Your first move as soon as you notice that your dog has consumed milk is to call your vet. Depending on how much the dog took as well as the type and severity of their signs and symptoms, you may have to take the dog physically to the vet.
Emergency veterinarian care is particularly important to help prevent dehydration as well as to deal with life-threatening complications like volvulus and kidney failure.
In the event that the reaction to milk or dairy products is mild and your vet simply recommends that you wait watchfully from home, there is a lot that you can do to help your dog recover. Here are a few key tips and tricks.
Hydrate Your Dog Constantly
Your dog will be losing a lot of fluids through diarrhea. In those cases where the signs also include vomiting, you have to start paying more attention to your pooch.
That is why it is so important to ensure that you keep your pooch constantly hydrated.
Simply putting out a bowl of fresh water in an easily accessible spot should be enough. You could also give the dog soothing ice chips.
With time, you can mix in some bone soup or broth to make the dog more interested in the water while also replenishing some of the lost nutrients and electrolytes.
Reintroduce Meals In Small Amounts
The discomfort from lactose intolerance will almost inevitably affect your dog’s appetite. However, a healthy diet is crucial for their recovery. Once your dog seems more open to meals, make sure to reintroduce the food in small amounts.
Remember that their gut has taken a bit of a beating and need to have it easy for a while. It is best to split up their daily meal portions to 2 times the number of meals they would have before.
For example, if your pooch has 1 cup of dog food split into 2 meals a day, you could try to go with the same cup or a little less split over 4 meals during the day.
You could also try free feeding for a while so the dog can eat only when they feel comfortable and ready.
Stick To Mildly-Flavored And Light Meals
While we are still on the topic of reintroducing meals after your dog suffered from lactose intolerance, we recommend that you restart meals with mildly-flavored options. The trio of boiled chicken, rice, and vegetables like pumpkin is one that you can never go wrong with.
Other meat options include fish which should either be baked or steamed and served unseasoned.