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Can Dogs Eat Eggs? Find Out Eggs-actly What Fido Can Have!

Can Dogs Eat Eggs? Find Out Eggs-actly What Fido Can Have!

Written By Amica Graber

Mar 14, 2017

Eggs are great! They’re a fantastic source of protein, and there are about a gazillion different ways to eat them. Okay, maybe not quite a gazillion — but eggs are nothing if not versatile.

But can dogs eat eggs? Well, it depends on what sort of eggs we’re talking about!

Can Dogs Eat Eggs?

Yes, dogs can eat eggs! Eggs are a good source of protein, selenium, and amino and fatty acids. Back when your woofer’s ancestors were lone rangers, they’d creep up on bird nests and steal eggs for food. This part of the primal doggy diet is still beneficial to this day.

If your dog has a sensitive stomach that reacts negatively to other sources of protein, try giving them a few hard-boiled eggs. After a bout of sickness, some dog owners choose to add a few eggs to their dog’s diet to help them recover — but you should always check with your vet ahead of time before making any changes to your dog's diet.

So, what’s the best way to feed your dog eggs? Whatever you do, make sure you cook them first!

Can Dogs Eat Raw Eggs?

Before you get egg-static about the introduction of eggs into your dog’s diet, know that there are a few caveats! The primary one is that you should avoid feeding your dog raw eggs due to the potential presence of salmonella.

Another factor to consider is the potential for biotin deficiency. Prolonged exposure to raw egg whites can produce an enzyme in dogs which prohibits the release of biotin. Biotin helps promote healthy hair, claws, and skin, so steer clear of raw egg whites.

But what if you accidentally crack an egg on the floor, and it’s eaten in a heartbeat? Don’t stress about it. These negative side effects of raw egg consumption are rare, and one raw egg probably won’t cause any damage. If your dog starts to vomit or experience diarrhea, consider taking them to the vet. Otherwise, your doggo should be fine!

Can Dogs Eat Scrambled Eggs?

Dogs can have scrambled eggs. Instead of using olive oil to grease the pan, consider adding a dash of coconut oil, which has a multitude of benefits for your dog’s health.

Related: Discover The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Egg Yolk?

Egg yolks, as long as they’re cooked, are perfectly safe for dogs to consume. Because eggs can be higher in fat (especially the yolks), you should consult with your vet regarding the correct amount your dog should be consuming per day.

Obese dogs will need to limit their consumption of eggs, and some owners have suggested the only other side effect to watch out for is stinky farts!

Can Dogs Eat Eggshells?

Dogs can have eggshells, which can provide a great source of protein and calcium! The best way to give your dog eggshells is by hard-boiling the eggs, peeling them, and then putting aside the shells.

It’s recommended that you grind the eggshells into a fine powder before adding them to your dog’s diet. You can use a food processor, mortar and pestle, or a coffee grinder to turn egg shells into an easily digestible dust. Add a spoonful of ground eggshells to your dog’s meals to give them a super-boost of calcium and protein.

Although you can give dogs raw eggshells, it’s considered safer to precook them first due to the risk of salmonella contamination.

Can Dogs Eat Boiled Eggs?

The next time you decide to whip up a batch of hard-boiled eggs, put aside a few for Fido. Boiled eggs are the most nutritious and safest way for a dog to eat eggs. Plus, you can put those eggshells to good use by crushing them up and using them as a protein powder on your dog’s food.

Can Dogs Eat Easter Eggs?

Oh heck no! Don’t forget that chocolate is canine kryptonite, and it can be lethal if ingested. Read about why chocolate is toxic for dogs, and remember to keep all of your chocolate Easter eggs far away from Fido.

Dogs And Eggs

If you’re running on a tight schedule, throw some eggs into the crock pot along with some chicken, rice, and chicken broth for a supercharged power meal for your dog. Filled with lean protein, making dog food in the crock pot is a great way to get your dog in the best shape of their life.

Does your dog crack up over eggs? Share your story in the comments