Allergy alert: Can dogs eat gorgonzola cheese?

Gorgonzola cheese is a veined blue cheese from Italy. It’s made by adding mold penicillium into the cow milk, which gives them a blue-veined marble look. While it’s fine for us humans to eat, what about our four-legged friends? Negative. In fact, these molds will produce a substance called roquefortine C, which may cause vomiting and diarrhea in some dogs (1).

So, it’s better not to feed your furry friends with blue cheese like roquefort, gorgonzola, stilton, and others. In addition, the metabolism of mold in blue cheese can produce ketone as well. So, it’s not good for dogs with diabetes, read more.

Other than that, our domestic dogs are generally good for a small amount of common cheeses, such as cottage cheese, cream cheese, feta, cheddar, parmesan, Havarti, provolone, paneer, parmesan/Parmigiano Reggiano, mozzarella, ricotta, brie, goat cheese, gouda, swiss cheese, American cheese, asiago, Monterey jack, halloumi, fontina, pecorino romano, camembert and Emmental cheese.

Most of these are made using cow milk, some are goat milk, buffalo milk, sheep milk, or in a combination.

High-Fat & High-salt in cheese

Remarkably, cheese is high-fat salted food with moderate protein and low carb. As dogs can’t really tolerate high-fat food well, so never overfed your dogs with cheese. You can include the cheese in your regular training as treats.

Particularly, if your good boy is already overweight, has kidney problems or has a weak stomach, it’s better to avoid cheese for good.

Are you a vegetarian? Read this.

Lactose Intolerance

Dogs have a sensitive stomach, and they can develop lactose intolerance as well.

After the puppy weaned and starts to eat solid food, their body no longer produces an enzyme called lactase sufficiently to digest lactose in milk, therefore showing symptoms of lactose intolerance. The condition varied for each individual dog.

So, if you notice something weird about your dogs (e.g. upset tummies, gas/bloating and lethargy) especially after drinking milk or eating the dairy product, you should verify with your vet. Otherwise, cheese itself is not particularly poisonous and can be included in your dog training a couple of times per week.

Most cats are lactose intolerant, so they are not normally welcome to the world of cheese.

Are there any dairy-free cheeses out there? Read here.

Milk Allergy

Cheese can be made of different milk. In general, there is cow milk, sheep milk, and goat milk. Therefore, your dogs may show allergy symptoms to a certain type of milk. That’s because their body immune system marks the milk protein as pathogens, and triggered an allergy response. Just like human.

The same thing can happen after observing your dogs drinking the milk. The common symptoms include skin irritation and itchiness.

The 5 reasons allergy after eating cheese — here.

Avoid the flavoured cheese

Some of the flavored cheeses are processed with added ingredients. These ingredients may include garlic powder, onion powder, dough, nuts or grapes. So, they are not suitable for dogs to eat. Instead, you should feed your dogs with only the plain cheese itself. The shredded or grated cheese also comes with many additives.

This data is obtained from the USDA grated cheese. Take a look at the lower bottom “Ingredients” part. For just the normal grated or shredded cheese, they have quite a number of additives.

In cases for wheat allergy in dogs, some of the plant-based ingredients like wheat or grains can be blamed for the allergy as well.

Continus reading: Mozzarella vs Parmigiano Reggiano

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