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Can Dogs Eat Eggs? Are they Safe?  

Pet love has no barriers. However, this doesn’t mean that we can feed human food to our pets without knowing if it’s safe or not for doggie consumption.

Does your pet dog also like eggs? Do you want to not be guilty about feeding them to your beloved pet?

Can Dogs Eat Eggs? Are they Safe?

As you might already know, eggs are one of the best’s sources of human food out there. They contain protein, vitamins, minerals, and vital fatty acids that can offer a ton of health benefits.

As hinted earlier, foods that are safe and healthy for human consumption are not necessarily safe/healthy for canine consumption. So, you can’t put anything in your dog’s mouth without knowing if it’s toxic or not for his body.

Imagine the forthcoming problems from feeding your pet with something that doesn’t sit well with his digestive system, which is not the same as ours. Yes, dogs metabolize foods differently than humans.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of human foods that your dog should never eat. The chances are that you may be feeding your pet with these foods unknowingly. Does egg fall in the similar category of food? Let’s find out.

Interesting Facts: Hens don’t produce one egg at one time. They usually mass produce eggs.

A sense of relaxation will pass through your body, knowing that you can safely serve eggs to your four-legged friend. Not only do eggs provide a lot of nutritional benefits, but they also help settle down upset tummies in dogs.

So, if your dog has eaten a raw egg that you dropped on the floor or it discovered in the backyard, do not panic. Your dog is not at any health risk. Dogs can eat both cooked and raw eggs without any issues.

Of course, store the eggs nicely in a refrigerator as you would normally do for eggs consumed by you. This will not only prolong the life of the egg but will also minimize the risk of bacterial infection.

Interesting Facts: Eggs age more in a single day at room temperature than in one week of refrigeration.

How many eggs to serve? Can you feed them with raw eggs?

Of course, too much of any food can pose health risks. Therefore, egg consumption, like any other food, should be limited to just breakfast or alternate days. Although the side effects of eating raw eggs are rare, it’s usually suggested to stick to cooked eggs.

Just like humans, our pet dogs are at risk of contracting Salmonella from raw egg consumption. Prolonged raw egg consumption can also cause biotin deficiency because raw eggs have enzymes in them that can interfere with biotin consumption.

For all these reasons, veterinarians suggest pet owners to stick to cooked eggs as opposed to raw eggs. That said, serving them raw eggs occasionally won’t land them in the ICU room.

After all, dogs are able to produce more gut bacteria than us, allowing them to eat raw meat, egg, and bones without any issues. Keep in mind that dogs have been eating raw meat and eggs for hundreds and hundreds of years.

In the past, dogs used to steal eggs from unguarded bird’s nest. So, their digestive tract is quite capable of handling the harmful bacteria, which severely reduces the risk of them getting infected by Salmonella.

In short, the risk of them contracting Salmonella is significantly less in comparison to humans. Of course, don’t feed them with an absurd amount of eggs because the risk of biotin inhibition is real.

As they say, ‘Too much of good food is also not good.’ For smaller dogs, even a single whole egg can be a lot. So, make sure that you are feeding them as per their total calorie intake and nutritional needs for the day.

In other words, serve them with respect to their overall diet, or else you will end up making them obese. For those who don’t know, a single egg has around 60-70 calories.

Cooked or raw, only larger dogs can accommodate the additional calories of a whole egg per day. Ideally, the intake of eggs should be limited to 1-3 per week (for smaller puppies), especially when you are counting calories for your dog.

Interesting Facts: A hen lays close to 300 – 325 eggs every year. Older hens produce larger eggs.

Additional Information that you should know:

You can also talk to the vet to know what should be the ideal consumption of eggs for your pet. The vet will be able to guide you better based on the age, breed, and health condition of your dog.

If you decide to serve cooked eggs to your dog, the simplest way is to boil them as it creates the least mess. Plus, it eliminates the need for additional calories coming from sprays or oils.

As such, any method of cooking will work. You can also serve eggs in the form of your traditional omelet or scrambled eggs. Additionally, you can mix eggs with other foods that are a part of the dog’s main meal.

However, avoid adding a lot of spices, salt, or additives during the preparation process. Too much spices can mess up their stomach. Even if they eat them, it will cause them to shit it out. It may also lead them to pass running stool.

Moreover, try to feed them eggs on days when you are not feeding them fish or meat. Of course, eggs won’t harm them in conjunction with the above foods. But, there’s a limit to how much protein/calcium/vitamins they can absorb on the same day.

Not to mention that too much protein intake at one go can lead to smelly farts. We are pretty sure that you would hate to deal with smelly farts on any given day of the week.

Therefore, it’s important to feed them everything in balance. Even if your pet loves eggs, give him a break from eggs every once in a while. This will prevent him from getting bored from eating eggs. So, yeah, don’t go overboard on anything.

Do you have to worry about the cholesterol in eggs?

Frankly speaking, “no.” Cholesterol doesn’t have the same (harmful) effects on dogs as it does on us. Not to mention that dogs don’t usually suffer from cholesterol-related issues as humans do.

This should tell you that you don’t have to stick with only egg whites. Of course, your pet will gain weight, though, if you feed him with too many additional calories via egg or any other food.

Can you serve them with eggshells too?

How about the eggshells? Can they be served to your furry friend without the risk of any health issue? Well, the answer is ‘yes.’ So, don’t throw the eggshells in the garbage bin the next time you crack an egg.

Your dogs can safely consume eggshells too. Eggshells are not strong or sharp enough to pierce a healthy intestine. Dogs usually find them easy to chew and digest. That said, you might notice tiny fragments in the dog’s poop.

Not only do they fit well with their raw eating habits, but they also provide a nice nutritional boost. In fact, eggshells are like the cherry on the top. They contain a healthy dose of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.

All these nutrients and minerals are good for your dog’s overall health and wellbeing. Believe it or not, eggshells can also do a world of good to their dental health. Plus, it will help them with muscle strength too.

Of course, not all dogs are not a fan of eggshells. In fact, several dogs hate them. If your dog does not like the shell part of the egg, don’t force-feed it. Separate the shell before serving it to your pet.

If your pet is ‘okay’ with eating eggshell, and you want to serve it with cooked eggs, then grind the shells and sprinkle them over the cooked eggs. If you are serving them in any other way, don’t hesitate to share it with others by posting a comment below.

Final Words:

As you can tell by now, the so-called ‘dangers’ of egg consumption are not so grave to write them off completely from your pet’s diet. In fact, the positives are far more than any potential downsides.

Of course, you know your pet better than anyone else. So, pay close attention to the changes in your pet’s appetite and behavior because changes in diet can lead to indigestion, gas, upset stomach, and issues along the same lines.

Also, it’s best suggested to feed your dog with eggs from hens that have been raised on an organic diet because eggs from these hens are more nutritious. That’s true; the health of the hen is also important.

In other words, get the eggs from a trusted source so that your pet derives the most health benefits from egg consumption. If it’s possible for you, try to buy eggs from local farmers.

 

Petes Miller

My name is Petes Miller, and I am crrazyyy about dogs.

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