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I’d like to bake cheese treats for my dogs, but I've read that cheese is bad for them. Is this true?
Feeding cheese and other dairy products to your pets may not be recommended, Isabel. Pets lack significant amounts of lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose in dairy products. As a result, some may have difficulty with digestion and end up with stomach upset. Cheese, however, has less lactose than milk and some other dairy products, so it’s less likely to cause problems. If you use only a small amount of low-fat cheese in these homemade treats and your dogs don’t have any digestive upset, you can continue.
For a list of foods your dogs should not eat, please read our Top Ten People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets.
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