Raw goat milk is also known as the “universal milk” because it is extremely easy for all mammals to digest. Goat milk is also the complete package, containing vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids.
Goat’s milk is highly nutritious, containing protein, fatty acids,
vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. In addition, goat’s milk is slightly
higher in calcium, potassium, niacin, and vitamin A than cow’s milk. The fat
globules in raw goat’s milk are smaller than those in raw cow’s milk, making
the milk more easily digested.
Fermented goat’s milk has been consumed for thousands of years, especially before the dawning of the age of refrigeration. The fermentation process increases the probiotics in the milk—and by doing so, increases the availability of the nutrients in the milk.
Most dogs do not tolerate cow’s milk well at all, developing gastrointestinal problems that can include vomiting, diarrhea, gas, bloating. and other issues. Therefore, most experts do not recommend adding milk to a dog’s diet, whether puppies or adult dogs.
But for many dogs, goat’s milk cause the same problems—and in fact, can act as a nutritional supplement, especially to a home-cooked or raw food diet. In addition, many dog breeders will offer nursing puppies a formula based on goat’s milk rather than cow’s milk.
Top Benefits of goat’s milk for dogs
- Unlike cow’s milk, which is commercially homogenized through machines, goat’s milk is naturally homogenized. This means the fat molecules are broken down into smaller sizes that are easier to digest.
- The proteins in goat milk may potentially reduce the chance of type 1 diabetes. In fact, goat’s milk contains A2 Beta-Casein rather than A1 Beta-Casein, which is found in cow’s milk. Surprisingly, studies suggest that A1 Beta-Casein unfortunately triggers Type 1 diabetes.
- The curd in goat’s milk can improve digestion. This means the curds found in goat’s milk are much smaller and more flocculent than curd found in cow’s milk. One study conducted on dogs and humans concluded that hard curds not only required more time to digest, they were much harder to digest as well.
- Goat’s milk is less acidic. Like the milk of human mothers, goat milk is much more alkalizing, thus causing less of an acidic reaction. Cow’s milk, on the other hand, is much more acidic, which may promote fungi, virus, and bacterial overgrowth.
- Goat’s milk contains a higher amount of beneficial nutrients like calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin A, potassium, and niacin. It has also been found that goat’s milk contains 88% water.
- The micronutrients found in goat’s milk are much more easily absorbed by the body than cow’s milk.
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