Should I be giving my puppy milk? Will this cause him to have more stools? Now the stools are normal - just often.
on Jan 24th 2008
in Food & Nutrition
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Contrary to popular beliefs dogs and cats are usually lactose intolerant. I know that they have special milk for puppies when they are born but the milk we drink even if it's organic can give your dog runny stool and nobody wants that.
Koda answered on Jan 24th.
How old is your puppy? Is he eating puppy food, dry or canned? If your puppy is less than 6 weeks of age and/or is not yet weaned/not eating puppy food, you should be supplementing with a puppy milk replacer. It's not recommended that you give cow's milk to puppies because 1)the fat:protein ratio is inadequate compared to a dog's milk and 2)it often results in diarrhea.
It's totally normal for a puppy to have several bowel movements in one day. Their digestive systems are shorter and still developing in some instances. Just like human babies seem to need their diapers changed a dozen times a day due to stinkies!
If/when the puppy is able to eat puppy food, if you put him on a regular feeding schedule you will notice that the BMs happen regularly as well (usually soon after a meal). Feeding frequency and amount depends on the pup's level of development. The younger the pup, the more frequent the feedings.
Don't give your puppy cow's milk! It almost always causes diarrhea! Puppy food should be all you need!
If your puppy's weaned, then he doesn't need any milk. Puppy food has everything he needs.
Miss Buddie answered on 1/25/08. Helpful? / 0