Can Dogs Eat Cheese? Should You Give It To Them?

Note – This article was written before I went dairy-free.

My dogs love cheese, especially the pug. Strange because I don’t actively give them cheese, yet they seem to be stealing mine whenever I get a slice out for myself.

So we gather that cheese is to dogs what cat-nip is to cats. Addictive.

But should we be letting them devour our cheese?

To be clear, YES, dogs can eat cheese. No harm will be caused to your furry friend if they eat a ton of cheese, however, should you be actively giving them cheese?

Marcos & Minerals

The same pros & cons of cheese that exist with humans affect dogs too. This covers the perks of minerals and vitamins in cheese as well as being annoyingly densely calorific.

Because cheese is quite fattening, the same principles must apply to dogs and only eat in moderation. Yet, given that some dogs including both my pug and Labrador will eat till they bust, and some dogs not meeting their exercise requirements, it is vital to ensure the minimal amount of cheese is given. And given only as a treat rather than a meal replacement.

If you must share your cheese with your four-legged friend, opt for cheese in the low-fat spectrum.

Salt

What I found out recently, however, is that dogs cannot process salt as well as humans and the intake of an increased level of salt will cause a higher rate of thirst and dehydration.

With many breeds not equipped to deal with dehydration and heat, this is quite an important thing to remember. Any cheese given should be in the low-salt variety. No fancy blue cheese.

Issues With Lactose

The most important thing to remember though is like humans; many dogs can be lactose intolerant. Dogs with sensitives can be quite common which I learnt the hard way with our Pug being allergic to eggs, grains, soy and everything else under the Sun!

A blood test can be taken at your Vets to find any allergies. Another way to find out is to merely give your pup a piece of cheese and see if they react.

Look out for symptoms such as excessive gas, bloating, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Other then that, you are good to go. Remember the basics; make sure they are not allergic and feed cheese as a treat and in moderation. Feed only low-fat and low-salt varieties.