You may have heard of the new raw goat milk craze that's sweeping the pet industry, but what exactly is all the hype about? Well, don't be tricked into thinking it's just a passing fad, because raw goat milk could just be the missing link in your pet's diet.
One of the coolest things about raw goat milk is it's sheer digestibility. Virtually all pets and people can easily digest it, because it's raw, which may seem counterintuitive, but let's dive into this for a minute.
It's not uncommon for dogs and cats to be lactose intolerant, due to their bodies producing little to no lactase--the enzyme required to digest lactose. In pasteurized dairy products, the heat applied during processing actually destroys the naturally occurring lactase in milk. This makes it difficult or even impossible to digest, unless the body produces enough lactase on it's own, and unfortunately, many pets and people do not. What's more, the undigested sugars left behind in the digestive tract can ferment and cause all sorts of GI problems. For these reasons, it has become a common misconception that dogs and cats are allergic or intolerant of all dairy.
However, when it comes to raw goat milk, have no fear! Because raw goat milk is unpasteurized, it's still very rich in lactase. This means that pets and even people who are lactose intolerant will be able to digest it, and as a result, can experience its many nutritional benefits. So drink up, doggies (and kitties)!
RAW GOAT MILK, AT A GLANCE:
What’s it good for?
Picky dogs and cats
What does it provide?
Essential fatty acids
Vitamins and minerals in their natural whole form
THE 3 MOST COMMON BENEFITS OF RAW GOAT MILK:
1. Great for Digestion
Raw goat milk is perfect for dogs and cats who suffer from any number of digestive issues. Let’s face it, some pets just have sensitive stomachs. Whether raw, cooked or kibble-fed, they simply cannot digest their food well. The results can range from an inability to properly assimilate nutrients, to gas and loose stools on a regular basis. Chock full of probiotics and enzymes, raw goat milk can assist your sensitive dog in beating the symptoms of an underachieving digestive system. Raw goat milk helps to wipe out bad bacteria in your pet's system and repopulate it with beneficial bacteria. This makes goat milk invaluable for pets with sensitive digestive tracts and also for pets that have been subjected to various antibiotics.
2. Decreases Mucous and Inflammation
Raw goat milk contains both anti-mucous and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a perfect supplement for dogs and cats who suffer from allergies of any sort, including food and environmental allergies.
3. Super Immune Booster
Raw goat milk has tremendous immune boosting properties. By virtue of the sheer amount of vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes and fatty acids, the overall health of your pet is greatly enhanced when raw goat milk is supplemented. Goat milk has also been shown to help fight any number of common ailments such as kidney issues, cancers, liver disease, diabetes, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, ulcers and various brain and nervous system disorders. Goat milk carries significantly higher amounts of calcium, vitamin B-6, vitamin A, potassium, niacin and the anti-oxidant selenium, than cow’s milk all while being far easier to digest and utilize.
So whether your pet is fed a raw diet, home-cooked diet, canned food or kibble, supplementing raw goat milk can help to keep your best friend as healthy as can be, the natural way.
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