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Can Dogs Eat
Dairy Products?

What You Need to Know

Some dogs can eat dairy products like milk and cheese without any problems, other's can't. The reason is, similar to humans, lactose intolerance.

If your dog is lactose intolerant and eats dairy she will experience intestinal distress — like gas, diarrhea or vomiting. That's neither fun for your pup nor healthy.

Lactose intolerance is simply the inability to properly digest milk products. If your dog has trouble digesting those, there's a good chance she is suffering from lactose intolerance. In that case, skip the dairy!

Which Products Contain the Least Amount of Lactose?

Let's start with the highest amounts, which are found in milk, ice cream (dogs should never eat sugary deserts) and yoghurt.

Dairy products with less lactose include sour cream, cottage cheese, and common sliced cheeses like American, Cheddar and Swiss cheese. You can experiment with those products if you think your dog should eat them, but if in doubt, skip the dairy and consult your vet.


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