Cow milk for prairie dog treat? - Paw Talk - Pet Forums
Prairie Dog Discussion Wide smiles, open arms, yahoos, kisses, and all else prairie dog.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 10
 
Question Cow milk for prairie dog treat?

I was eating cereal with my pup running around the room with me and she discovered it in my hands (maybe she smelled it?) and got VERY interested in it right away and nearly dived right into the bowl, which was mostly milk by now. I think she wanted the milk.

So I was wondering if it's unhealthy for them? Not that I'd give it to her often anyway, just curious.
klsydavis is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 11:22 AM
Herp Nerd
 
Ravnos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Vinson Massif, Antarctica
Posts: 1,115
     
Prairie dogs are designed for digesting rough vegetation, seeds, roots, grasses, weeds and things like that. While I certainly have no direct knowledge of what they have in their digestive system, my guess would be that they may not have the capacity to properly digest cow's milk, or lactose in general. So I would be worried about it causing bloating and/or diarrhea. For too-young prairie dogs that are separated from their mother, most sources I've read recommend goat milk, or Esbilac (puppy milk replacer) but, like most mammals, their digestive system changes as they mature and wean to normal food. I don't think I would give mine any kind of milk as a regular treat. Prairie dogs do love almost any dry cereal though. I give mine low-sugar stuff, like Cheerios, only a couple at a time, as a treat. They also like the yogurt drops you can buy for rabbit treats. Again, all in moderation... because prairie dogs can easily get obese if over-treated.

She sits in her corner, singing herself to sleep.
Wrapped in all of the promises, that no one seems to keep.
Ravnos is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 10
 
Mine doesn't like Cheerios, oddly enough. I guess no milk for her!
klsydavis is offline  
Reply

Tags
milk


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome