All house cats are lactose intolerant

Lactose intolerance in dogs and cats: This is why you should never feed your four-legged friend with dairy products

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From: Laura Knops

Contrary to what many think, cats shouldn't drink milk (symbolic picture). © imago images / Petra Schneider

Pets such as dogs and cats generally cannot tolerate milk. Owners should therefore refrain from feeding dairy products, otherwise the animals are threatened with unpleasant digestive problems and abdominal pain.

Munich -milk is simply part of a balanced and healthy diet. But what is true for most people does not have to be true for the loved one domestic animal voices. Most tolerate this Pets no milk. Because not only people can benefit from one intolerance Many animals can also be affected intolerance develop.

Lactose intolerance in animals: This is why you should never feed your animal dairy products

The myth that Cats milk drinking is still common. However, owners should not give milk or dairy products to cats or dogs. Because the animal gastrointestinal tract is not designed to digest milk. Similar to most people, many are absent Animals the enzyme lactase. Lactase is essential for digestion of the Milk sugar (lactose) responsible. Take pets milk or Dairy products to himself, the contained in the milk gets lactose undigested in the colon. There she then causes unpleasant complaints and stomach pain. Yet why are most pets lactose intolerant?

While newborn Animals breast milk can still ingest without problems, this ability goes in adults Dogs and Cats lost over time. As animals grow up, the intestines gradually “unlearn” them Lactose split up. Animals can no longer digest it. Lactose is also not suitable for birds such as budgies and parrots *, as reported by In humans, this process is prevented as many continue Dairy products consume.

Lactose intolerance in animals: Food intolerance in dogs and cats

Who his loved one Pet milk, cream or other Dairy products is doing him a disservice. So it happens with most of them Animals after consumption too Indigestion such as diarrhea, gas, and abdominal pain. Lactose intolerance in dogs or cats is usually only discovered after a while. But they kick Symptoms repeatedly on, it is very likely that the animal is under one Lactose intolerancesuffers. Not all Animals however react the same to milk and Dairy products. While many dogs can tolerate small amounts of cow's milk without Indigestion most cats can't lactose digest.

Stay the complaints persist for a long period of time it is advisable to have one vet to seek out. This investigates that animal first thoroughly to other medical conditions or Infections to exclude. Is there a intolerance before, owners usually have no other choice than that nutrition of the four-legged friend under the microscope. Treats in the form of Milk, cream or cheese are taboo from now on. Is in the Lining moreover milk this must be avoided in the future. * is part of the nationwide Ippen digital editorial network

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