Can Dogs Eat Eggs? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Yes, eggs are safe for dogs to eat in moderation. They are a great source of healthy nutrients for dogs but there are certain caveats dog owners should be aware of before feeding their dog any sort of egg or egg-based meals.
Why Eggs Are Good for Dogs
Eggs are packed with vitamins like vitamin D as well as other important nutrients like fatty acids and animal protein. Supplementing your dog with the nutrients that come from eggs can be beneficial. Vitamin D, for example, is important for regulating the balance of minerals like calcium and phosphorus.
The fatty acids that eggs contain, such as omega-3 fatty acid, are also beneficial for the dog’s health as they serve important functions in various parts of the dog’s body including the development of brain and eye functions.
How Eggs can be Dangerous to Dogs
Like any other “human foods”, eggs also come with specific health risks. How the egg is sourced and prepared will make a big different to the safety level of eggs to dogs. For example, you should avoid feeding your dog raw eggs due to the risk of diseases like salmonella. The safety of store-bought eggs has come a long way but that doesn’t mean you should put your dog at risk by letting him eat the raw egg content. There is no major difference between cooked eggs and raw eggs so you may as well as go with the safer option.
When preparing eggs for dogs, we suggest boiling them instead of frying them. The additional oil content from fried eggs could cause mild stomach upsets, especially for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
We also mentioned above how eggs are a rich source of vitamin D. Unfortunately, too much vitamin D can also be a bad thing for dogs so this is why it’s very important that eggs are fed in moderation. You need to keep in mind that commercial dog food is likely to already contain some vitamin D content.
There’s also the question of whether you should allow your dog to eat both the egg white and yolk or just the egg white. There’s a concern around the amount of cholesterol egg yolk contains but it should be safe for dogs to eat if they are healthy.
How Many Eggs Can You Feed a Dog?
Eggs are dense in calories and nutrients so moderation is important. How many eggs you feed your dog will depend on a number of factors such as the dog’s age, body weight, health, as well as what their regular diet consists of. For small dogs, we wouldn’t recommend letting them eat more than one small egg a week. The same applies to larger dogs although they will probably be fine if they were fed two or three eggs per week.
To be absolutely sure, we would recommend asking your vet the next time you take your dog for a check-up. To understand what other human foods need to be fed to dogs in moderation, we would recommend visiting our human food for dogs page which covers 100+ foods that may or may not be safe for pets.
Can dogs eat egg white?
Eggs, as a whole, are considered safe for dogs to eat in moderation as long as they are cooked. It’s important to not let your dog eat raw egg whites. This is due to the presence of avidin, an enzyme that could prevent the dog’s body from absorbing an important vitamin called biotin.
Dogs that suffer from biotin deficiency may gradually suffer from a number of conditions and symptoms such as crusty skin or chronic fatigue. Biotin deficiency, however, is considered relatively rare among dogs so it’s unlikely that your dog will get it from just eating a single raw egg white.
Keep in mind, however, that there are other health risks involved with eating raw egg whites. Dogs, for example, may end up suffering from food poisoning due to bacteria like salmonella.
To summarize, dogs can eat egg whites in moderation as long as they are cooked. There’s nothing wrong with feeding dogs a bit of cooked egg yolk so it might save you some trouble if you just let your dog eat the whole egg as an occasional treat.
Can dogs eat egg yolk?
For most dogs, eating a small amount of yolk should be fine as long as it’s in moderation. Egg yolks contain nutrients that are great for the dog’s health, including vitamin B-6, vitamin D, and cobalamin.
On the flip side, egg yolk does contain a decent amount of fat so eating too many egg yolks may cause health issues like stomach upsets in dogs. Some dogs may also have allergies to eggs so dog owners need to be careful if this will be the first time their dog will be eating egg yolk.
One other common question that gets asked is whether it is safe to let your dog eat raw egg yolk. In our opinion, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and only let your dog egg plainly-cooked egg yolk. Raw eggs, in general, are associated with a number of health risks such as the risk of developing infections like salmonella.
Can dogs eat scrambled eggs?
A small amount of scrambled eggs should be okay for most dogs to eat as long as it’s infrequent and it has been prepared with the dog’s safety in mind.
It’s best to only feed your dog a small amount of plain scrambled eggs. It should be considered a treat and not a replacement for the dog’s regular diet. The scrambled eggs should not come with any ingredients or seasonings that we like to typically add to make the eggs more flavorful. This includes salt, pepper, butter, hot sauce, and onions.
Eggs do come with certain risks like salmonella but this applies mostly to raw eggs. If this will be the first time your dog will be eating eggs (in any form) then please be sure to only give a tiny amount. Among all the different allergies dog may have, eggs are considered one of the more common.