We’ve covered bagels for dogs, but what about something that goes with it. You guessed it: cream cheese. Feeding this to a buddy depends on how strict of a owner you want to be.
Cream cheese isn’t toxic for canines. That, however, doesn’t mean it should be fed to your pet dog. Weigh the pros and cons. You may find there aren’t many benefits, only downsides.
First off, many dogs are lactose intolerance to some degree. This important factor should be considered before you think about giving some cream cheese to Fido. Learn more!
Can I Give My Dog Some Cream Cheese? Answer: Not Recommended
A small amount may be tolerated, but a bout of diarrhea is possible.
Cream cheese isn’t the worst thing you could feed to a dog. Providing some though, for lack of anything else to feed to a dog, is careless. Think of the high levels of fat and other hidden ingredients in cream cheese. Throwing your dog a bagel, that’s loaded up with this white spread, is a bad idea.
The Lactose Factor & Fido
This is the most obvious thing to consider before feeding your dog any cream cheese. Actually, it usually doesn’t have as much lactose that, for example, low fat milk contains.
You still have to consider your dog’s ability to process lactose. So, that eliminates lots of pets (probably a good thing!)
Many owners feed their dogs all kinds of foods that have lactose. The risks are real and this goes for cream cheese as well, especially the first time. Some caution is appropriate.
Some Other Considerations
Besides lactose, cream cheese has high levels of fat. Let’s face it, this spread is rich which isn’t optimal for dogs. Don’t just view this food as creamy and tasty. You have to examine what you’re introducing.
Most cream cheeses contain stabilizers. That can’t be good for dogs. Let’s also not forget about all those calories. If you already have an overweight pet, you’d be making matters worse.
Cream Cheese in Recipes
So you are getting the impression that cream cheese shouldn’t be given to dogs no matter what. Actually, we’ve only addressed straight cream cheese. A compromise is using it as an ingredient.
For example, there’s nothing wrong with treating a best friend to dog biscuits with some cream cheese frosting. It’s all about using it in a smart way and in moderation.
Cream Compared to Cottage
A better alternative to cream cheese is cottage cheese. It’s lighter and more healthy. Yet it cannot possibly replace your dog’s regular chow. Cottage cheese can provide extra protein for a recovering dog.
In that sense, it’s superior and more useful. In any case, both cheeses shouldn’t cause too much alarm. If your dog accidentally ate a small amount, you don’t need to worry. It’s not toxic.
Conclusion on Cream Cheese
Your dog can probably eat some cream cheese, but we don’t recommend it. If you allow a pet to indulge a bit, watch for signs they can’t handle it. Cream cheese is very rich and also lacks what quality dog food can provide. Fido could very well be lactose intolerant. Cream cheese may not agree with your dog’s stomach.