This is a question that plagues many bulldog owners. Can bulldogs eat cheese?
Cheese is a popular food among humans, and it’s easy to see why. Cheese has a lot of the nutrients your body needs in a relatively low-cost package. That’s why many bulldog owners wonder if they can feed cheese to their pets as well, given that bulldogs love food as much as people—and are often happy to eat whatever we’re eating.
But can you feed cheese to your bulldogs?
The short answer is yes, but there are some things you need to know about feeding cheese to your bulldog before you do so. In this post we’ll answer every question you could ever have about feeding cheese to your bulldog and how it affects them. Let’s start with the most important question:
Is cheese safe for bulldogs?
Cheese is safe for bulldogs to eat in moderation, but not all cheese is created equal. Some cheeses can have harmful additives, so making sure the cheese you give your bulldog does not contain any of these ingredients is important. Cheese can also cause digestive issues if you feed too much, so be sure to introduce it slowly and in small pieces.
If you are feeding cheese to a bulldog for the first time, watch for any abnormal signs. Rarely, bulldogs can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction to cheese. If your bulldog shows any abnormal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea after eating cheese, discontinue feeding and consult your veterinarian.
Benefits of feeding cheese in bulldogs
Benefits of feeding cheese in bulldogs
Cheese is high in protein, which is essential for a bulldog’s wellbeing.
It has the right balance of fatty acids, which can help keep your bulldog’s skin and coat healthy, and it can also help improve their immune response.
Calcium is great for bone health, but it can also help reduce hyperactivity and regulate heart rhythms.
Cheese contains vitamins like B12, A, and K2, which can strengthen your bulldog’s teeth and bones.
You can use cheese to train your bulldog—they’ll go crazy for it!
If you have to give your bulldog pills regularly, you can hide them in a small piece of cheese to make the process easier.
Do all bulldogs like cheese?
Unfortunately, not all bulldogs like cheese.
Your bulldogs may not like the flavor or texture of cheese, or they may be lactose intolerant. (bulldogs have food preferences just like humans do!)
Don’t force your bulldog to eat it if he doesn’t want to, though.
Try other bulldog-friendly treats instead. We recommend trying sweet potato or green beans as a healthy alternative to cheese. Remember to always consult with your vet before introducing a new food to your bulldog’s diet!
Can my bulldogs have cheese every day?
We don’t recommend feeding your bulldog cheese every day, because everyone knows that too much of anything is bad for you. (Even if it is delicious.) Some cheese has a lot of fat and salt, which can lead to obesity and high cholesterol in your pup, so it’s best to give them only tiny amounts or as an occasional treat.
To keep your bulldog from getting bored, switch between different kinds of treats every day! Some days you can give them cheese, but other times they might enjoy some peanut butter or yogurt. If you try new things, they’ll be excited and have fun exploring new tastes.
Also, different treats contain different vitamins and minerals, so it’s important to feed your bulldog a wide range of things.
Can bulldog puppies eat cheese?
Yes, puppies can eat cheese. In fact, it’s a useful training tool you can use to reward your puppy’s good behavior.
Just be sure to wait until they’re at least two months old before introducing any new food into their diet—until then, be sure they’re on a specialized formula for growing puppies. Even after that point, start with just a small bite of cheese and see how your puppy reacts. Puppies have delicate digestive systems and you may have to consult with your vet before introducing anything new into their diet.
How much cheese can bulldogs eat?
A small piece of cheese is an excellent treat for your bulldog. Just make sure you check with your vet first to confirm that it’s a good idea. Cheese can be a great source of protein, calcium and other nutrients, but it also contains lactose, which many bulldogs have trouble digesting.
When you’re planning out how much cheese to give your bulldog, keep in mind that the amount will vary depending on the age, size and lactose tolerance level of your bulldog. Start out with a small piece and if there are no negative reactions, you can offer more.
It’s important to follow the 90/10 rule for treats. 90% of your bulldog’s calories should come from their daily food and only 10% from treats—and that includes cheese.
What kind of cheese can bulldogs eat?
Here are a few bulldog-friendly cheeses you can safely offer your pet:
Mozzarella is a safe cheese for bulldogs to eat, as it has low levels of fat and a high level of protein. This makes it great to maintain a healthy weight.
Cottage cheese is also low in fat, making it an ideal treat for bulldogs with weight issues.
Swiss cheese has low levels of lactose and salt, making it easier on the stomachs of bulldogs with sensitive digestion.
Cheddar contains high levels of vitamins and minerals while maintaining low levels of salt and lactose, making it a perfect training treat.
String cheese is another good choice as long as you break it up before feeding it to your bulldog. The stringy texture could cause trouble swallowing if not broken into smaller pieces first.
What types of cheese are bad for bulldogs?
Blue cheese: Contains Stilton fungus, produces a substance called Roquefortine C which is toxic to bulldogs. Roquefortine C is also found in other blue cheeses like Gorgonzola and Stilton.
Goat cheese: Contains more lactose than cow’s milk, therefore it’s discouraged for bulldogs that are lactose intolerant. If your bulldog has problems digesting lactose, feed them yogurt instead of goat cheese.
Cheesecake: Very high fat content, risk for pancreatitis. The risk of pancreatitis increases with the amount of fat consumed by your bulldog. If you’re going to give your bulldog some cheesecake, keep it small!
Cream cheese: High in fats, could lead to obesity if given to bulldogs often. High-fat foods aren’t great for humans either – why do we think our bulldogs would be any different?
Parmesan cheese: High in sodium and high levels of salt can cause seizures in bulldogs. Be cautious of high-salt products if your bulldog has ever had a seizure before.
How to serve cheese to your bulldogs?
One of the most important things to consider when feeding your bulldog cheese is to make sure that you’re giving them small pieces, which they’ll be able to easily digest. It’s also a good idea to mix it with their regular food, as this will help keep them full. Another option is making a cheese sauce that can then be poured over harder bulldog foods like kibble.
Another idea if you want your pup to enjoy cheese but have a sensitive stomach is mixing equal parts cooked white rice and cottage cheese. The rice will make for an easier-to-digest meal, while the cottage cheese will add some delicious flavor.
What are the risks of feeding cheese to your bulldog?
Be sure to keep in mind that cheese is high fat food. If you feed it too frequently, it can lead to obesity and pancreatitis.
Also, some cheese may contain high lactose, which can cause diarrhea or other digestive upset.
Finally, some cheeses may contain toxic additives like garlic, onion or salt, which can cause high blood pressure and anemia.
Other human foods bulldogs can eat
What other human foods can bulldogs eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your bulldogs can eat.
So, can bulldogs eat cheese?
So, can bulldogs eat cheese? Yes! But not all cheeses are safe for bulldogs. Before incorporating cheese into your bulldog’s diet, it’s important to consider the nutritional content of different cheeses.
Cheese is rich in fat and protein, making it an excellent treat for bulldogs. However, don’t overfeed your bulldog with cheese. Fat is high in calories, so too much of it can cause weight gain in your bulldog. You should give cheese as a treat, not as a part of their daily food intake. Follow the 90/10 rule: if 90% of your bulldog’s daily calorie intake comes from nutritious food and only 10% from treats, then you are good to go.