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FutureStarrCan a Dog Eat Cheeseor
A question I get asked more than any other is asking if your dog can eat cheese and vegetables. Believe it or not, the answer is no!
While cheese can be safe to feed to your dog, there are some things to remember. Cheese is high in fat, and feeding too much to your dog regularly can cause weight gain and lead to obesity. Even more problematic, it could lead to pancreatitis, a serious and potentially fatal illness in dogs. In addition to the problems presented by the high-fat content, some cheeses contain herbs or other products that are toxic to dogs, such as garlic, onions, and chives.
If you've ever scarfed down a slice of cheese pizza while your dog longingly eyes your piece of pie, you might have been curious as to whether or not dogs can eat cheese. Maybe you're just curious if cheese is bad for dogs? Since the food can be a nourishing treat for humans, it makes sense to question whether it might also benefit your pet. Here's a breakdown of the pros and cons of sharing this snack with your pooch. (Source: www.hillspet.com)
In addition to the issue of lactose, another problem with cheese for dogs is its high fat content. Feeding your dog fatty foods on a regular basis can lead them to gain an unhealthy amount of weight and can even cause obesity, which can in turn, lead to other health problems. According to the American Kennel Club, eating cheese could trigger pancreatitis, especially for breeds that are prone to pancreatitis like schnauzers and cocker spaniels. Pancreatitis is a serious condition that often results in stomach upset, diarrhea and a painful belly, but some severe cases can result in death.
Before deciding whether to give your dog an occasional cheese snack, consult your veterinarian. They'll be able to help you figure out if it's an appropriate treat and if so, what kind of cheese would be best for them. Always remember, that with any food separate from your dog's normal food — including dog treats — should never account for more than ten percent (10%) of your dog's daily caloric intake. Just like humans, too many calories can lead to weight gain, which can lead to a host of other health conditions. (Source: www.hillspet.com)