A dog with a wary expression looking at mozzarella, showing they are harmful to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Mozzarella?

No, dogs should not eat mozzarella. While this cheese might seem harmless, it's not beneficial for our furry friends. Mozzarella contains high levels of fat and lactose, which can lead to upset stomachs and more serious health issues like pancreatitis.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jul 8, 2024

Did You Know?

Mozzarella is a type of cheese with high fat content, which can lead to obesity and pancreatitis in dogs if consumed in large quantities.




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Why is Mozzarella Bad for Dogs?

Mozzarella is bad for dogs because it contains lactose, which many dogs have trouble digesting, leading to stomach aches and diarrhea. Additionally, the high fat content in mozzarella can cause pancreatitisโ€”a painful and potentially life-threatening condition.

How Much Mozzarella Can Dogs Eat?

It's best to avoid giving mozzarella to your dog altogether. However, if your dog happens to sneak a small piece, monitor them closely for any signs of discomfort. A tiny, infrequent amount is less likely to cause harm, but it's crucial to avoid making it a habit.

Common Misconceptions

Some people believe that cheese, in any form, is an acceptable treat for dogs. While dogs can tolerate very small amounts of dairy, mozzarella and other cheeses can lead to digestive issues and contribute to obesity. Not all dogs react the same way, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Similar Harmful Products

Mozzarella isn't the only cheesy culprit. Other products also pose risks:

  • Cheddar: High in fat and lactose.
  • Blue Cheese: Contains roquefortine C, toxic to dogs.
  • Cream Cheese: High in fat and additives.

These can easily find their way into your dog's mouth from scraps, mixed into meals, or offered as treats. Be vigilant!

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Mozzarella?

If your dog eats mozzarella, observe them for any signs of discomfort such as vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy. If symptoms persist or are severe, contact your vet immediately. Avoid inducing vomiting unless instructed by a professional.

Long-term consequences of consuming harmful foods like mozzarella can be costly, ranging from digestive issues to serious conditions like pancreatitis. Treatment can be expensive, so having pet insurance can be a financial lifesaver.

What are Healthy Alternatives?

Fortunately, there are plenty of safe treat options for dogs. Here are a few healthy alternatives:

  • Carrot Sticks: Low-calorie and good for teeth.
  • Apple Slices: Rich in vitamins, but remove seeds.
  • Plain, Cooked Chicken: Lean and protein-packed.

These options provide similar taste or texture benefits without the health risks.


In short, mozzarella is not a suitable treat for dogs. Its high fat and lactose content can lead to serious health problems. Always consult with your vet if you have concerns about your dog's diet. Keeping our canine companions happy and healthy should always be the top priority!