Can dogs have almond milk?
Yes, you may give almond milk to your dog in moderation and it will be nutritious diet for your dog. But only give homemade almond milk to your pet. The readymade almond milk available in the market contains added sugar, flavors, preservatives and emulsifiers like carrageenan which may prove to be harmful for your dog.
Almond tree has edible seeds which are also called almonds. The almond tree grows up to 10 meters in height and 30 cm in diameter. The almond fruit is 3 to 6 cm long and has a greenish greyish velvety outer coat which is called hull. Inside the hull is a hard woody layer or shell which is called endocarp. Inside the shell there is normally one or sometimes two white colored edible seeds.
United States is the leading producer of almonds in the world followed by Spain, Iran, Morocco, Turkey, Italy and Australia.
What is nutritional contents in Almonds?
Each 100 grams of almonds provides 579 kcal. It has 21.6 grams of carbohydrates, 49.9 grams of fat, and 21.2 grams of protein and almost all types of vitamins like vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K. It is also rich in minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc, iron, copper and selenium.
What is Almond milk? How is it prepared?
Almond milk is prepared by soaking 7 to 10 almonds overnight in a bowl of room temperature water and then peeling out its skin or seed coat which becomes soft in the morning. Soaking the almonds in water makes it soft and more nutritious. Now put these almonds in a mixer grinder and also pour about 250 ml of milk, churn the mixture for a minute and your almond milk is ready. You may put a little sugar in the mixture but it is not recommended for dogs.
The skin of almond which is peeled off while preparing the almond milk contains polyphenols like flavonols and hydroxy-benzoic acids. Due to presence of this acid, the skin of almonds is to be peeled off while preparing almond milk. But it is also rich in fiber and can be mixed with dog food.
Almond milk is also produced like soy milk using the white seeds of almond fruit. This type of milk is pure almond without any dairy product. So it is more beneficial if given to a dog in small quantity and better if prepared at home rather than purchasing it from a nearby store or supermarket.
How many almonds can I put in dog milk?
About 7 to 10 almonds will be enough to put in dog milk, using more than that may create some digestive issues in your dear pet.
What are the benefits of giving almond milk to my dog?
Since almond contains several nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fat, protein and carbohydrates it has almost everything required for a body so homemade almond milk will be beneficial for the pet if served in moderate quantity without sugar.
The almond milk produced by the process used in preparing soy milk is also equally beneficial.
How much almond milk can I give my dog? Can I give almond milk to my dog daily?
You may give about 250 ml of almond dairy milk to your dog in a day thrice a week. Excess of anything is bad for people as well as pets so try to avoid giving it more often.
Thus you may give homemade almond milk to your dear pet in moderate quantity few times a week. The almond milk will give extra energy to your dog and it will become more alert due to the benefits provided by almonds. So enjoy a little almond milk with your best pet buddy!