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No, dogs should not eat ricotta cheese since it is high in fat and sodium and can trigger a reaction in lactose-intolerant dogs. Ricotta cheese is not toxic for dogs, however, due to nutritional issues, it should not be added to their diet.

Ricotta 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 on a regular base.
Nutritional Issues Ricotta cheese is high in fat and contains lactose. Both these components can cause health issues in dogs.
Potential Risks Most dogs are lactose intolerant, therefore, ricotta cheese can lead to an allergic reaction in these dogs. obesity and pancreatitis.
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 Ricotta Cheese is Bad for Dogs?

Ricotta cheese given to dogs regularly rather than as an occasional treat is bad for dogs. Due to its nutritional issues, ricotta cheese should not be added to a dog’s diet on a regular basis.

Why is Ricotta Cheese Unsafe?

As a cheese, ricotta consists primarily of fat and lactose. Most dogs are lactose intolerant because they lack the enzyme lactase which is needed to digest lactose. The high fat content of the cheese can also lead to threatening chronic health conditions such as pancreatitis and diabetes.

What to do if Your Dog is Sick from Ricotta Cheese?

If your dog is sick after eating too much ricotta cheese, it is important to keep your dog hydrated and rested till the symptoms cease. If the symptoms such as vomiting are too severe, seek medical intervention such as antiemetics to stop the vomiting.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Spinach itself is beneficial for dogs, however, mixed with ricotta cheese, it should only be given to dogs as an occasional treat.

  • Cottage cheese is low in calories, therefore, it is better than ricotta cheese for dogs. However, it should also be fed occasionally to dogs.

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.