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No, dogs should not eat Gouda cheese since it is high in fat. This high fat content can cause gastrointestinal issues in dogs. If fed regularly, Gouda cheese can also cause chronic health conditions such as pancreatitis and diabetes.

Gouda 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 not be fed regularly
Nutritional Issues high in fat and sodium. Contains lactose.
Potential Risks obesity, pancreatitis, gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, sodium toxicosis, lactose intolerance triggering a reaction
Symptoms Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, lethargy, loss of appetite.
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 Gouda Cheese is Bad for Dogs?

Gouda cheese is high in fat and sodium, therefore, it should only be given to dogs as an occasional treat. A treat should make up no more than 10% of a dog’s daily calorie intake. Therefore, any amount of Gouda cheese surpassing that limit is bad for dogs.

What Makes Gouda Cheese Unsafe?

Gouda cheese is not toxic to dogs, therefore, its nutritional components are the ones that make it unsafe for dogs. Like most cheeses, Gouda cheese is high in fat and sodium and also contains lactose. Most dogs are lactose intolerant, therefore, they can have an adverse reaction to eating Gouda cheese. Similarly the high fat and sodium content in Gouda cheese can increase the risk of issues such as sodium toxicosis and obesity.

What to do if Your Dog is Sick from Eating Gouda Cheese?

If your dog is exhibiting symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea after eating Gouda cheese, it is best to treat the symptoms at home and ensure your dog is adequately hydrated. Seek immediate medical assistance if the symptoms become severe.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Aged Gouda cheese is high in fat, therefore, it should only be given as an occasional treat to dogs.

  • Most dogs are lactose intolerant, therefore, they might experience an allergic reaction to eating Gouda cheese.

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.