can dogs have evaporated milk

Can dogs have evaporated milk?

Most dogs love dairy products and this includes cow’s milk along with things such as cream and ice cream.

But what about more concentrated milk such as evaporated milk. Is it okay for dogs to have evaporated milk?

The simple answer is maybe. Dogs have a tendency to enjoy human foods and, like other human foods, evaporated milk should only be given to a dog in moderation. It is important to understand that many dogs are lactose intolerant and drinking cow’s milk or concentrated versions of cow’s milk, such as evaporated milk, can cause stomach upsets.

Most dogs, if they are given the opportunity, will happily drink evaporated milk.

This thick, creamy diary product is simply milk that has been heated to remove as water as possible, leaving a tasty, unsweetened, thick milk.

However, even if your dog seems to love evaporated milk it is best not to let him overindulge in the dairy department as the consequences for a lactose intolerant dog can be unnerving. 

can dogs have evaporated milk

How much evaporated milk can dogs drink?

Evaporated milk is safe in small amounts. A few spoonfuls on the odd occasion can make a nice reward for your dog without the risk of him having too much.

You should certainly not give him bowlfuls of the stuff as this can cause upset tummy, loose stools and could make him throw up.

Evaporated milk is a concentrated form of regular cow’s milk and contains high levels of fat and natural sugar. You should only ever let him have small amounts.

Can puppies have evaporated milk?

If you are faced with the situation where you need to feed milk to puppies, due to the loss of the mother for example, then you should really revert to using a properly developed puppy milk replacement such as this one that is available on Amazon.

Making your own puppy milk replacement can be tricky and, with the options that exist off the shelf you really are best making the purchase.

That said, you can give evaporated milk to puppies as a puppy milk replacer but it should not form the whole puppy ‘meal’.  The thickness of evaporated milk is great for young pups and, as it is readily available, it makes a useful emergency standby for new borns.

Don't confuse evaporated milk with condensed milk

Both evaporated milk and condensed milk start out life as the same cow’s milk and both are heated to remove around 60% of the water. 

The important thing to note is that condensed milk has large amounts of sugar added to it before it is canned, which gives it it’s sweet taste.

Due to the high levels of sugar you should not give condensed milk to a dog.

Don’t get the two versions mixed up.

Conclusion

Dogs can have evaporated milk but whether they should is another question.

Small amounts will not harm your dog unless he has a serious allergy and, if you have any concerns in this area then you should consult your vet.

The reality is that you should think about whether evaporated milk is a suitable drink for your dog, with the exception of young puppies, dogs really should just have water to drink.

Milk is not really necessary for adult dogs.

Last update on 2021-02-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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