Maybe. Some dogs digest dairy products without any trouble, but others (just like humans) are lactose intolerant. Lactose is the product of two sugars linked together. The body needs an enzyme called lactase in order to separate these two sugars for proper digestion, but some dogs lack this enzyme and can have a negative reaction to dairy.
Symptoms to Look For
Dairy isn’t toxic to dogs, whether they’re lactose intolerant or not. But avoid dairy if you notice any of these symptoms after ingestion:
- Liquid stool
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.