Babybel cheese! What’s not to love? It’s great to eat as a snack when you’re on-the-go, and more! Your dog may also show interest in the cheese. After all, if you’re eating it that Babybel cheese has to be pretty tasty!
While the cheese is great, what happens if your dog happens to eat the Babybel’s wax wrapper?
In this article, we’ll take a look at what Babybel cheese is and whether or not wax wrapping can be dangerous for dogs. Let’s get started!
What is Babybel Cheese?
Babybel is a brand of snack cheese products, which are individually wrapped in wax. The products come in several different flavors, including mozzarella, gouda, cheddar, swiss, original, and light.
The Babybel customer website advises that the wrapper wax is made of paraffin and does not include bee’s wax. It advises the wrapper is FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) “food safe”. Although the wrapper is non-toxic, this does not mean it does not have the potential to cause problems if your pet eats the wrapper.
So, could Babybel cheese wax make a dog sick?
Babybel Cheese Wax & Dogs
For most dogs, eating one wax wrapper shouldn’t cause them any harm. However, there is a chance that the wrappers could cause an intestinal blockage (get stuck in their digestive system), especially if your dog is small in size. Your dog could also get an upset tummy from the cheese itself, as it is quite high in fat.
Another potential problem is that the Babybel cheese wax may cause choking. If the wrapper happens to become lodged in your fur baby’s esophagus, he could experience difficulty breathing.
Symptoms of Intestinal Blockage in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten many Babybel cheese wax wrappers:
- Abdominal pain & swelling
- Lack of appetite
- Change in behavior, including lack of energy (lethargy)
It’s really important to remember that your pet may not show these symptoms even they do have a blockage, and that it could take a couple of days for your pet to start showing signs of being unwell. So it is recommended to phone your veterinarian to discuss your pet’s individual case and the best plan for them.
Symptoms of Choking in Dogs
Your dog may show these symptoms if the cheese wrapper becomes lodged in his esophagus:
- Pawing at the mouth
- Gagging or retching (without vomiting0
- Blue mucus membranes (indicates cyanosis)
- Rubbing his face on the ground or carpet
If your fur baby shows any of these symptoms, call your vet right away.
What If Your Dog Swallows the Babybel Cheese Wrapper?
Dogs that have eaten only one cheese wrapper probably will be OK. While wax can be difficult for your fur baby’s digestive system to break down, the wax usually softens as it passes through. That means the wax may become easier for your dog to pass.
It can take up to two days for the Babybel cheese wax wrapper to pass, so it’s necessary to check your fur baby’s poop to see if the wrapper makes an appearance.
Is Babybel Wax Toxic for Dogs?
The good news is that the wax is non-toxic. The ingredients in the wax are natural and not toxic to dogs. The wax has been approved by the FDA, though you should never allow your dog to eat this wax.
If your dog is showing any of these symptoms indicating he’s choking or has a blockage, then it’s time to call the vet urgently. Your pet may need an examination, and your veterinarian can recommend the next best step for you and your pet in their individual case.
Next time you enjoy some Babybel, be sure to keep them where your dog can’t help himself!