Can Dogs Eat Mozzarella Cheese? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
A tiny amount of mozzarella cheese is unlikely to cause any harm to your dog, but as a general rule of thumb, we would avoid feeding dogs most types of cheese. Mozzarella is not considered fatal to dogs but it could be harmful in other ways.
First, you need to consider the high amount of fat content that mozzarella cheese contains. A single slice of mozzarella cheese may contain up to 5 grams of fat. According to PetMD, fat is a necessary part of maintaining a balanced diet for dogs but it should only consist of around 10 to 15 percent of a dog’s diet.
The fat content in mozzarella cheese can add up quickly and it may lead to serious health issues like pancreatitis and obesity if dogs are allowed to eat too many cheese slices.
There’s also the lactose concern. Many dogs have intolerance to lactose so eating some mozzarella cheese may potentially lead to temporary digestive problems like stomach upsets.
I am shocked. My vet said string cheese and skim mozzarella were ok for treats. My dog is 12 and is suddenly vomiting and having diarrhoea. I feel her problem may be liver issues or pancreatitis. No real way to know. I would never have given her something that could hurt her. Thanks for your heads up.