Can Dogs Eat Raw Eggs? (Solved & Explained!)

Dogs really love eggs, to the point that if you have a ‘backyard chicken’ you probably have to watch out or your dog will steal those eggs! This begs the question, ‘Can dogs eat raw eggs?’, and this will be the subject of our article today.

Dogs shouldn’t be fed raw eggs. While they certainly love the taste, there is a risk of salmonella infection that is highest with commercial eggs, but also present with small farm or even backyard eggs. As it is a simple risk to mitigate, there’s just no practical reason to feed raw eggs to your dog.

This is a subject of contention among some dog owners, so today we’ll put in our 2 cents worth and give you the facts that you need, starting off with commercial vs. small farmed eggs, symptoms of salmonella, and more – read on for important information about eggs and your dog!

Backyard eggs versus store-bought

Where the eggs come from can make a difference in the chances of salmonella occurring. Usually ‘backyard’ eggs or small-farm eggs are going to be safer than the commercial, mass-produced variety, as they tend to produce eggs in cleaner environments.

That said, there is still a small risk that a chicken may become exposed to salmonella and lay the occasional egg that passes this along. As such, it’s really not a good idea to give your dog a raw egg, even if it comes from your own, immaculately-kept backyard chicken.

It’s just not worth it when you can spend 2-3 minutes cooking the egg to make it completely safe. Salmonella dies at temperatures of 163 degrees Fahrenheit/73 degrees Celsius, and your frying pan gets averages 300 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit on a Medium setting, so it’s better to just go ahead and cook the egg as a safety precaution.

Raw egg ready for dog food

Symptoms of Salmonella exposure in dogs

So, we’ve established that raw eggs are a salmonella risk, but how do you know if your dog has salmonella? Below are some symptoms which you can watch for that may indicate that salmonella poisoning in dogs:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea, especially with mucus or blood present

It is also important to note that the first week of the infection is the worst, but just because the diarrhea seems to stop after a week does not mean that it is gone. Salmonella can stick around for 3 to 6 weeks after that and in some cases, it will even stay longer.

It’s best to make get your vet involved to make sure that it is dealt with quickly, as untreated salmonella can be lethal for dogs that are older, immunocompromised, or simply have poor gut health in their stomach.  

What should I do if my dog ate a raw egg?

If your dog has eaten a raw egg, they will probably be okay, but you aren’t going to know for about 72 hours. This is how long it takes for symptoms of salmonella infection to start showing symptoms.

That means that you will have to keep a close eye on them for the next 3 days, but it’s better to bring them in to the vet for testing, especially if it’s an older dog or a puppy.

Your vet can do some testing to make sure that your dog is not ill and if an infection is found, they should be able to treat it before the symptoms can manifest.

Are all cooked eggs okay?

Pretty much… at least as far as safety, though eggs really need to be given in moderation (more on that, shortly). As far as cooking them, boiling is best, with scrambling them in a little water with no salt or butter being ‘second place’, and fried eggs falling into the ‘unhealthy’ category, due to the presence of oils.

Even if you fry eggs in bacon grease, which ‘sounds good on paper’ since it’s meat, you have to factor in all of the fat and more importantly, the high salt content from doing this. So, ultimately the best way to summarize would be to say that ‘cooking eggs is the safest way to serve them to your dog’.

Are eggs a good protein source for dogs?

Yes, eggs are a good protein source and your dog can certainly have them if they like – but only in moderation. The problem isn’t the protein, but rather the high fat and calories in an egg. To maintain their current weight, an active 10-pound dog eats about 350 calories in a day.

A large egg has approximately 90 calories, which make it close to 1/3 of your dog’s recommend intake, and 2/3 of those calories come from fat in the eggs. Your dog can certainly still have eggs, but you need to watch the portions.

As a general rule, large dogs can have 1 egg daily, while smaller dogs should stick to ¼. This lets you share your breakfast without giving too much fat or extra calories to your dog. Consider the egg as a treat and it’s easier to remember – treats shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake.

Stick to this rule and your dog can have their delicious treats and the moderation you’re observing with them will go a long way towards keeping dangerous doggie-obesity at bay!

In conclusion: No raw eggs –only cooked ones in moderation

While your dog might have a different opinion on the matter, sadly raw eggs are simply not a safe option for them to snack on. Even cooked eggs are high in calories and fat when compared to their daily caloric requirements, so while your dog can have cooked eggs they should still be moderated.

If your dog has eaten some raw eggs, make sure to keep an eye on them for 72 hours to make sure that there are no salmonella symptoms, as these can take a while to show. Even better, just bring your dog in for a checkup to rule it out completely.

This can help to avoid painful and dangerous symptoms from starting in the first place. Keep the tips that we’ve shared today in mind and your dog can definitely have eggs – in moderation, the same way that we’re supposed to!