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No, dogs should not eat Swiss cheese due to its high fat content. Unlike blue cheese, Swiss cheese is not toxic to dogs. However, the lactose and fat in the cheese can cause health issues. Some dogs might have gastrointestinal issues after eating Swiss cheese, and some might even become obese if they eat too much Swiss cheese.

Swiss 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 potential health risks
Nutritional Issues Lactose, high in fat content
Potential Risks Swiss cheese can trigger an allergic reaction in lactose-intolerant dogs. Its high fat content can lead to serious health conditions such as obesity and pancreatitis.
Symptoms Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion
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 Swiss Cheese is Bad for Dogs?

While dogs can eat Swiss cheese, it is best to reserve it for special treats. A few small pinches of cheese as a reward is okay for dogs. More than that can cause stomach upset and may lead to rapid weight gain.

What Makes Swiss Cheese Unsafe?

Swiss cheese, though lower in lactose than other cheese, is still pretty high in fat content. Food rich in fat can cause digestive issues in dogs and also cause rapid weight gain if fed regularly. This weight gain can ultimately lead to obesity, diabetes, joint issues and more.

What to Do if Your Dog is Sick from Swiss Cheese?

If your dog is sick after eating too much Swiss cheese, you may see gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea as well as loss of appetite. In mild cases, loose stool may resolve on it’s own however if your dog’s symptoms are severe, you should contact your local veterinarian right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Swiss cheese, as a rare treat, can be safe for your dog in very small amounts. A quick tip: you can use a small amount of swiss cheese to disguise your dog’s medication.

  • Swiss cheese has a lower amount of lactose than other cheese types. However, if your dog is lactose intolerant, it is best to avoid giving it any cheese.

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About the Writer
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.