What You Need to Know about Goat’s Milk

Goat’s milk is highly nutritious, loved by dogs, and great for the digestive system.

Around the globe, goat’s milk is consumed far more than cow’s milk. Goats are smaller, easier to keep, and require far less space and feed than cows. Plus, goats will thrive on food that cows won’t touch. But there is much more to goat’s milk than the fact that goats are easier to keep.

What Makes Goat’s Milk Good?

Goat’s milk is highly nutritious, containing protein, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. In addition, goat’s milk is slightly higher in calcium, potassium, niacin, and vitamin A than cow’s milk. The fat globules in raw goat’s milk are smaller than those in raw cow’s milk, making the milk more easily digested.

Fermented goat’s milk has been consumed for thousands of years; especially before the dawning of the age of refrigeration. The fermentation process increases the probiotics in the milk—and by doing so, increases the availability of the nutrients in the milk.

Most dogs don’t tolerate cow’s milk well at all, developing gastrointestinal problems that can include vomiting, diarrhea, gas, bloating. and other issues. This is why most experts don’t recommend adding milk to a dog’s diet, whether puppies or adult dogs.

But for many dogs, goat’s milk doesn’t cause the same problems—and in fact, can act as a nutritional supplement, especially to a home-cooked or raw food diet. In addition, many dog breeders will offer nursing puppies a formula based on goat’s milk rather than cow’s milk.

The Honest Kitchen’s Goat Milk

Raw milk, whether from cows or goats, can come with some potential problems. Any raw food is only as good as the source, and with goat’s milk that includes the health of the goats—what they eat, the milking process, and perhaps most importantly, overall cleanliness. E. coli, salmonella, listeria, brucella, and other pathogens are definitely potential problems. The Honest Kitchen’s Instant Goat Milk With Probiotics is a dehydrated goat’s milk product. The dehydration process removes the risk of these pathogens.

The probiotics added to the dehydrated goat’s milk include a number of dried fermentation products, including aspergillus oryzae, aspergillus niger, trichoderma reesei, pineapple, and several other live, naturally-occurring microorganisms.

Designed to be used as a supplement rather than a food, this goat’s milk formula can be added to the primary diet for dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens. Best of all, it helps support digestion, immune systems, and overall health. It can be rehydrated with an Honest Kitchen recipe or rehydrated with warm water and poured over another food. It can also be given rehydrated as a stand-alone treat.

Goat’s Milk is Amazing, but not a Cure-All

Goat’s milk is a good, nutritious meal supplement or ingredient. It can provide benefits for your pet by filling in potential nutritional gaps or by adding to your pet’s overall nutrition. However, take all claims of miracles with a grain of salt. Social media is rife with claims of disorders and diseases cured simply by adding goat’s milk to a pet’s diet.

If your pet has a health problem, talk to your veterinarian and discuss adding goat’s milk to your pet’s diet as it may be of benefit. Never forgo veterinary care, however, in place of a nutritional supplement.

Make Your Own Food with Goat’s Milk!

Not only do we have Instant Goat Milk With Probiotics, but we also publish recipes utilizing it! Check out these awesome recipes to help show your dog the many benefits of goat’s milk:

Meet the Author: Liz Palika, CDT, CABC

Liz Palika is a Certified Dog Trainer and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant as well as the founder and co-owner of Kindred Spirits Dog Training in northern San Diego county. Liz is also the founder of Love on a Leash therapy dogs; her dog, Bones, goes on visits on a regular basis. A prolific writer, Liz is also the author of more than 80 books. Many of her works have been nominated or won awards from a variety of organizations, including Dog Writers Association of America, San Diego Book Awards, the ASPCA, and others. Liz shares her home with three English Shepherds: Bones, Hero, and Seven, as well as one confident and bossy orange tabby cat, Kirk. To relax from work, or to take work on the road, Liz and her crew travel the West and PNW in their RV. If you see an RV on the road named "Travelin' Dogs", honk and say hi!

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