Can Dogs Eat Pimento Cheese?

correct answerThe Short Answer is:

Cheese mayonnaise and pimentos make up pimento cheese all of which are not toxic (thank goodness). Some pimento cheese recipes and brands however contain seasonings such as onion and garlic powder which are toxic to dogs.

In this research you will know the answer to the query “Can Dogs Eat Pimento Cheese?“.

Peppers sound catchy when called pimento do not you think?

But that is a little off-topic! How about the detectives in Brooklyn Nine-Nine?

On a stroll through the grocery aisles you will see pimento peppers of all shapes sizes and colors. 

Pimento cheese is known for its use of this ingredient. 

Among the ingredients are cheese (obviously) creamy mayonnaise and pimentos! 

After reading this we’re pretty sure both you and your four-legged companion are salivating (because we are too!)

We’ll be talking about what you need to know about pimento cheese and what you should consider before you feed it to your dogs. 

Lets get straight to it whenever you’re ready!

Let me begin with the basics. 

Can Dogs Eat Pimento Cheese? Can Dogs Have Pimento Cheese?

To answer that question the answer is yes! 

Shared items can be safely enjoyed by both parties which appears to be the case with pimento cheese when they say sharing is caring. 

However pimento cheese should be fed in moderation and the ingredients should always be checked. 

You can feed them to your beloved pet in moderate amounts as long as you choose ones with low sodium and fat levels. 

What nutrition could pimento cheese provide to a dog? 

Pimento cheese is a delicious and nutritious treat for your furry friends as well as offering a punch of flavor and even some nutritional value. 

First of all pimento cheese contains zero (yes zero) sugar and is packed with essential minerals such as calcium (for strong and healthy bones) and sodium (for proper cell function). 

We are also pleased to inform you that pimento cheese has a low carbohydrate count (2 g) a reasonable amount of protein (5 g) per serving and a low-calorie count of 110 calories per serving! 

The fat and sodium levels are quite high at 9 g and 210 mg respectively (*cries in disappointment*). 

Before you give your canines this scrumptious melting treat you may want to think about the portion size. 

Are any of the ingredients in pimento cheese toxic? 

However tempting it may be for your dog to devour an entire bowl some ingredients can compromise his health. 

Cheese mayonnaise and pimentos make up pimento cheese all of which are not toxic (thank goodness). 

Some pimento cheese recipes and brands however contain seasonings such as onion and garlic powder which are toxic to dogs. 

Dogs may become anemic if they consume onion or garlic powder. 

Among its toxic constituents is N-propyl disulfide (a compound responsible for destroying red blood cells). 

Please please keep your furry little paws as far away from this as possible even if they get upset or googly about it (we know it can be challenging but you have got it!) 

In the end its for their good health. 

Immediately bring your pet to the nearest vet if he or she accidentally consumes large amounts of garlic or onions. 

Even if the ingredients aren’t toxic how might they affect a dog? 

It may be a good idea to weigh in on how much of these main ingredients your dog is safe to eat without compromising their health on any level even though these ingredients are non-toxic to dogs? 

There are some things you should keep in mind: 


Even though the majority of peppers contain high levels of capsaicin (we know its tricky to pronounce) pimentos are relatively low in capsaicin. 

Capsaicin can typically be found in pepper seeds and ribs and high levels of this compound are a no-no for your pets digestive system. 

Its good to know that pimentos are friendly to the stomach so we would not have to worry about stomach problems (*sighs in relief*). 

Nonetheless its wise to restrict how much you feed them to your dog as too much vegetables are not good for their digestion as they might produce symptoms such as diarrhea (nope absolutely not) and vomiting. 

You will make sure they are fed moderate portions would not you?

Say Cheese (safe in moderation) 

Cheese really who can resist it? You should consider several factors before giving your furry friends a bite or two of cheese (in moderation). 

  • Fat content: When your dog wants to lose weight or get lean cheese may not be the best food for him. 
  • Potentially high sodium levels: Despite the fact that sodium is necessary for cell function high levels of sodium can cause sodium poisoning. The symptoms of malaria may include extreme thirst lethargy diarrhea vomiting (yikes! ) and others. 
  • Lactose Intolerance: The same goes for dogs seeing others eat cheese peacefully without a stomach grumble every once in a while. Lets say you know your tail-wagging friend is lactose intolerant. You should either skip the cheese or opt for a low-lactose alternative such as goat cheese. If you’re not sure try giving them a tiny bit of food. In the event of digestive upset either avoid feeding cheese altogether or get low-lactose cheese instead. 

When in doubt as to whether cheese is safe for your furry companion we strongly recommend consulting your local veterinarian for the best course of action. 

My Oh Mayonnaise

Oil egg yolks vinegar and lemon juice are the basic ingredients for making mayonnaise which is (thankfully) non-toxic and non-poisonous for our furry friends!

As with cheese mayonnaise does contain significant amounts of fat which can disrupt the digestion process and increase the risk of pancreas inflammation (oh dear) also known as pancreatitis.

You should always consult your veterinarian if you are not sure if your dog can consume mayonnaise particularly if they have a history of digestive problems. 

Pimento cheese vs pimento cheese spread? Which is least harmful to your dog?

„Are you telling me that these two cheese types are different?

(Surprise surprise!). The answer is yes! 

The difference between pimento cheese and pimento cheese spread is the consistency and texture where pimento cheese has a looser consistency and pimento cheese spread has a thicker texture. 

However what matters most is whats inside aka its nutritional value. So lets get started!

Spreads made from pimento cheese have a relatively low-calorie count at 170 calories per serving contain only 5 grams of sugar and are enriched with Calcium (150 mg) and Sodium (570 mg). 

There are also 6 grams of protein 7 grams of carbohydrates and 13 grams of fat in these bad boys (which may be worth watching). 

In the end it comes down to one thing and one thing only: which pimento cheese type will reign supreme? 

It seems obvious enough that pimento cheese is the reigning champ after crunching the numbers and engaging in great debates. 

Pimento cheese has a lower calorie count fat level and sodium level than other cheeses. A similar amount of protein cholesterol and calcium is also found in the spread. 

Because of this this is a better choice for your best friend! 

Can Dogs Eat Cheese Spread?

Are any ingredients in pimento cheese spread toxic? Pimento cheese spread contains most ingredients that are not toxic to dogs however vinegar may be one to watch out for. 

There are different kinds of dogs and some of them can consume vinegar diluted in small amounts without ill effects. Nevertheless vinegar especially undiluted may cause gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and diarrhea. 

We recommend keeping high-vinegar pimento cheese spreads out of dog bowls to be on the safe side. 

Can dogs eat pimento-stuffed olives? 

In spite of the relatively low calories and fat content per serving its the shocking sodium content of 240 mg per serving (14 g) that you really need to watch out for. 

It is possible for dogs to become poisoned with sodium when they consume high sodium levels (which neither of us wants). 

While olives and pimentos are non-toxic to dogs you may want to avoid giving them to your pups. 

Can Dogs Eat Green Olives with Pimentos?

Are green or black olives toxic to dogs? Good news for your tail-wagging friend: olives are non-toxic (hurray!).

The only thing you need to make sure is that these olives are unsalted and organic (if possible since we know how expensive these olives can be) and that you remove the pits to prevent your dogs from choking or having a grumbling stomach. 

Can dogs eat chili or spicy foods?

Adding chili or giving spicy foods to our furry companions is simply a huge no-no no matter how much we want to. 

Spices can be toxic to your dogs digestive tract and pose a threat to its health. Ingestion may cause excessive thirst in dogs and eventually cause vomiting (no thanks). 

Chili and spicy food are a no-no for your pets so keep them away from paws as much as possible!

If you want to read more about dog food tips read here: Dog Food Tips and Tricks.

Can Dogs Eat Pimento Cheese? (Watch Video)

Leave a Comment