We love cheese! From charcuterie to pasta, there are so many ways to enjoy this delicious treat. But we want to know if our dogs can eat it too.
Honestly, this is might seem like an obvious answer. But the problem is that while cheese in general might be safe for dogs to eat (unless we are talking about blue cheese), according to the AKC, the real question we should be asking ourselves is “should our dogs eat cheese?”
Well we often use cheese as a training tool with puppies, there are dogs who are intolerant to cheese. And while some dogs love it, we should probably be using moderation when feeding cheese to our dogs.
In general, the reason trainers and even doggy parents like using cheese as a treat is because of the benefits that it offers health wise. On top of containing calcium and protein, it also offers essential fatty acids that are good for our pups, along with both Vitamin A and Vitamin B. And yes, we all know people who use chunks or slices of cheese in order to hide medications for their dogs.
Can ours dogs eat cheese?
So, while it is clear that this is a treat that we can offer to our dogs, it is definitely one we need to be careful about feeding to them because while it has health benefits, it is also high in fat. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing.
Remember when we mentioned moderation earlier? That’s because too much of this treat can cause our pups to gain too much weight. It can also lead to weight related health issues. (Plus, there are also the potential issues related to bowel movements and causing our pups to struggle to poop if they eat too much dairy.)
On top of limiting the amount we are feeding our pups, we should also be paying attention to what’s actually in the cheeses we are using. Does it have herbs, garlic, or onions? Then your dog can’t eat it! Is your pup lactose intolerant? Well, we don’t even have to point out that they shouldn’t have it.
Basically, the answer is that yes, our dogs can in fact eat a variety of cheeses, but we should also pay attention to how much they eat, what is mixed into it, and what they can tolerate as part of their diet.