Last Fall when I used to rep a holistic dog food brand, I found myself in higher-end pet stores for three to four hour stretches of time. I noticed many people stopping by the freezer section of the stores to buy raw goat’s milk, but didn’t really know why. Finally, I asked one of the store clerks who told me “it’s a wonder food for pets” and “it’s good for shrinking masses in cancer dogs.” So, I filed that information away in my head until, errr, about three months later when I decided to see what was up with raw goat’s milk and try it with my dogs.
Spoiler alert: they LOVE it!
There are different beliefs on whether or not you should feed your dog raw foods. That could be an entire new post! For me, feeding our dogs raw meats didn’t fit in to our lifestyle, or their preferences, but we were still sold on the benefits of raw nutrition.
Raw goat’s milk has been called the most complete food known. Why raw makes a difference is that the milk pasteurization process destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12, and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens, and can be associated with a number of maladies.
Left raw, goat’s milk has been credited with having curative properties.
What can it do?
The following information on the benefits of raw goat’s milk was obtained from Answers Raw Pet Food Company:
- Goat milk contains preformed Vitamin A in the milk fat that allows it to be readily available for use by the body. Goat milk contains a higher evolved carotene (pro-Vitamin A). Researchers find the pro-Vitamin A to have cancer-preventing properties.
- The protein in goat milk forms a softer curd (the term given to the protein clumps that are formed by the action of stomach acid on the protein), which makes the protein more easily and rapidly digestible.
- Although the mineral content of goat’s milk and cow’s milk is generally similar, goat’s milk contains 13 percent more calcium, 25 percent more vitamin B-6, 47 percent more vitamin A, 134 percent more potassium, and three times more niacin. It also contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow’s milk.
- Goat milk has long been used and recommended as an aid in the treatment of ulcers due to its more effective acid buffering capacity. Goat milk has more buffering capacity than over the counter antacids. Goat milk alkalinizes the digestive system.It actually contains a group of alkaline minerals, and it does not produce acid in the intestinal system.
- Goat milk helps to increase the pH of the blood stream because it is the dairy product highest in the amino acid L-glutamine. L-glutamine is an alkalinizing amino acid, often recommended by nutritionists.
As I mentioned, feeding raw meats wasn’t a popular experiment with my dogs (or for me). We tried raw dehydrated food for a while, which they put up with, but ultimately they love a small amount of kibble with additional human grade food (mostly protein) on top.
I decided to give raw goat’s milk a try with my dogs after I noticed Izzie was starting to form another growth on her side. She has had benign tumors in the past, which had to be surgically removed. Not that all benign tumors have to be removed, but one was on her leg and if it got bigger would be hard to remove – while she was under anesthetic, the other was removed. This process was painful to the dog, and also expensive.
At any rate, since I’d heard that raw goat’s milk could have cancer reducing possibilities, and also the possibility of reducing mass sizes, I started both of my girls with a drizzle of raw goat’s milk over their morning food. The result? They love it! Plus, in under two weeks, the small growth on Izzie’s side is shrinking. I will still have it aspirated when I take her to the vet to prove it is benign, but this is a great development. An example of food being curative.
This post is an example of our experience with a product and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any ailments.
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