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No, dogs should not eat feta cheese due to its high fat and lactose content. Dogs’ diets should not contain more than 10-15% of fat and even a moderate amount of feta cheese is enough to cross that threshold. The fat in the cheese will also lead to conditions like obesity and pancreatitis in dogs.

Feta Cheese
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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Not toxic but should be avoided due to nutritional issues.
Nutritional Issues Feta cheese is high in saturated fats, which are harmful to dogs when taken in excess of the recommended quantity. The lactose in the cheese can also cause health issues.
Potential Risks The fat in the cheese can lead to conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and pancreatitis. It can also heighten the risk of cardiovascular issues in dogs. Some dogs can also have a lactose intolerance and exhibit an allergic reaction to eating feta cheese. The sodium in the cheese can also lead to dehydration and toxicity in severe cases.
Symptoms Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, dehydration, increased thirst, tremors, weakness, depression.
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 Feta Cheese is Bad for Dogs?

Your dog licking a few crumbs of feta cheese is ok and likely not going to lead to anything serious. However, anything more than that and when eaten regularly can lead to weight gain and subsequent health issues.

What Makes Feta Cheese Unsafe?

Feta cheese is high in saturated fats and sodium compared to other cheese, therefore, it is calorically dense and unsafe for dogs to eat regularly. Its lactose content is also unsafe for dogs as most dogs are lactose intolerant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Spinach is safe and beneficial for dogs; however, it is not ideal to combine it with feta cheese since it can lead to health issues.

  • Some dogs might want feta cheese; however, it is best to stick to healthier treats to avoid any issues.

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.