Our friends the dogs are very greedy beings, they also know how to play with your feelings by asking for food as soon as they have the opportunity. Cheese is one of those foods whose smell stimulates dogs’ nostrils and appetite and in these conditions, it quickly becomes tempting to give in to their whim by giving them a small piece. But is cheese good for dogs? Can you give cheese to your dog without risk to his health? We’ll tell you a little more about cheese for dogs.
Cheese, food to be given in moderation to your dog
As tasty as it is, cheese is a food that should be given to your dog in moderation. On the one hand, because it is a fatty food that is not part of his diet, but also because it can cause digestive problems.
Dogs do not have the ability to produce lactase, an enzyme that is necessary for the digestion of dairy products. In the absence of this enzyme, some dogs with a fragile digestive system may have difficulty digesting dairy products and may suffer from mild diarrhea or bloating. Although low in lactose, cheese can still cause some digestive problems if your dog is given too much of it.
Cheese is certainly a source of calcium, but it should not become the main source of calcium for either an adult dog or a puppy because this food does not have the capacity to cover a dog’s calcium needs, but it is also fatty and can promote weight gain.
In conclusion, cheese yes, but not too much! It can be given occasionally as a treat and in small quantities.
What kind of cheese to give your dog
Avoid feeding your dog hard cheeses such as cow’s tome, Emmental, or raclette cheese which are very high in fat and are not good for your dog’s figure. If you want to give your dog a little treat, opt instead for a cottage cheese base that has the advantage of being high in protein and low in fat, especially if you choose a 0% cheese. Cottage cheese and plain spreadable cheese (cottage type) are therefore, a better choice to please your doggie.
Strong and fermented cheeses such as camembert, reblochon or goat cheeses are also to be avoided because they tend to ferment and give your dog stomach aches and gas.
The Laughing Cow ™ is one of the cheeses you can give your dog. The advantage of this food is that it will make it easier for you to give your dog a tablet on the day when he will need to take treatment. You can therefore get him used to this cheese so that he will only see fire on the day he needs to take medication. Of course, make sure your dog is not lactose intolerant, in which case it’s not advisable to continue giving him any more.
Is your dog greedy too? Share your doggie’s favorite cheeses with us! But beware, they should be eaten in moderation.