They seem harmless, but can dogs eat cheesecake? Keep reading this complete cheesecake guide to make a smart decision.
As you indulge in a slice of rich and creamy cheesecake, you might wonder if you can share this sweet treat with your furry friends.
It’s obviously not a healthy treat, and you want your four-legged best friend to be as healthy as possible. Keep reading to find out how safe or dangerous this dessert is for dogs.
For ultimate pet safety, please ask your vet any questions you have regarding your dog eating cheesecake.
Can Dogs Eat Cheesecake
As a dog lover, you know that cheesecake has too much sugar in it to give them a lot at a time. The fantastic news is that as long as your dog’s health is good (and they can digest dairy without a problem) it is ok to share a small amount with them.
Too much sugar is bad for us and our pets. Even one slice of cheesecake has a high calorie count. Even though one single bite probably won’t hurt them, it’s still better to make homemade dog treats instead.
That being said, did you know that small amounts of cheese can actually be good for dogs? Yes, all things in moderation. Small quantities on a special occasion aren’t too bad for most adult dogs. Cream cheese has nutritional benefits like vitamin A, lactic acid, and essential fatty acids.
If cheesecake is one of your favorite foods, then read on! I’ll dig deeper into them and share all the things to watch out for.
Cheesecake For Dogs
Before we look at the human foods we love, I wanted to share some of my favorite dog food treats and recipes.
For the best dog birthday cake recipe, check out Elyn Ryn. Don’t give them to your pup if they are lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy. She made the crust out of rolled oats and shredded coconut. The filling has cottage cheese and Greek yogurt.
Dylan and Rainey have another cheesecake recipe for dogs. The crust is made from ground-up dog treats and the filling has honey and cream cheese. They topped it with blueberries for some antioxidants and nutrition. You could add some macadamia nuts on top too.
Is Cheesecake Bad For Dogs
Cheesecake is only bad for dogs in large quantities, if your dog is obese, or if they are allergic (or sensitive) to dairy.
If you don’t know if your dog is allergic, watch for signs of allergic reactions such as itching, sneezing, or hives.
Lactose intolerance is another problem with cheesecake. Dairy products can cause flatulence, diarrhea, or stomach aches in some dogs.
Graham crackers are safe for dogs in small amounts too. Just be careful with how much they eat, since they have lots of sugar.
You should always keep your dog away from xylitol. This artificial sweetener is deadly to dogs and could lead to kidney failure or even death.
Another one of the toxic effects of xylitol is muscle tremors. If your dog ate cheesecake made with xylitol, please contact your local veterinarian immediately.
Dental cavities are another bad side effect of letting your dog eat too much sugar. I like to give my dogs healthy homemade dog chews to prevent cavities.
Is Cheesecake Safe For Dogs
This all depends on your dog’s diet. Cheesecake is a high-fat food that is also really high in sugar and calories.
Dogs that eat too much sugar or high-fat foods are at a higher risk of unhealthy weight gain and related health effects, like increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Also, don’t give your dog cheesecake if they are lactose intolerant. The most common signs of lactose intolerance are digestive problems like an upset stomach or diarrhea.
If your dog has a dairy allergy or is lactose intolerant, don’t give them any kind of soft cheese, including cheesecake, plain yogurt, whole make, or even bakers cheese.
My Dog Ate Cheesecake – What Do I Do
It’s a good idea to always ask your veterinarian any questions you have about your dog’s health.
Also, take a note about how much of the cheesecake your pup ate, whether it had xylitol in it, and any side effects they are showing.
Can Dogs Have Cheesecake – Flavors and Types
There are lots of different types of cheesecake out there! Most healthy adult dogs should be able to digest a small amount of any kind of cheesecake.
Most Popular Flavors Of Cheesecake
These are the most popular flavors of cheesecake you can buy, along with how safe they are for dogs.
- Blueberry – This fruit is safe for dogs
- Cherry – This is safe as long as you remove the pits
- Chocolate – Do not give your dog any kind of chocolate
- Lemon – This is safe for dogs
- New York Cheesecake – This is generally safe for dogs
- Peanut Butter – This is safe, as long as your dog is not allergic to peanuts
- Plain or Regular Cheesecake – This is safe
- Pumpkin – This is ok for dogs
- Raisin Cheesecake – No, grapes and raisins are toxic ingredients to dogs
- Raspberry – These are safe for dogs
- Strawberry – This is safe for dogs
- Vanilla – This is safe for dogs
Grain-free cheesecakes are a healthy alternative if your dog can handle dairy but can’t digest gluten.
Can Dogs Eat Cheesecake Ice Cream
If your dog can digest other forms of dairy, they should be able to handle a small amount of cheesecake ice cream.
I personally suggest you avoid giving your dog cheesecake ice cream. It has a lot more sugar than most dogs need in their diets. A small bite probably won’t hurt them.
Remember to always look at the labels. If the ice cream has xylitol as an ingredient, do not give even one small bite to them. Xylitol is toxic to dogs.
So, can dogs eat cheesecake? The short answer is that all dog breeds can handle small amounts of cheesecake without a problem. Of course, if your pet is lactose intolerant or has a dairy allergy, don’t give them any cheesecake, even one bite.
More Dog Food Resources
Here are some more resources about human foods dogs can eat and ones that are bad for them.
- Can Dogs Eat Animal Crackers
- Can Dogs Eat Blueberry Muffins
- Can Dogs Eat Cream Cheese
- Can Dogs Eat Donuts
- Can Dogs Eat Whipped Cream
Find lots more articles on food dogs can eat here on Spoiled Hounds!
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