Can I Give My Dog Cheese?

Can I Give My Dog Cheese?Most dogs love the taste of cheese and will wolf some down if given the opportunity. You’ll be happy to know that there’s no particular variety considered to be toxic for canines, but that doesn’t make this food appropriate for Fido.

Remember that cheese is derived from milk and many dogs are actually lactose intolerance to some degree. So sharing a bit with your best buddy, as a reward for their good behavior, may not be a good idea after all.

You also have to take into consideration that feeding certain human foods, such as cheese, may set a precedent for what your beloved dog begins to expect. Craving or behavioral begging is a very tough habit to break.

Can I Give My Dog Cheese? Answer: On Occasion

Use it sparingly and tactically, like for concealing medications.

But your pet dog may not be able to handle cheese consumption. On the other hand, if they have a good dairy tolerance, then perhaps place cheese on the list of occasional treats. We give our clever canines all-natural oven-baked bacon and cheddar dog biscuits instead of the real thing and they love it. Actual cheese may or may not cause short-term digestive issues for dogs including flatulence, diarrhea and other temporary bowel complications.

Any food that’s never been fed before, especially diary, needs to be introduced to pets with a degree of caution.

The Effects of Cheese

If your dog eats too much cheese, whatever kind, their body may not be able to process it all at once which can result in bouts of diarrhea. Again, many dogs have lactose intolerance problems because they don’t have the digestive enzyme called lactase. Avoid giving cheese if you know this to be the case for your best bud. Dogs that accidentally get into some cheese should be monitored for indigestion, constipation or even vomiting.

A canine cheese mishap usually isn’t huge issue and a quick recovery should be expected.

It’s a Judgement Call

While we personally don’t give our dogs any type of cheese, in any amount, some owners say they uneventfully provide it on a regular basis. One thing is for sure, you want to avoid a scenario where your dog develops a taste for cheese because they may begin to get a bit finicky about their regular food fare. So it’s smart to maintain cheese snacks as a surprise and never to be expected.

For Use as a Pill Popper

Using unprocessed cheese as a way to deliver medicine is a great idea. Fido likely won’t realize there’s a pill wrapped in the prize and it will be gobbled down in no time. Of course, you can use this method with other foods besides cheese. Peanut butter works well as a pill delivery method and is a healthier option for dogs. There are many good techniques for achieving such objectives.

Cheesy Truth for K9s

Dogs don’t need lots of variety in their diet and cheese isn’t something you need to share. It just doesn’t make much sense based on their carnivorous evolutionary profile. So you don’t need to concern yourself with providing any cheese despite the protein, vitamin C and A, calcium as well the the fatty acids.

It seems boring but domesticated four-legged friends only need quality dog food. Sure, it’s nice to give the family dog a cheesy treat once in awhile but a specially formulated dog biscuit is more appropriate. Certainly forget about feeding processed cheese that you may have sitting in your refrigerator.

Obviously, Cheetos are off limits!

Conclusion on Cheese

Sharing a bit of cheese with your dog is okay, but avoid enabling bad feeding habits and don’t share if your canine tends toward lactose intolerance. Otherwise, limit the frequency and amount given as a way to make cheese only a special treat. Using this food to deliver medicines is a popular and smart way to provide a cheesy snack to dogs. Avoid serving up highly processed varieties and monitor your buddy for signs that cheese doesn’t agree with them.

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Paul September, 2016

A couple of years ago, when our Cocker Spaniel was a pup, someone made the mistake of giving him some cheese. He loved it. Now, for every lunch and dinner, both he and the cat have a bowl of small cheese cubes prepared for them. It is ridiculous, but what can you do?

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Mike December, 2015

I think we really screwed up. My Lhasa loves cheese and my wife started giving him cheese every night with his dinner. Now my Lhasa weighs nearly 27 pounds! So I got upset and told her no more cheese. Well tonight my Lhasa looked up to my wife and basically said, “where’s the cheese?” When no cheese appeared for over an hour he got mad and went to bed and didn’t eat anything. Did we yank it too fast?

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Camila January, 2016

I think I’m having exactly the same problem but it’s been a week now and my dog won’t eat without the cheese. He’s lost a lot of weight. Were you able to solve this problem with your dog?

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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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Camila January, 2016

Same here!

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