Look: Most pet owners think that just because almond milk is a natural plant milk, so it is good for their dogs.
But, is that really true? Is almond milk good for dogs?
Can you wean your puppy using almond milk?
Can you let your dog enjoy the sweet, tasty and creamy texture of the almond milk?
Does it have any nutritional value to your dog?
Keep reading to find out the answers.
In this post you will learn:
- The problem with almonds
- Is almond milk safe for dogs?
- Why almonds can become a choking hazard to your dog
- The nutritional benefits of almond milk, or the lack thereof
- A hidden substance found in many foods that are poisonous to dogs
And more… Keep reading!
Can Dogs Drink Almond Milk?
Technically, yes! But it’s not recommended for all ages.So, here’s what you need to know…Some almond milk comes with chocolate, raisins and artificial sweeteners.
These can be toxic to your dog since raisins and chocolate are not safe for dogs.
The Problem With Almonds
Unlike other nuts such as macadamia, almonds are not toxic to dogs. (source)
However, it doesn’t mean that they’re a good choice either, especially for puppies.
Pure almonds can give your dog an upset stomach, since dogs have a hard time digesting them. Vomiting and diarrhea can occur when almond is ingested in large quantities.
Although almonds are rich in protein, your dog can easily get this nutrient from other food source. For instance, mushrooms, nectarines, corn, banana chips, pork, tuna and chicken are high-protein foods.
On the other hand, a dog that suffers from chronic kidney disease should avoiding high protein foods. Watermelons can be a good low-protein choice!
It is no doubt almond milk is lower in calories (40) compared to skimmed cow’s milk (80) content for every 8 ounce serving. (source)
Serving puppies or dogs with almond milk is not a bad idea as it’s still below their daily caloric requirements. However, it should be given in moderation. (source)
Is Your Dog Allergic?
Almond milk is almond in a very diluted form, so if your dog drinks almond milk once in a while and they don’t have any allergies, they likely won’t have any issues.
Due to a dog’s teeth structure and the size of the almonds, dogs may not have ability to chew the nuts into smaller, more digestible pieces.
Dog’s teeth are designed to tear things apart such as meat for example, rather than crunch them apart. For this reason, raw almonds can become a choking hazard for dogs.
Also, it’s worth noting that almond nuts potentially contain toxic levels of cyanide. (source)
So, it’s best not to feed your pooch almonds in nut form at all.
Almond Milk is Nutritious?
Although it is not as nutritious as cow’s milk, it contains all the nutrients you can find in milk, namely:
Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin and Magnesium.
Nevertheless, several minerals in almond milk are not as easily absorbed compared to cow’s milk. This is because almonds has an anti-nutrient (phytic acid) that decrease the absorption of iron, zinc ad magnesium. (Source)
The All Natural Almond Milk
Almond milk in its original form without any sweeteners is not dangerous for dogs, and it’s OK in a small quantity.
The one with vanilla or coconut as an example, probably have sweeteners like the xylitol.
Xylitol is a natural substance that is commonly used as a sugar substitute.
Although safe for humans, Xylitol is very dangerous for dogs. Ingesting Xylitol causes a rapid and massive insulin release in dogs.(source)
Can I Wean My Puppy Using Almond Milk?
This is not recommended either. Puppies should be raised only on their mother’s milk and that’s enough.
If its mother is not producing enough milk for any reason, instead of using almond milk use a specialist puppy formula. This will have all the nutrients they need.
Puppies should be raised on their mother’s milk and only when mature enough you can start introducing them to some soft food.
What About Cow’s Milk?
Cow’s milk isn’t a good idea either since many dogs are lactose intolerant.
As dogs mature, they no longer have the lactase enzyme in large enough quantities to break down the lactose of the milk. (source)
If by any means you can’t keep your dog away from milk, then a better option would be goat’s milk instead.
Wrapping Things Up
When thinking about giving your dog some almond milk you should consider the following:
Does my dog have any weight problems? If so, it’s best to avoid it then.
Am I giving my dog sources of protein and nutrients? It’s important that your dog is having its nutritional needs from other foods to avoid imbalance.
Am I giving my dog an all natural, unsweetened almond milk? If yes, your dog can drink it from time to time in small quantities without any problems.
Label reading: If you’ve bought almond milk from the market then it is your obligation as a pet parent to carefully read the label. Does it have Xyticol?Does it have any artificial sweeteners? Does it contain raisins, grapes or chocolate?
If yes to any of the above, avoid giving the milk to your fido friend at all costs.
By making sure to follow the above guidelines, your dog or puppy should have no problems enjoying good almond milk.
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