Can Dogs Eat Cheese Balls?

should i feed my dog cheese balls?

Yes, dogs can eat cheese balls; however, many pet owners are still reluctant to give them these treats because they believe that dogs should not eat processed cheese snacks like cheese puffs and cheese balls because they are too high in fat and sodium.

In reality, dogs can have an occasional processed snack as long as it is less than 10% of their diet. The average percentage for most other treats ranges from 20-30%. Remember moderation is key here. Don’t make processed foods or cheese products a staple in your dog’s diet.

If you have a dog, then you may find yourself in the dilemma of whether or not to feed your pup cheese balls or cheese puffs. After all, they’re just harmless little snacks and it’s hard to resist those puppy eyes begging for something more exciting than their dry kibble. But is it really safe? Let’s explore further.

Can Dogs Eat Cheese Balls?

It really depends on the type of cheese ball you are going to be feeding your dog. If you are feeding them natural cheese balls (actual cheese in the shape of a ball) then you should be careful as most dogs are lactose intolerant, meaning they can’t digest dairy products properly. 

Natural cheese balls should be ok in moderation, especially if your dog tolerates dairy products such as sour cream, milk, and ice cream. Also, keep an eye on the amount of sodium present in the cheese balls and limit the amount you feed your dog accordingly.

Cheese products are often processed foods with preservatives that have a lot of sodium. This can lead to kidney problems and urinary tract infections in dogs. In addition, the sugar content present in most cheese balls can cause dental decay and obesity for your pup. If you must feed your dog natural cheese balls, it’s important to monitor how much they eat and if you see any health issues after eating them, stop feeding them immediately.

Can Dogs Eat Cheese Puffs?

Dogs have a wide range of taste buds, making them able to digest some foods that other animals can’t. Some breeds such as bloodhounds and basset hounds are even considered “super tasters” with an especially heightened sense of smell and taste. 

Despite their varied tastes, not all human food is safe for dogs. Cheetos or cheese puffs aren’t going to be a problem because they probably don’t contain enough salt to cause serious health problems, but cheese balls will probably upset their stomach due to the highly processed nature of the snack.

Your dog may experience symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, high temperature, and even seizures if overfed processed foods high in sodium so practice moderation.

Conclusion

So, can dogs eat cheese balls? The answer is yes they can. They can also eat cheese cubes, cottage cheese, sour cream, and shredded mozzarella. A dog’s diet is not the same as a human’s because they are unable to digest dairy the same way humans do. Try to avoid processed cheese snacks if possible and if you must feed them to your dog keep it to a minimum.

Ingesting too much cheese can lead to stomach upset and an upset stomach can make for a miserable day for your dog. Remember that all dogs are different, some may be able to eat more than others without issue but there is no harm in being cautious just in case. Try to stick to an all-natural diet if possible, one that contains a balance of nutrients vital such as green veggies and meats which are great for your dog’s health.

As always, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian before feeding any new food item to your dog so they can advise you on the best foods for them.

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Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_food

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-drink-milk/

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