Are you considering adding human foods to your dog’s diet? Have you been wondering if dogs can eat eggs and, if so, can they be raw, boiled, scrambled, or include yolk? Many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs to eat, and this includes eggs, which are considered to be one of the most complete foods anyone, human or animal, can eat. In addition to being healthy and nutritious for dogs, eggs can also be used to help settle an upset stomach.
Benefits of Dogs Eating Eggs
There are several health benefits of adding eggs to your dog’s diet. For starters, eating eggs can help to keep their coats shiny. Most of the popular brands of dog food tend to include eggs in their ingredients, because they make great fillers, and they are loaded with nutrients.
Some people think that eggs can cause salmonella in dogs, but as long as they are cooked, they pose no problems at all. Therefore, you should not feed your dog raw eggs. We will discuss the dangers of raw eggs later in this article.
Eggs are inexpensive and a safe source of many of the nutrients your dog needs to be healthy and happy including:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Fatty Acids
Eggs are also high in protein, as well as containing loads of essential fatty and amino acids. It doesn’t matter how you cook them. Dogs seem to love them in any form, and they can be cooked in many different ways, including scrambled and boiled, which are OK for your dogs. Just remember to avoid salt, onions, and other seasonings.
Dogs Can Eat Egg Yolks in Moderation
If you are going to give your dog eggs as part of their diet, it is a good idea to stick with egg whites, and only let them have the yolks once in a while. Egg yolks are high in fat and protein, and eating too many can cause your dog to gain too much weight. Cooked egg whites are the best option. If you don’t like separating eggs, you can get liquid egg whites at your local supermarket.
Do Not Feed Your Dog Raw Eggs
As healthy as eggs are for dogs, you should never give your dog raw eggs. Dogs can contract salmonella as easily as humans. In fact, if you give your dog raw eggs, you are at risk yourself just by handling them. Some people say that it is okay for dogs to eat raw egg whites. While most vets say a little bit of raw egg white is okay, feeding your dog too much can lead to a biotin (B complex vitamin) deficiency. To be on the safe side, it is best to get into the habit of only giving your dog cooked eggs.
Yes, Dogs Can Eat Eggs in Moderation
It is perfectly safe to give your dog eggs daily, but they shouldn’t be the main part of their diet. It is a good idea to talk to your vet about how many eggs your dog should be eating each day. If you give them too many eggs, it can lead to obesity, as well as other problems. When given regularly, but in moderation, they provide a healthy source of many nutrients that your dog needs, and they are also inexpensive.