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Can dogs have cheese?

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According to VetInfo, dogs can safely consume cheese in small amounts. Cheese is an excellent source of proteins and certain vitamins, but too much cheese can cause stomach upset. The amount of cheese to safely feed a dog depends on the extent of the dog's lactose intolerance.

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Cesar Milan recommends looking for low-fat or non-fat varieties of cheese and monitoring a dog carefully for any signs of lactose intolerance. Signs include bloating, diarrhea, flatulence and constipation. According to VetInfo, the lactose of different cheeses can also vary significantly, impacting the severity of a dog's reaction. For example, cheddar cheese has zero grams of lactose per 1 ounce serving, while American cheese has 1 gram of lactose per 1 ounce serving.

VetInfo recommends feeding cheese to dogs as a treat. In the future, if a dog is on medication, hide the pill in a piece of cheese. Cheese also provides vitamin A and essential fatty acids. If a dog is too lactose intolerant, low-sodium cottage cheese and plain yogurt are healthy and tasty alternatives as occasional treats. Yogurts with live or active cultures have important probiotic benefits for a dog's gastrointestinal health. A dog may also react poorly to cheese because of the high fat content.

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