Can Dogs Drink Milk?

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Milk is safe to drink

Milk (cow or goat) is safe to give to your dog but many dogs have varying degrees of lactose intolerance and giving them milk, or other dairy products, can lead to gastrointestinal upset. Some dogs may be allergic to milk ingredients and will get symptoms such as itchy and irritated skin, vomiting, and diarrhea, if they consume milk. It’s best to stick to lower fat milk since high fat milk is more likely to cause diarrhea and can potentially cause pancreatitis. Milk should only be given in small amounts and do not give chocolate milk as chocolate is toxic to dogs.