Dogs and cheese
Who doesn’t love a good sharp or stinky fromage? Certainly not us! But does this mean it’s fair game for your pit bull or Chihuahua? It depends on a couple factors. The short answer to the question “can dogs eat cheese?” is usually, if they’re not lactose intolerant. Read on for the hard and fast facts on all things dairy and dogs.
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First things first: make sure to determine whether or not your dog is lactose intolerant. Very few dogs are, but it’s always a good idea to test your dog with a small amount of cheese first, lest you face the stinky wrath of a dog’s upset belly—which, trust us, no one wants to deal with.
Can dogs eat cheese? And should they?
VetInfo.com advises that, “Cheese is a good source of protein for your dog. It also provides vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, Vitamin A, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids. A small piece of cheese can also provide the perfect camouflage for medications that your dog may need to take someday, so it can be helpful to offer your dog occasional treats of cheese, but only if his body can handle it.”
So referring back to our earlier advice, be sure to confirm your dog can handle even small amounts of dairy before committing to feeding him cheesy treats.
Because a lot of cheeses are high in fat, avoid overfeeding. Despite your dog’s sad doe eyes, you definitely know what’s best. Things that are generally safe for canines include cottage cheese and plain yogurt.
DogFoodAdvisor.com has a handy guide available here on the amount of lactose found in common dairy products. From Swiss cheese to sour cream, this useful graph will help you navigate the world of dogs and dairy.
According to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, you can “try mixing your dog’s medication into his meal” if you ever find yourself struggling to feed him his evening pill.
A super stealthy way of getting the dirty job done is to hide it inside a cube of cheese.
Very much like humans, dogs find cheese irresistible, making it a fail-safe method of ingestion.
The component of cheese that poses a potential problem to dogs is lactose, a sugar found specifically in milk.
Pawnation cites cheese as “a safe snack for dogs, but just like humans, they can experience lactose intolerance, so monitor your dog’s reaction.”
Essentially, as long as you’re responsible in your cheese purveying, you should be good as gold.
Keep moderation in mind, and you two can celebrate National Cheese Day in perfect harmony.
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.