Can Dogs Eat Cream Cheese?

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Picture this scenario: You're making your grandmother's cheesecake recipe, and your heart and home are filled with memories. Here comes your beloved pup, dashing into the kitchen, wanting to share this special moment with you. He walks on your toes, looks up, and sees the spoon you're holding covered in cream cheese. His eyes meet yours. He starts to pant, begging you for a taste! You stop and wonder, "Can I feed my dog cream cheese?" Before this story becomes your reality, let's do the research, shall we?

Can dogs eat cream cheese?

The verdict: Yes! It is safe for dogs to eat cream cheese but only in small portions. According to the American Kennel Club, cheese in general can be beneficial for dogs as it contains protein, calcium, essential fatty acids, and vitamin A and B complex vitamins. Cream cheese also has no poisonous or toxic effects on dogs.

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How much cream cheese can my dog have?

As cream cheese is not a natural food or essential to your dog's health, it should only be given occasionally as a treat and in small portions. Too much cream cheese can lead to digestive problems, obesity and in some cases pancreatitis in your pet.

Concerns about cream cheese

Like other dairy products, the greatest concern about dogs eating cream cheese is many dogs are lactose intolerant. If your furry friend cannot properly digest lactose, stay away from cream cheese!

If your dog has never had cream cheese or any cheese before, start out with very small amounts and see how he reacts before feeding him any more. If diarrhea or any other perceived problems occur, stop feeding the cream cheese to your dog and consult your veterinarian.

Low-fat cheeses are preferable to feed pets, but cream cheese is very high in fat and sugar. This food should only be given as a treat, never a meal replacement. The fat only harms your pup's waistline and overall health, while the sugar is not great for his teeth. Again, small amounts are best.

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How to safely feed your dog cream cheese

You can give your dog straight cream cheese in very small amounts or use it as an ingredient in other foods that are safe for your dog. Some pet owners use this creamy snack as part of the frosting on doggie birthday cakes or to top dog treats with a bit of cream cheese frosting.

Cream cheese is also helpful for hiding medicine. For stubborn dogs, medicine can be lightly coated with cream cheese to </ahref="https:>help get needed medication into their system. Just be careful to use the "cream cheese trick" sparingly. If done too often, it can result in bad habits forming. Your dog may eventually refuse to take his medicine without the cream cheese, or want cream cheese even when medication is no longer needed.

Conclusion

Like other dairy products, cream cheese contains some vitamins but overall has no nutritional value for your pet and should be given sparingly. If your dog is lactose intolerant, avoid cream cheese all together. If he can digest lactose without issue, again, cream cheese should be given in small amount and only as a treat or an occasional aid with medication.

Can your pup lick the cream cheese off your baking spoon? Sure. Just make sure not to go overboard (and of course, finish your baking with a clean spoon for the human folk).

Would you like to learn more about the foods your pup can and cannot eat? Learn about how to properly prepare turkey for you dog and then scroll through this article about adding cauliflower into your dog's diet.