Most dogs love cheese and will absolutely inhale it when presented with the opportunity. This doesn’t mean that it’s good for them. Just like people, dogs will eat things greedily even if it’s not healthy.
As the owner it’s fun to see your dog light up at the sight and sound of a treat, and it’s perfectly OK to give them treats for good behavior, or when they finish an undesirable task like going to the vet or taking their medication.
But you have to be careful about the routines that you establish with your pet and what they start to consider the norm. You want your dog to eat their basic diet of dog food and fresh water and not start craving for, begging for, and demanding other foods that aren’t designed for them.
Can I Give My Dog Cheese? Answer: On Occasion
While there’s no real reason to give your dog cheese, other than the thrill they seem to get by eating it, there’s also no pressing reason not to give it to them. If they seem to be able to handle it you can put it on their list of occasional treats.
They do not need it more than occasionally, and it should not be given to them on any daily sort of basis. They will develop a taste for it and may start to get a bit finicky when presented with their normal dog food fare.
Of course they will still devour their daily helpings of dog food but you might notice that they start to give you their pleading eyes wondering where their treat is. Treats should remain unexpected so they don’t take them for granted, and so that it remains special.
As a Pill Popper
Since many dogs are proven to be verified cheese junkies, it makes a great way to deliver medicine that is prescribed by your vet. Before they even realize there’s a pill wrapped in the prize, it’s already gobbled down and being processed.
If you’re looking for another pill delivery method, some have reported that peanut butter works well, while others say it’s ineffective because the dog still notices the pill in the middle after the peanut butter gets slurped down.
Effects of Cheese on Dogs
If a dog eats too much cheese their body won’t be able to process it all at once and they’ll end up having a bout of diarrhea. Other dogs may have a lactose intolerance problem, and if you already know this to be the case for your dog, you should avoid giving them cheese altogether.
Monitor your dog for any problems with indigestion and constipation, or even vomiting after they have cheese. If you notice any peculiar behavior afterward it’s best to not repeat the process in the future and look for another treat that is just as yummy but without the troubles.
Basic Guideline to Follow
The basic plan to follow when feeding your dog, and wondering if a certain food is OK, is that they do not need a lot of variety in their diet. They can and should eat the same thing every day, which is just their dog food. Many owners find that it’s rather boring feeding their dog the same thing day in and day out, but that’s just a human thing, and perhaps even effective advertising telling you that your dog needs fancy dog food or extra treats.
While it’s nice to give your dog a treat every once and awhile, this should also be a specially formulated dog biscuit, and not just a piece of processed cheese you pull out of the refrigerator. Since they require only their basic dog food as a diet, and anything else is considered as excess, there’s no real reason why you should regularly give them anything else.
If your dog has gotten into cheese and eaten a lot of it, you’ll want to confine them into an area and wait for the coming mess. If they were fed a piece of cheese by a well-meaning family member or someone else, there’s no need for alarm because they likely will be able to process it just fine.