Almond milk has become common these days. As many people look for cow milk alternatives, almond milk continues to surge in popularity as being one of the most preferred options. However, you could be asking yourself this one question – “Can dogs drink almond milk?”.
First, you should keep in mind that almond milk is made from almonds, which are considered safe for pets, including cats and dogs when taken in moderation. Additionally, almond milk, unlike dairy milk, does not contain lactose. This makes it a good alternative for dogs due to their lactose intolerance.
So, can dogs drink almond milk?
Unsweetened almond milk is safe for dogs as it does not contain artificial sweeteners or lactose found in dairy milk. However, dogs should only drink almond milk in moderation because they contain a high amount of calories, which makes dogs gain weight and become obese or overweight.
According to a recent study done by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, approximately 55.8% of dogs in the United States are either overweight or obese (36.9 are overweight and 18.9 are clinically obese).
Giving almond milk to your dog on a regular basis is likely to play a role in them adding extra weight. For instance, one cup of almond milk contains about 100 calories while an average ten-pound dog needs about 250 pounds per day (25 calories per pound per day).
This means too much almond milk will add extra calories to your dog and are likely to become overweight, considering the fact that they also get calories from the commercial dog food you give them.
It’s also worth noting that some almond milk brands in grocery stores have added artificial sweeteners, including sugar, which can cause tooth decay and weight gain in dogs.
Is almond milk toxic to dogs?
Sweetened almond milk contains artificial sweeteners, notably xylitol which is toxic to dogs. This substance puts your dog at risk for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure, and in severe cases death. Home-made and/or unsweetened almond milk is safe for dogs to drink.
Can almond milk kill dogs?
Sweetened almond milk contains xylitol, which is toxic to dogs and if consumed in large amounts can cause death. Xylitol can cause hypoglycemia and liver injuries. Signs of hypoglycemia include weakness, unsteadiness, shaking, and seizures while signs of liver injuries include lethargy, decrease in appetite, yellowing of the skin, vomiting, and diarrhea.
If your dog consumes large amounts of sweetened almond milk containing xylitol and remains untreated for any of the symptoms noted above, the likelihood of your dog dying is very high. That’s why veterinarians recommend dogs should only drink a small amount of almond milk a day.
Are almonds toxic to dogs?
According to ASPCA, sweet almonds are not toxic to dogs but can cause stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting, and possibly pancreatitis. On the other hand, bitter almonds are toxic to dogs as they contain a cyanide compound. Any grocery store that sells bitter almonds is required to mark them as bitter.
How much almond milk can dogs drink?
It is not advisable to give your dog almond milk on a regular basis, especially if it has artificial sweeteners. The amount of almond milk to give a dog depends on their body weight, but large dogs should not drink more than 3 cups a day. Additionally, avoid giving almond milk to your dog every day.
Recap: Can dogs drink almond milk?
It is safe for dogs to drink unsweetened almond milk. However, if a dog drinks almond milk every day they are likely to suffer from health issues such as obesity. Regular or too much consumption of sweetened almond milk can cause tooth decay, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure, and in severe cases death (if xylitol is present). Please check our previous article on whether it is safe for cats to drink almond milk.