A dog with an unsure expression looking at almond milk, indicating caution for dog consumption.

Can Dogs Have Almond Milk?

In moderation, unsweetened almond milk is generally safe for dogs to drink. It's crucial to stick to plain, unsweetened varieties because flavored or sweetened almond milk often contains harmful additives like xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Also, always closely monitor your pooch for any signs of allergies or digestive upset after introducing almond milk.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jul 2, 2024

Did You Know?

Almonds themselves are not recommended for dogs, but unsweetened almond milk in small quantities can be less risky.

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Benefits and Risks of Almond Milk

Almond milk can be a creamy treat for your dog without the lactose found in cow's milk. However, it lacks essential nutrients that your dog needs. High in calories, it can contribute to weight gain. Be cautious as even natural almond milk can cause digestive issues or allergic reactions. Not worth the risk if your dog is sensitive!

What Almond Milk is Safe / Unsafe?

  • Safe: Plain, unsweetened almond milk.
  • Unsafe: Sweetened, chocolate, or vanilla almond milk and anything containing xylitol.

Other Products Containing Almond Milk?

Look out for almond milk in various human foods where it might hide sugar or other additives unsafe for dogs:

  • Almond milk-based smoothies
  • Almond milk ice cream
  • Baked goods using almond milk

How to Feed Almond Milk to Your Dog?

Start with a small amount to see how your dog reacts. Ideally, use it as an occasional treat, not a regular part of their diet. You could mix a splash into their water bowl or pour a bit over their kibble to make it more enticing. Always ensure it's unsweetened and free from any harmful ingredients.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Almond Milk?

If your dog shows signs of an upset stomach, such as vomiting or diarrhea, after drinking almond milk, stop offering it immediately. Contact your vet if symptoms persist or are severe. Always better safe than sorry!

Safer Alternatives to Almond Milk

Looking for safer, more nutritious treats? Consider these:

  • Plain yogurt: Contains probiotics, beneficial for your dog's gut.
  • Bone broth: Packed with nutrients and hydration.
  • Coconut water: An electrolyte-rich, hydrating option.


When it comes to feeding your dog almond milk, moderation and vigilance are key. Only offer plain, unsweetened almond milk and watch for any adverse reactions. Always consult with your vet before introducing new foods into your dog's diet. Remember, your dog's health and happiness should always come first!