Most dogs can safely take cheddar cheese. You just have to ensure that you give it to them in strict moderation. The ideal amount that you can give your dog in a day depends largely on their size but also on their ability to tolerate the dairy.
While it is mainly safe to give your dog some cheddar cheese from time to time, there are a few scenarios where it may not be a good idea. Here are a few of these exceptions where even a small amount of cheddar cheese would be bad for your dog.
Lactose intolerance is one of the most common food allergies in dogs. If your dog is lactose intolerant, cheddar cheese will inevitably trigger the reaction and leave your dog in a lot of discomforts.
Some of the features of lactose intolerance include bloating and increased flatulence, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea. If your dog has displayed such signs in past encounters with dairy products, it is best to avoid giving them any cheddar cheese.
If your dog is currently experiencing gut irritation, it is also best to avoid giving them cheddar cheese. Clues that your dog is experiencing such irritation include things like vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal swelling, resistance to handling, and a reduction in appetite.
In such cases, giving your dog cheddar cheese will only worsen these symptoms regardless of their lactose tolerance status.
Medications Where Cheese Is Contraindicated
There are some medications that dogs take that interact harmfully with dairy products like cheese. If your dog is on any kind of medication, it is best to confirm with your vet first to find out whether it is safe for your dog to enjoy some cheddar cheese while they are on the meds.
Cheese Infused With Additional Ingredients
Cheddar cheese is not always pure cheddar cheese. You can find cheese infused with all sorts of ingredients with some being toxic to dogs.
Cheddar cheese is infused with ingredients like onions and garlic as well as chili peppers and herbs like thyme. These ingredients have various short-term and long-term consequences to the dog’s health including life-threatening anemia.
If the cheddar cheese has any of these ingredients, or others, known to be toxic to dogs, you should not feed it to your pooch.
Obese Or Overweight Dogs
Finally, you should avoid giving your dog cheddar cheese or any other kind of cheese if they are overweight or already obese. Cheddar cheese is very rich in calories and will only worsen the situation for the dog.