Queso is a very popular food! Who doesn’t enjoy chips and queso every so often? But what happens if a dog eats queso?
Has your dog eaten queso? Are you worried the queso will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it’s scary when your dog eats something he maybe shouldn’t have.
In this article, we’ll take a look at queso and whether or not it can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Queso?
Queso in Spanish means “cheese.” If you’ve ever seen or eaten queso, then you know this is a type of cheese sauce. Many people dip tortilla chips and veggies into the yummy sauce.
Queso is made with cheese, of course. But it may also contain chiles and/or jalapenos, along with cumin, chili powder, ground meat, and more. There are various types of queso and a wide range of recipes, too.
While humans can enjoy queso dip, what about dogs?
Queso & Dogs
Most dogs can safely eat cheese. However, cheese can cause digestive issues for dogs that are lactose intolerant or those who are allergic to dairy.
What’s more, queso may be high in fat, which can cause pancreatitis in dogs. In addition, cheese used for queso made also be high in salt, which is also bad for dogs.
In addition, queso may contain other ingredients such as chilis, peppers, garlic, onion, and more. These foods are not safe for dogs. Peppers and chilis are too spicy for most dogs and can cause irritation in the digestive tract. Garlic and onion are known toxins for dogs. So, queso can be dangerous for our canine friends.
Symptoms of Queso Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog eats queso:
- Breathing difficulties
- Red, itchy rash all over
- Swollen face/muzzle/mouth
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, then he may be reacting to the cheese. Your dog could be lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy. These symptoms need to be checked out by your vet. If your dog is allergic to dairy, he could even develop a severe allergic reaction, called an anaphylactic reaction. This can be life-threatening and must be treated right away.
In addition, if your dog’s diarrhea and vomiting last longer than 24 hours or become worse, then it’s time to call the vet. The concern is that continuous vomiting and diarrhea could cause your dog to become dehydrated.
As you can see, queso really isn’t a good thing for your dog to eat. If he eats only a small bite of queso, he will probably be OK. However, if he’s lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy, then be sure to keep the queso where your dog won’t get it.