a local source, but I’m thrilled to hear about Primal Pet.

    On June 26, 2017

  • Kami says...

    Thank you for this article! We use raw goat’s milk in our puppy gruel while weening them. I will start giving it to our mamas too!
    kami
    starlightridgelabradoodles.com

    On June 18, 2017

  • Susan says...

    I have a 6 yr Maltese mix who was a very fussy eater she also had problems with regularity.
    I purchased frozen goat milk, thawed it and served it daily.. All of her digestive problems ended that day and it now is our daily routine. I don’t poor it into kibble. I pour a 1/4 cup into a bowl and she happily drinks every drop.
    The salesperson at PetValu taught me that it’s the same food source used for orphaned birds, rabbits, etc.
    I highly recommend Primal Foods goat milk.
    Oh yes, my dog has stopped itching!

    On June 09, 2017

  • rw says...

    Our dog was born on 2-14-17 your year selection stops at 2016. We did not register our dog.

    On May 23, 2017

  • Lucy says...

    I have 6 standard poodles and give them a few gallons of raw goat milk each week. We live in Amish country so it’s widely available. The poodles love it, it totally eradicates stomach problems and it seems to grow their hair faster than usual. I swear by it. I simply pour it in bowls so they can drink it at their leisure.

    On April 28, 2017

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