Dog Milk for Babies - Good or Bad


This might sound like a peculiar or even weird question, but some pet owners seem to make this unusual inquiry about whether or not dog milk for babies is appropriate.

Humans may be the only species that consume another animal’s milk.

Sure, some people occasionally feed their puppies with human milk, but that doesn’t happen in nature. We are also the only species that drink milk in adulthood.

Other animals can’t get it.

So, with that in mind, it isn’t so strange to ask whether dog milk is healthy for humans and babies in particular.

In general, dog milk for babies isn’t the best choice and something you should avoid.

It’s only viable in case of an emergency and for a day or two feeding at most.

But there are more problems with giving your baby dog’s milk, so let’s investigate this further if you need more convincing to skip it.

What is Dog Milk?

Dog milk is the breastmilk that has been extracted and harvested from a female dog. This milk is essential in the growth of a newborn puppy.

It definitely should not be used for human baby consumption. One, that's disgusting, two it has inadequate nutrients for a human baby.

Is Any Milk Healthy?

You have probably heard that cow milk isn’t good for you even though it is rich in calcium and other nutrients. The truth is somewhere in between.

There are many health benefits to drinking milk, but there are also some possible drawbacks.

Some people are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk, and humans, in general, took centuries to get accustomed to drinking and digesting milk from animals.

Humans drink milk from different animals as well.

The most consumed type of milk in the US is cow’s milk, which is the case in most parts of the world.

However, milk from other cattle and sheep and goats is commonly drunk around the world.

In Egypt, people drink camel’s milk.

The type of milk that humans in a particular area consume depends on the local fauna and culture.

What Does Dog Milk Taste Like?

For the uninitiated, human-animal breastfeeding existed for about as long as humans have been around.

Among the animals who fed humans milk, dogs are also listed.

At the same time, while dog’s milk, similarly to milk of many other animals, is very nutritious for puppies and not generally unhealthy for your baby, this is not advisable. There are a few problems with consuming dog’s milk.

What About Dog’s MilkFeeding your baby dog’s milk is not a viable option from a nutritional standpoint.

Dog’s, cow’s, or any other animal milk lacks proper nutrients that a human baby needs and you should stick to breast milk or formula unless in case of an absolute emergency.

Any type of milk given to a brun is unhealthy since they can’t digest it properly, and you should wait at least 12 months before you introduce your baby to animal milk.

Dog’s milk has a very bad taste

Dogs are carnivores and milk from all carnivores is generally greasy and thick.


Since it is very, very thick, it won’t be able to go through a milk filter, which means that you won’t be able to get rid of fur, scabs or dirt. While it’s okay for canine puppies, this is not fine for human babies.

The last problem with dog’s milk for babies is getting enough of it. Bitches usually lactate for two, two and a half months.

During this time, her puppies will eat every half hour and there won’t be much left for any human consumption.

And if you would remove the litter from her, even with milking her regularly five or six times a day, her milk would quickly dry up.

In addition to this quantity problem, unlike cows, canines are also very difficult to milk:

  • They have too many nipples.
  • You can express milk from the nipples for only about two minutes.
  • Their teats have many pores like humans. Which makes it impossible to aim since their milk comes out in a single stream.
  • Dogs don’t like their milk taken and they will get away from you. Getting a dog to stand up to be milked is almost impossible, especially without her puppies. You will have to find a way to milk the dog while puppies drink milk.

In conclusion, a dog’s milk for babies is technically nutritional enough in maybe for a day or two.

It is neither healthy nor practical, and it doesn't taste good.

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Dog Milk for Babies - Yes or No

Camden Savage is a Phoenix based writer, vegan, cupcake addict and dog lover. Years in the animal rescue trenches have taught her every aspect of dog ownership from behavioral problems, personality and breed specific trait differences of all dogs.