Has your dog just snarfed down some brie cheese? Or do you suspect he has? Then you’ve come to the right place!
We’ll take a quick look at brie cheese and the possible health issues your fur baby could develop. Let’s get started!
What is Brie Cheese?
Brie cheese is an off-white cheese, which is soft and ripened over time. It’s most often made from cow’s milk and is surrounded by a rind of white mold. It originally came from France, where it’s a type of farmhouse cheese. Brie has a rich, fruity, buttery flavor, which becomes more earthy as it ages.
Brie is often served on a cheese board, along with baguette slices, crackers, nuts, and fruits. It’s also sometimes baked alone or in a pastry shell. And brie is also used in casseroles, grilled cheese sandwiches, and so many other yummy dishes.
But is brie cheese safe for dogs?
Brie Cheese & Dogs
Brie cheese is not good for dogs. The problem is that it contains high amounts of fat, which can cause pancreatitis in dogs.
Pancreatitis can be a life-threatening health issue, which needs immediate care by a vet. The condition can be caused when something, such as a sugary or fatty food, makes the pancreas become inflamed and swollen.
Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has pancreatitis:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain/swelling
- “Praying” stance (rear in the air, head and front legs lowered to the floor)
The symptoms can vary from mild to moderate and severe. However, it can be difficult to know if your fur baby has a severe attack or not. If left untreated, pancreatitis can lead to organ damage or even death.
Treatment of Pancreatitis in Dogs
At the vet’s, they will give your dog a physical exam and will order some lab work. In most cases, the vet will also prescribe pain medications, as this is a very painful condition. In addition, they may try to give medications for the inflammation and to treat nausea, as well as other symptoms. This may all be given through an IV, which makes it much easier to give fluids and medications.
Dogs who develop this condition and survive a severe bout of pancreatitis will have the condition for the rest of their lives. In some cases, this will be mild and treated with a low-fat diet. However, in cases where the issue has been more severe, the dog may suffer from more frequent bouts of pancreatitis and other issues such as organ failure.
So, it’s best to avoid giving your dog brie cheese. It’s just not good for him. Instead, try some cheeses that are better for him, such as cheddar. And only give these at treats on rare occasions.