Thinking about giving your husky some cheese? Will the calcium and protein be beneficial for them? These are great questions with an important answer.
Huskies can eat cheese, but it should be avoided if possible. Although many huskies tolerate cheese, most are lactose intolerant so any dairy will likely upset their stomach.
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Huskies have sensitive stomachs
Huskies are known to have something called “soft” stomachs. This means that their stomachs get irritated very easily with certain foods.
Items that are more acidic, or high in fat will place too much stress on the lining of their stomach and digestive system.
Your husky will digest protein the easiest, followed by carbohydrates, and then fat will be the last and hardest macronutrient for them to process.
It’s a difficult one to get your head around because huskies actually would have primarily eaten a protein and fat-based diet, with low carbs.
This is generally considered a healthier nutrient plan for a husky and I do agree. But if your particular husky has a sensitive stomach, too much fat could be adding to its stress. So in this case, it’s better to avoid it.
Related article: Can huskies eat eggs? What to know
Lactose intolerance in huskies
Due to this, dairy, in general, will be difficult and cause issues for most dogs. However, this is not a rule for all!
There are many dogs out there (Including Huskies) that will be able to consume cheese without issues. It changes from dog to dog, husky to husky.
Due to dairy not being toxic, it’s fine to test it in a small amount. Your husky will be drooling at the mouth to get a chunk of cheese but you need to watch very closely after they’ve eaten it.
If you notice your husky displaying signs of discomfort, whining, bad gas, diarrhea or vomiting then you know that dairy is not good for your husky. Try your best to avoid giving dairy products again.
The potential benefits of cheese
If your husky doesn’t show any of the issues above from eating cheese, it’s likely that their stomach can handle it just fine.
Cheese can be a good motivator for training, and a little bit added to their dinner will help all of those fussy eaters out there!
Cheese also contains quality protein and calcium, essential fatty acids, vitamin A and B-complex vitamins which all contribute to better health.
Just remember to give cheese in moderation. High-fat foods will lead to weight gain if given too frequently alongside your dog’s usual food. It is also a good idea to consult your local veterinarian about doing this.
What foods should huskies avoid?
It’s good to know a list of the food that huskies should not eat. Some of these foods are simply difficult to digest, and some are even toxic. It’s recommended that your husky does not eat the following:
- grapes or raisins (toxic)
- chocolate (toxic)
- nuts (toxic)
- raw eggs
- alcohol (toxic)
- onion or garlic
Hopefully, from this article, you have learned that all dogs and huskies are different. Some can eat cheese with no reaction, and some can’t.
Depending on this will tell you how much cheese you can give to your dog if any at all.
Always pay close attention to the foods you give your husky and remember their stomach is extra sensitive.
Being attentive will help you spot signs of discomfort faster and help you avoid health issues caused by the wrong foods.
Thank you for reading! If you have experience with giving your husky cheese please comment and let everyone know how they reacted!
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