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Is milk bad for dogs?

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Milk can be difficult to digest for some or most dogs. While it is not actually "bad" for them, their tolerance for milk is determined by their own body chemistry and its tolerance for lactose.

Although there is information in the market that suggests dogs should not consume any dairy whatsoever, the ability to easily digest dairy products actually varies from dog to dog, according to Dog Food Advisor. Typically, the lactose content in a food determines how easy or difficult it is for a dog to digest. Milk contains approximately 11 grams of lactose per cup, which is at the very top of the dairy products scale. If giving a dog dairy products, it is advisable to begin with lower-lactose foods such as cheese, sour cream or yogurt.

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