A couple of days ago, I had a Brie wheel of cheese. I’d slice the sides off of a wedge, and leave the “rim” on. Then chew down to the rim. Then eat the rim. The surface is basically a mold mat of mycelium.
It has a musty and a bit tangier tasted compared to the gooey cheese bits. I tend to eat about 1/2 the “rind” for that special and different character. But humans are closer to rabbits and rodents than to dogs. For example, humans and bunnies can both eat onions. To most other classes of animal, they are toxic. So you don’t feed onions to dogs.
It would seem this extends to Brie Rind as well.
So, OK, a couple of days ago I had an meal with Brie:
While cooking, the dogs were begging for some of “the good stuff”. As I was eating the Brie rind, I offered some to the dogs. The “Malty-Poo” took a fingernail sized bit, then spit it out. The Dachshund, who wolfs all her food and eats anything, ate it. I gave her more. And more.
Next day, Dachshund is not well. About 36 hours of not eating, having constipation, being “rummy”, not drinking, walking with disturbed gate, falling down, etc. I take an eye-dropper and squirt water into her mouth.
She does drink it (with a certain confused, defocused, and disoriented look).
Well, today she is once again eating and drinking on her own as usual. One “Big Poo” (after a day or so of acting constipated) followed by a very wet runny poo, and then a couple of hours, and she is once again herself.
No, I have no idea what in Brie Rind caused her neurological “event”.
No, I have no proof that “Brie Rind” was causal, nor will I do the experiment to find out.
No, I can’t in any way say that it is proven that dogs do poorly on Brie.
Yet I’ve fed her all the other things in her diet for the lat month with zero issue. Yet today, she is her old self again and the only thing changed is “No Brie”.
Could it be some unrelated dog illness? Sure. But the Malti-Poo has had no issues and rejected the Brie rind.
For me, it’s enough proof that something in the mold in the rind of Brie cheese is problematic for dogs. Just not going to chance it again. She loves Mozzarella string cheese, Edam, Gouda, cheddar, Mexican Mix, American, provolone, etc. etc. all with zero problems. We always have one or more of them in the fridge. I’ll give her those and either “shit can” the Brie rinds or eat them myself (since us monkeys seem nonreactive..)
I sat up most of the night, dog in lap, giving occasional water via an eye dropper squirting it into her mouth, while she hung on and recovered. Soaked up two “Piddle ‘accidents'” on the carpet as she recovered enough to pee again (and treated them with ammonia and… and…) without complaint or repremand. I think her brain was a bit twigged out…
I’m just glad that, today, she is back to her bright eyed and active self. 48 hours of hell, gone now.
So just remember: Brie for thee and not for thy dog.