As a pet owner, one of your top priorities is making sure your dog is happy, healthy, and only eating food with ingredients that will help them stay active and energetic.
At Plato Pet Treats, we put ingredients first because your dog’s health comes first.
Understanding the ingredients and benefits of the food your pet is consuming is just one way to do this. Keep reading to learn how goat milk can help your dog’s digestive system, provide healthy bacteria, and improve nutrient absorption.
Is Goat Milk Good for Dogs?
Despite being very similar to cow’s milk, goat milk has a few notable differences and benefits. Not only is it beneficial for humans as it is shown to reduce inflammation, but it can also be a great ingredient to keep your dog in tip top shape.
Prebiotics are a form of fiber that promotes healthy bacteria, allowing the gut to produce nutrients for colon cells. According to Healthline, prebiotics lead to a healthier digestive system. It is important to note that prebiotics should not be confused with probiotics, as they are two separate types of healthy bacteria.
Protein is an important part of any diet, canine or human. In one standard cup of goat milk, you get almost 9 grams of protein compared to cow’s milk, which has almost 8 grams of protein. That may not seem like much of a difference, but each cup adds up!
Calcium is necessary in your dog’s diet in order to ensure proper bone development. According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), adult dogs need about 1.25 grams of calcium per every 1,000 calories consumed. This number varies depending on their size and weight.
B Vitamins help support metabolism, digestion, hormone regulation, keep ticks and fleas away, and help your dog keep a healthy, shiny coat.
A Vitamins support vision, skin, organs, and your dog’s immune system.
Cow’s Milk vs. Goat Milk
Goat milk is growing increasingly popular for those who can’t eat dairy or just want a healthier alternative to regular milk. But you’re probably wondering, what is the difference between cow’s milk and goat milk, and why does it matter?
As we mentioned previously, cow’s milk and goat milk are very similar. However, goat milk contains more vitamins, minerals, and protein than cow’s milk. A great comparison comes from MindBodyGreen:
|Cow’s Milk||Goat milk|
|Calories: 149||Calories: 168|
|Fat: 7.93 g||Fat: 10.1 g|
|Sodium: 105 mg||Sodium: 122 mg|
|Carbohydrates: 11.7 g||Carbohydrates: 10.9 g|
|Sugar: 12.3 g||Sugar: 10.9 g|
|Protein: 7.69 g||Protein: 8.69 g|
|Calcium: 276 mg||Calcium: 327 mg|
|Magnesium: 24.4 mg||Magnesium: 34.2 mg|
|Phosphorus: 205 mg||Phosphorus: 271 mg|
|Potassium: 322 mg||Potassium: 498 mg|
While nutrient information is similar, goat milk is lower in lactose, which makes it easier to digest and can be better for dogs who have food sensitivities.
How to Give Goat Milk to Your Dog
What are the best ways to give goat milk to your dog? Here are a few methods:
- Feed it to them over kibble (like cereal).
- Freeze it and feed it to them like a popsicle.
- Give them healthy treats that contain goat milk.
There are several ways to get creative when incorporating goat milk in your dog’s diet. Every dog is different, so be sure to feed goat milk to your dog in a way you think they’ll enjoy it!
Best Goat Milk Treats for Dogs – Our Pick
Chicken Jerky with Goat Milk
Our newest release, Chicken Jerky with Goat Milk, is a delicious option for your dog. Here are some benefits:
- Single source meat protein which includes chicken hearts and livers as a healthy source of vitamins and minerals.
- Made with USA, anti-biotic cage-free chicken.
- Limited ingredients you can trust.
- No artificial flavors.
- Naturally preserved.
Feeding your dog treats is a great way to reward good behavior and create special moments together. At Plato Pet Treats we want to make sure every treat adds nutrition and supports your dog’s health. Our Chicken Jerky with Goat Milk treats offer healthy proteins and high-quality ingredients so you can feel confident about the treats you are feeding your pet.
*EXTRA READING – Check out our blog, Featured Goat Milk Treats for Dogs
Plato Puts Ingredients First
At Plato Pet Treats, we want the best for our dogs too – so we use limited ingredients, take the time to air-dry, and closely inspect every ingredient that goes in and out of our doors at our facility in Fresno, CA. We love our pets and want to provide the best we can for them, and when we bless them in this way, they continue to bless us with a better quality of life and longer lifespan. This is a beautiful thing, and this is what we call the Cycle of Virtue.