As humans, we love cheese and it’s no secret that our dogs often look at us with their best puppy dog eyes whilst we’re munching on it! But, can dogs eat cheese and is it good for them? Find out more with this article.
Cheese is a common staple of the human diet. We often find ourselves reaching for the block to add a grating atop our meals and there are so many varieties available that it pairs well with everything!
We’re not the only ones who think that cheese is particularly moreish either – our dogs also think it’s pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.
But, where it’s obvious that most dogs think the taste of it is nothing short of divine, are they actually allowed to eat it and is cheese good for dogs? Keep reading to find out whether dogs can eat cheese!
Can dogs eat cheese?
In most cases yes, dogs can eat cheese. When given in moderation it can make a great high-reward training treat (particularly when there are lots of distractions) and most dogs adore the taste of it too.
Can dogs eat cottage cheese?
Yes, dogs can eat cottage cheese. This type is actually low in fat and sodium so it is actually one of the better options to give your dog as an occasional treat.
Can dogs eat blue cheese?
No, never give your dog blue cheese. The fungus involved in making blue cheeses such as Stilton can produce a substance called roquefortine C, which dogs can be very sensitive to. If your dog ingests this, they may develop the following symptoms:
The higher the amount of blue cheese your dog eats, the greater risk of them developing the symptoms above. If you notice your dog displaying any of these signs, contact your vet straight away.
Can dogs eat cream cheese?
Whether or not dogs can eat cream cheese will depend on the type. There are a lot of cream cheeses that have added extras such as chives, onions and garlic and these should always be avoided.
Feeding your dog a very small amount of plain cream cheese is generally fine but bear in mind that it does have high fat and calorie content.
Is cheese good for dogs?
Cheese is good for dogs in small amounts. It’s true that cheese contains protein, calcium, vitamin A, essential fatty acids and B-complex vitamins, but these are all things your dog would be getting from their regular, complete diet anyway, so there’s no need to add cheese to their diet. However, cheese can be given as a treat in very small amounts.
In some cases, dairy can cause stomach upset in dogs and some are even lactose intolerant so if this is the case with your pup, avoid cheese entirely. Additionally, some cheeses will contain fruits, nuts, onions and garlic – so always avoid these.
Never give cheese to overweight dogs or dogs with kidney problems either because cheese has very high fat, calorie and salt content. Instead, opt for healthy dog treats to give your dog something special.
How to feed cheese to dogs
There are a few ways you may wish to feed cheese to your dog. One of the most popular ways is as a way to conceal medication. Simply cut up a small cube of cheese (cheddar is best) and push the tablet into the centre of it and offer it to your dog. Generally, they’ll gulp it down without a second thought!
However, it’s important to never try to conceal antibiotics in cheese as antibiotics may bind to the calcium found in dairy products. Once this happens, it may no longer be absorbed by the intestines, making the medication less effective.
Cheese can also be offered as a high-reward training treat. Again, cheddar is the best option for this and will need to be cut up into small cubes. Cheese works particularly well when training more tricky commands, such as recall.
If your dog is prone to boredom behaviours, you may wish to add a thin smearing of cream cheese to the inside of a Kong toy to keep them occupied. This could be a good option if you’re teaching your dog to be left alone.
Now you know the answer to can dogs have cheese! Want to find out more about the foods your pup can have and which to avoid? Read our guide on can dogs eat blueberries, next.