Can our pets have milk?
Just like some humans, most cats and dogs are lactose intolerant. They are unable to properly digest lactose (a type of sugar) found in dairy. This leads to gas, bloating and even diarrhoea or vomiting in some cases. Furthermore, most cows are injected with growth hormones to produce more milk (unless stated in the packaging) which comes with certain risks.
However, our pets can have non-dairy milk in moderation. There is no lactose in almond milk and almonds are non toxic to them. There is also less than half the calories found in cow’s milk. Cats and dogs love the taste of milk and it is also a good way to hide the taste of medicine mixed into their food.
How much should I give?
Almond milk is non toxic to cats and dogs but just in case they have an allergy towards almond you can start with a small amount, say 30-50ml to taste and observe their reaction. You can pour it in its own dish or mix into their food. For normal servings, you may consider the calories required. It’s about 17 calories for every 50ml of unsweetened almond milk.