Can I Give My Dog Cheese?

Can I Give My Dog Cheese?Most dogs love cheese and will wolf some down when given the opportunity. Obviously this doesn’t mean that it’s good for them. Just like people, dogs will eat things greedily even if it’s not healthy.

It’s fun to see your dog light up at the sight of a treat. Rewarding them for good behavior is part of dog ownership. But you have to be smart about it and cheese is not the best of choices for a treat.

Feeding them cheese too often may set a precedent for what they begin to consider the norm. You want your dog to eat their basic diet of quality dog food with fresh water. Craving for and begging for other foods that aren’t well suited or healthy for them could be the result.

Can I Give My Dog Cheese? Answer: On Occasion

While there’s no good reason to occasionally give your dog cheese, other than the thrill they seem to get, there’s also no alarming harm in it.

If they seem to be able to handle it okay, you can put it on their list of occasional treats. We personally don’t ever give our dogs cheese.

They do not need it and it certainly should not be given to dogs on any sort of regular basis. Over time they’ll develop a taste for it and may start to get a bit finicky when given their normal dog food fare. Of course, they will still devour their daily helpings of dog food but you may notice them starting to give you pleading eyes wondering where their cheese treat is.

Such 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. They may not even realize there’s a pill wrapped in the prize, it’s already gobbled down and being processed.

Of course, you can use this method with other foods besides cheese. Some have reported that peanut butter works well as a pill delivery method. Others say it’s ineffective because dogs still notice a pill in the middle after some peanut butter gets slurped down.

The Effects of Cheese

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. Some dogs have lactose intolerance problems. If you already know this to be the case for your dog, you should avoid giving them cheese altogether.

If you notice any peculiar behavior afterwards, it’s best to avoid such a strategy in the future and look for another treat that is just as yummy but without the troubles. If your dog has accidentally gotten into some cheese, monitor them for any problems with indigestion and constipation, or even vomiting.

Basic Guideline to Follow

Keep in mind that dogs do not need a lot of variety in their diet. They can and often should eat the same thing every day, which is just their high quality 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 way of thinking. Perhaps effective advertising is telling you that your dog needs fancy foods or extra treats.

It’s nice to give your dog a treat every once and awhile but this should 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 dog food for a healthy diet, and anything else is considered as excess, there’s no real reason why you should regularly give them anything else. This is certainly true for all kinds of cheeses.

Accidental Cheese Ingestion

If your dog has gotten into some cheese and eaten a whole lot of it, you’ll want to confine them to an area and wait for the coming mess. If they were just fed a reasonable size piece of cheese, there’s no need for alarm because they likely will be able to process it just fine.

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Ryan April, 2015

Cheese is high in salt. Ideally, it should not be given to dogs.

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Jackie April, 2015

I mix in a handful of shredded cheddar cheese mixed with dry dog food and one half chicken breast boiled in plain water. I have noticed that her stools are very soft, not watery just soft. Is this a reason for concern? She is a 7 year old Standard Schnauzer weighing about 50 pounds. Do you think that the shredded cheese will harm her? We want to do what is best for her, always!

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Tanya April, 2015

Try feta cheese instead of cheddar or other hard cheeses. Ideally, soak the feta in water to get some of the salt out before giving a piece to your dog. You will find they like it as much as the other and feta is way healthier than the high fat hard cheese versions. Good luck!

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Oddie April, 2015

From my personal experience, your dog is probably lactose intolerant. She may seem okay and diarrhea-free, but you probably should keep an eye on her behavior outside. When my dogs eat too much cheese, they go outside to eat some grass. This is due to upset stomach, you know, gas. Maybe you should tone down the amount and frequency of feeding cheese for a week and see if there’s any difference.

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Scott November, 2014

My dog eats cheese all the time and has since he was a puppy. He loves it. It never hurt him at all except some trouble pooping, but don’t we all have that after cheese?

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Lauri Sue Robertson September, 2014

I think that our dog would run away from home if we didn’t give him cheese every morning with his breakfast!

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