Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog food forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old October 25th, 2005, 07:57 AM
TheWhitePhoenix TheWhitePhoenix is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Scarborough
Posts: 16
Milk. Yes or no for puppies

Hi all....I have two cats that I give some milk to every morning they love it..but so does my Puppy Mushu....I heard it can give him worms. True or False? Thanks
Reply With Quote
Old October 25th, 2005, 08:06 AM
Copper'sMom's Avatar
Copper'sMom Copper'sMom is offline
And Zoodle's Mom!
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Oxford County, ON
Posts: 2,047
Not sure if it'll give him worms! I'm sure someone else here will know for sure. Cats shouldn't have milk either because they do not have the enzymes to digest milk. It'll give them an upset tummy and possibly the runs!! I know they just love it, but it's not really good for them!
Never mind the dogs, beware of the owner!!!
Reply With Quote
Old October 25th, 2005, 08:07 AM
Puppyluv's Avatar
Puppyluv Puppyluv is offline
Senior Contributor
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Montreal
Posts: 1,854
From all I've heard, the worms thing is a myth. But milk is a major allergen for dogs. It can cause diarrhea and major stomach cramps. Even if your puppy is fine with it now, he can develop the intolerance later in life. A lot of vets even reccomend not giving your cats milk, and if you do, to only give it to them sparingly (think of it as kitty junk food). It has almost no nutritional value to them ( a cat fed milk alone would die) and many cats are also lactose intollerant.
Reply With Quote
Old October 25th, 2005, 08:24 AM
doggy lover's Avatar
doggy lover doggy lover is offline
owned by Tucker
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Scarborough or Berkeley On
Posts: 2,143
Pasturized milk will not give dogs worms, but it can give them diarrhea and cramps like puppyluv said, same for cats. People say that milk gives dogs worms because puppies get worms from their mothers milk, if the mom has worms it is passed through the milk. Cows milk and pet milk is different, I believe it has something to do with the lactaid (sugar) in the milk of cows. Pet milk doesn't contain this and that is what the pets have problems digesting, giving them the diarrhea and cramps. Just like a person who is lactose intorlerant.
A man who looks into a collie's eye to receive an icy stare is but a fool. Be at one with man's best friend and through his eyes you will see his very soul.
Reply With Quote
Old October 25th, 2005, 01:28 PM
Beetlecat Beetlecat is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 290
As they grow up, most mammals become lactose intolerant, either severely or partialy, so it could affect them the same as many humans, cramping and difficulty digesting lactose (a type of suger in milk).

The only reason so many humans can drink milk and eat dairy products is due to a rogue mutation in our European ancestors which made them lactose tolerant (or more accuratly did not cause them to lose the enxyme that breaks down lactose in adulthood)

Most adult mammals cannot digest lactose because milk is (theoretically) rarely drank after weaning and the body sees no sense in continuing to waste resources creating an enzyme that is not used.

I woulod suggest feeding it rarely or in small amounts as a treat.
Reply With Quote
Old October 25th, 2005, 01:47 PM
Roxy's_MA's Avatar
Roxy's_MA Roxy's_MA is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Outside Edmonton, AB
Posts: 636
For your cat you can buy a product called cat milk. It is made by Whiskas. I have given to my cats as a treat and they loved it.
Roxy - JRT
Smokey - DSH
Salem - DSH

Our pets are our teachers, healers, heroes, and friends.
Reply With Quote
Old October 27th, 2005, 07:56 AM
TheWhitePhoenix TheWhitePhoenix is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Scarborough
Posts: 16
Thanks for the responses everyone! My cats are about 15 years old and they don't get diareah or stomache cramps otherwise I wouldn't give it to them. But my pup Mushu, after reading info here, and since he is still only a pup I will stop it. He doesn't get diareah or stomache cramps but he is still very young. Thanks again all.
Reply With Quote
Old October 27th, 2005, 08:25 AM
BeagleMum's Avatar
BeagleMum BeagleMum is offline
Formerly known as Grover4
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 776
I was always told to never give cats or dogs milk. I have given my cats the box of cat milk but nothing other than that. I am not sure what milk would do to a dog but I really don't think that they need it.
"If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail." - Fran Lebowitz
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:40 PM.