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If your dog likes to eat cheese you may be wondering if it is okay to share.
This is a very valid question to be asking. Let’s jump right in!
As you probably know, dairy products aren’t exactly fantastic for furry friends.
When it comes to cheese, it is of course derived from milk. But is the amount of lactose a huge problem for a hungry hound?
The fact is most dogs are intolerant to varying degrees. So, truth be told, it’s a concern.
But it really depends on your dog’s ability to handle it, as well as the type of cheese and how much is consumed.
Be Choosy And Limit How Much Cheese Your Dog Eats
Sodium and fat levels are two more reasons to go easy.
At the very least, stick to modest amounts and avoid making it a regular thing. Otherwise it is generally a bad idea to feed your dog cheese.
The best use, quite honestly, is tactical.
For example, some owners conceal their dog’s meds by hiding it in a small hunk of cheese.
Dairy’s Downsides For Dogs
Why is that?
Because a high percentage of dogs do not produce the digestive enzyme called lactase.
Skip cheese if you know or even suspect this applies to your animal. You’ll avoid gastrointestinal complications, indigestion and even vomiting.
The reality is cheese may or may not be disruptive for your dog.
The Best And Worse Cheeses
At least compared to pure milk, the level of lactose in cheese is relatively low.
Nevertheless, for your dog’s sake, here are a few kinds to avoid…
Most cheese spreads could complicate your canine’s life due to various added ingredients.
Camembert, Brie, Blue Cheese, all other moldy varieties as well as anything else enriched with cream should be off limits to your dog.
Warning: Some cheeses contain onions, chives and other questionable additions that could harm your little guy. You’ve got to scrutinize labels!
So what are the safest varieties?
- Low fat cream cheese
Actually, all of the above are best in low-fat and low sodium form.
Cottage Cheese Best of All?
One that sort of falls outside the norm is cottage cheese.
We like that it is bland and easily digestible. You can provide it to your pet to soothe an upset stomach and even help with diarrhea.
And due to the bacterial cultures, a decent cottage cheese may also have a valuable probiotic effect.
Special Treat And No Begging
Whatever you plan to do, strive to avoid a scenario where your dog ends up developing a taste for cheese.
You do not want create a finicky eater!
Cheese treats should only be a special surprise. It is, unfortunately, already an issue if this dairy-based delicacy is expected.
The Bottom Line
You can feed your dog a bit of cheese now and then.
But it cannot be stressed enough:
Your dog’s cheese consumption should be limited due to the lactose, sodium and fat content.
Plain, low-fat, low sodium varieties are better than overly-processed or super salty cheeses.
Last, but not least, watch for signs that your dog’s digestive system does not agree.