Yes, dogs can eat American cheese occasionally and in tiny amounts, but with some caveats.
American cheese is a dairy product manufactured using cheddar, Colby, and a combination of the two or other similar-tasting cheeses. This type of processed cheese is pasteurized, shaped into squares, and sold as a set of single stacks or as whole blocks. The mild, creamy, and salty flavour goes well with food such as burgers, fries, and casseroles.
In general, cheese in its pure form is not toxic to canine pets. But it’s best to clear things with your veterinarian beforehand since some varieties are high in fat and salt or mixed with other toxic ingredients. PetMD lists American cheese under “okay cheeses” to give to dogs. However, some online sources report that American cheese is high in additives, colourings, sodium, and saturated fat.
How to feed American cheese to your dog: Your dog should only eat American cheese that’s recommended or approved by your vet. Remember that some dogs cannot handle cheese since they may be allergic or intolerant to lactose. An allergy to dairy may manifest as skin-related problems. Meanwhile, intolerance may manifest as gastrointestinal issues.
Try giving him a tiny sliver of American cheese and observe how his body reacts to it in the next 24 hours. If no symptoms manifest, you can treat him to cut-up pieces of American cheese from time to time. Follow your vet’s recommended portion based on your pooch’s size, weight, and dietary requirements.
In summary: Your canine pet can occasionally snack on American cheese, but only if he’s not intolerant or allergic to lactose. If you’re looking to feed your pup healthier cheese options, go with parmesan, mozzarella, cottage, cheddar, or swiss cheese.
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