My neighbor was telling me that milk can cause worms in dogs. She was telling me this after I mentioned Rocco loves ice cream and occasionally we let him lick off a little from our ice cream stick, when we are finished. Is this true?
No, its not true. Milk does not cause worms. In order to get worms you have to be exposed to the eggs and milk is pastuerized. here's the scoop on milk, ""Q.Should I feed my pet milk?
A. Dogs and cats do not have the proper enzymes to properly break down the sugar in milk which is called 'lactose.' You may have heard of people who are lactose-intolerant. They are also missing these digestive enzymes. If the proper enzymes are not present, the lactose remains undigested and tends to ferment in the intestine and cause diarrhea. Some pets can tolerate a little milk, others, none at all. If your pet enjoys and appears to tolerate milk, you can give your pet small amounts. Better yet, give your pet one of the special cat or dog milks on the market that have had the lactose removed." Licking the cone should not cause any problems for your dog.
We have a frozen custard place here called Shakes that will give a free "puppy scoop" to you if you bring your dog. It's a little stand that you drive through or order outside the window. Since Lacy is so little I always tell them to make it really small. She loves it! Usually she holds it down just fine but a couple times she has thrown it up shortly afterwards. She doesn't get it very often but loves it when she does.