Ask Auntie M! Is Cheese an Okay Treat?

Written on 03/04/2024
Auntie M

Q: Can I give my dog cheese as a treat? I've heard they love it, and I see it on TikTok all of the time.

Auntie M: While it's understandable that dogs enjoy the taste of cheese (as do I), it's important to be cautious with this treat. Cheese is high in fat and lactose, which can be difficult for some dogs to digest. Excessive fat intake may lead to digestive issues such as diarrhea or upset stomach.

Moreover, many dogs are lactose intolerant, and feeding them cheese could result in discomfort and gastrointestinal distress. Instead, consider dog-friendly alternatives like a piece of freshly boiled meat, one of my jerky treats, or some cooked veggies or fruits. Always introduce new foods in moderation and monitor your pet for any adverse reactions.

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I am not a veterinarian, but I bring over 15 years of experience as a certified canine nutritionist. As a devoted dog mom for 22 years and the caretaker of some of the sickest rescue dogs, I've passionately run my personal rescue for 9 years. While I can provide insights based on my extensive knowledge and hands-on experience, it's crucial to consult with a qualified veterinarian for professional advice tailored to your pet's specific needs. My responses are meant to offer general guidance and should not replace professional veterinary care. Always prioritize the well-being of your furry friend by seeking the expertise of a licensed veterinarian for any health concerns or specific dietary recommendations.