Imagine you are chilling in the balcony and eating your favorite snack: Mac n’ cheese. You realize your dog is staring at you, wagging his tail, hoping to have a spoonful of your food. If you are confused and want to know whether or not you can give in to your pooch’s wish, you have come to the right place. The answer to ‘Can dogs eat cheese?’ is yes! Dogs can eat cheese. Cheese is an excellent source of various nutrients such as calcium, protein, fat, and vitamins A and B-12. But be careful, as with everything else, moderation is key! Read on to find out more.
MAKE SURE YOUR DOG IS NOT LACTOSE INTOLERANT BEFORE YOU FEED THEM CHEESE, MILK OR ANY OTHER DAIRY PRODUCTS.
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What Is Cheese?
Cheese is a dairy product derived from milk and is a vital source of nutrition for the human body. It is packed with calcium, protein, fat, and vitamin A and B12. It also helps with weight loss and can prevent heart diseases and osteoporosis.
Cheese is extensively produced and consumed all around the world. This is why there are about a thousand different varieties of cheese. Its nutritional value depends upon the type of milk used and the process of production, which varies from place to place. That’s why some cheeses are healthier and tastier than others.
We can find different varieties of cheese in the USA. Britain holds the record of most types of cheeses produced, with 750 types, surpassing France which produces 400 types of cheese. The most popular types of cheese are Mozzarella, Cheddar, Gouda, and Parmesan cheese. These cheeses can be found in every restaurant, topped on pizza, pasta, salad, and other snacks.
Can Dogs Eat Cheese?
Yes. Dogs can eat cheese. It contains calcium that helps to strengthen their bones and improves their agility. It is also beneficial for their dental health. The protein in cheese helps to remove blood clots and even protects the quality of dogs’ skin and hair. If your pooch is inactive, it is a great idea to add cheese to their diet. It contains fat, which is an excellent source of energy.
Cheese also provides necessary vitamins such as vitamin A for the proper functioning of muscles and nerves, and vitamin B-12 (cobalamin), for a healthy nervous system and proper brain functioning.
You can also use cheese as a way to conceal pills if your pup is struggling to take medicine (this doesn’t include anti-biotics).
You might also be interested in “Can Dogs Drink Milk?”
How Much Cheese Is Too Much for Your Dog?
Overfeeding any food to your dog is a wrong move, and cheese is no exception. Cheese contains a high amount of fat and so your dog will gain a lot of weight if you feed him/her too much cheese. As a rule of thumb, cheese can cover up to about 10 percent of your dog’s diet. Anything more can cause diarrhea, vomiting, or gastrointestinal upset.
According to the American Kennel Club, eating cheese can also cause pancreatitis, especially for breeds like schnauzers and cocker spaniels. This severe and potentially fatal illness can develop when dogs eat high-fat foods, which can be hard for the pancreas to handle.
If your dog is obese, we recommend you not to feed them any cheese at all. It will only add more fat to their body.
Dogs with lactose-intolerance may have serious reactions to cheese, even if you feed them in small quantities. Contact your veterinarian beforehand to make sure your pet is not lactose intolerant. You can also test with a small slice of cheese first, and if you observe any signs of intestinal upset, make a trip to your vet immediately.
What Is the Best Type of Cheese for Your dog?
We recommend low-fat cheeses for dogs. These kinds of cheeses reduce the risk of obesity.
Cottage cheese, for instance, is perfect- it is low in fat and sodium as compared to other cheeses. It is low in lactose too. So, the chances of your dog getting intestinal upset are also less.
Other low-fat cheeses include mozzarella, soft goat cheese, and cheddar.
It would be best if you look closely at the list of ingredients before buying cheese for your dog. Always opt for low-fat cheese. Remember, in the end, it all comes down to your dog and their reaction to it. So, observe carefully!
How Much Cheese Can You Give Your Dog in One Serving?
There is no exact amount of serving for your dog. Every dog is different and will react to human food differently. Therefore, it depends upon your better judgment. You can introduce cheese in a small amount and if everything goes well, a slice or two will do just fine. But remember, about 10 percent of your dog’s diet is the sweet spot!
You can treat your pup with small pieces of cheese after a day’s play or you can add little cheese toppings on their favorite food.
We have included one yummy recipe for your furry companion at the end of this article. Scroll down to check it out!
Can Your Puppy Eat Cheese?
Can dogs eat cheese? Yes. But what about puppies?
Well, absolutely! Just like your dog, your puppy can also eat cheese. But you have to be even more careful with the serving amount and the possible reactions cheese might cause in your pup’s digestive health.
And of course like with adult dogs, check if your puppy is lactose intolerant or not.
Can Dogs Eat Cheesecake?
This one is a big NO! Dogs cannot eat cheesecake for two reasons. First, cheesecake contains a lot of cheese. Dogs can only digest a small quantity of cheese. Second, cheesecake contains a high amount of sugar. Too much sugar can cause various health problems such as cavities, obesity, and diabetes.
Find out more about diabetes in dogs in “Can Dogs Get Diabetes?”
So what if your dog can’t eat cheesecake, they can still enjoy other delicious cakes. Use Puppy Cake Mix and Frosting for Dogs’ to bake amazing cakes for your dog.
A DIY Recipe for Your Dog
Here is a recipe for Homemade Dog Food with Cottage Cheese from Top Dog Tips.
- 1 lb. ground chicken
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- ½ brown rice
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
Steps to follow:
- Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan and brown the chicken over medium heat.
- While the chicken is cooking, cook the brown rice in a small saucepan.
- Add the cooked rice, vegetables, and garlic to the browned chicken. ( If you are unsure whether or not dogs can eat garlic, find out here)
- Cover the pan and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
- Once it’s finished cooking, add the cottage cheese and stir until all of the ingredients are evenly combined.
You can serve the dish after it has cooled down. We hope your dog loves it!
Comment down if you have any experience with your pooch eating cheese and don’t forget to try our recipe!
Your dog can definitely enjoy their meal with the added taste of delicious cheese. Just make sure you are not overindulging them. Keep in mind, you should always consult your veterinarian before giving cheese, or any human food to your dog.
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