When it comes to our favorite foods, it’s hard to beat the tasty goodness and versatility of cheese. In fondue, on a pizza, topping off a salad, or even just plain… we love it any which way!
But how about dogs? Can dogs eat choose and enjoy this tasty type of food as much as you do?
Can Dogs Eat Cheese?
Yes and no.
Dogs love cheese – but let’s face it, dogs love anything we eat. They see their beloved humans eating something, and they want a piece of it.
When it comes to eating cheese, there are dogs who can eat it and have no problems. Some trainers even use cheese as motivating treats for dog training. You can even use cheese to conceal medications if your dog doesn’t want to take pills as is.
And cheese can be good for dogs. Cheese has a lot of nutritional benefits. These include calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B-complex and essential fatty acids that our dogs need.
Though, one thing to keep in mind is that you should only feed cheese to your dog in moderation. Too much is not a good thing.
What To Watch Out For
Remember, these yummy snacks are high in fat and can cause weight gain or even obesity for our dogs. Worse, it can potentially lead to pancreatitis in dogs which is very serious and could be fatal.
There are also some types of cheese that contain herbs and other additives that could be toxic to dogs. This includes (but is not limited to) garlic, chives and onions.
Good Cheese Options For Dogs To Eat
If you’re looking to be extra safe, here are some types of low-fat cheese you can feed your dog: cottage cheese, soft goat cheese, and mozzarella. These three kinds of cheese are low in fat and sodium. They are also low in lactose which will help reduce the chances of intestinal upset for dogs.
While some dogs are completely okay with cheese, other dogs do not digest it well. This is probably because of lactose intolerance. So if you’re going to be giving your dog cheese for the first time, start by giving your doggo small quantities. Then keep an eye on things and look out for any intestinal upset reactions such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Before introducing any new foods to your dog, it’s always a good idea to check with your vet first.
Learn More About What Human Foods Are Health or Harmful for Dogs
This article is part of our special series of articles about “What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?”
Please check out other articles in the series including: Can Dogs Eat Cherries?