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Allergy alert: Can dogs eat gorgonzola cheese?

Gorgonzola cheese is a blue cheese originate from Italy. It has a blue-veined marble look due to the penicillium (mold) added. The mold is not harmful to us, but what about our four-legged friends?

I’ll explain.

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, which particularly harmful to dogs with diabetes, read more.

Other than that, our home 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.

Do not forget that dog may have lactose intolerance, just like human! I’ll explain more below.

High-Fat & High-salt (sodium)

Remarkably, gorgonzola is high-fat food with moderate protein and low carb. As dogs can’t tolerate high-fat food well, so never overfed your dogs with cheese.

You can include the cheese in your regular training occationally as treats.

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

But hey,

I’d say it’s best to give them this yak cheese chews I found on Amazon.

Lactose Intolerance in dogs

Dog’s stomach is sensitive.

Just like us, they can develop lactose intolerance as well, whereby you will see them thrown up eating dairy.

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, you should stop feeding them. Otherwise, cheese itself is not particularly poisonous and can be included in your dog training a couple of times per week.

Cat then?

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

By the way, are you a vegetarian? Here is an article about cheese for vegetarians I wrote previously.

Milk Allergy

Allergy to milk can happen. Here I covered the dairy-free cheese substitutes in this article.

Cheese can be made from different animal milk, and people may allergy to a certain type of milk. Same goes to your furry friends.

In general, people use cow milk, sheep milk, and goat milk (See me comparing gorgonzola vs goat cheese here).

The milk allergy happened when the body immune system mark the unknown milk protein as invasive substance, and triggered an allergic or inflammatory response.

The same thing can happen after observing your dogs drinking the milk. The common signs include thrown up, skin irritation and itchiness.

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. These are no-no for home pets.

These are not suitable for dogs. 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.

For wheat allergy in dogs, some of the plant-based ingredients like wheat or grains can be the reason for that.

Continus reading: Mozzarella vs Parmigiano Reggiano