Can I Give My Dog Eggs?

Can I Give My Dog Eggs?Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious foods because they’re loaded with vitamins, protein and minerals. Since they are so healthy, it’s no wonder owners want to find out if sharing with their dog is okay.

Rest assured that your four-legged friend can partake in the occasional egg. Yes, they are good for dogs. There are, however, some odds and ends to consider which we’ll cover here.

Obviously the health benefits of egg consumption are numerous. They are a unique gift but how much should be given to Fido? What about the merits of eating raw eggs as well as the shells? Let’s take an closer look for your dog’s sake.

Can I Give My Dog Eggs? Answer: Yes

Your best buddy may benefit from moderate egg consumption. Boiled is preferred rather than fried.

Dogs aren’t prone to the same cholesterol risks, and the resulting diseases, as us humans are which is partially because of their shorter life spans. Even the yolk, which is where many of the nutrients are found, is okay in moderation. Without a doubt, giving one or two to a dog can make for a healthy treat.

A more consistent way to incorporate eggs into your canine’s diet is with a high quality chicken and egg dry dog food which contains no artificial flavors or preservatives.

A Potential Downside

It’s important to get the entire picture so you can determine if eggs should really part of your dog’s life. They do contain enzyme inhibitors, found in egg whites, which have the potential to negatively affect digestion. This is mostly true for young pups and senior dogs. But if you limit consumption to just a few per week then you’ll likely have nothing to worry about.

Healthy Eggs for Dogs

Eggs are generally a great supplement for your pet dog. Besides the awesome protein levels, they contain naturally-occurring vitamin D. This helps the calcium, also found in eggs, to be absorbed which assists with healthy bones and teeth. A lesser known benefit of the egg is Choline, an essential nutrient found to be beneficial in so many ways.

Iron and selenium, useful for fighting cancer among other health perks, are found in eggs. They’re also a good source of iodine so a healthy thyroid is more likely. The vitamin E, zinc, Riboflavin and fatty acids are also potentially beneficial for pets.

The Protein Factor

Dogs require lots of protein and naturally prefer meat. What’s great about eggs is that they contain high quality protein as well as essential amino acids. Combine that with the fact that medium eggs contain less than 80 low fat calories and you can see why eggs are a winner! Logically, people who eat eggs for breakfast have more energy during the day. Try mixing in some egg with your dog’s regular food for a great protein boost!

Raw Eggs & Shells

In recent years, raw diets have become popular. Some owners have put their dogs on raw diets to varying degrees. The question of raw eggs for dogs remains controversial. Since canines have quick and short digestive tracts, serving some raw egg is unlikely to harm them even if they were contaminated with Salmonella or E. coli.

In fact, quite the opposite, raw eggs and even the shells can actually do a lot for your dog’s coat. The unaltered proteins will keep the fur shiny, an indication of excellent health. Eggshells are healthy for dogs, loaded with calcium!

Avoid serving raw eggs to dogs with health problems or weakened immune systems since a contaminated egg could potentially harm an already vulnerable dog.

Conclusion on Eggs

Whether boiled or raw, it is safe to give occasionally feed eggs to your dog. As always practice moderation and keep servings at a few eggs or so per week, not more. Egg shells and the yolks are also okay. The extra nutrients found in this budget-friendly food may go a long way towards improving your dog’s furry coat while providing many other overall health benefits as well.

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Sue July, 2016

Can the egg be cooked in oil for my dog? Also, what about egg shells, cooked or raw?

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Don August, 2016

I feed my dogs fried eggs in, preferably, olive oil but at times animal fat. I haven’t fed them the shells but if I did they would have to be finely crushed for my small dogs. They will have hard boiled eggs this morning mixed with their dry food. I have operated a kennel for years, in the past, and the only issue eggs produced was gas when fed in a raw state.

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Anna Leaner June, 2016

My dogs are allergic to chicken. Therefore, is it necessarily true that they should not eat chicken eggs?

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Sian March, 2016

I have a 4 month old Blue Heeler pup from the RSPCA and I give her whole boiled eggs with the shell as a toy/treat especially when leaving home for work to occupy her. She loves to pick it up and play until she decides it’s time to chow down. 2 or 3 times weekly she has a raw egg with her normal food, so overall she has 5-7 eggs weekly.

Any very active or growing dogs will be highly benefited by a few eggs weekly served any way. Just apply the same rules as your own food hygiene, fresh produce with no additives or fillers is better for you and your dog.

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Emily March, 2016

I just got a new puppy last week. She is about 9 weeks old and I am trying to figure out the best diet possible. I was wondering if cooked egg yolk is good for her. Does anyone know?

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Barb March, 2016

We give our dogs brunch on weekends with a scrambled egg and a small amount of cheese. Sometimes we will put 1/2 of a boiled egg in their food at night.They always love their Greenies in the morning and before bed. Spoiled! 🙂

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Elizabeth March, 2016

I have a 6 year old Terrier/Pug mix. We adopted him from the SPCA last July. I give him half of a scrambled egg every morning and he loves it. Would it be okay if I scrambled some eggs and gave them to him as a treat during the day? Not the whole egg, but a little at a time.

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Jen February, 2016

I have a nearly 3 month old Morkie. We decided as tiny as she is, we don’t want to encourage her growth by way of eating the wrong foods/treats. I gave away the treats I was giving her occasionally and only scramble her a plain egg in the microwave. But I only give her a bite of the egg after she goes outside. Right now, it’s a healthy treat for her and she loves it. Later, I will incorporate a little more into her diet because she likes it.

We did away with all OTC treats and garbage she doesn’t need. She gobbles up the egg and when she comes in, she goes straight to the fridge for her treat. I am interested in the raw eggs and shells. I guess I am afraid to do this, but will ask her vet. He does not like dogs getting all the dog bones, because of what he sees, and the fattening treats and neither do I.

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Jaqutia January, 2016

When you give them the egg raw, how do you give them the shell? Also, if you are boiling or frying them, do you still give them the shell? I have read about grinding up the shell and putting it in their food. Then again, I see pictures of people just giving their dogs entire eggs.

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Patti January, 2016

My Dachshund loves eggs but my Terrier mix not so much. I give Lola 2 eggs about 3 times a week and I have not seen anything to be concerned about. She loves them! They are a good source of protein for her.

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Susan Springer November, 2015

I’ve had a Yorkshire Terrier for 14 years and a Cocker Spaniel for 13 1/2 years. I fed both a bit of egg from my own breakfast when I finished eating each morning. They both always had very shiny coats. I plan to do the same with our new rescue dog, a 4 year old Maltese-Cairn Terrier, to be sure her coat is shiny and beautiful too.

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Cobugi September, 2015

I cook my eggs over easy for breakfast, scoop out the yolks and mix it in with their breakfast. I eat the rest of the eggs myself. This is great for my diet and they seem to really love it!

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Max September, 2015

Dogs will regularly steal eggs. I saw this as a young boy living on a farm with lots of chickens and hens. The telltale was dogs with shiny coats!

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Denise September, 2015

Can I give my 4 month Pit Bull a boiled or scrambled egg 1 or 2 times per week with his dry food for his breakfast? I also give him fruit sometimes such as strawberries, pears and apples without the skin and seeds and he loves that.

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Shanon September, 2015

I give my Pitty and my Blue Heeler a hard boiled egg every day as a treat after their main meal in the evening. They love it. I also find that when my Pitty has an allergic reaction to something, and loses her fur, that it grows back lusher. I shell them though. I don’t feed them the shell at all and instead give them to my chickens as it helps them lay stronger shells.

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Rique August, 2015

Cooked eggs can cause inflammation while raw egg shells help prevent inflammation. Grind raw eggs and if your dog likes them, great. If not, try carrots or pumpkin, without the seeds, with organic butter or a bit of Himalayan salt and the egg. Good luck!

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Dee July, 2015

My girl is a 5 year old Rottweiler. She always gets an A+ at the vet when she goes for a nail trim every 6 weeks or to update her shots. She eats President’s Choice (Real Canadian Superstore brand) Chicken and Brown Rice mix and she also loves a hard oiled egg cut up into her dry dog food. Our vet is aware of what she eats and suggests I don’t change a thing.

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Michael June, 2015

My dog is almost 2 years old and weighs 52 pounds. He has been on a raw food diet of mainly chicken and turkey for almost a year. Thankfully, he is doing great on it. I have given him eggs and he loves them. He doesn’t eat the shell but I won’t fault him for that.

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Maxine June, 2015

My Pomeranian is of senior citizen age. We lost our first one, he would not eat. Now I scramble eggs and I add them to moist dog food along with some canned food. The only one he will eat is Alpo Filet Mignon but he eats this mixture pretty good.

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Greta June, 2015

My dog is small and weighs about 9.5 pounds. He is a Shorkie. I feed him one scrambled egg everyday but he will not eat on his own. Do you think one egg is too much?

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Singh January, 2016

I wouldn’t feed my Rottweiler 1 scrambled egg per day. If he has to be fed it, he’s not really enjoying it anymore. I’d probably stop giving him that many eggs. I give my dog an egg once in a while, and he still loves them.

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Samantha May, 2015

How often should you give eggs exactly?

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Ginger January, 2015

I’m feeding my 15 pound, 9 month old Miniature Pinscher 2 fried eggs per day. Is that good or bad?

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Boris January, 2015

Eggs are an awesome treat for your pup. However, if you do fry them, be sure not to use too much butter or oil because they aren’t healthy for dogs. Two eggs a day is a bit much for a small pup such as yours. I’m a proud owner of a 110 pound Rottweiler and even he only gets a few eggs, fried or boiled, twice a week. It’s great for their coats and they do love the treat. My pup enjoys his eggs sunny side up and over his dog food. Remember, too much of anything can be bad.

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Terence December, 2013

Eggs are allergenic ingredients for dogs. Some dogs are allergic to chicken too. The chicken is normally cooked and not the raw form.

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Susan January, 2015

It’s all the chemicals and parasites. Doctors have known for years that chemicals create a hostile environment leading to inflammation and creating health problems. We must remove as much chemicals as possible and put back into our foods all the herbs, fruits, vegetables and grains.

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Bruce February, 2016

Dog are not herbivores. They should not be fed vegan diets and should never be fed grain (I’m fairly certain you won’t see a wild dog stalking a wheat field). You may make diet choices for yourself based on your beliefs or how certain foods make you feel but your dog is a carnivore. They will not thrive on a diet of herbs, fruits, vegetables and grains…especially grains.

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John March, 2016

The amount of people that get this wrong is astounding. A large amount of a wild dogs eat a diet which includes the intestines and stomach of herbivores (normally the first part of a kill that is eaten). They are eating semi-digested grains and grasses too. Feeding your dog a carnivorous diet is as bad as only feeding them a herbivorous diet. Dogs are omnivores, just like us humans!

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Trish Miller September, 2013

I know of no physiological reason why it would not be okay to feed an egg a day if you choose to. If you check with the nutrition department at a leading vet school like UC Davis or Cornell, I believe this will be confirmed.

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