Cheese is a milk-based product that comes in different forms, textures, flavours, and colours. Yellow cheeses are typically hard or semi-hard varieties of cheese. It takes weeks or months to produce them. After the separation process, the cheese is formed and left to age.
The orange-red food colouring annatto is commonly used to give the cheese a yellowish and even-looking hue. Some popular yellow cheeses include cheddar and Gouda, but they are available in white shades as well. On the other hand, the Parmigiano Reggiano is naturally yellow without the use of food colouring.
Your dog can eat small amounts of yellow cheese only if he isn’t allergic or intolerant to lactose. Plus, the variety you give him should be devoid of additional herbs and spices that may cause him harm.
What to do if your dog accidentally eats yellow cheese: Review the list of ingredients found on the nutrition facts label of your yellow cheese. If there are any questionable or toxic ingredients, contact your veterinarian immediately.
To be on the safe side, always consult with your vet before giving your pooch anything new. With their permission, let your dog try a tiny piece of plain yellow cheese and see how his body reacts to it. As long as he can handle dairy as well as the annatto extract (which should be safe in small amounts), he shouldn’t display any adverse symptoms.
However, if your dog becomes gassy, experiences bloating, vomits, and/or has diarrhea, it may be signs that he cannot digest lactose properly.
In summary: As long as your dog can handle dairy products, he can occasionally enjoy bite-sized pieces of plain yellow cheese. With your vet’s consent, he can try different types of yellow cheeses such as mozzarella, swiss, and cheddar.
Aside from yellow cheese, discover which human foods you can safely give your canine pet by checking out our “can dogs eat” blog category.