Cottage Cheese for Dogs
Can Dogs Eat Cottage Cheese
Being high in protein and calcium, cottage cheese can be mixed in moderate amounts in the dog’s food or given to them in the form of a treat provided they do not suffer from lactose intolerance (though the amount of lactose in it is relatively less) .
How much cottage cheese to give a dog
Make sure that the amount of cottage cheese is not more than 10% of your dog’s dietary intake for the day. In fact, for instance, medium-sized breeds can be provided with one to two spoonfuls of cottage cheese. It is better to opt for the brands that contain a lesser level of fat and sodium.
Is cottage cheese good for dogs
Having a high amount of minerals, antioxidants, protein and vitamin, cottage cheese is healthy for dogs provided they are okay with dairy products.
Dogs suffering from diarrhea, IBD or other gastrointestinal ailments are recommended to be given cottage cheese low in fat alongside white rice as it is a bland food, helping the sick pet to recover from its upset stomach. You can also freeze the cottage cheese and squeeze out the liquid, to eliminate a significant part of the lactose.
Pregnant canines can have cottage cheese as a part of their diet as it is high in calcium, however, make sure to consult a vet about the same. Do not add it to their food if they are already getting a sufficient amount of calcium as an overdose of this mineral may lead to the risk of eclampsia.
As it is rich in calcium, adding a tablespoon of cottage cheese or natural yogurt to the dog’s food is considered as an effective natural remedy to help your pet’s ears to stand.
The variety of cottage cheese low in fat is often included as a part of a diabetic or pancreatic dog’s diet though people have mixed opinions about its real utility.
Being low in potassium and phosphorus, cottage cheese when included in the diet might help in the proper functioning of the kidneys, being beneficial for those dogs suffering from kidney disease.
The full-fat brands of cottage cheese (about two tablespoons) can be mixed along with the fruits and vegetables the dog eats to help them in gaining weight, especially if they are lactating or nursing.
Cottage cheese is one of those protein foods producing a low amount of ammonia, thus benefitting dogs suffering from chronic liver disease.
Cottage cheese diet for dogs with cancer
According to the Budwig protocol, based on the work done by Dr. Johanna Budwig, a combination of flaxseed oil and low fat cottage cheese (one tablespoon of flaxseed oil and two tablespoons of cottage cheese) was recommended to be given to dogs diagnosed with cancer.
Can cottage cheese be bad or harmful for dogs
Though when given in moderate amounts cottage cheese may not hurt dogs, if you find it developing allergic reactions or having constipation, gas, diarrhea, vomiting or any other stomach ailments while consuming it as a part of its daily diet, stop giving it further and consult a vet at the earliest.
Cottage cheese recipes for dogs
Cottage cheese frosting for dog’s cake
- Take two egg whites and add a cup of cottage cheese to it
- Whip the mixture using a blender at a high speed
- While you whip it, sprinkle all purpose flour into the frosting, a tablespoon at a time, until it has attained the desired firmness and thickness ( the more flour you add, the thicker your frosting will be)
- Now apply the icing on the cake using a rubber stirrer.