Is Goat’s Milk Healthy for Your Pets?

Alana here again.

I’d like to continue the subject of nutrition that I started earlier this week on the topic of goat’s milk. By now, many cat owners have heard that cats could not and should not drink cow’s milk, but have you heard that your cat or dog can and even should drink goat’s milk?

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DIGESTIBILITY

For those familiar with milk in its raw state, cow’s milk separates into cream and a more watery milk if left to settle and must be shaken to combine them. This is where homogenization comes in; although a few small studies suggest that homogenizing milk may be harmful to one’s health, companies do this so people don’t have to shake the milk before drinking it. (I’d prefer to shake it if there’s any doubt.) Goat’s milk, on the other hand, does not ever separate, does not need to be shaken, and does not require homogenization. Due to its smaller molecular size, goat’s milk is more easily digestible (it takes about 20 minutes to digest, compared to 3 hours for cow’s milk). In addition, raw milk (cow OR goat) contains the necessary enzymes to aid in its own digestion, something pasteurized milk is lacking. This is why those of us that are lactose intolerant can drink raw milk but cannot digest processed milk.

BENEFITS

Goat’s milk is a, or possibly THE, most nutritionally complete food. In fact, the American Journal of Medicine states that goat’s milk is “the most complete food known.” It does not stimulate the production of mucus (cow’s milk does) and can counteract inflammation. It also seems to have some antiviral properties that can benefit and enhance the immune system, and has a nutritional and compositional profile very similar to human mother’s milk. It is often well tolerated by infants, adult humans, and cats and dogs. Rescueguide.com advises that orphaned kittens should be fed goat’s milk when their own mother’s milk is unavailable.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

In my personal experience, goat’s milk has been extremely welcome in the diet of my cats and dog. Though they can be picky eaters, the occasion is rare that they turn down a bowl of goat’s milk. Two of my four cats have sensitive stomachs, one of them extremely sensitive. If he strays from his diet at all, the result is usually regurgitation of his meal, yet he’s able to easily tolerate goat’s milk without a problem. When Crepes was having herpes flare ups as a kitten, the change in her diet from a highly-processed, grain-based diet to an all raw diet that included goat’s milk cleared up her symptoms entirely and she no longer suffers from any respiratory issues.

WHERE TO GET IT

Goat’s milk tends to be seasonal; the goats do not produce milk year-round, so farmer’s often freeze their surplus to be able to accommodate customers during the off-season. You may not be able to find fresh goat’s milk, but the frozen variety works, as well. Ask your local pet store if they carry it in their frozen section.

Your cat or dog may benefit from the inclusion of goat’s milk in their diet, or they  might simply enjoy it because it’s tasty!

If you’ve tried it, what did you think? What did your pet think? Let me know!

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/031586_raw_goats_milk_health.html

http://dancingdogfarm.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/benefits-of-drinking-goats-milk/

http://www.roseofsharonacres.com/raw_goat_milk_benefits

 

6 thoughts on “Is Goat’s Milk Healthy for Your Pets?

  1. crepes……thiz message bee a dressed two ewe

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    we haz never tried goat’s milk but R mom did let uz try sum catsip from de store once…..with boomer N hiz love oh butter bein de onlee eggs ception….we iz knot much inta dairee…knot even cheeze….did sum one menshun pizza :)

  2. Thank you for this information as it was very interesting and full of facts that I was unaware of. I’m going to track down some goat’s milk and see how it works with both humans and furpersons.

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  4. I have been giving my dog and two cats plain goat milk kefir for a long time. I am constantly getting comments from friends about healthy my animals look and how soft their coats are. Both of my cats are adults. They have never once in their lives been sick. I attribute this to 1: following Lisa Pierson, DVM recipe for feeding cats a natural, nutritionally balanced diet, not over vaccinating them, and lastly, incorporating wonderful goat milk kefir (live bacteria eats the lactose) to their diets. I do all the with my dog, but he’s a young one and so, I’d expect him to be very healthy. The plan is, to keep the dog, and the cats healthy and with my family for a very very long time. Try the goat milk, your cat will thank you for it. And if possible try Redwood plain goat milk kefir. I’ve now started making my own goat milk kefir. It’s a keeper

    Thanks for the article, Alana. Glad you are adding the health and well being of animals.

    • That’s a great idea, Dani! Thank you. I know that Kefir is great. I make it sometimes from water in my kitchen. I’ll see if I can find some of that Redwood since getting goat milk here is a little tough. Thanks!

Stumps up? Stumps down? What are your thoughts?