When someone mentions milk, you probably think of a mooing cow and whole vs 2% vs skim. Chances are raw goat’s milk doesn’t even come to mind, but it should. Goat’s milk has been gaining popularity in the world and for good reason. It’s not only a good source of probiotics and prebiotics, but it also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Raw goat’s milk maintains its nutrients and enzymes whereas typical milk pasteurization destroys them in cow’s milk.
Unlike cow’s milk, goat’s milk contains low amounts to none of the alpha-s1-casein protein which may be more likely to cause allergic reactions. Goat’s milk not only carries a lower risk of allergic reaction, but it’s more digestible. It contains smaller fat globules and higher concentrations of fatty acids than cow’s milk. Raw goat’s milk maintains its lactase which is the enzyme that breaks down lactose. Breaking down the lactose makes the milk easily digestible especially for dogs and cats. Heat during the pasteurization process performed on cow’s milk destroys the lactase enzyme so lactose isn’t broken down. The lactose in store bought cow’s milk is difficult for dogs and cats to digest, whereas the body can digest goat’s milk within 20 minutes.
Goat’s milk has been proven to treat many chronic conditions:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Gastric issues
- Poor digestion
- Heart Disease
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Brain and nerve disorders
One of the most amazing benefits of goat’s milk is its cancer fighting properties. It contains pro-Vitamin A and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which have been linked to lowering the risk of cancer by up to 60%. CLA has also been shown to shrink existing tumors!
Suki has early kidney disease and has started getting benign lumps common in older dogs. I’ve recently added raw goat’s milk to her diet, so she can reap the amazing health benefits and try to prevent cancers common in older pups. It’s her bedtime snack, and she loves the taste! I currently use goat’s milk from Answers Raw Pet Food Company, since that’s the brand my pet store carries. I highly recommend checking out their website. It’s chocked full of good information on raw goat’s milk and why you should add it to your fur baby’s diet.