Can Dogs Eat Dairy?
Dairy foods have some good nutrients that are beneficial for dogs, such as protein and calcium. However, they also have some negative ingredients such as fat, added sugar, and lactose which is not be digested well by dogs.
Here are some common dairy foods eaten by humans, and their affects on dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Butter?
Butter is a human invention, created from cow’s milk. It does not grow out of the ground like vegetables, and is not an animal like the beef, fish, and poultry that dogs eat. It contains high amounts of saturated fats, and very little in the form of nutrition. The protein in butter is better given to dogs from meat and dog food products. Butter contributes to many health problems including obesity, coronary obstruction, heart disease, inflamed and blocked pancreas, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and gas. Of course, if you feed your dog butter, he will gladly eat it because it tastes great. But even feeding him butter once in a while is bad and you are not doing your dog any favors. Worse still if your dog is older, or has health conditions that prevent regular exercise. Butter will be a slow but certain trip to the grave for your dog.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Butter? NO
Can Dogs Eat Cheese?
Cheese is an animal product made from the curds of cow’s milk. Cheese contains good protein amounts, as well as vitamins A and B complex, and large amounts of calcium. These are all good for a dogs bone strength, although if you feed your dog a good dog food, protein will be there. Cheese also has fatty acids which can help dog’s that have dry skin and can help relieve scratching. Most cheeses are soft and easily consumed by dogs, so they are not a choking hazard. The problem with cheese is the high calorie content, and the amount of cholesterol. In small amounts, cheese is fine as an occasional treat. But many dog owners get carried away and lose track of how much cheese they give their dogs. This leads quickly to obesity, lethargy, and long term will lead to heart disease. If you feed your dog cheese, do it sparingly. Be conscious of the unhealthy affects cheese can have on your dog.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Cheese? NO
Can Dogs Eat Cottage Cheese?
Cottage Cheese is a processed dairy product made from milk curds. Nutritionally, it has about 25 grams of protein in one cup. Other nutrients include calcium, potassium, and some B vitamins. Since it is a dairy product it is high in saturated fats. It also has a lot of sodium which comes from the processing and shelf life needed to produce this food. Cottage Cheese is soft and wet so will not cause choking in dogs. It is considered safe for dogs unless a dog has a lactose intolerance. In this case, a dog may become sick with stomach upset, diarrhea or constipation, and gassiness. If you feed your dog cottage cheese, you should do so only when your dog is feeling under the weather. Cottage cheese contains probiotics which can aid stomach digestion in dog that are not lactose intolerant. Otherwise, the protein in this food is not a good reason to feed them cottage cheese. Dogs should be getting their protein from a balanced quality dog food, or from a raw meat diet.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Cottage Cheese? NO
Can Dogs Eat Cream Cheese?
Cream Cheese is a processed cheese spread with preservatives added. It contains a high amount of protein, as well as calcium. However, it is also a high fat food with cholesterol. Cream Cheese is a milk product and contains lactose, so dogs that are intolerant to lactose will have a tough time digesting cream cheese. Vomiting, gas, upset stomach, and constipation or diarrhea are all side effects for dogs eating cream cheese if they are lactose intolerant. Cream Cheese is not a concern for choking if your dog eats it. If you give it to them on a bagel, then the bagel may cause choking, but it won’t be the cream cheese. A little bit now and again is fine and will give your dog a protein boost.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Cream Cheese? YES
Can Dogs Eat Egg Yolk?
Egg Yolk is the yellow material inside a chicken egg separate from the egg white. Egg Yolk contains good protein for dogs since it is from an animal source, as well as small amounts of other vitamins and minerals. The vitamin D in eggs works with the calcium in eggs to strengthen bones. However, egg yolk contains a large amount of cholesterol. This is bad for humans, but a dog does not live as long as humans, so their arteries don’t have time to get clogged with cholesterol. Egg Yolk is a semi-liquid that dogs can consume easily without choking. Even the shell is soft enough to be eaten by dogs without choking. Egg yolks are an excellent food to give your dog to supplement his regular dog food. You can feed your dog egg yolks every second day without worry.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Egg Yolk? YES
Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
Whole eggs are an excellent source of nutrition for dogs if given to them once in a while. Protein, vitamin D, and B vitamins are three main nutritional benefits of eggs for dogs. Eggs can be fed to dogs about every second or third day, mixed into their regular dog food. This raises the protein profile of their food, and gives them a flavor that they will enjoy. Whole chicken eggs can also be given to dogs shell and all, as a treat just by themselves. The egg shells are soft enough to be swallowed without any trouble. If you feed your dog eggs, don’t make it a habit. Chances are you are a responsible dog owner who already feeds your dog a balanced dog food that has all the protein and nutrients your dog needs. Feeding them too many eggs is overkill, protein that is not needed, and may cause unforeseen stomach digestion issues. Feed them eggs as a treat or a change of pace only, and don’t worry if they are safe because they are.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Eggs? YES
Can Dogs Eat Greek Yogurt?
Greek yogurt contains good bacteria called probiotics that can help a dog balance his digestive system. Greek yogurt also contains twice as much protein as regular yogurt, and half the sugar. Nutrients like vitamin D and calcium are in Greek yogurt as well. Unfortunately, Greek yogurt is a dairy product and contains the enzyme lactose. If your dog is intolerant to lactose he will be gassy, and possibly have diarrhea. Otherwise, if your dog is feeling under the weather, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help. Also be sure not to feed your dog the flavored yogurt as these mostly contain sugar or syrupy flavorings that add nothing to the nutritional value of Greek yogurt.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Greek Yogurt? YES
Can Dogs Eat Hard Boiled Eggs?
Hard Boiled Eggs are boiled chicken eggs that have solidified. Hard Boiled Eggs contain good quality animal protein, some potassium and small amounts of vitamins. Hard Boiled Eggs are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because their soft and chewy. Hard boiled eggs are bad for humans because of the cholesterol content. Dogs don’t live as long as humans, so the cholesterol doesn’t have time to harden arteries like it does in humans. This makes the benefits (protein) of eggs a good choice for dogs. As a snack they are a good choice for dogs.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Hard Boiled Eggs? YES
Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream?
Ice Cream is a frozen, sweetened dairy food that can have many different ingredients. Ice Cream contains a high amount of calories, saturated fats, sugar and sodium. Some protein and potassium are about the only good thing about ice cream for dogs. Ice Cream is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it’s wet, soft, can be easily swallowed by dogs. Ice cream may contain Xylitol, a chemical sweetener that is toxic to dogs. It contains lactose which may give your dog diarrhea because dogs can’t digest it well. It contains a lot of fat and calories which will give your dog a larger body made of fat. A very small amount may be Ok, but why risk it?
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Ice Cream? NO
Can Dogs Drink Milk?
Milk is a liquid drink made from cows. It is a dairy product and comes in many types such as skim which contains low-fat, to homogenized which contains a lot of fat, to chocolate flavored milk which contains a lot of sugar. Milk contains about 100 calories per cup, beneficial minerals like calcium and potassium, good animal protein, and some sugars and fats. Milk is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it’s a liquid, they can drink it easily. Milk has the lactose enzyme which gives about half of dogs digestive problems resulting is gas, diarrhea, and vomiting. The fat can cause obesity. Cow milk is not meant for dogs (or humans) and should be avoided, but it is not poisonous to dogs.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Milk? NO
Can Dogs Eat Raw Eggs?
Raw Eggs are the eggs of domestic chickens. Raw Eggs contain excellent quality protein for dogs, vitamins B12 ad B6, but also cholesterol. Raw Eggs are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are wet and slimy and dogs can eat them whole. The egg shell can also be eaten by dogs because it is soft and will not cause damage. Eggs carry salmonella which is harmful to humans, but not to dogs. Dogs have enzymes in their gut that breaks down the salmonella virus. Cholesterol is not a concern for dogs because their lifespans are short compared to humans, who are affected by cholesterol after many years. Eggs are a delicious treat for dogs that they will enjoy mixed into their regular dog food, shell and all.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Raw Eggs? YES
Can Dogs Eat Scrambled Eggs?
Scrambled Eggs are a recipe using chicken eggs that are fluffed up when cooked with milk and butter. Scrambled Eggs contain quality proteins as well as vitamins like B6, B12, D, and A, and minerals like iron, and magnesium. They also contain animal cholesterol which contributes to plaque and heart disease. Scrambled Eggs are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are soft and fluffy and dogs will eat them easily. Scrambled eggs are good for dogs. The protein in scrambled eggs can help regulate digestion, and provide selenium and riboflavin to your dog’s diet. Both of these nutrients are necessary for proper cell growth and creation of antioxidants that help prevent cancer. Dogs love the taste of scrambled eggs, but leave out the butter, salt, cheese, and ketchup. just plain scrambled eggs once in a while will benefit your dog.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Scrambled Eggs? YES
Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Yogurt is a dairy product made from bacterial fermentation of milk. Yogurt contains calcium, protein, and other beneficial bacterial compounds. Yogurt is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are soft and can be chewed. Fine in small amounts.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Yogurt? YES