Adding raw fermented goat’s milk to each meal can provide your dog with enzymes, probiotics, powerful antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and concentrated essential vitamins.
Dogs (and cats) do not digest cow’s milk well, which develops gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, diarrhea, gas, and bloating.
Goat’s milk has fat molecules 1/5 the size of cow’s milk, making it easier to digest for pets (and humans!), even for those with digestive issues. Raw goat milk has an abundance of probiotics, which can help with many chronic issues, such as:
Fermentation adds even more probiotics, aiding in additional issues such as arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, colitis, and intestinal pathogens. Fermentation increases the B-vitamins, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, and lactic acid which fight off harmful bacteria.
You might be asking…what are probiotics?
“Probiotics are friendly strains of bacteria that maintain healthy levels of good bacteria in your pet’s GI tract, and also defend against opportunistic, potentially pathogenic bacteria...When your pet’s bacteria are in balance with the right amount and type of healthy bugs on board, there is symbiosis. Good things happen inside your pet’s body. For example:
--Vitamins are made
--Vegetable fiber is processed efficiently
--Unfriendly bacteria are kept in check
--Toxins are well-managed"
So how is fermentation done?
Fermentation is done by taking the existing milk and adding bacteria to it. The bacteria will then start eating non-essential proteins and release the better alternatives, such as B-vitamins, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, and lactic acid.
What are some more benefits of adding fermented goat’s milk to your dog’s diet?
--Natural GI Support: Goat’s milk is full of vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to help support healthy digestion and immune system. Did you know that 84% of the immune system is based in the gut? Sick and sensitive dogs will benefit as goat’s milk helps to soothe the digestive tract and allows them to process their food better.
--Hydration: Have a dog (or cat) who doesn’t like to drink? Goat’s milk seems to be irresistible, so they can get their needed fluids.
--Increased Appetite: Is your dog a picky eater, or do they frequently become uninterested in their food? Even picky dogs love goat’s milk, and it’s a great way to keep your dog interested and help them eat their full serving.
--Allergies: Have a dog with allergies? Goat’s milk has natural antihistamine properties, too! It helps itching, shedding, inflammation, and flaky skin caused by allergies.
How do I start feeding my pet goat’s milk?
First of all, fermented goat’s milk should always be kept in the freezer when not in use. Thaw out the carton and portion out, then refreeze.
Suggested Daily Serving for Adult Pets:
Weight Oz per Day
0-20 lbs 2 (4 Tbsp or 1/4 cup)
20-50 lbs 4 (8 Tbsp or 1/2 cup)
50 + lbs 6 (12 Tbsp or 3/4 cup)
For use, thaw a serving in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Add to dog’s typical dry or wet food serving.
We hope this helps some pups out there! Comment below what you learned, or any questions you have!