Welcome to our complete guide to dogs and eggs! Letting you know whether they are a good food to give to your friend, and how to correctly prepare them. Can dogs eat eggs? Let’s find out!
Did you know that eggs can be just as healthy for our canine family members as well?
Yes, you heard that right – dogs eat eggs, too!
In this article, we’ll take a look at how to prepare eggs that are safe for dogs to eat.
What’s in an egg?
We all know where eggs come from, but what an egg is actually composed of is a bit more complex.
Simply put, there’s the hard outer shell, the egg white, and the yolk that is suspended in the egg white.
There are various nutrients in each part of an egg.
The majority of the nutrients found in an egg are contained in the yolk. Both the egg white and the yolk have protein, but the yolk contains more than the white.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one raw egg contains 6 grams of protein.
Eggs are a good source calcium, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamins A and D.
Eggs for dogs – are they healthy?
When fed as a part of a raw food diet, eggs can provide many health benefits for dogs.
Let’s find out why eggs are so so good for dogs and what those benefits are.
Why are eggs good for dogs?
As previously mentioned, eggs are a good source of protein and several vitamins and minerals.
Protein-rich eggs can provide extra calories for dogs that have trouble keeping weight on (such as senior citizens or those with poor dental health).
Additionally, the calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D in eggs provides essential bone growth support in puppies and general health in adult and older dogs.
Iron helps distribute oxygen to your pet’s organs and muscles, which helps maintain their overall health.
Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, provides needed nutrients for a dog’s skin and, like vitamin A and thiamine, also helps to convert fat into energy.
Can dogs eat eggs every day?
Even though eggs are very nutritious for both humans and dogs alike, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Are eggs bad for dogs?
Although there are numerous health benefits to dogs eating eggs, there are also a few negative aspects of dogs eating eggs.
Feeding a dog too many eggs can lead to obesity, which is a major factor in many health issues
Eggs should also of course not be fed to dogs who are allergic to them.
According to VCA Animal Hospitals, food allergies can develop at any time in a dog’s life as a response to the proteins in your dog’s food, making such protein-rich foods as meat, eggs, dairy products, and soy products the most common culprits for food allergies in dogs.
Food allergies present as itching, digestive issues, and/or respiratory issues that do not respond to medical treatment. The symptoms cannot be alleviated without removing the offending food from the dog’s diet.
It’s important to note that there is still some risk of feeding eggs in small amounts and to dogs without food allergies to eggs, especially if they are raw. Read on for details!
Are eggs safe for dogs?
Can dogs eat eggs? Is raw egg good for dogs?
Eggs are generally safe and nutritious for canine consumption when they’re prepared appropriately and fed in limited quantities.
Refer to the following sections to find out how to safely feed your dog eggs.
Can dogs eat egg yolk?
Yes, dogs can eat egg yolk. The yolk is the most nutritious part of the egg!
Can dogs eat egg white?
Yes, dogs can eat egg white.
However, it’s best to limit the amount of raw egg whites that you feed to your dog.
According to a study conducted in 1998, continuously feeding raw egg whites to your dog can cause them to become biotin-deficient.
Biotin helps to support your dog’s digestive process, skin health, and cell growth and regeneration.
Can dogs eat raw eggs?
Are raw eggs good for dogs?
Raw eggs for dogs can be safe, but they may pose a health risk to people if the eggs are contaminated with Salmonella. Let’s take a closer look at that.
While dogs rarely develop a Salmonella infections, in a 2007 study of dogs fed raw food diets contaminated with Salmonella, 44% of the tested dogs shed the organism after consumption.
This means that you could in theory become contaminated via your dog.
In the UK this isn’t an issue any more as Salmonella has been eliminated from the ‘lion branded’ egg supply. But in the USA it is a risk you need to consider
Some people choose not to feed raw eggs, raw chicken and other raw products that could be contaminated with Salmonella, or other pathogens, to their dogs. Many others feed their dogs on an entirely raw diet on a daily basis – a diet that includes raw eggs.
Only you can decide if you are happy to do this.
If you do feed raw eggs to dogs and you are not in a ‘safe egg’ zone such as the UK, then you need to take the same precautions as you would if you feed your dogs a raw meat diet.
Make sure you wash your hands very thoroughly after handling the raw eggs, and don’t allow children to pet or play with a dog that has raw egg on his face and paws. And it goes without saying that you should pick up your dog’s poop and dispose of it safely – no matter what he is fed.
You can read more about the ‘raw meat and eggs safety debate‘ by following that link
If you’re going to feed your dog eggs, but are concerned about Salmonella, then it’s best to boil the eggs before serving them.
Can dogs eat cooked eggs?
Yes, dogs can eat cooked eggs. In fact, your veterinarians may recommend that you cook eggs before you feed them to Fido or Fluffy.
Can dogs eat scrambled eggs?
Yes, dogs can eat scrambled eggs.
However, be sure not to cook them in butter or oil and do not salt them. Butter and oil are excess fats that dogs do not need, and excess salt is also unnecessary for your pet’s diet.
Can dogs eat hard boiled eggs?
Yes, dogs can eat hard boiled eggs. It’s also the easiest cooking method, to boot!
Can dogs eat fried eggs?
It depends what the eggs were fried in.
Be careful not to serve eggs that have been cooked alongside onions for example.
Think about calories if your dog is overweight – fried eggs have more calories than poached, boiled or raw.
Can dogs eat egg shells?
Yes, dogs can eat egg shells.
However, some commercially sold eggs may have chemicals sprayed on them so that they appear shiny, so it’s best to clean and then boil eggs that will be served shell-on.
This counts for people and dogs!
Can dogs have eggs – a summary
Many wild carnivores supplement their diet with eggs. For the simple reason that they are a complete meal in a neat package. Dogs can benefit from eggs too.
In short, dogs can eat eggs, be they raw or cooked, with or without the shell. Eggs can provide dogs with protein and several necessary vitamins and minerals.
However, it is advised that you wash shell-on eggs before feeding them; Take care with your hygienic handling practices if feeding raw eggs. Boiling them will help to decrease your dog’s chances of contracting and shedding the Salmonella organism.
You can also feed your dog scrambled eggs, but be sure to do so without adding milk or salt. For dogs, plain is best.
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- Banfield Pet Hospital, “Essential Nutrients for Dogs and Cats: Minerals”.
- Banfield Pet Hospital, “Essential Nutrients for Dogs and Cats: Vitamins”.
- Finley, R., Ribble, C., Aramini, J., Vandermeer, M., Popa, M., Litman, M., Reid-Smith, R. “The risk of salmonellae shedding by dogs fed Salmonella-contaminated commercial raw food diets”. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2007.
- Watson, T. “Diet and Skin Disease in Dogs and Cats”. Journal of Nutrition, 1998.