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, Dogs who do not have dairy allergy , severe lactose intolerance and prone to tummy upsets can have cheese as a treat , it is preferable that the cheese is as low salt and as cured as possible. Plain cheese, cottage , Feta , Mozzarella or goat cheese are excellent treats to reward your dog during training sessions as well .
The problem and lactose intolerance or dairy intolerance, can appear in dogs as soon as the weaning period is over but this is not the case for all dogs, because the majority of them can continue to digest these sugars even as adults, and only a small percentage of dogs actually develop lactose intolerance, an allergy to cheese and dairy products in general.
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. so cheese balls could replace the famous pill pockets treat capsules , which are good as well if your dog takes medication every day.
- 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 , so Cheese can make a great high value treat for training dogs.
What kind of cheese can dogs eat?
Here are the types of cheese that you can give to your dog without any problems, in moderation of course and you will know with time, which of these different types of cheese your dog prefers the most, here is the list:
- Cheddar ” fresh new made one
- Feta Cheese
- Natural fresh cheese
- Yak cheese like EcoKind Yak Cheese Dog Chews
- Low sodium cottage cheese (rich in vitamins, proteins and probiotics, good for dogs’ stomach aches too)
- Plain and light , low-fat cream cheese
- String Cheese cut in small pieces
- Ricotta Cheese ( small amount )
- Swiss Cheese
- Shredded cheese if it is made of Cheddar
The best cheese for your dog is a cheese that has little fat and especially little salt and contains no other additives, such as garlic, mushrooms, molds … etc., you must avoid this kind of cheese and never give them to your dog, you will find it on the list of cheeses to avoid giving a dog, a little further in this article.
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 , fatty and salty ( fatty cheese in large amounts and every day can causes and lead your dog to intestinal and stomach upsets , obesity and pancreatitis ).
- 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 …
You should also know that :
- Cow’s milk, for example, has more lactose than cheese.
- The older or more cured the cheese is, the less lactose it has.
- Soft Goat cheeses have less lactose.
- The fatter the cheese is, the less lactose it contains but in the other hand , it’s better to feed your dog low-fat and sodium cheese like Cottage.
Take this information into consideration when feeding dairy products, especially cheese to your dog.
Which dogs should never eat cheese?
In some cases, some dogs should never have cheese even as a treat, here they are:
- For dogs who have an allergy or intolerance to dairy products in general.
- If the dog has kidney problems or has already been treated for kidney problems.
- If the dog is large , obese and does not get much exercise.
- For senior dogs who spend most of the day slumped on the sofa.
- If the dog has a sluggish stomach and is often the victim of upset tummy when given a new food , dogs that don’t handle new aliments well it should not be given cheese as well.
What would happen to a lactose or lactase intolerant dog if he eats cheese?
Don’t worry and know that few dogs actually have a cheese allergy or lactose intolerance.
But if you give cheese to a dog who has this intolerance, all he risks is diarrhea.
In fact, lactose intolerance means that your dog can no longer digest lactose and this lactose (sugar) will not be absorbed in his intestine, which will cause diarrhea in your dog.
It is therefore advisable to give just one or two small cubes of cheese to your dog and watch if he develops a diarrhea or not and then give him a little more or more often as a treat if he does not have an allergy.
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. Get ready to clean up the consequences as well !
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. They are good for treat-motivated dog training , especially for pupps
How much cheese can a dog eat without making him sick?
Don’t think that way !! Cheese is rich in fatty acids, and B-complex vitamins , what makes it great for dogs , but 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 give cheese to my dog?
First of all, you have to respect all the instructions that I have gathered in this article, especially, can your dog have cheese ? What kind of cheese to give him, in what quantity …
After that, I will also tell you that cheese is an excellent way that you can use for:
- To make your dog swallow a medicine that tastes bad.
- Train your dog but use only for difficult commands and as a high quality treat.
- You can also use a little cheese inside a kONG toy to calm a puppy ( separation Anxiety ) or make him accept his crate.
The cheese cubes, Cheddar cubes for example, or cheesy beef treats are to be used as a reward that the dog must deserve before !
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 dairy or lactose intolerant will show some of the following symptoms if they eat a lot of cheese :
- Severe diarrhea after drinking the milk.
- Bloating , 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
- intestinal upset after feeding cheese for the first time
- High temperatures and seizures in few severe cases .
I just want to make it clear that, unlike milk, cheese, cured one , 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 such as Stilton and all those that develop fungus that produces sensitive substance called roquefortine C .
- Roquefort is too salty and like blue cheeses, it contains Roquefortine, which is toxic to dog breeds.
- Goat cheese in large quantities
- Cheese fondues
- Industrial cheeses, special Pizza and Burgers cheeses
- Parmesan, Cantal, Maroilles, gorgonzola (too salty).
- Avoid Grated Cheese as well cuz you can never be sure and you never know with precision the quality and type of cheese and it’s generally with industrial cheese, compound that is made , especially the one for pizzas.
Can I give my puppy cheese?
Can puppies have Cheese ? Yes, in reality puppies are more likely to eat cheese than adult dogs because puppies generally cannot yet develop lactose intolerance and still produce the enzyme that digests it.
Therefore, puppies can have cheese especially as high value training treats, during crate training or potty training for example.
You can use hard cheese cut in small cubes (diced cheese) or even processed cheese like Cheez Whiz, which does not contain much real cheese!
You can put a little in a KONG, another tip is to fill a squeezy travel shampoo bottle and then it will be easier to give it in small amounts to your puppy (the bottle must be clean before use and put back in the fridge after each use).
You can also mix kibble with Cheez Whiz and store it in the fridge and use it when training your puppy.
Can senior dogs have cheese ?
Yes of course, it is even very recommended to give regularly cheese cubes as treats to a senior dog, it is just necessary to avoid too salty cheeses, the blue … ( see the list of cheeses not recommended for dogs, at the top of the article )
Elder dogs need food rich in protein and calcium for their bones which become fragile with age. they also need well-balanced diet that is lower in calories, higher in fiber and has adequate protein and fat, just don’t give more than few treats per day (3 for small breeds and 5 for bigger ones ).
The only condition is that your dog should always have access to fresh water , especially in summer time , because cheese will make him thirsty
Cheese is also a good appetizer if you wet your old dog’s kibble and sprinkle it on top, this will encourage a senior picky dog to eat his kibble.
Old dogs can have cheese and it is even recommended to give them cheese regularly but in small quantities , you may need to get your senior dog out of the Sofa and give him some daily exercise after that.
Can a pregnant or nursing dog have cheese ?
When your dog is pregnant, you can only give her food rich in calcium during the first 20 days of pregnancy.
In the first 3 weeks of pregnancy, your dog can have cheese such as Cottage cheese, but never give cheese to a pregnant dog in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy. Excess calcium in the dog’s diet could suppress parathyroid hormone production and increase the risk of low blood calcium levels.
This is why nursing dog should never have cheese
This is only a vague answer, I recommend that you ask your veterinarian for more advice.
Can Diabetic Dogs have Cheese ?
Yes, of course, good cheese like Cottage and the others that I have not excluded in this article, can be given to a diabetic dogs without any risk.
Diabetic dogs just need to avoid food with excess carbohydrates like semi-moist dog foods, and cheese will only help them to be more dynamic and energetic to exercise and burn more sugar.
Diabetic dogs can have cheese as a treat just like any other dog and it will have no negative effect on their diabetes.
Is cheese good for dogs with diarrhea?
Yes, of course, when a dog has diarrhea, it is recommended to give him bland diet at least for 3 or 4 days. For example, prepare a meal of rice and boiled chicken meat, and once cooled and before serving, add a little cottage cheese to the dish and give it to your dog.
Cheese will help your dog get over his diarrhea and even help rebuild his intestinal flora.
Can dogs with pancreatitis eat cheese?
Dogs with pancreatitis should not have cheese, especially those rich in fat. But If the dog is not obese, he can have just a teaspoon of low-fat cottage cheese and not every day.
I recommend that you ask your veterinarian for advice on this point before giving cheese to your dog with pancreatitis.
Cheese for dogs with kidney diseases ?
No, dogs with kidney problems should not have foods that will increase their blood pressure and cheese is one of those foods that is high in Sodium.
Cheese is therefore salty and not recommended for dogs with kidney problems.
If you used to give cheese as a treat to your dog before he had a kidney problem, you can try these treats with him to replace the cheese, you will succeed with a little patience, here are some alternatives to cheese: baby carrots, green beans, broccoli, apple slices, banana
Cheese for dogs with Liver Disease ?
A dog with liver problems will need a low-protein and high-fat diet. Light dairy products such as ricotta and cottage cheese or natural yogurt are known to help dogs with liver disease.
I would ask that you seek further advice from your vet before giving your dog too much cheese.
Can I give Camembert to my dog?
Like Brie, Camembert is too fatty and its rind is too salty !! , so it is not really a good choice for your dog. You should also know that Camembert ferments and can give your dog stomach aches.
Nevertheless, some parents admit to having already given the rind off Stilton or the Camembert skin as a treat.
I disagree for only one reason, it is that the cheese rind contains too much sodium (salt) which is the trigger for kidney problems in dogs.
Therefore you should not give your dog camembert, and if you really want to please him at least once a week, just take another treat and dip it half in camembert but not more than one treat !!!
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.
Can dogs Have Cheese Pizza ?
Yes and No, your dog can have a small piece of cheese pizza, just a piece, if he is gluten tolerant as well.
But it’s better to order a special pizza for your pooch, a small pizza with a little salt, a meaty pizza with very little or no cheese at all ; but topped with chicken, bacon, ground beef or turkey …
It should be small, depending on the age and size of your dog, gluten free if your dog is intolerant, Garlic free, tomatoes and onion that you can replace with cooked, mashed veggies as the sauce.
Can I give cheese with added or Extra ingredients to my dog?
Preferably not, the cheese in itself does not present any risk for your dog and little risk if your dog is lactose intolerant (a small diarrhea, a small pain or swelling of the stomach, vomiting … not serious!! ) But cheese can become dangerous for your dog if it contains other ingredients, such as onion, garlic , chives and herbs, mold like blue cheese or other additions.
Therefore, you should always give your dog only natural cheese, without additives or extra ingredients and only one model at a time, so that you know which one your dog prefers and especially which one will cause him the least trouble if he has a mild intolerance to dairy products.
Can I give cheese sticks like Mozzarella ones for my dog ?
No, Mozzarella fried Cheese sticks for example are very salty which is bad for your dog’s kidney health especially if it’s a puppy, not to mention the high level of bad fats, saturated with cholesterol since they are fried too and that’s what will make your dog obese quickly and predispose him to contract arthritis too.
So, no cheese sticks for your dog is just cheap cheese fried in an oil that doesn’t bode well for either you or your dog, so for God’s sake, please respect what I told you up there !
Can Dogs Have Cheese Puffs (Cheetos) ?
They are really junk food for you and especially for your dog who must never have Cheetos !
Fried in low-grade oil, Cheese Puffs like Cheetos, are not recommended for dogs because they contain too many dangerous ingredients, especially the enriched corn meal, they are highly processed and contain especially monosodium glutamate (MSG), not good for dogs and for everybody !
Added to that, they don’t even contain real cheese but just cheese leftovers, a waste from the food industry !!
Can Dogs Have Cheese Crackers ?
Do not give cheese flavored crackers for your dogs, just read their ingredients to know that tot or late, a dog that often eats them will probably have health problems noteworthy allergies and frequent upsets because of intolerance has some of these processed and sometimes even dangerous ingredients.
There are really bad ingredients in there !! like wheat flour, palm or sunflower oil, cheese flavorings (not even real cheese!) , milk, sugar (glucose syrup), and salt. not to mention Onion powder and garlic, known to be toxics for dogs!!
Don’t let your dog handle you with its big eyes and innocent look… Cheese Crackers may not make your dog seriously ill or risk killing it but these kinds of snacks are not made for dogs and they have no nutritional value for it
Cheese crackers are therefore to be banned for your dog and it must not have one
What could make my dog sick if he eats it?
We have seen that cheese, in small quantities and when it is natural and without additives, is generally healthy for dogs and they can have cheese with little or no risk to their health.
But on the other hand, there are other foods that are really dangerous for dogs and that they should not eat under any circumstances and drive quickly to a vet if they do.
Here is a list of foods that you should never give your dog:
Tea and coffee and any other food that contains caffeine or theine that is harmful to the dog’s heart.
The fruit of the Avocado and you should not even throw an avocado branch and ask your dog to bring it back, he could quickly become a victim of Persin ( fungicidal toxin ) , a very toxic molecule that would cut off his breathing.
Grapes and Raisin (wine too) are very dangerous for the kidneys of dogs, I think it’s because of the fungus they develop on the skin of the fruit and which helps the fermentation of wine for example….
Alcohol is also dangerous for dogs, the toxic dose in relation to the weight of the dog is 8 ml per kg.
Chocolate is forbidden for dogs also because of a molecule called theobromine, which is toxic for dogs.
Onion and garlic , Pizza that contains them …etc
Seeds of fruits such as pears and apples
Salty and sweet snacks (especially those containing Xylitol), the snacks that humans eat nowadays, should not be shared with your dog, give him his own treats and respect the meal times.
Cooked chicken bones for example or any other ones , only raw bones should be given for dogs
Excessive chicken skins and fat in general, especially in summer or when it is hot and the dog is a long-haired breed.
The kibbles whose expiration date is exceeded, always check this date!
Prohibited foods for dogs
Since dogs can eat cheese in moderation and cheeses are allowed, what can make dogs sick?
You can find alternatives to cheese and dairy products if your dog is allergic to them, but there are some foods that your dog should never eat such as chocolate, macadamia, avocado and treats that contain these foods, but especially the following foods:
What are dangerous and toxic foods for dogs?
Toxic or dangerous food for dogs
It is sometimes difficult to resist the imploring look of your dog when we are at the table, and we can quickly let ourselves share a little of our meal with him… However, there are foods that we eat every day that can be toxic or even fatal for your dog , even if he loves them.
Be careful not to give in when your dog makes sweet eyes, and keep all food out of his reach when you are away. An accident of greediness can happen quickly! Here is a list of dangerous foods for dogs, some of which can cause serious health problems.
This is the number one enemy food for dogs. Indeed, chocolate is a real poison that can be fatal to him because of the presence of theobromine, a component that stimulates and disturbs the heart rhythm. In other words, in case of excessive ingestion, theobromine may increase the heartbeat and make it irregular, which can cause the death of the animal…
Thus, chocolate poisoning causes hyperactivity but can also lead to diarrhea and vomiting, resulting in dangerous dehydration. An acute intoxication can be expected from 200 g of dark chocolate or 500 g of milk chocolate for a dog of 10 kilos.
However, chronic intoxication can occur if chocolate is given regularly in small quantities: the risks for the dog’s health are then cardiovascular.
We all have in mind the image of a dog gnawing its bone with delight… And yet, these bones can be extremely dangerous after cooking! Indeed, if they break, they can form splinters that can perforate the animal’s stomach and intestines.
They can also get stuck in the teeth and cause lesions in the mouth and esophagus. The most brittle bones, and therefore the most dangerous, come from poultry (chicken, turkey), duck and rabbit.
You should therefore avoid giving them to your dog, even raw, because there is always a risk that they will break, and you should avoid any cooked bone that has been made brittle by cooking. On the other hand, cartilage does not present a risk and it is possible to give a beef bone (marrow bone) preferably raw.
This substance can alter your dog’s behavior and, in high doses, can cause serious disorders of the nervous system and heart functions. More precisely, the ethanol contained in alcohol is toxic for the dog (as it is for us…): the fatal dose is 15 ml per kilo, that is 150 ml for a dog of 10 kilos.
The consumption of a small dose of alcohol can also make the dog aggressive and nervous, so be careful with the bottom of your glasses, especially if the drink is sweet (punch, cocktails), which may arouse his greed… Finally, alcohol is not only present in alcoholic beverages, but also in fermented fruits and raw bread dough!
4-Garlic and onions
Both of these foods are toxic to dogs because of the presence of organosulfur compounds that can destroy red blood cells. Related plants such as shallots, chives and leeks also have some toxicity.
If garlic contains an additional toxic substance, thiosulfate, large amounts must be absorbed to cause severe poisoning. Onions, on the other hand, have a higher toxicity and can cause chronic poisoning and even death if repeated small doses are ingested.
Raw potatoes are toxic because they contain calcium oxalate, a substance that can cause urinary tract problems (kidneys, bladder). Cooked potatoes, on the other hand, can be given without risk of poisoning but have the potential to cause constipation, and could cause intestinal blockage or even obstruction if not crushed or chewed.
Sodium chloride, or table salt, can cause serious poisoning for dogs if ingested in large quantities, for example in chips, cookies, peanuts or cold cuts. This substance causes digestive and neurological disorders, sometimes irreversible, especially if the dog has not drunk enough.
The toxic dose is reached between 2 and 3 grams of salt per kilo and the lethal dose is 4 grams per kilo. For example, for a dog weighing 10 kilos, 20 grams of salt ingested is dangerous and 40 grams will be fatal. Be particularly careful with salty food from industry: cold cuts, meats, sausages, smoked salmon, canned food, olives…
7-Some fruits and vegetables
Yes, fruits and vegetables are recommended for our health but not necessarily for our canine companions’! Indeed, some of them present a high degree of toxicity, like grapes, plums, pears, apricots, cherries and avocados.
Mushrooms are also to be avoided, because as for humans, they can be poisonous and/or toxic if eaten raw. We are not talking about mushrooms here, but rather those that your dog might nibble on during a walk in the forest…
Finally, some dried fruits such as cashew nuts and macadamia nuts are very dangerous and can cause convulsions and paralysis. As a precautionary measure, all nuts should be avoided because they are often poorly digested by dogs.
8-Lactose (cow’s milk)
Cow’s milk is not well tolerated by adult dogs, so it’s best to avoid giving them all kinds of dairy products such as some salty cheese, yogurt, cream and ice cream ” the cold presents an additional danger for their stomachs”.
Even if they love these foods, dogs maybe lactose intolerant, which causes vomiting and diarrhea. It is possible to give lactose-free milk or small quantities of butter or cream, which are lower in lactose. Nevertheless, consumption should remain very occasional as these are fatty products.
Unlike egg yolk, which is nutritious and recommended for occasional consumption, egg white is toxic for dogs because it contains avidin, a nutrient capable of destroying vitamin B8, which is essential for proper metabolism.
Therefore, it is necessary to separate the white from the yolk if you want to give your dog a treat: for example, he will enjoy an egg yolk mixed with his kibble from time to time without risk.
Let’s Wrap this up
Final tips for feeding your dog cheese:
- Moderation is key.
- Feed your dog cheese in small amounts, and not frequently.
- Start small if your dog has never eaten lactose to make sure he’s not sensitive to it.
- Spoil your dog with cheeses that are low in salt and fat.
- Avoid blue cheese or similar moldy cheeses.
- Ask your veterinarian if cheese is safe for your dog beforehand.
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.