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Can Dogs Eat Cheese?

Dogs like to eat almost anything, but not all food is great for them. Dogs eating raw meat is generally discouraged. In general, human food isn’t a great addition to a dog’s diet, but some food is more than just good for them. There is no a general rule, so everything is dictated by the type of food.

In addition, most food is just fine to be added to a diet, but some should be avoided. Usually explaining which food is good is very simple, but when it comes to the cheese, the situation is completely different. It means that it is hard to explain how and why cheese should or shouldn’t be a part of your dog’s diet.

Cheese and dogs

As aforementioned, adding cheese to a dog’s diet is complicated, due to the fact all depends on your dog. Dogs like cheese and they can eat a lot of it, but it isn’t the best choice.

Keep in mind that some dogs have lactose issues, so they cannot eat cheese. If you feed them with this food, they will develop diarrhea and other digestive tract problems. In this case, a dog cannot eat cheese, not a smaller amount of it. This is a must, due to the fact their organism doesn’t have lactase that is used for dissolving cheese. If your dog is one of them, it is better to keep cheese out of his reach, simply because eating it can cause aforementioned problems. The situation is even more severe if you know that too many dogs don’t have lactase, so they have lactose intolerance.

On the other side this depends on your dog, so it is the best thing you can do to take him to a veterinarian and to make sure your dog is safe to eat cheese. In addition, you can check him by yourself, by giving him a small amount of cheese.

Cheese as the main part of a dog’s diet

The main fact you should know is that cheese shouldn’t be the main part of a dog’s diet. In any case, you can feed him occasionally with this food and give him smaller amounts, but larger amounts aren’t recommended. In addition, feeding your pet everyday with cheese is something that you must avoid at all cost.

On the other side, using cheese as a small addition to your pet’s diet is more than great, if your pet doesn’t have lactose issues. The best thing you can do is to add cheese as an occasional reward to your pet. Due to the fact they like cheese, you will be an owner of a happy dog. Keep in mind that a small slice of cheese is more than enough.

Most pet owners add medications to the cheese and then give to to a dog, due to the fact they believe that this is the best way and a dog won’t feel the medication inside. This is a serious mistake, due to the fact dogs can feel medications and mixed with cheese, they can cause certain issues. The best thing you can do is not to do this. There are a lot of better ways that are more effective and they are simpler than this one.

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Puppies and cheese

When it comes to puppies, the situation is more than just similar with cheese. In general, they can eat this food if their digestive tract can withstand it. The best thing to do is to try feeding a smaller amount of cheese to your puppy. You should monitor the reactions and determine is this type of food a great addition to your pet. I

n most cases there won’t be any issues, but in some, rare cases there may be diarrhea or similar issues. This means that your puppy shouldn’t eat cheese, so it must be eliminated from his diet as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that feeding your puppy with cheese, despite the fact his body cannot process it may have a severe effect. It is better to have a consultation with a veterinarian, than to make a mistake and cause some digestive tract issues with your puppy.

Different species of dogs

You must know that all species of dogs have the same issues and the same requirements when it comes to cheese. Just because your dog or a puppy is big, doesn’t mean he can eat cheese without a problem. Make sure you test him for this type of food and then, if everything is fine, you can add cheese to his diet. No matter how big your puppy is, small amounts are the best and the safest choice.

Different types of cheese

There are a lot of different types of cheese on the market. No matter which one you choose the situation is the same. If given in large amounts to your dog, the digestive tract won’t be able to dissolve the cheese, so there may be some issues. The situation is the same, no matter which species of dog you have and no matter which cheese is in question. On the other side, some dogs don’t like specific types of cheese, especially those that have a strong odor. In this case, avoid feeding them with this type of cheese.

However, some dogs will eat any type of cheese, despite the fact their tummy will hurt after that. The best thing you can do is to wrap the cheese is some foil, so a dog cannot sense it and hide it. If your dog eats a lot of cheese, accidentally, make sure he gets a veterinarian help.

The conclusion

Now you know that feeding a dog with cheese is more than possible, but only if you follow certain instructions. The same is the case for dogs and popcorn, or even cheese-flavored popcorn. Keep in mind that your dog must be able to dissolve cheese and he must get only a small amount of it. No matter how big your dog or a puppy is, makes sure you follow this rule. The last fact you should know is that cheese should be treated as an addition to a diet and not as the main part.

Sherry Morgan

Sherry Morgan has been a lover of animals for most of her life. She was introduced by her parents to first pet Kelly, a Collie, when she was three. Today, Sherry heads Petsolino, a website devoted to produce expert content on animals and how to take care of them. Her house is now home to two dogs, two guinea pigs and a cat.
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