Can Goldendoodles Eat Cheese?

Cheese is a popular food among humans, and for good reason: it’s low in cost and high in nutrients. That’s why many Goldendoodle owners ask themselves, “Can Goldendoodles eat cheese?” But the answer might not be as simple as you think.

While we can’t speak on behalf of every Goldendoodle, we can provide some general guidelines that will make feeding your Goldendoodle cheese much more straightforward. In this post, we’ll answer many questions about feeding Goldendoodles cheese, from “Can Goldendoodles eat cheese?” to “Is cheese good for Goldendoodles?”

So let’s start with the most obvious question:

Is cheese safe for Goldendoodles?

Yes, cheese is safe for Goldendoodles to eat in moderation. Always ensure that the cheese you give your Goldendoodle doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients like onions and garlic and always introduce new foods slowly to ensure your Goldendoodle doesn’t have any adverse reactions. 

If you’re feeding a new food to your Goldendoodle for the first time, watch out for any abnormal signs—while it’s rare, some Goldendoodles can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction. If you observe any abnormal symptoms, contact your vet right away.

Benefits of feeding cheese in Goldendoodles

Benefits of feeding cheese in Goldendoodles:

Protein: Cheese is a great protein source for growing and active Goldendoodles. If your pet is teething, cheese is the perfect snack to soothe those sore gums.

Essential fatty acids: Cheese contains essential fatty acids that can help your Goldendoodle maintain a strong heart and healthy skin and coat.

Calcium: Cheese contains calcium, which aids in bone development and prevents joint problems particularly in larger breeds.

Vitamins: Cheese has Vitamin A, which helps with eye health, and Vitamin K2, which helps prevent bone loss.

Training tools: Cheese makes an excellent training tool for Goldendoodles. It’s the perfect way to entice your pup to learn new tricks or do what you ask of them!

Concealing pills: Many Goldendoodles don’t enjoy taking their meds; cheese makes an excellent way to conceal the taste of medicine so that your Goldendoodle will be more likely to take them without fuss!

Do all Goldendoodles like cheese?

No, not all Goldendoodles like cheese.

Different Goldendoodles have different food preferences and dietary needs, much like humans. Similarly, some Goldendoodles are lactose intolerant or have other food allergies that make cheese a poor choice for them. If your Goldendoodle doesn’t show any interest in cheese when you offer it to them, don’t force them to eat it. Instead, try offering them other Goldendoodle-friendly treats like fruits or vegetables.

If you’re not sure whether cheese is safe for your Goldendoodle or whether they might have an allergy to it, consult with a vet before introducing it into their diet.

Can my Goldendoodles have cheese every day?

We don’t recommend feeding your Goldendoodle cheese every day. Just like us, Goldendoodles can get bored with the same treat all the time, so vary the treats you give him. Also, some treats are healthier than others, so by switching it up, you’ll be able to make sure that your Goldendoodle is getting different nutrients.

Can Goldendoodle puppies eat cheese?

Goldendoodle puppies can eat cheese, but consult with your vet before introducing any new foods into your puppy’s diet. It is best to wait until the puppy is at least two months old and has been on a specialized puppy diet for a while before giving them cheese.

Cheese can be a great training tool since puppies love it so much. However, start tiny and make sure they don’t have any adverse reactions. Puppies have delicate stomachs, so it is best to introduce new foods slowly.

How much cheese can Goldendoodles eat?

Goldendoodles can eat cheese, but they’re often lactose-intolerant. That’s why it’s important to consult your veterinarian first before feeding your Goldendoodle cheese.

There are many factors that go into how much cheese your Goldendoodle can eat—including their age, size, and lactose tolerance level. Goldendoodles have unique needs for their diet, and it’s important to stick to a healthy diet that includes portion control. A great rule of thumb is to start out with a small piece of cheese and if there are no negative reactions (such as intestinal distress), you can offer more.

It’s also important to follow the 90/10 rule for pooches: 90% of their food should be food meant for Goldendoodles, and 10% can be treats. Cheese makes for a great treat for many Goldendoodles, but it’s important not to overindulge them because most Goldendoodles are lactose-intolerant. Stick to the 90/10 rule.

What kind of cheese can Goldendoodles eat?

Mozzarella: low in fat and a good source of protein. It’s also great for your pup’s teeth!

Cottage cheese: also low in fat and a good source of protein. A word to the wise: cottage cheese is pretty high in sodium, so check with your vet before adding it to your Goldendoodle’s regular diet.

Swiss cheese: low in lactose, which means it’s easier on Goldendoodles’ stomachs than other kinds of cheese. It also has high levels of zinc—essential for Goldendoodles’ growth and development!

Cheddar: also low in lactose, and offers very low levels of salt. The downside? It can be high in fat, which is bad news for Goldendoodles with pancreatitis or other digestive issues.

String cheese: a classic, stringy snack that’s low in both lactose and salt. Just remember to break it down into small pieces so that there’s no risk of choking!

What types of cheese are bad for Goldendoodles?

Blue Cheese: Contains Stilton fungus, which produces a substance called Roquefortine C. This substance can cause serious issues for your Goldendoodle, including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and worse. The amount of blue cheese needed to cause an issue is small, so it’s best not to give your Goldendoodle any at all.

Goat Cheese: It contains more lactose than cow’s milk, so it’s discouraged for Goldendoodles with lactose intolerance. 

Cheesecake: Cheesecake has the potential to cause serious health problems for your Goldendoodle because of its high fat content and its high sugar content. If your Goldendoodle eats it and consumes too much in one sitting, that could lead to pancreatitis or even diabetes.

Cream Cheese: It’s very high in fats and calories which can lead to obesity. 

Parmesan Cheese: Parmesan is high in sodium and fat, making it an unhealthy snack for Goldendoodles.  

Cheese Puffs: These contain a lot of fat and sodium, both of which are very bad for Goldendoodles.

How to serve cheese to your Goldendoodles?

Cheese is a good source of calcium, fat, and protein for your Goldendoodle. Most Goldendoodles love the taste of cheese and can eat it as a snack or a meal topper.

Cheese is safe to feed your Goldendoodle, but some Goldendoodles are sensitive to dairy. If yours isn’t, use cheese as a training treat or an occasional part of his diet. Just be sure to keep it in small amounts and use low-fat varieties.

Here are some suggestions for how you might incorporate cheese into your Goldendoodle’s regular meals:

– Serve it in small pieces

– Mix it with your Goldendoodle’s regular food. A sprinkle of cheese makes a nice food topper for Goldendoodles.

– Make cheese sauce: Pour over harder Goldendoodle foods. 

– Make rice with cheese: Equal parts of cooked white rice and cottage cheese, this meal can help soothe your Goldendoodle’s sensitive stomach.

What are the risks of feeding cheese to your Goldendoodle?

You love your Goldendoodle, and you love cheese—so why not give some to your pup?

It’s a common question, but it’s important to consider the risks.

First up: high fat. Cheese is an extremely fatty food (though not as bad as nuts!) that can lead to weight gain and other digestive issues for your Goldendoodle, like diarrhea or vomiting.

Second: lactose intolerance. Some Goldendoodles are just like people: they can’t break down lactose very well. This means eating cheese for some Goldendoodles can lead to gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

Third: toxic additives. Some cheeses contain additives such as garlic or onion, which are toxic to Goldendoodles in large doses. Give your Goldendoodle a small piece of cheese at first to see how they respond—and if it seems okay, you might limit how much they eat.

Other human foods Goldendoodles can eat

What other human foods can Goldendoodles eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Goldendoodle can eat.

So, can Goldendoodles eat cheese? 

Yes, Goldendoodles can eat cheese in moderation.

So, if you’re going to treat your Goldendoodle to cheese as an occasional snack, choose the safer cheeses from the list above and avoid the others.

Cheese is rich in calcium, protein, and healthy fats, making it an excellent treat for Goldendoodles. However, don’t overfeed and always follow the 90/10 rule, so only 10% of a dog’s diet should come from treats. And remember to always keep your pooch hydrated with water when feeding treats.

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Dr Harunur Rashid (Harun) is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has five years of experience in large pet animal medicine. He worked as a livestock officer for two years in an NGO, and since then he has been practicing pet animals medicine privately. He holds an MS in Pharmacology from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a DVM from the same institution.