Dogs love to eat cheese, and mozzarella is no exception. In fact, mozzarella is a popular cheese for dogs because it has a lower calorie and fat content than most other types of cheese. However, it is important to remember when introducing new food to your dog, always start with just a tiny bit and observe how the animal reacts before offering more to avoid digestive issues like diarrhoea and vomiting. Some dogs may not like it.
Mozzarella is generally considered safe for dogs to eat in moderation. However, it is important to keep a few things in mind when feeding mozzarella cheese to your pup. Mozzarella cheese should be given only as an occasional treat or to hide pills.
The fat content of about 1 oz slice of mozzarella is 4.8 grams. And an average 45lb (20kg) dog will need a minimum of 5% fat from calories, which converts into roughly 13.8 grams to 82.5 grams of total fat a day. Therefore, feeding them with a bit of mozzarella is ok. If they’re already having a fatty meal try to use part-skim mozzarella or non-fat mozzarella.
Additionally, some dogs may experience digestive upset after consuming mozzarella cheese, it’s likely due to lactose intolerance unless they have other health conditions. The lactose in mozzarella is low — usually less than 1 gram per ounce. Try not to feed them too much at once, especially if your dog is prone to digestive upset, it’s best to avoid giving them mozzarella cheese.
Furthermore, be aware of any added ingredients that could be harmful to your pups, like garlic or onion powder.
Generally, mozzarella cheese is a healthy snack for dogs, as long as it is fed in moderation. Monitor your pet’s reaction and adjust the amount you feed them accordingly. If your pup has any adverse reactions to mozzarella cheese, contact a vet immediately.