Can dogs eat cheese? There is no definite answer to this question. Cheese is known to suit some dogs and not to others. Cheese is a dairy product and dogs with high lactose intolerance cannot digest cheese well. To decide whether to give cheese to your dog or not, consult a vet.
How Should you Give Cheese to Dogs?
If you have discussed with your vet to give cheese to your dog then the best way to give it is raw without any mixture of garlic or other herbs. Simple Cheddar, Parmesan, Mozzarella and Swiss are known to be generally well accepted by dogs.
How is Cheese Good For Dogs?
For dogs who can tolerate and digest cheese well, following are the benefits:
- Protein: Improves the immune system and reduces inflammation.
- Vitamin B12: Keeps up healthy brain and nervous system.
- Vitamin A: Helps in dog vision and strengthens the immune system.
- Other nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.
How Is Cheese Bad For Dogs?
Majority of the dogs are lactose intolerant and the dogs who have extreme lactose intolerance cannot digest cheese at all. They may show symptoms like:
- Stomach cramps
- Other digestive issues
Therefore, always consult vet before giving cheese to dogs and when given please do give in small amount before checking their response.
How Much Cheese can be given to Dogs?
Cheese, after your vet consultation, can be given to your dog in small amount only. Small amount of cheese will help in early detecting of any digestion issues in your dog.
Fact: As a thumb rule by experts, 10% of calorie in dogs should come from treats or snacks and fruit/vegetables should not contribute more than 20% of dog calorie count.