Can Dogs Eat Cheese?

Can dogs eat cheese? We know that they certainly would, but is it safe? What types and quantities are ok for our furry-buddies? Let’s find it out!

Quick answer: Yes, unless your pup is lactose intolerant, then it’s a big NO.

Can I Give My Dog Cheese?

Yes, you can share some cheese with your buddy, because most dogs are not lactose intolerant.

However giving small amounts of cheese, milk or any other dairy product to a dog who struggles with this condition will cause diarrhea. If you’re not sure whether your dog is lactose intolerant or not, offer him a really small cubicle of cheese. If he’s fine, you can then safely give him more of this delicious treat.

However, you should be aware of the fact that not all chesses are the same. Some types are easier for dogs to digest, like cottage cheese or mozzarella while others like cream cheese are not as healthy due to higher fat contents.

Read next: Can i give my dog Oatmeal?

Is Cheese Good For Dogs?

Cheese contains a lot of fat, and fat can help them to absorb vitamins from the other food and it also gives them the energy they need. Surprisingly cheese contains a lot of vitamins, and if fed in moderation it could be beneficial for your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Cheese Every Day?

They can provided they don’t have a bad reaction to it, like diarrhea or if they are lactose intolerant. Of course, remember that cheese should be used as a treat, don’t give him a huge amount or he’ll get sick from eating it. Stick to small portions of cheese!

What Types of Cheeses are Good for Dogs?

Let’s start with one of the most popular cheeses and that is cheddar cheese. You probably have it in your fridge now and wondering if you could give some to your pup. The answer is yes, if used in small amounts.

Like already mentioned cottage cheese contains the lower amount of lactose. It is also low on sodium, which is great because it’s easy on dog’s stomachs. Still don’t go overboard with any human food, cottage cheese included.

Mozzarella doesn’t contain a huge amount of salt or lactose and it’s another one that dogs can eat safely.

Swiss cheese should be treated the same way as cheddar and your doggie will be fine.

Types of Cheeses That Are Not Good For Dogs

Cream cheese has high lactose content and that is why it will probably upset your dog’s stomach.

Parmesan cheese is actually low on lactose but is very high in salt and that’s why it should be avoided.

Goat cheese is usually very expensive and contains more lactose than cow’s milk.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.

What is the Nutritional Value* of Cheese?

We excluded all of the cheeses that are not dog-friendly.

Cheddar Cheese:
·         100 Calories.
·         81 grams of Fat (4023mg of Omega-3 fatty acids and 4.5gr of saturated fat).
·         6 grams of Protein.
·         200 mg. of Calcium.
·         500 mg of Sodium.
·         20.0 mg. of Cholesterol.
Swiss Cheese:
·         86.2 Calories.
·         58.2grams  from Fat.
·         25.8 grams from Protein.
·         6.5 grams of Amino Acids.
·         215 IU of Vitamin A.
·         215 mg. of Calcium.
·         431 mg. of Sodium.
·         21.5 mg.of Cholesterol.
Cottage Cheese:
·         24.1 Calories.
·         6.0 grams of Fat.
·         3.9 grams of Carbohydrate.
·         14.1 grams of Protein.
·         3.3 grams of Amino Acids.
·         20.7 IU of Vitamin A
·         2.8 mcg, of Folate
·         4.6 mg. of Cholin.
·         0.2 mg. of Betaine.
·         25.5 mg. of Calcium.
·         2.0 mg. of Magnesium.
·         45.6 mg. of Phosphorus.
·         23.5 mg. of Pottasium.
·         92.4 mg. of Sodium
·         2.8 mg. of Cholesterol.
·         22.6 grams of Water.
·         41.7 Calories.
·         35.5 grams of Protein.
·         6.2 grams of Carbohydrate.
·         8.9 grams of Amino Acids.
·         0.5 grams of Dietary Fiber.
·         0.4 grams of Sugar.
·         4.3 mg. of Choline.
·         269 mg. of Calcium.
·         0.1 mg. of Iron.
·         9.2 mg. Magnesium.
·         184. Mg. of Phosphorus.
·         29.7 mg. of Pottasium.
·         208 mg. of Sodium.
·         5.0 mg of Cholesterol.
·         16.9 grams of Water.
*per 28 grams or 1 Ounce

What Dosage is Healthy?

Cheese is only healthy if fed in small doses and only if your dog is not lactose intolerant. You also cannot feed him any cheese you have in your house at the moment. Listed above are cheeses that your little buddy can have as a treat for good behavior.

Are There Any Breeds Predisposed To Cheese Allergies and What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?

Unfortunately, yes there are some breeds that have more chances of being allergic to cheese and those include:
·         Labrador Retrievers.
·         Wheaten Terriers.
·         Shar Peis.
·         Cooker Spaniels.
·         German Shepards.
Signs of an allergic reaction are:
·         Vomiting.
·         Diarrhea.
·         Itchy Skin.
·         Skin and Ear Infection.
·         Red skin.
·         Too Much Self Licking.
·         Frequent Bowel Movements.
·         Seizures( not that often, but could happen)
**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above .

Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Cheese?

Absolutely! As long as your dog is not overweight, lactose intolerant or if he has kidney problems. Cheese is as irresistible for dogs as it is for us, so it can be used as a powerful tool for dogs in training. If he behaved the way you wanted, you could give him a small cube of cheese, once or twice a day. But remember that moderation is the key!

Know Something We Don’t?

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