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Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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Can Dogs Eat Eggs?

Staci
Jun 30 ·

Can dogs eat eggs? When scrambling some for ourselves or cooking up an omelet, it might be tempting to do one for our pup too. Before feeding dogs any human food, however, it’s very important to research them.

Not every food that’s good for a person is good for a dog!

So, can dogs eat eggs, or are they one of the foods better avoided?

Can Dogs Eat Eggs?

can dogs eat eggs

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat eggs! They make a great snack.

Are They Safe?

Eggs, when properly prepared, are perfectly safe for dogs.

Are They Healthy?

Just like for humans, eggs have a lot of health benefits for dogs.

The Benefits

Eggs have a number of nutrients, including:

  • Vitamins A and B12
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • Protein
  • Selenium

These things are all great for dogs, just as they are for humans. The nutrients can provide them with a lot of health perks, and strengthen their muscles and bones. Eggs can also give their coat a nice glossy appearance, so it’s great to include them in your dog’s diet if you’re trying to improve the health of their coat!

The main benefit, of course, is that they provide a great switch-up to their diet. Dogs tend to love eggs, and since they’re safe and healthy, it’s a great idea to give them some every now and again — as long as it’s in moderation, and appropriate for them.

The Risks

What Can Dogs Eat

As with anything, there are some risks associated with dogs eating eggs. You should stay aware of them.

Obesity

If you give your dog too much of anything, you can risk obesity, and the fatty acids in eggs make that even more true for this food. You should make sure you’re keeping an eye on their body and that it’s staying at the appropriate level, and cut back on food if it’s not.

Obesity poses many great health risks to dogs and can put a lot of strain on their joints and bones.

Allergies And Sensitivities

Some dogs have sensitivities that you won’t often see until they have a reaction. To combat this, give them a little bit of egg at first and monitor them to make sure their stomach can handle it.

Bad Quality Eggs

Not all eggs come from a great source. Try to use organic, free-range eggs and just as you would for yourself, shop for good quality food for your dog. There are all sorts of health risks that can come from chickens who weren’t well looked after.

Seasoning

You shouldn’t give them eggs from a plate where you aren’t sure of the ingredients, such as at a restaurant.

Many dishes contain things like garlic and onion powder, which are toxic to dogs. Even salt and pepper isn’t great for them!

How Much Can I Feed Them?

You should always keep an eye on the number of calories your dog gets per day, and adjust their food accordingly. Every dog has different caloric needs depending on their size, metabolism, and how much exercise they get, so just keep an eye on their body condition and go from there.

How To Prepare Them

can dogs eat eggs

When preparing eggs, you should make sure not to cook them in oil — but otherwise, it’s up to you!

Make sure you cook them first, as raw eggs can put your dog at risk of salmonella. You can give them a whole boiled egg, or you can sprinkle some scrambled egg on their food to give them a nice tasty treat.

They can technically eat the shells, which are a source of calcium, but veterinarians often recommend that it’s better for them not to.

Alternative Snacks

If you’re looking for other snacks to feed your dog, these fruits and vegetables are great options:

If you do decide to feed your dog some human snacks, there are great options available. However, it’s important to do your research — some foods that are great for humans are terrible for dogs (such as grapes, which are toxic). You don’t want to find out that you made that mistake after giving the food to your dog.

It’s very dangerous to assume that because something is okay for us, it can automatically be given to our pups!

So, can dogs eat eggs? Yes! Eggs have a number of nutritional benefits and can be cooked in a variety of different ways, whether you want your dog to have an egg as a tasty treat or as a food supplement. Despite the health benefits, you should always start off slow when introducing any new food to your dog and be aware of the risks.

Do not cook eggs in oil or season them, make sure they’re cooked through and of good quality, and this is a great snack.

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Staci
Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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