Can Dogs Eat Eggs?

Can Dogs Eat Eggs?

by Scritch

The quick answer: Yes, plain eggs are safe and healthy for dogs to eat.

Benefits of eggs

Eggs are a highly nutritious food that contain lots of protein as well as vitamin A, vitamin B12, riboflavin, folate, iron, selenium, and healthy fatty acids. Eggs also come in handy when your dog has an upset tummy because they are a healthy and mild option. The safest form of eggs to feed are plain eggs that have been boiled or cooked without dairy or spices. Boiling tends to be the preferred method since it doesn’t require any extra non-stick ingredients. Another suggestion is to add crushed or ground egg shells to your dog’s food for some extra calcium; however, if your dog shows signs of a tummy ache after chowing down on an eggshell, discontinue the practice. 

Plain eggs can make up a portion of your dog’s diet should you decide to serve homemade meals. Work with your veterinarian to determine the right amount of eggs your pet can safely consume on a daily basis.

Hazards

Cooked eggs without anything added to them are perfectly healthy to feed to pets. However, adding spices, fats, and other foods is what makes eggs potentially hazardous. 

  • Eating eggs cooked with cheese, butter, cream or other oils means your dog is taking in additional calories which could lead to weight gain. Consuming too much fat in one sitting can also cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas accompanied by a painful abdomen), vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Certain spices and foods like onions, garlic, or the powdered versions are often added to eggs. These are toxic to dogs and can cause harmful effects.

Though a small bite of egg that has been cooked with cheese won’t hurt, it’s best to offer it like a treat: only in moderation. The rule of thumb is that treats should make up no more than 10% of your pet’s diet. 

Homemade dog treats

Eggs are a great binding agent for homemade dog treats. Try making this easy recipe from Two Cavaliers.

Cinnamon Apple Dog Treats

  • 1 cup dry oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • A dash of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F and line cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Pour oats, applesauce, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Once everything is blended, mix in the egg.

Using a tablespoon, scoop drops onto the cookie sheet and bake for 22 minutes. 

Allow to cool before serving.

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