9 responses

  1. Jazzlet
    January 30, 2019

    I had a colleague in the mid 1980s who had the misfortune to have an other wise perfect little girl born with no brain, this was thought to be the result of a listeria infection at just the wrong point in the pregnancy. It was an awful experience for them and I can’t imagine why you’d want to risk that happening. Yes I know it’s an anecdote, but sometimes anecdotes get through when the science doesn’t.


  2. brit
    January 31, 2019

    Answers raw goat milk product is apparently fermented and safe


    • skeptvet
      February 1, 2019

      No evidence for that claim.


  3. zyrcona
    February 3, 2019

    Surely asides from hygiene risk explained well here, the lactose in the milk is not going to do the pets any good? I was given to understood that man is rather a freakish animal in its ability to digest lactose beyond infancy. I’d have thought the dogs and cats would have diarrhoea and wind. As a child I used to drink milk on farms that had come straight out of a cow — but it would have been a pet cow milked that morning, and not hundreds of cows in a dairy and the milk hadn’t been through a machine and sent across the country and stood around for days before being used. I think some people who like the appeal to nature fallacy perhaps have a naive idea of farming and the kinds of farms that produce food for the masses, and the necessity of more rigorous hygiene when something is being produced on this scale.


  4. Jo Amsel
    July 13, 2019

    I’ve been drinking raw milk for over 40 years because it tastes delicious compared to pasteurised. I don’t give it to my dogs, not even my weaning pups.We don’t need milk as adults and nor do they. I just like it! They do get a little baked kefir occasionally as a treat because they love it.


    • Ash
      December 29, 2020

      Raw milk has built most country’s young up to bring strong adults.
      It’s well known that kids that lived on farms have better immune systems due to raw straight from the vat milk.
      Myself I’ve been drinking it and have noticed I’m less sick as to colds and such.
      I believe when milk is processed it’s getting good bad bugs taken out.
      When looking into milk there’s lots of good taken out which help us from being sick.
      I’ve seen this as my wife only drinks shop brought milk.
      Just think of what we are like today with our kids and keeping them wrapped up in a bandage from any harm.
      I find illness is a more common problem because of this.
      But it’s not just milk but how we are with keeping clean and away from old ways.


      • skeptvet
        December 31, 2020

        This is completely untrue. The mythical “good old days” were filled with preventable diseases we hardly remember today, so this myth is based on an ignorance of history. The idea that raw milk is safe or even has health benefits is completely false, and your anecdotal belief that it keeps you from getting sick is just an expression of your mistaken belief, not evidence.

        Some real information from reliable sources:

        Myths about Raw Milk
        The Dangers of Raw Milk
        Facts about Raw Milk
        More Evidence about Raw Milk


  5. Frank Clements
    August 26, 2020

    I too grew up on a farm and drank raw cow’s milk. One time our one cow got a case of matitis, some kind of bacterial infection of her mammary glands. The raw milk was frothy in the jug. We knew right away that something was wrong with our cow. But she was treated and was then ok.


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