CAN DOGS EAT CHEESE [23 CHEESES RANKED BEST TO WORST ]

  • By: Zaraki Kenpachi
  • Date: April 21, 2022
  • Time to read: 16 min.

While many of us have given cheese to our dogs in the past, there’s a lot of confusion regarding the topic. Can dogs eat cheese? Is cheese safe for dogs to eat? 

can dogs eat cheese?

How to deal with Lactose Intolerance that occurs in so many dogs? What about the high fat and high sodium content of many of the cheese varieties? What about the “weird” cheeses like “spray on cheese” or “vegan cheese”?

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Hill's Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach and Skin, Small Bites Dry Dog Food, Chicken Recipe, 4 lb...
Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein, Natural Puppy Dry Dog Food, Chicken 11-lb
Instinct Healthy Cravings Grain Free Recipe Variety Pack Natural Wet Dog Food Topper by Nature's...
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Best Dog Food for Large Dogs
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Natural Adult Dry Dog Food, Chicken and Brown Rice 30-lb
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Natural Adult Dry Dog Food, Chicken and Brown Rice 30-lb
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Top Dog Food for Small Dogs
Blue Buffalo True Solutions Small & Mighty Natural Small Breed Adult Dry Dog Food, Chicken 4-lb
Blue Buffalo True Solutions Small & Mighty Natural Small Breed Adult Dry Dog Food, Chicken 4-lb
For Sensitive Skin and Stomach
Hill's Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach and Skin, Small Bites Dry Dog Food, Chicken Recipe, 4 lb...
Hill's Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach and Skin, Small Bites Dry Dog Food, Chicken Recipe, 4 lb...
Best Selling Food for Puppies
Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein, Natural Puppy Dry Dog Food, Chicken 11-lb
Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein, Natural Puppy Dry Dog Food, Chicken 11-lb
Wet Dog Food for Picky Eaters
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In this articles we will finally separate fact from fiction by providing a list of essential micronutrients that each of the cheeses has, as well as ranking every cheese from Best to Worst based on the amount of fat, sodium and lactose. The end result is expressed in Index that is ranked from the lowest (less fat, sodium or lactose) to highest (more fat, sodium or lactose).

If you want to skip ahead to a specific cheese variety, go straight to the RANKINGS for easy navigation. 

However, I invite you to read the INTRODUCTION so you better understand the main benefits and shortcomings of cheese and cheese based products in general.

Can Dogs Eat Cheese?

intro to cheeses for dogs

Health Benefits of Cheese for Dogs

Protein, calcium, vitamin A, essential fatty acids, and B-complex vitamins are all found in cheese. Most dogs adore cheese, and it is frequently used by trainers to motivate treat-motivated dogs. This snack can also be used to conceal pills for dogs who need medication.

How to Safely Feed Cheese to Your Dog (Look Out For Fat and Sodium)

While cheese can be fed to your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Cheese is high in fat, and feeding it to your dog on a regular basis can cause weight gain and obesity. Even worse, it may cause pancreatitis, a serious and potentially fatal illness in dogs. In addition to the problems caused by the high fat content, some cheeses contain toxic herbs or other products to dogs, such as garlic, onions, and chives.

Many cheeses are also high in sodium, and while healthy dogs can consume diets with higher sodium levels than those found in most commercial pet foods without experiencing increased blood pressure or water retention, this can still lead to dangerous electrolyte imbalances.

Study the Fat and Sodium content below before giving cheese to your dog. 

Canine Lactose Intolerance

While cheese contains little lactose when compared to whole milk, dogs with severe cases of lactose intolerance may have adverse reactions to cheese, even in small amounts. After feeding cheese for the first time, keep an eye out for signs of intestinal upset in your dog, and consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about adding cheese to your dog’s diet.

Adult dogs in good health can tolerate up to 2 g/kg body weight, so study the tables very carefully before giving your dog a specific cheese.

Looking at the Nutrition Facts under “Sugar” is an easy way to check for lactose in cheese. Because the sugar in cheese is lactose, the amount of lactose in the cheese is easily visible. If the sugar content is zero, the cheese has no more than half a gram of lactose per ounce.

What to do if your dog has an adverse reaction to a specific cheese?

Do not ignore the following symptoms in your dog, no matter how minor they appear. Unusual behavior, changes in toileting, and signs of intestinal distress should always be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible to rule out an underlying disease course and to reduce your pet’s discomfort and stress level.

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Constipation 
  3. Gas
  4. Frequent bowel movements
  5. Skin infections
  6. Excessive scratching and licking
  7. Red, inflamed skin
  8. Bald patches
  9. Vomiting
  10. Sneezing
  11. Itchy ears
  12. Itchy, runny eyes
  13. Constant licking
  14. Swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids, or earflaps

Seizures, bronchial infection, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are uncommon.
It should also be noted that dogs can be fed a food like cheese or yogurt for weeks to months before allergy symptoms appear.

The following breeds are thought to be prone to cheese allergies:

  1. Chinese Shar-Peis
  2. Wirehaired Fox Terriers
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. Dalmatians
  5. Boxers
  6. Boston Terriers
  7. Labrador Retrievers
  8. Lhasa Apsos
  9. Scottish Terriers
  10. Shih Tzus
  11. Miniature Schnauzer
  12. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  13. German Shepherds
  14. Springer and Cocker Spaniels
  15. West Highland White Terriers.

However, any dog of any breed (or mixed breeds) can be allergic. 

Contact the vet immediately if your dog is suffering form any of the above or is showing sign or erratic behaviour. 

cheese for dogs ranked from best to worst

ranking

24 cheeses ranked from best to worst according to their safety for the dogs 

REGULAR CHEESES:

25 g FAT SODIUM LACTOSE INDEX RANK
 Ricotta cheese 2 25 0,1 64,2 1
 Swiss cheese 7,7 47 0,03 149,8 2
Cottage cheese 1,1 91 0,7 204,1 3
Brie cheese 6,9 157 0,1 211,1 4
 Pepper jack cheese 7,6 150 0,1 218,2 5
 Mozzarella cheese 5,6 157 0,3 230,3 6
 String cheese 5,6 157 0,3 230,3 7
 Cheddar cheese 8,3 163 0,1 236,0 8
 Provolone cheese 6,7 219 0,1 241,1 9
 Goat cheese 5,3 115 0,5 242,7 10
 Muenster cheese 7,5 157 0,3 259,9 11
 Blue cheese 7,2 287 0,1 285,3 12
 Pimento cheese 11 144 0,2 287,6 13
Babybel cheese 7 203 0,4 296,5 14
 Gouda cheese 6,9 205 0,6 335,5 15
 Cream cheese 8,6 79 0,9 353,8 16
 Feta cheese 5,3 229 1 402,5 17
 Parmesan cheese 7 451 0,8 508,2 18
American cheese 5,8 327,3 1,5 561,6 19
 Velveeta cheese 5,5 375 2 681,2 20

ARTIFICIAL / NON-STANDARD CHEESES:

 25 g FAT SODIUM LACTOSE INDEX RANK
 Vegan cheese 3,1 171 0 140 1
 Liver cheese 6,6 294 0 260 2
 Spray cheese / easy Cheese 5,6 355 0 278 3

Tier 1 cheeses for dogs [safest option]

best and worst cheeses for dogs

Can dogs eat Ricotta cheese?

can dogs eat ricotta cheese?

Yes, dogs can eat ricotta cheese because it is safer for them. It is high in protein and calcium, and it contains less sodium than other types of cheese. It also contains some fat and should be consumed in moderation, as it may contribute to the problem of obesity for a longer period of time. 

Ricotta cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g  Ricotta cheese
Calories 35
Calories from fat 18
Calories from fat (%) 51%
Fat (g) 2
Sodium (mg) 25
Total carbs (g) 1,3
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,1
Protein (g) 2,8

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Ricotta cheese is low in calories and carbs, with only 51% from fats. One of the lowest sodium and fat numbers on the entire list, ricotta cheese is suitable for dogs that do not tolerate high lactose content

can dogs eat swiss cheese?Can dogs eat Swiss cheese?

Swiss cheese is a hard, nutty cheese that is frequently riddled with holes caused by gas bubbles that form during the fermentation process. Because it is a ripened cheese with a low lactose content, it is considered relatively safe for dogs when fed in moderation.

Swiss cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Swiss cheese
Calories 98
Calories from fat 70
Calories from fat (%) 71%
Fat (g) 7,7
Sodium (mg) 47
Total carbs (g) 0,5
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,025
Protein (g) 6,7

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Swiss cheese is high in fat, however very low in sodium and lactose. A high protein count makes it great for maintaining a healthy muscle mass in dogs.

can dogs eat cottage cheese?Can dogs eat cottage cheese?

Cottage cheese is generally safe to feed to dogs in most cases. It’s even sometimes prescribed for dogs who have digestive issues. Cottage cheese is safe for dogs to eat in moderation. It’s one of the healthier cheese option for them! Cottage cheese is low in fat and has an easy-to-digest consistency, making it ideal for a dog’s stomach.

Cottage cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Cottage cheese
Calories 25
Calories from fat 9,7
Calories from fat (%) 39%
Fat (g) 1,1
Sodium (mg) 91
Total carbs (g) 0,8
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,7
Protein (g) 2,8

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Cottage cheese packs the lowest fat count on this list, with only 39% of calories coming from fats. However, lactose levels are the highest among the Top-3 cheeses, so make sure to feed small amounts to your dog to prevent adverse reactions.

can dogs eat vegan cheese?Honourable mention: Can dogs eat vegan cheese?

On the surface, vegan cheese can be an excellent and healthy choice for a dog. However, some vegan cheeses contain garlic or onion, both of which are toxic to dogs.
Coconut oil and cashew nuts, the two main ingredients in vegan cheeses, are both safe for dogs to eat. If you are going to share your vegan cheese with your dog, make sure to check the ingredients first and then only give it a small amount to ensure it is not allergic to any of the ingredients.

Vegan cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Vegan cheese
Calories 62
Calories from fat 27
Calories from fat (%) 44%
Fat (g) 3,1
Sodium (mg) 171
Total carbs (g) 5,9
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0
Protein (g) 2,9

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Vegan cheese does not contain any lactose making it a great option for a lactose-sensitive dog. Sodium levels are on the higher side, so are the potentially harmful effects of different additives like garlic and onion.

Tier 2 cheeses for dogs [also a good choice]

best and worst cheeses for dogs

can dogs eat brie cheese?Can dogs eat brie cheese?

Yes, as long as it isn’t too much. Brie is high in saturated fat and thus can be too rich for their stomachs, but a small nibble or two on special occasions should suffice. If a dog ate a large amount of Brie, we would expect diarrhea and possibly vomit, both of which would be greasy and difficult to clean.

Brie cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Brie cheese
Calories 84
Calories from fat 62
Calories from fat (%) 74%
Fat (g) 6,9
Sodium (mg) 157
Total carbs (g) 0,1
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,1
Protein (g) 5,2

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict:Brie cheese is high in fats yet is low in sodium, as well as lactose. Small amounts of brie cheese should not hurt unless your dog is allergic or is lactose intolerant.

can dogs eat pepper jack cheese?Can dogs eat pepper jack cheese?

Dogs can eat pepper jack cheese because it contains less lactose than other types of cheese, but the lactose content may still be high enough to cause stomach problems.

The pepper used in this cheese is an important factor to consider. Some pepper jack cheeses may contain a variety of hot and fiery peppers, such as jalapenos and habaneros. The consumption of these peppers may cause additional stress to the dog’s digestive tract.

Pepper jack essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Pepper Jack cheese
Calories 93
Calories from fat 68
Calories from fat (%) 73%
Fat (g) 7,6
Sodium (mg) 150
Total carbs (g) 0,2
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,1
Protein (g) 6,1

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Pepper jack cheese is high in fat and low in sodium. However, very small lactose content and high protein make it an excellent reasonable meal option for the dog [provided it is being fed in moderation].

can dogs eat mozzarella cheese?Can dogs eat mozzarella cheese?

The quick answer is yes. Dogs are permitted to consume mozzarella cheese. In fact, it’s a low-fat, low-salt cheese that can be a tasty treat for your dog — just remember that moderation is key!
Mozzarella cheese is generally white, but may vary seasonally to slightly yellow depending on the diet of the animal; it is high in sugar and fats. Mozzarella cheese can be fed to your lovely dog in small amounts and in moderation as long as he or she does not have any current health issues such as pancreatitis, digestive issues, or lactose intolerance.

Mozzarella essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Mozzarella cheese
Calories 75
Calories from fat 50
Calories from fat (%) 67%
Fat (g) 5,6
Sodium (mg) 157
Total carbs (g) 0.6
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,3
Protein (g) 5,5

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Mozzarella is a low-carb, high protein cheese that is also low in sodium and lactose, making it a safe choice for a dog to eat.

can dogs eat string cheese?Can dogs eat string cheese?

This is essentially mozzarella cheese that has been processed in order to align the proteins and make it stringy. String cheese has a low lactose and salt content, making it ideal for dogs. However, the stringiness may cause difficulty swallowing, particularly in puppies. Before serving cheese to your dog, always cut it into pieces or break it into chunks, regardless of the type.

String cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g String cheese
Calories 75
Calories from fat 50
Calories from fat (%) 67%
Fat (g) 5,6
Sodium (mg) 157
Total carbs (g) 0,6
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,3
Protein (g) 5,5

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: String cheese possesses the same qualities as Mozzarella and is a safe option for dogs to eat.

Tier 3 cheeses for dogs [small amounts only]

best and worst cheeses for dogs

can dogs eat cheddar cheese?Can dogs eat cheddar cheese?

Cheddar cheese is a hard, sharp-tasting cheese that is the most popular/commonly purchased and consumed cheese in the United Kingdom. Cheddar is an aged cheese, so it has relatively low lactose levels, which can reduce your dog’s risk of unwanted digestive behavior. However, because cheddar is high in fat and sodium, it is best to eat in moderation.

Cheddar cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Cheddar cheese
Calories 101
Calories from fat 75
Calories from fat (%) 74%
Fat (g) 8,3
Sodium (mg) 163
Total carbs (g) 0,8
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,1
Protein (g) 5,7

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Cheddar cheese is on the higher fats spectrum, with 74% of calories coming from fats. Moderate sodium and low lactose can be seen as its advantages over the other cheeses in tier 3.

can dogs eat provolone cheese?Can dogs eat provolone cheese?

Provolone cheese is safe for dogs to eat. It contains fewer fats and carbohydrates, but more protein and calcium. A cube of cheese provides fewer calories while promoting muscle and bone growth in your dog.
Because provolone cheese is on the lower end of the lactose scale, dogs may be able to tolerate it better.

Provolone cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Provolone cheese
Calories 88
Calories from fat 60
Calories from fat (%) 68%
Fat (g) 6,7
Sodium (mg) 219
Total carbs (g) 0,5
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,1
Protein (g) 6,4

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Provolone cheese is one of the lowest on the lactose scale yet is very high in sodium. A very high protein content poses advantages (supports muscle growth and regeneration), as we all as disadvantages (constipation).

can dogs eat goat cheese?Can dogs eat goat cheese?

Goat cheese is low in lactose and fat, but according to a study published in the journal of biological chemistry, goat’s milk contains slightly more lactose than cow’s milk. The same is true for goat cheese. Adopt it with the same skepticism that you would other dairy products.

Because goat cheese is typically quite expensive, it may not be the best choice for dog treats.
Goat cheese has nearly as much lactose as cow’s milk. However, goat’s cheese appears to be easier to digest in both humans and dogs.

If your dog is lactose intolerant, you can substitute goat’s milk and goat’s cheese. Aside from having a lower lactose content, goat cheese is also considered a low-fat cheese.

Goat cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Goat cheese
Calories 66
Calories from fat 47
Calories from fat (%) 71%
Fat (g) 5,3
Sodium (mg) 115
Total carbs (g) 0
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,5
Protein (g) 4,6

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Goat cheese is low in sugar (lactose), very low in carbs, and has a moderate sodium content. However, many of the calories (71%) come from fats. A high price tag is also a consideration.

can dogs eat muenster cheese?Can dogs eat muenster cheese?

Muenster cheese is safe for dogs to eat. Because Muenster cheese is low in lactose, it is suitable for dogs of all sizes. Cheese, like other types of cheese, should be fed in small amounts and on occasion to dogs to keep them healthy and happy. Best of all, it has a lactose range of 0 to 1.1 percent, compared to Provolone (0 to 2.1 lactose) or Parmesan (0 to 2.1 lactose) (0 to 3.2 lactose).

Muenster cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Muenster cheese
Calories 92
Calories from fat 68
Calories from fat (%) 74%
Fat (g) 7,5
Sodium (mg) 157
Total carbs (g) 0,3
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,3
Protein (g) 5,9

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Muenster cheese is on a higher side of the spectrum when it comes to calories (74% of them come from fats). However, its low lactose levels, as well as moderate sodium and high protein, make it a suitable option for dogs to consume.

can dogs eat blue cheese?Can dogs eat blue cheese?

Blue cheeses such as Roquefort and stilton should be avoided by your dog. The fungi used to make blue cheese produce a substance that can be toxic to dogs. It can result in diarrhea, high fever, and vomiting. The dangers increase if the dog eats a large bite.

Blue cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Blue cheese
Calories 88
Calories from fat 65
Calories from fat (%) 74%
Fat (g) 7,2
Sodium (mg) 287
Total carbs (g) 0,6
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,1
Protein (g) 5,4

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Blue cheese is low in lactose yet is very high in sodium. Fungus – a potentially toxic substance has us concerned—approach with caution.

can dogs eat pimento cheese?Can dogs eat pimento cheese?

To put it succinctly, the answer is yes!

When people say that sharing is caring, they also mean that both parties can enjoy whatever is being shared, which appears to be the case with pimento cheese.

However, please remember to feed pimento cheese in moderation and to always read the ingredients list.

Pimento cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Pimento cheese
Calories 115
Calories from fat 101
Calories from fat (%) 88%
Fat (g) 11
Sodium (mg) 144
Total carbs (g) 0,6
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,2
Protein (g) 3

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Pimento cheese is high in calories due to mayonnaise that is being used, yet moderate in sodium and lactose. Portion control is key here.

can dogs eat babybel cheese?Can dogs eat babybel cheese?

Dogs can eat babybel cheese, as it has low lactose content, as well as a high protein and calcium content. Babybel cheese is a relatively healthy dog snack. When you give your dog a slice of babybel cheese, the small amount of lactose in the dairy product may cause some gastrointestinal upset. This is due to the fact that lactose intolerance is fairly common in dogs.

Babybel cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Babybel cheese
Calories 89
Calories from fat 63
Calories from fat (%) 71%
Fat (g) 7
Sodium (mg) 203
Total carbs (g) 0,4
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,4
Protein (g) 6,2

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Babybel cheese is a safe option with high protein, low carb, and lactose. However, sodium levels are quite high, as well as 71% of calories are coming from fats, so portion control is key.

can dogs eat gouda cheese?Can dogs eat gouda cheese?

Gouda has a lower lactose content, making it gentler on your dog’s stomach, but the high fat content can negate that minor advantage if consumed in large quantities.

Gouda cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Gouda cheese
Calories 66
Calories from fat 47
Calories from fat (%) 71%
Fat (g) 5,3
Sodium (mg) 115
Total carbs (g) 0
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,5
Protein (g) 4,6

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Gauda cheese is  a calorie & low carb option that can be given to dogs with regard to portion control as 71% of calories are coming from fats.

can dogs eat cream cheese?Can dogs eat cream cheese?

Yes! Cream cheese is safe for dogs to eat in small amounts. Cheese in general, according to the American Kennel Club, can be beneficial to dogs because it contains protein, calcium, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A and B complex. Cream cheese is also non-poisonous or toxic to dogs.

Cream cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Cream cheese
Calories 88
Calories from fat 77
Calories from fat (%) 88%
Fat (g) 8,6
Sodium (mg) 79
Total carbs (g) 1,4
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,9
Protein (g) 1,5

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Cream cheese is low in protein and sodium and high in fat. Don’t feed cream cheese to dogs with obesity issues.

Tier 4 cheeses for dogs [better to avoid]

best and worst cheeses for dogs

can dogs eat feta cheese?Can dogs eat feta cheese?

Feta cheese is safe for dogs to eat, but it is also extremely easy for them to overeat. Until you know whether your dog is allergic to it, only give them a small amount at first to see how they react. Feta cheese also has some of the highest levels of saturated fat of any cheese. Excessive fat in a dog’s diet can cause pancreatitis, a serious and often fatal condition in dogs. You should also avoid feta cheese that has been seasoned with garlic, onion, excessive salt, or other spices. Never feed your dog any foods containing those ingredients.

Feta cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Feta cheese
Calories 66
Calories from fat 48
Calories from fat (%) 73%
Fat (g) 5,3
Sodium (mg) 229
Total carbs (g) 1
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 1
Protein (g) 3,6

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Feta cheese is a relatively low-calorie option for your dogs. However, beware of high sodium and fats (73% of all calories).

can dogs eat parmesan cheese?Can dogs eat parmesan cheese?

Parmesan is a pungent-smelling hard, crumbly cheese. It, like other hard cheeses, has a low lactose content. However, because it is typically high in sodium, it is not a good cheese choice for your dog. Dogs have a much stronger sense of smell than humans, so the odour could put them off (or entice them even more!).

Parmesan cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Parmesan cheese
Calories 105
Calories from fat 63
Calories from fat (%) 60%
Fat (g) 7
Sodium (mg) 451
Total carbs (g) 3,5
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,8
Protein (g) 7,1

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Parmesan cheese has the highest! sodium content on the entire cheese. High protein can also cause indigestion. Only 60% of calories are coming from fat. Only give in moderation.

can dogs eat american cheese?Can dogs eat American cheese?

Dogs can eat American cheese, but it should be given to them in small amounts. This cheese product contains additives such as whey, emulsifiers, fats, and preservatives that, in very small amounts, should not harm dogs. When consumed in excess, these additives are harmful even to humans, and the same can be said for dogs.

American cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g American cheese
Calories 78
Calories from fat 52
Calories from fat (%) 67%
Fat (g) 5,8
Sodium (mg) 327,3
Total carbs (g) 2,2
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 1,5
Protein (g) 4,3

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: American cheese is very high in sodium and lactose, as well as contains some unwelcome additives—approach with caution. 

can dogs eat velveeta cheese?Can dogs eat Velveeta cheese?

Yes, dogs can consume Velveeta cheese, and they may enjoy it greatly! However, you should only feed cheese to your dog in moderation and not as a staple of their diet. Keep in mind that Velveeta contains whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, milk, fat, and other preservatives.

Velveeta cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Velveeta cheese
Calories 76
Calories from fat 50
Calories from fat (%) 66%
Fat (g) 5,5
Sodium (mg) 375
Total carbs (g) 2,5
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 2
Protein (g) 4,1

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Velveeta cheese has the 2d highest sodium count on this list, as well as some additives. Administer small amounts only.

Tier 5 cheeses for dogs [avoid at all costs]

best and worst cheeses for dogs

The below are not really cheese, thus containing many calories and high fat and sodium content. Approach with caution and consult with your vet before feeding them to your dog.

can dogs eat easy cheese?Can dogs eat easy cheese or spray cheese?

Spray cheese, while convenient, has no place in your dog’s diet. It contains twice as much salt as regular cheese, as well as chemicals that should not be consumed by any living being.

Easy cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Easy cheese
Calories 74
Calories from fat 64
Calories from fat (%) 86%
Fat (g) 7,2
Sodium (mg) 109
Total carbs (g) 0,9
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0
Protein (g) 1,8

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Easy cheese or Spray cheese looks ok on paper but packs many chemicals and SHOULD NOT be given to dogs.

can dogs eat liver cheese?Can dogs eat liver cheese?

Liver cheese is a square version of liverwurst with a lard band around the edge. It is a high-sodium cold cut with reconstituted onion. However, it does not contain either liver or cheese, but finely ground corned beef, pork, bacon, and onions baked into a loaf.
Both salt and onion are toxic to dogs. It is best not to feed liver cheese to your dog, and if you do, it will be a tiny amount.

Liver cheese essential macronutrients for dogs

25 g Liver cheese
Calories 81
Calories from fat 60
Calories from fat (%) 74%
Fat (g) 6,6
Sodium (mg) 294,1
Total carbs (g) 1,5
Lactose [Sugar] (g) 0,0
Protein (g) 3,7

Source: Nutritionix

Our verdict: Liver cheese is high in fat and sodium and has additives like an onion that are toxic to dogs. Do not offer liver cheese to your dog.

Conclusion

Before giving a specific cheese to your dog, always read the nutritional values. Things that you want to note are fats, sodium level, and lactose [sugar]. Also, take note of any additives like garlic and onions that are highly toxic to dogs. If you want to stay on the safe side, only give your dogs 1st tier cheeses like Ricotta cheese, Swiss cheese, and Cottage cheese.

And remember, contact a vet immediately if you observe any of the adverse reactions & symptoms.

 

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