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Yes, dogs can safely eat cottage cheese. However, it is best to stick to plain low-fat cottage cheese to give to your dogs as an occasional treat.

Cottage Cheese
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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe to eat in moderation. It should be given as a treat infrequently.
Nutritional Value It has tons of nutritional value—a good source of protein, calcium, magnesium, and probiotics.
Potential Risks Eating too much cottage cheese can lead to bloating, diarrhea and vomiting. In the long run, an excess of cottage cheese can lead to obesity and pancreatitis.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Cottage Cheese is Safe for Dogs?

Like any food, the safe amount of cottage cheese to feed a dog varies according to size and weight. A rule of thumb to follow when feeding your dog cottage cheese is to ensure it does not exceed 10% of their daily caloric intake. It is best to occasionally provide small amounts of cottage cheese to your dog as a treat.

How to Feed Cottage Cheese to Dogs?

Cottage cheese can be mixed with regular dog food to give your dogs some extra protein. You can also feed your dog any leftover cottage cheese in small pieces as a treat. A quick tip: Add cottage cheese to some beneficial fruits for dogs and freeze them. You can feed this mixture to your dog as a treat on hot summer days.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Much Cottage Cheese

While cottage cheese is generally a safe cheese option for dogs since it does not have too much lactose, overeating can cause gastrointestinal issues in dogs. Your dog can exhibit these symptoms if it has eaten too much cottage cheese:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Stomach discomfort

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Cottage cheese fed in moderation is good for your dog. Therefore, we do not suggest giving it to your dog every day. Large amounts of cottage cheese can impair your dog’s digestive system.

  • Cottage cheese has nutritional value for dogs if fed in moderation. Excess cottage cheese can lead to issues like obesity in the long run.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.