You can prepare eggs, plain eggs, for your dog in any way you can prepare them for humans. Fried, hard-boiled, soft boiled, poached, raw, or scrambled, eggs are a nutritious supplement for your best friend. You can even throw in a bit of bacon now and then.
One of my dogs is an Australian Shepherd named Ringo. I set a bowl of dry food out so he can eat whenever he wants. I swear he gets bored with it. He walks to the bowl, takes a few pieces in his mouth, drops them on the floor, then looks at me, eyes sad and tail drooping. He really knows how to egg me on…
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Are Eggs Good For Dogs?
Eggs contain iron, fatty acids, folate, protein, riboflavin, selenium, biotin, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and more. All these nutrients contribute to your dog’s healthy skin, coat, organ functions, and overall wellness.
One large egg contains about 77 calories, a significant portion of the daily needs of a small to medium dog. Feeding your pet too many eggs or eggs too often could result in an unhealthy weight gain.
Dogs are not so different than humans with allergies and intolerances. A few dogs will have an abnormal reaction to eggs, so discontinue feeding eggs and talk to your vet if your dog displays coughing, sneezing, hives, problems breathing, or lethargy after eating eggs for the first time.
Do Dogs Even Like Eggs?
I dropped a piece of a fried egg on the floor one day, but I didn’t get time to think about picking it up. Ringo almost grabbed it out of the air on its way down
Most dogs love eggs. Before they became friends with man, dogs hunted and gathered food, including eggs.
I’ve never owned a dog that turned his nose up to an egg. All of them, including Ringo, attacked their food with renewed vigor after I supplemented it with an egg.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Eggs?
Before they were domesticated, dogs ate eggs raw all the time, whenever they could get them. Eggs didn’t kill off the species then, and today, most fresh, uncooked eggs from healthy chickens won’t hurt a dog.
However, salmonella infects one out of every 30,000 eggs. Cooking eggs kills salmonella bacteria.
Raw eggs also contain avidin, a glycoprotein that inhibits the absorption of biotin. Biotin is a vitamin essential for your dog’s healthy coat, immune system, digestion, and blood sugar.
If a dog eats too many raw eggs, avidin can create a biotin deficiency, a condition that could be fatal for a dog. Cooking eggs denatures avidin, impairing its biotin-blocking ability.
So, can dogs eat raw eggs? – sure! Is it a good idea? – probably not.
Is It Okay To Soft-boil Eggs? Does That Cook Them Enough?
Salmonella infects an egg through the porous shell into both the egg white and the yolk. Both the USDA and the FDA advise eating eggs cooked so the whites and yolks are firm.
Runny egg yolks never reach temperatures that kill salmonella and are not safe for either your dog or you. That includes soft-boiled eggs and eggs fried sunny-side up.
Can Dogs Have Fried Or Scrambled Eggs?
Scrambled eggs are Ringo’s favorite, and I scatter an egg over his dry dog food once each week. The first time I did it for him, he looked up, lifted his tail, and pulled his lips up from over his teeth – I swear he was smiling at me!
The only problem with fried or scrambled eggs is that they require oil or butter to prepare. The extra fat and calories brought in by the oil or butter may not be the best thing for your dog’s diet, so I feed them minimally to Ringo.
It’s also important to realize you shouldn’t season your dog’s eggs like you would your own. I never salt and pepper my dog’s eggs, and you should know that onion and garlic are toxic to dogs.
It’s okay to throw in some extras now and then, too, like a bit of bacon or sausage with a fried egg or a bit of cheese in a scrambled egg. Once, I folded some bacon and cheese in an egg to make an omelet treat.
Are Poached Eggs Okay, Too?
If you want to take the time and effort to poach an egg for your dog, I am sure your friend will be eager to sample such a culinary delight. Just remember, the yolk should be firm.
I poached an egg for Ringo once. He wagged his tail as I put it in his bowl, looked at it, sat down, looked at me, and then cocked his head to the side as if to say, “May I have some hollandaise sauce with that, please?”
What Ends Up Being The Best Way To Serve Eggs To Your Dog?
I think it is much more convenient to feed a dog hard-boiled eggs. You can cook them all at once for your dog and yourself, and then you can store them safely in the refrigerator for up to a week.
A large breed may eat an egg whole, smaller breeds may need the egg cut into pieces, and you can always chop up the egg. Using the egg as a treat, as a side dish, or mixed in with regular dog food as a supplement, boiled eggs are my recommendation.
I Heard Eggshells Are Good For Dogs. Is That True?
The outer layer of an egg is mostly calcium with some protein and other nutrients; powdered eggshells have been used since the invention of the chicken to provide a calcium supplement for humans. It only takes half of an entire egg’s shell to give a whole day’s calcium requirement for us.
Dogs need calcium as much as we do, especially as they age, to prevent osteoporosis. Eggshells can indeed be good for dogs.
A whole, unshelled boiled egg is one way to give your dog eggshells, but I avoid it. Large pieces of eggshells can have sharp edges or sharp points that can damage the inside of your dog’s mouth.
Instead, I use a rolling pin to crush the eggshell as much as possible and mix it in with other food. Ringo never knows it’s there.
Now, only one question remains. If you feed a dog a chicken and an egg, which will it eat first?