Can dogs eat Cheese ?
Does your dog look at you sweet-eyed when you eat cheese and you wonder is it safe to give him some?
Yes, the majority of dogs who do not have a food allergy or severe lactose intolerance love the taste of cheese and can eat it, just as a treat of course, and it is preferable that the cheese is as low fat and as salty as possible. Plain cheese, cottage cheese, Feta cheese, Mozzarella or goat cheese (in small quantities) are excellent treats to reward your dog during training sessions too.
Is cheese good for dogs?
Why this craze for cheese and what benefits do dogs derive from this food? especially when we also know that cheese is at the top of the list of foods that dogs love to eat above all else!
Here are the main reasons why you may want to give cheese for your pooch:
- Dogs love the taste of cheese, so it’s a great way to please your dog and strengthen your relationship.
- Rich in Vitamins A and B12, in proteins and fatty acids and in phosphorus, zinc, calcium, cheese can be very beneficial for your dog.
- A friend also told me that he used to hide his dog’s pills in cheese balls.
- As far as I’m concerned, I know that when I use cheese cubes as a treat, I tend to get better results when training dogs.
Cheese can be bad for your dog if :
- You give it to him without moderation
- If you give your dog a cheese that is too greasy and salty
- If your dog has an allergy to dairy products
You must nevertheless be more attentive to the quantity of cheese you give to your dog, especially if it is of a breed prone to pancreatitis like the schnauzer and cocker spaniel, because some cheeses are very rich in fat and fatty acids, which would quickly cause your dog to become overweight and still have problems …
Dogs with lactose intolerance shouldn’t eat cheese
In fact, as dogs get older, they stop producing an enzyme called lactase, which allows them to digest lactose. That’s why many dogs end up not tolerating dairy products at all, even if they contain very small amounts of lactose (like cheese).
Therefore, you can proceed in two ways if you want to add cheese to your dog’s diet
Either, you will ask your veterinarian to assist you when you give cheese to your dog for the first time and that’s what I recommend, just go to your veterinarian, ask his opinion and give your dog some cheese and let the Vet put him under surveillance.
You can also do this yourself, just take it easy, one or two scoops of goat light fresh cheese and take the time to inspect your dog and try to detect symptoms such as intestinal upsets, signs that your dog is not tolerating lactose even in small doses.
The Cheese Balls i recommend :
I’m not hiding you, I haven’t tried them, but I did a search and Dog Lovers only said good things about Utz Cheese Ball.
They’re also made with real cheese.
How much cheese can a dog eat without making him sick?
Don’t think that way !! you must also think about the number of calories your dog will ingest by eating several slices of cheese !!
I’ve seen dogs eating up to 10 slices !! it’s not good at all !! It’s not good at all, because a small dog should never eat more than 100 calories of cheese per day, which is equivalent to one cubic inch or 4 small pieces of 1 cubic centimeter.
A medium-sized dog can have two slices of cheese a day and stop at three slices or a 4 cubic inch piece for a large dog.
How do I know if my dog is safe to eat cheese?
I did a little research on this and found that dogs that are lactose intolerant will show some of the following symptoms if they eat a lot of cheese :
- Severe diarrhea after drinking the milk.
- Bloating, Ie, your dog’s belly will be swollen.
- Abdominal pain and loose stools
- Your dog may also vomit several times.
- Your dog will be too thirsty
I just want to make it clear that, unlike milk, cheese, especially goat’s cheese, does not contain a large amount of lactose, and generally just giving it to a dog as a treat is not going to hurt him, but consult your veterinarian before making the decision to give your dog cheese balls.
What are the cheeses to sink and not recommended for dogs:
Here is a list of cheeses that you should avoid giving and sharing with your dog:
- Blue Cheese and all those that develop fungus.
- Roquefort is too salty and like blue cheeses, it contains Roquefortine, which is toxic to dog breeds.
- Goat cheese in large quantities
- The Camembert
- Cheese fondues
- Industrial cheeses, special Pizza and Burgers cheeses
- Parmesan, cantal, maroilles, gorgonzola (too salty).
Can dogs eat mac & Cheese ?
Yes dogs can eat mac & cheese but just a little bit, besides you have to avoid all table scraps, but not only for that !
In fact mac & cheese is mainly made of maccaroni which will quickly put your dog overweight if he eats it regularly, and on the other hand, some dogs are lactose intolerant and mac & cheese contains cheese, so you should not give too much to your dog, if not at all, two to three balls of cheese per day should be enough.
Can dogs have Cream Cheese ?
I don’t recommend this one even if your dog can eat it from time to time in small quantities, two to three spoonfuls for an average dog and not all the time !
Cream cheese is not natural food and it is too rich in fat, the risk of obesity and pancreatitis will be very high if you give it regularly or in large quantities to your dog.
Can dogs eat Cottage Cheese ?
Yes, I mentioned it above, cottage cheese is one of the cheeses that veterinarians advise to give in adequate quantities of course and to lactose-tolerant dogs as well.
In fact, curd cheese would be my first on the list of cheeses to give to dogs in moderation of course because it is one of the cheeses with the least salt and fat.
Can dogs eat Chili Cheese ?
No, never give your dog Chili Cheese & frensh fries especially when the chili is hot , he will surely suffer from stomach aches, vomiting … in short you will make him sick.
I just want to tell you that the best way to give cheese to your dog is to choose a refined cheese, not too salty, not too fatty and that does not contain moulds or herbs, and especially to give this cheese to your dog only as a treat of great value during training sessions that require a lot of willpower and effort from your dog.
For a medium sized dog, two to three small treats every day or two days will not hurt him, on the contrary, he will benefit from the benefits of this delicate delicacy that is cheese.
The two criteria to know if you are going to give or not a cheese to your dog are ; Its concentration in Lactose and fat, the less a cheese contains of these two ingredients, the better it is for your dog and the inverter is just as good…Give him semi-hard cheeses whenever you have doubts.