Eggs are such a basic human staple that we often forget to ask ourselves if it is good for our dogs as well. After all, eggs are easy to digest and you can cook them in only a million different ways! But are they safe for dogs?
Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
The answer to that is yes. Absolutely! But, as is the case with feeding dogs many kinds of human foods, there are some precautions you need to take as a responsible pet owner.
A Few Cautions…
For instance, if your dog has a pre-existing medical condition such as diabetes or acute pancreatitis, then it is probably best if you do not feed eggs to your dogs.
You also need to ensure that when you are cooking eggs for your family dogs, you are cooking just eggs and nothing else. Yes, that means that you should not add anything such as pepper, salt, spices, and other condiments to add flavor to the food. Keep in mind that spices are not good for your pets – so it is best not to include them in their diet at all.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Eggs?
Another qualifier when it comes to feeding dogs eggs is that we are NOT talking about raw eggs so much. If you are feeding your dog raw eggs, then keep in mind that your dog has a higher chance of getting avidin. Avidin is a bacteria that is found on uncooked eggs.
Also, there is a risk of salmonella that comes from eating raw eggs. So it’s safer to cook eggs for your dogs than taking a chance with raw eggs.
The Benefits of Eating Eggs
If you are scrambling your eggs or cooking them first, then your dogs are safe. In fact, cooked eggs are great for your dogs. They help give your dogs different vitamins and help with their digestive system.
By incorporating eggs into your dog’s diet, you are giving them a great source of fatty acids, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, selenium, folate, and riboflavin. Just remember that moderation is key, and it is only safe if eggs are part of your dog’s diet – not the whole diet.
If you have questions about what other kinds of foods dogs can eat, check out our FAQ section.
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This article is part of our special series of articles about “What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?”
Please check out other articles in the series including: Can Dogs Eat Fish?