Cheese is a popular nutrient-rich, low-cost food among humans, which is why many Pomeranian owners wonder if they can also share this treat with their furry friends.
The short answer is yes, you can feed cheese to your Pomeranians, but there are lots of other questions you need to be aware of before you share this tasty snack. We aim to answer every question you might have about feeding cheese to Pomeranians in this blog post. Let’s get started!
Is cheese safe for Pomeranians?
Yes! Cheese is generally safe for Pomeranians, as long as it doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients, such as garlic or onions. It’s also important to introduce slowly and always serve in small pieces.
If you are feeding cheese to your Pomeranian for the first time, watch for any abnormal signs. Although rare, some Pomeranians can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction. If you observe any abnormal symptoms—such as vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing—contact your veterinarian immediately.
Benefits of feeding cheese in Pomeranians
Protein: Cheese provides a high amount of protein, which is essential for a Pomeranian’s growth and development. It also helps Pomeranians maintain a healthy weight and is an excellent addition to the diets of senior Pomeranians because it can help them feel fuller for longer.
Essential fatty acids: Cheese contains several essential fatty acids, which are important for your Pomeranian’s skin and coat health. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help your Pomeranian’s skin stay soft and free from irritation.
Calcium: Cheese is high in calcium, which can help strengthen your Pomeranian’s bones and keep them healthy as they age. This is particularly important for larger Pomeranians who may be more likely to have bone problems later in life.
Vitamins: Cheese is full of vitamins like A and B12, which are important for your Pomeranian’s vision and the health of their brain and nerves. They can also help improve blood quality, so feeding cheese to your Pomeranian can contribute to better overall health for them!
Training tools: Cheeses are great training tools because they’re small enough that you can hide them in your hand or pocket without being obvious about what you’re doing (or where those treats came from). This makes it easier to train.
Concealing pills: When you hide pills in cheese, your Pomeranian will be more likely to eat the medication, which means they’ll get better faster!
Do all Pomeranians like cheese?
Unfortunately, no. Just like people, your Pomeranians may not like every type of food. Pomeranians have food preferences and there’s no way to know what your Pomeranian likes without trying different types of food. Don’t force it on them if they don’t like the taste. Instead, try other Pomeranian friendly treats like peanut butter or carrots. You can also consult with your vet before introducing a new food to ensure it’s safe for your Pomeranian to eat.
Can my Pomeranians have cheese every day?
We don’t recommend feeding your Pomeranian cheese regularly for a couple of reasons.
First, Pomeranians have different dietary needs than humans. While some Pomeranians can take in a small amount of cheese with no issues, it’s important to vary their treats so that they don’t get bored with their food and so that they get all the nutrients they need.
Second, not all cheese is created equal! Different types of cheese contain different levels of lactose, which can cause stomach issues in Pomeranians.
That being said, an occasional treat of cheese (give or take a few licks) probably won’t hurt your furry friend.
Can Pomeranian puppies eat cheese?
Yes, Pomeranian puppies can eat cheese! It’s a great training tool for them—they love it. But you should wait until at least two months of age to introduce it. Puppies should be on their specialized puppy diet during the first two months of life to ensure they have all the nutrients they need.
Start with just a small bite and make sure your puppy is eating it slowly. Some puppies have sensitive tummies, so be sure to monitor your puppy closely after introducing new foods. You should always consult with your vet before introducing any new food into your puppy’s diet.
How much cheese can Pomeranians eat?
The amount of cheese that your Pomeranian can eat depends on the age, size, and lactose tolerance level of your Pomeranian. Always consult with your vet first to determine the best serving size for your individual pup, but a good starting point is to offer a small piece first—if there are no negative reactions, you can give them a little more.
It’s important to think about portion control for your Pomeranian’s diet and treats. As with any new food, always start small and follow the 90/10 rule: 90% of your Pomeranian’s daily food should be their regular diet with 10% being treats. And remember—keep it light! You don’t have to go overboard with the cheese.
What kind of cheese can Pomeranians eat?
1. Mozzarella: This soft, white cheese is low in fat, making it a great option for Pomeranians. It’s pretty easy to get your hands on, too!
2. Cottage cheese: Cottage cheese is also low in fat, so this is another good option for your pooch. It’s also cheap and easy to find at the grocery store.
3. Swiss cheese: The holes in Swiss cheese make it easier for lactose intolerant Pomeranians to consume because the holes are made from air, and air doesn’t have lactose. This makes it a great option for Pomeranians who are lactose intolerant and want some tasty dairy treats.
4. Cheddar: Cheddar has lower levels of salt than many other cheeses, making it a better option for salty Pomeranian treats than some other options out there (like feta).
5. String cheese: String cheese is low in both salt and lactose, making it a great choice for most pups! Just be careful when giving string cheese to your Pomeranian—the stringiness could cause trouble swallowing, so break it down into bite-sized pieces before handing them out.
What types of cheese are bad for Pomeranians?
1. Blue cheese: Contains Stilton fungus, produces a substance called Roquefortine C which is toxic to animals. If the Pomeranian ingests it, they could have seizures and brain damage.
2. Goat cheese- Contains more lactose than cow’s milk, therefore it’s discouraged for Pomeranians with lactose intolerance.
3. Cheesecake: Very high fat content, risk for pancreatitis if consumed in large quantities.
4. Cream cheese: High in fats that can lead to obesity if consumed in large amounts.
5. Parmesan cheese- high in sodium, can cause excessive thirst and urination in Pomeranians, as well as sodium ion poisoning.
6. Cheese puffs: A lot of fat and sodium, can pose the same risks as Parmesan cheese
How to serve cheese to your Pomeranians?
Pomeranians love cheese. But not only is it a nice treat, it’s also full of protein, calcium, and fat—all the nutrients your Pomeranian needs. The best way to serve cheese to your Pomeranian depends on what kind of cheese you have.
A hard cheese like cheddar or Swiss can be served in small pieces as a snack. If you want to mix it into your Pomeranian’s regular food, grate or crumble the cheese and sprinkle it on top. If you want to give your Pomeranian a more gourmet treat, combine equal parts of cooked white rice and cottage cheese and pour over harder Pomeranian foods that may be difficult for older Pomeranians to chew.
If you want to use a soft cheese like cottage or cream cheese, try mixing it with some peanut butter and rolling it into small bite-sized balls for an easy homemade snack.
What are the risks of feeding cheese to your Pomeranian?
When considering whether to feed cheese to your Pomeranian, there are two main things to consider: cheese is high in fat and often contains toxic additives.
First, feeding a Pomeranian too much cheese can quickly contribute to a Pomeranian becoming overweight. This is because cheese is an animal product, and therefore extremely high in fat content, as well as being a source of carbohydrates. Cheese is also calorically dense—a small amount of cheese can add up to a substantial portion of your Pomeranian’s daily caloric intake. This means that even when used as a treat or in limited amounts, cheese can be harmful for Pomeranians that are managing their weight.
Second, cheese can contain ingredients that are toxic for Pomeranians. Some cheeses may contain herbs like garlic and onions that can be harmful for Pomeranians to digest. Additionally, most processed cheeses contain large amounts of salt in the manufacturing process, which can endanger the kidneys of Pomeranians who are sensitive to sodium consumption.
Other human foods Pomeranians can eat
What other human foods can Pomeranians eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Pomeranian can eat.
So, can Pomeranians eat cheese?
Yes, Pomeranians can eat cheese—in moderation. Some types of cheese are even beneficial for your Pomeranian, as long as he does not have a dairy allergy. It is best to give a Pomeranian only small amounts of cheese because it is high in fat and calories.
The right type of cheese is an excellent treat for Pomeranians because it’s rich in essential nutrients and vitamins, like calcium and protein. Cheese can be given to your Pomeranian as a snack or a reward while training.
However, don’t overfeed your Pomeranian with cheese, as it can cause digestive problems, especially if the Pomeranian is lactose intolerant or allergic to milk. The 90/10 rule applies to cheese as well – 90% of your pet’s diet should come from their regular food, while the remaining 10% can be used to give them treats like cheese.