Can Dogs Eat Cream Cheese?

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Cream cheese is safe for dogs

Cream cheese, like other cheeses, is safe for your dog to eat. However, cream cheese is higher in fat than many other cheeses, which makes it a less desirable option for a treat. The high fat content can cause pancreatitis and gastrointestinal discomfort to your dog, so you should only give cream cheese in moderation. It can also lead to obesity over time.

Another potential problem is that dogs can have varying degrees of intolerance to lactose or allergies to milk ingredients. If your dog is intolerant to lactose, consuming cream cheese can lead to an upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea.

If giving your dog cream cheese, pay close attention to the ingredients. Cream cheese can come in different flavors, including ones that use onion or garlic, both of which are toxic to dogs.