Find Out: Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
August 14th, 2020
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Are you wondering if your dog can eat eggs?
It’s great that you’re here after looking it up! Many human foods are unsafe and even toxic for dogs to consume, so it’s always a good idea to double check before feeding anything to your dog.
So, are eggs safe for dogs?
In this article, we’ll not only dive deep into whether dogs can eat eggs, but also suggest the best ways to prepare them.
Yes or No: Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
The short answer is yes, dogs can eat eggs! This includes all parts of the egg, including the yolk, egg white, and even the shell.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and a great addition to any dog’s diet. In fact, wild dogs used to steal eggs from nests and consume them whole.
Of course, nowadays you don’t find a lot of easily accessible nests–much less so for your dog!
But the fact remains that there are many nutritional benefits to feeding eggs to your dog. We’ll cover those benefits in a bit, but for now, there are two risks you should be aware of:
- Salmonella: If you give your dog raw eggs, there is a slight risk of Salmonella. Approximately 1 in 20,000 to 1 in 10,000 eggs are contaminated. The good news is, if your dog is otherwise healthy, Salmonella is unlikely to cause any serious disease. Dogs may also spread Salmonella to humans via saliva or stool, so be aware of this risk.
- Biotin Deficiency: Feeding dogs raw egg whites over a prolonged period of time has been linked to biotin deficiency. The vitamin B complex supports metabolism, digestion, and skin. Raw egg whites contain an enzyme that hinders biotin absorption.
In simple words, there is inherent risk in feeding your dog raw eggs, even though these conditions are rare. If you want to avoid all risk, cooked eggs are better for dogs than raw eggs.
We feed Yuna at most one raw egg a week. With this limitation, feeding raw eggs is relatively safe, as the risks of her getting salmonella or developing a biotin deficiency is very low.
Why Should I Add Eggs To My Dog’s Diet Anyway?
Now let’s talk about the numerous nutritional benefits of feeding eggs to your dogs.
Eggs are one of those rare food sources that provide complete nutrition. Think about it: an egg contains everything needed for a baby chick to grow.
Eggs are an excellent source of animo acids. In fact, just one egg contains all nine essential amino acids needed to make a complete protein.
Excellent Source of Vitamins and Minerals
Packaged in that egg is a collection of vitamins and minerals, including:
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin A
Eggs are also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin K, zinc, and calcium.
Raises “Good Cholesterol” Levels
The word Cholesterol usually gets a bad rep. Actually, there are two types of Cholesterol:
- HDL or high-density lipoprotein
- LDL or low-density lipoprotein
HDL is often referred to as “good Cholesterol.” Dogs with high HDL levels can see reduced risk of developing stroke, heart disease, and other health issues.
And what type of cholesterol do eggs contain? You guessed it–HDL!
Excellent For Vision
Many people don’t know that eggs (specifically egg yolk) contain two important antioxidants, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, both of which counteract degenerative processes that may affect your dog’s eyes.
Two common vision problems that older dogs may start to develop are night blindness and cataracts (foggy vision).
Studies on human subjects show that eating eggs reduces the chances of developing macular degeneration (age-related eye disease) and cataracts. These results apply to dogs as well.
Help Fido Lose Weight
Pet obesity has unfortunately been on a steady incline, and about 56% of adult dogs in the United States are either overweight or obese.
High in protein and fat, eggs score high on the satiety index, which is a measure of how “filling” a food is.
Do note, however, that eggs are also pretty high in calories. So eggs are excellent for Fido if he’s on a diet, as long as you aren’t feeding too many.
How To Add Eggs To Your Dog’s Diet
Now that we know the benefits of feeding your dog eggs, we’ll go over how to add them to your dog’s diet.
First of all, what kind of eggs are best for dogs to eat?
Unseasoned hard-boiled eggs are arguably the best choice, since they’re probably the healthiest option, and the easiest to prepare.
Be sure to dice the egg up into suitable-sized pieces depending on your dog.
Oh yeah, and have we mentioned that dogs can eat eggshells too? After the egg has been cooled, you can peel off the shell and crush it into small pieces for a tasty protein and calcium boost.
Poached eggs are another excellent option, provided you don’t add any extra seasoning to the boiling water. Many people find them a bit more involved to prepare.
If you want to avoid giving your dog too many egg whites (remember, biotin deficiency warning!), poached eggs are great because you can break the eggs into a wire mesh sleeve before throwing them into the water. Just let some of the extra runny egg white drain out.
Scrambled eggs are another option. However, be sure that you do not use any additional seasoning (butter, milk, salt, pepper, etc).
Just use a tiny bit of oil when heating up your pan or skillet.
Because of the extra oil, we suggest not feeding your dogs scrambled eggs too often.
Fried eggs, like scrambled eggs, will require some oil when cooking, so feed sparingly. They aren’t the best choice for overweight dogs.
We like to save this option for special occasions! When cooking, also remember not to add any additional seasoning or spices.
Last, but not least, you can also feed your dog eggs raw. Like we mentioned previously, there is always some risk with feeding your dog a raw egg, but the chances are relatively low as long as you don’t overfeed them.
Every once in a while, we like to decorate Yuna’s dinner bowl with a raw egg on top. Two of our recent recipes feature this!
To sum up, yes, dogs can eat eggs, and they’re great for their overall health!
However, you should be aware of the risks involved with eating raw eggs. We’ve introduced four ways to cook eggs for your dog–hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, and fried.
Your dog will thank you lots for introducing eggs into their diet.