Can you give milk to dogs?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you give milk to dogs?”, and what foods you should avoid giving to your dog?

Can you give milk to dogs?

Yes, you can give milk to dogs. The real question is how much milk is safe for your pup. This is important because most dogs develop lactose intolerance once they are weaned. 

Lactose intolerant dogs cannot digest the milk because they do not have the enzyme lactase needed for the breakdown of milk sugar or lactose. 

While an infrequent lick of ice cream or a lap of milk may not be sufficient to upset your dog’s stomach, you should not let your dog rely on dairy milk for a treat.

The symptoms of GI upset appear in your dog within 12 hours of consumption of milk or any other dairy product. Most common symptoms include loose stools, bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constant gas/flatulence, etc.

Moreover, overindulgence in high-fat milk can lead to obesity or pancreatitis in your dog. Therefore, you must consult the vet to check if your pup is lactose intolerant or not. If not, then what should be the safe dosage of milk for your dog.

9 foods dogs can’t eat


Avocados cannot be fed to dogs. Avocado contains a fungal toxin known as persin, in minute quantities, that does not hurt humans. But even the smallest amounts of Persin can lead to vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Moreover, the avocado seeds pose a choking hazard for your dog.

Grapes and raisins 

The reason behind the toxicity of grapes and raisins for dogs is not yet known fully. But it is confirmed that even as small as 2 raisins can be toxic for your dog. If you suspect your dog has ingested grapes or raisins, induce vomiting and get medical help.


The toxic effects of chocolate vary with the type of chocolate, the amount of chocolate consumed by your dog, and the weight of your dog. 

The presence of caffeine and theobromine in chocolate is what makes it toxic to dogs. Both of these compounds increase the heart rate of your dog and stimulate its nervous system. 

Onions, garlic, and chives

Whatever form you feed the garlic, onions, or chives to your dog, they are toxic. The toxicity results in the destruction of the red blood cells of your dog which results in anemia. 

Therefore, you must keep your dog away from the garden where you have planted any of these herbs or veggies.

Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts induce vomiting in your dog and cause weakness and depression. Before feeding any cookies, cakes, muffins, or trail mixes to your dog, be sure that it does not contain any macadamia nuts. 

Macadamia nuts lead to food poisoning in dogs if ingested in large amounts. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, and fevers.

Raw eggs 

Cooked, hard-boiled, or scrambled eggs are a delicious and nutritious treat for your dog. But the same can’t be said for raw eggs which are commonly contaminated with Salmonella. 

Cooking temperatures destroy Salmonella, rendering the eggs safe for the consumption of your dog. The same applies to raw meat or seafood. Always feed fully cooked meat or fish to your dog.


Alcohol is not made for dogs. Even a sip of whiskey, beer, wine, or even jell-O-shot can have disastrous effects on your dogs’ health. Alcohol causes vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, coma, and even death in dogs.


The husk of the walnut, the nut itself, and the bark of the walnut tree may be contaminated with toxic mold. 

This mold produces a powerful neurotoxin that leads to tremors and seizures upon consumption. Black nuts are a forbidden nut for both dogs and horses, as it leads to colic and laminitis.


Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is used to artificially sweeten baked goods, gums, and candies, some types of peanut butter, etc. In dogs, xylitol leads to hyperglycemia and even liver failure. It happens due to the rapid release of xylitol into the bloodstream. 

This, in turn, puts a lot of strain on your liver and causes it to release large amounts of insulin that lowers the glucose level in your blood.


Caffeine is toxic to dogs in any form, be it coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, coffee grounds, or coffee beans. 

Caffeine won’t hurt your dog in small amounts but in sufficient amounts, it can make your dog restless, and hyperactive. If left untreated, this condition may become fatal.


In this article, we answered the question “Can you give milk to dogs?”, and what foods you should avoid giving to your dog?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.