can dogs eat eggs

Can Dogs Eat Eggs?

I am feeding my dog a raw diet since a few weeks and I wanted to incorporate a bit more protein into her meals.

As I do not feed her dairy or wheat, eggs were the first thing that came to my mind. After a little bit of research, I found out that dogs can definitely eat eggs but how healthy are they really?

Benefits of Feeding Eggs

Eggs are high in healthy protein, linoleic acid, and vitamins. They are especially good for dogs with digestive issues and improve the skin and coat of your pet. The egg shells are also nutritious and contain phosphorus and calcium which are very important for your dog’s joints and bones.

Here is a summary of every vitamin and mineral eggs contain and what it is for:

CalciumStrong bones and healthy teeth
IronTransportation of oxygen
SeleniumPrevention of cell damage
PhosphorusBones and energy production
Vitamine B12Production of red blood cells
Vitamin DBalance of calcium and phosphorus
Vitamin AHealthy coat
PyridoxineMetabolic processes
RiboflavinEnergy production, healthy skin
PantothenicCell energy production

Can Dogs Eat Eggs Raw?

Many years ago, dogs were used to stealing eggs from birds nests and eating them raw. But the digestive system of our domesticated dogs today is a bit different.

Although it happens really rarely, vets recommend to only feed your dog cooked or boiled eggs for two reasons: The most obvious one is the same reason why humans shouldn’t eat raw eggs and that’s for the risk of salmonella infection.

The other reason is that the raw egg white contains enzymes that block the absorption of biotin into the dog’s body which could lead to biotin deficiency. Many people also fear about cholesterol but veterinarians can explain that it doesn’t have the same effect in dogs as it has in people.

When you are choosing to feed your dog raw eggs, check your dog with your vet before that. A healthy adult dog with a healthy immune system is not prone to get infected by bacteria. Old dogs and young dogs might be more sensitive to bacteria. If you want to feed your puppy eggs they will definitely need to be cooked.

When buying the eggs, go for free-range and organic eggs that have been laid by healthy hens. If you can, you can also directly buy them from a local farmer for the best quality.

Can Dogs Eat Eggshells?

Eggshells are an incredible source of calcium and together with the egg yolk and white they form a complete meal benefitting teeth and bones. You can either feed the eggshells in whole or by crushing them first.

You do not have to put them in a grinder, I usually crush them with my fingers right before I put them on my dogs meal. There have been no salmonella infections reported from feeding raw eggshells but if you want to, you can cook them beforehand.

As dogs cannot fully digest eggshells, you might find some white flocks in their stool. Grind the eggshells very fine so your dog can have the full benefit of the nutrients. I also feed my dog bones in her raw diet, so we don’t have to do that for the calcium and phosphor.

You can feed your dog one teaspoon of ground eggshells which equals one eggshell and about 2000mg calcium. Start with a small amount and see how your dog digests it. Too much eggshell can lead to diarrhea.

Can Dogs Eat Scrambled Eggs?

Whether the egg is cooked, poached or scrambled doesn’t really matter. It is just important that you don’t use any butter or oil if you choose to scramble it.

You can also use the eggs to create some yummy homemade dog treats. This is a recipe from Pretty Fluffy that I actually use for my own dog. These banana almond puppy treats are so yummy, soft and suitable for puppies and adult dogs.

For this recipe you will need: 1 egg, 1/3 of banana, 3/4 cup of almond butter and 1 tsp of cinnamon.

Mash the banana into a bowl, add the other ingredients and stir until well combined. Use two spoons to separate the dough into little drops (the size you want your treats to be) and place them onto your baking paper. Place them in the preheated oven at 350°F/180°C for 10 minutes.

How Should I Feed My Dog Eggs?

As I said, it is best to feed your dog eggs cooked or boiled for safety reasons and without any oil, butter or seasoning. Eggs are also high in fat so you shouldn’t be feeding them too often. A few times a week would be best to get all the health benefits from them without putting your dog at risk.

If you are uncertain about feeding eggs to your dog, you can always consult your vet first as he will be able to give you more tips.

How Many Eggs Can a Dog Eat in a Day?

You shouldn’t feed your dog eggs every single day. A single egg contains 70 calories and too much of that could cause your dog to gain weight. You should see the eggs more like a treat. If you want to feed them everyday take a portion from his daily treat amount so he doesn’t get too many calories in a day.

One egg every other day will be enough and you can also feed the homemade treats I have mentioned above everyday instead of your normal treats.

How to Cook Eggs for Dogs?

You can cook the eggs just like you would for yourself, just about 5-6 minutes. Let them cool down completely before giving them your dog. They can be a bit warmer to increase the smell but not hot.

If your dog refuses to eat it in whole, just crush the shell with your fingers and mash the egg with a fork. And remember to not put any seasoning nor oil on the eggs, your dog will love it anyways!

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