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No, cheese sticks are not safe for dogs to eat. In fact, cheese sticks are high in fat and sodium, meaning your canine companion will gain weight quickly if you make them a part of its daily diet. Furthermore, some dogs are lactose intolerant and can’t process dairy products like cheese well. Lastly, too much food can cause pancreatitis and a host of other long-term health problems in dogs.

Cheese Sticks
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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 Avoid overfeeding, exercise caution
Nutritional Issues Fat, sodium
Potential Risks Weight gain, obesity, pancreatitis
Poisoning Symptoms Vomiting, diarrhea, stomach problems
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Cheese Sticks are Unsafe for Dogs?

Too much of anything for your dog can be harmful. The same is true for cheese sticks. These are packed with fat and sodium. So, even a single bite every now and then might harm your dog’s health in the long run.

What Makes Cheese Sticks Unsafe for Dogs?

Cheese on its own might be safe for your dog if it’s healthy. However, cheese sticks contain added fat, sodium, and preservatives that might harm your dog’s health in the long run. Instead, go for a dog-friendly option such as mozzarella or cottage cheese. These are low in fats.

What to do if Your Dog Eats Too Many Cheese Sticks

If your dog eats too many cheese sticks, nothing serious will happen to it initially. However, if you overfeed it daily, get ready to take your dog to the vet daily. Feeding your dog cheese products every day can result in obesity, weight gain, and sometimes pancreatitis, especially in older dogs.

Common Cheese Stick Ingredients

  • Cheese-Cheese can be a great occasional treat for dogs. However, too much of it can lead to weight gain and obesity.
  • Skim milk-Skim milk is typically low in calories and is safe for dogs in moderate amounts. However, most dogs are lactose intolerant. So, it’s best to avoid feeding them dairy products.
  • Salt-Overfeeding your dog human foods with high amounts of salt can lead to heart problems or salt toxicosis.
  • Preservatives-Preservatives contain toxic chemicals and should be avoided by dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Store-bought cheese sticks are generally made of mozzarella cheese, skimmed milk, sodium, and preservatives. All of these should be avoided by dogs.

  • Cottage and mozzarella cheese are typically safe for dogs to eat. This is because these cheeses don’t contain large amounts of fat or sodium.

  • Typically, any cheese containing condiments such as garlic or onions is toxic for dogs. These include Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton, and Dutch blue 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.