Can I Give My Dog Cottage Cheese?

Can I Give My Dog Cottage Cheese?Cottage cheese is often thought of as a healthy food because it’s high in protein, low in fat and could aid digestion. At first glance, it sounds like a great food for your favorite pet. Still, many are understandably conflicted about feeding some to the family dog.

The main drawback is that it’s a dairy product and lots of canines are lactose intolerance. So can the potential benefits of cottage cheese outweigh this considerable downside? There are situations when this food can be very helpful for a four-legged friend. Read on!

First off, you should not be providing cottage cheese to your dog just because it’s a good source of protein. Sure, their diet requires it but they need to be getting protein from a meat source. Be realistic and remember this is a processed dairy product.

Can I Give My Dog Some Cottage Cheese? Answer: Only when it may help with a digestive sickness

Some vets recommend a bland diet of rice and cottage cheese for an upset stomach or similar bowel issues.

If your pooch has no such problems, we don’t think cottage cheese is a good feeding habit to get into. So, to be clear, this mild curd product has a valid use for an under-the-weather dog but this assumes they aren’t very sensitive to lactose. It may be a better idea to consider a quality dog food designed for sensitive stomachs. In any case, under normal circumstances, you’d be wise to hold off and save the cottage cheese for yourself.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs have sensitive digestive systems. You don’t want to throw it off balance by giving them whatever you fancy.

Nutrition vs. Bad Habits

Quality cottage cheese contains lots of vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients and antioxidants. Some people swear by it and there’s no doubt it has healthy aspects. Who wouldn’t want their dog to receive extra calcium, potassium, vitamin-B12, selenium and many others! You can say lots of great things about cottage cheese but a premium dog food will provide all of these minus the dairy factor and high sodium.

Above all, it’s important to establish proper feeding habits sooner rather than later. You probably can’t, nor you shouldn’t, provide this food on a regular basis so don’t allow your dog to begin expecting it.

Don’t Overlook Probiotics

So now we know when to consider this well known curd recipe. Assuming you aren’t making your own cottage cheese, be sure to pick up a good brand. Doing so is important because, if your dog is sick, the probiotics may help to boost their recovery. Most cheap store-bought cottage cheese doesn’t contain any at all which is unfortunate. It’s actually one of the main reasons why this food is considered to be so healthy.

Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most common strain of probiotic found in cottage cheese and it may, at least in theory, help a sick dog.

Cottage Cheese by Accident

There’s nothing specifically toxic in cottage cheese, so you don’t need to worry too much if your dog somehow helped themselves to it. That is not to say they won’t experience diarrhea or an upset stomach afterwards. The biggest factor will be the amount consumed and whether your dog is particularly sensitive to lactose.

To be fair, there are many other foods which contain much more lactose. That said, most canines are intolerant to varying degrees. This is another reason to play it safe and keep your cottage cheese out of reach.

Conclusion on Cottage Cheese

You can feed some cottage cheese to your dog, but only for good reason. If your pooch doesn’t have trouble with dairy, this food may help to soothe their digestive problems. It’s a mild curd with probiotics which may nurse them back to health. You can mix some in with their normal chow or with rice. Otherwise, the extra protein may be good for bodybuilders but Fido should be getting protein from their regular meaty meals. So unless you have a sick pup, there is no need to consider feeding them any cottage cheese.

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Michelle April, 2016

My dog is a picky eater. Ever since I began mixing 1 teaspoon of cottage cheese to her dry food, she eats it all. Her bowel movements have also returned to normal. She has a very sensitive stomach and cottage cheese seems to regulate it.

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Diana February, 2016

Our 11 year old dog is diabetic and our vet said we can add 1/2 to 1 cup of cottage cheese to each of her meals. She eats twice a day and her meal also consists of skinless chicken breast, with 1/2 cup each green beans and broccoli.

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Faith February, 2016

Seems like cottage cheese is good for dogs after all, although perhaps dependent on the situation. My pup has been having diarrhea and vomiting and my vet recommended that I give him cottage cheese. I googled how cottage cheese helps with canine diarrhea (didn’t cross my mind to ask the vet) and some people on a forum replied.

They said the yeast bacteria in cottage cheese helps intestinal walls absorb food and slows the intestinal process. As a result, you get slower bowel movements and less diarrhea. I only wish my pup would eat it. Sadly, he’s not too interested in it.

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Karen December, 2015

Our Corgis have a slice of cheese every day, plus cottage cheese. They are both 9 and healthy, happy pups. No problem with sick tummies or bowels. Sometimes you need to trust your gut – and yes, our vet knows and says its okay.

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Judie November, 2015

I was told by a friend to mix a little cottage cheese with his kibbles. Lately he refuses to eat and I’m concerned. I feed him good dog food which was recommended by his vet.

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Jas Klair April, 2015

Cottage cheese is fine as a treat, in small doses, now and then. I wouldn’t give it on a daily basis though.

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Steve February, 2015

Cottage cheese is a good enhancement, but not a whole meal, when sprinkled on dry dog food. A small amount shouldn’t trigger lactose intolerance or other diary allergies that dogs may have. My Wheaten Terrier scoffs down his dry food when a little bit of cottage cheese is sprinkled on it.

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Dorothy December, 2014

My 13 year old Shih Tzu started on a Budwig diet with half a tablespoon of cottage cheese mixed with a 1/4 tablespoon of organic cold pressed flaxseed oil. I gradually increased it to one tablespoon of the former and a half tablespoon of the latter. I did this because the vet had given up further treatment for him after he was diagnosed with Cirrhosis and, 2 months later, liver cancer.

He refused to eat anything and went from 17 pounds to less than 10 and wouldn’t walk. He just hid himself under the chair or table, dying. Things changed after using the Budwig diet. 2 times a day, feeding him with my finger, and then we switched to a vegan diet. Occasionally, Hepatic canned food or dry food and he became more energetic and started eating the dry food. His feces also changed from black to normal color.

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Donna October, 2015

Wow, I’m not familiar with that diet. I will say your doggie is very lucky that you looked after him so well and didn’t give up until you found the best food for him.

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Judy November, 2012

My dog had extreme diarrhea from multiple food allergies and almost died. I have been feeding him skinless boiled chicken breast mixed in with duck and potato dog food, but he still had minor intestinal problems and sometimes refuses to eat. However, when I give him cottage cheese mixed in his dry food he eats it all and there are no repercussions. So, I am alternating chicken and cottage cheese.

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