Yes, dogs can eat American cheese, but this food product should only be fed to pooches in moderate amounts.
American cheese is a popular form of processed cheese in the United States that is prepared by pasteurizing traditional cheese that has been ground and combined with emulsifying agents and other ingredients such as cream, milk, skimmed milk, or cheese whey, to form a melted, uniform mixture.
The American cheese typically turns out with a salty and creamy flavor – due to the nature of ingredients used in preparing it – and more fluid consistency.
That said, common uses of American cheese include the preparation of various meals such as roasted vegetables, baked macaroni, and chicken cheesesteaks, just to mention a few.
It also isn’t uncommon to see processed American cheese being fed to dogs. However, the presence of ingredients such as salt, milk fat, whey, and the high sugar content present in this food product does not make it an ideal meal choice for a dog.
How Much American Cheese Can I Feed To My Dog?
As stated earlier, American cheese typically contains a significant amount of sugar and salt; hence it isn’t safe to feed to dogs in large amounts. If, however, it is your desire to feed your canine buddy with American cheese, it is recommended that you feed this product to the pooch as an occasional treat.
Now, how much American cheese your pooch can consume is largely dependent on factors such as the dog’s weight and age. But as a rule of thumb, it is recommended that any treat, American cheese included, being fed to a dog shouldn’t exceed more than 10% of the pooch’s total daily caloric intake.