Can Dogs Eat Cheese?

Can Dogs Eat Cheese?

Cheese is delicious – but when and why can’t your dog have some?

Why Is Cheese Bad For Your Dog?

  1. High Fat Content. Keep it away if you need them to lose weight, or avoid further episodes of pancreatitis.
  2. High Salt Content. Sodium poisoning can happen if they eat enough of it.
  3. Toxic Ingredients. Added herbs and spices like onions or garlic can be deadly to your dog.
  4. Lactose Intolerance. Your dog simply may not have the enzymes or bacteria to digest cheese, leading to indigestion.

What Kind Of Cheese Can Your Dog Eat?

  1. Cream Cheese. It’s still high in fat, but it’s safe for your dog. Pick a plain, low-fat version for them as a snack!
  2. Soft Cheese. Most soft cheeses are okay to eat in moderate amounts. Just make sure they’re low-fat if you want to share your comfort food with them.
  3. Cottage Cheese. Find a low-sodium version of this cheese for a nutritious and healthy addition to your dog’s diet, thanks to all those vitamins and probiotics!

What’s Inedible?

Really, just about any hard or mold-ripened cheeses are bad for your dog. Mycotoxins produced by ripening molds can be toxic to your dog, in addition to the high salt content in these cheeses.

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