Who doesn't love eggs? Scrambled, fried, poached or deviled - they're a versatile food that can be a delicious part of every meal. But what about for dogs?
CAN DOGS EAT EGGS?
Eggs get a resounding thumbs up from us - they're a great snack for dogs with plenty of benefits! You should avoid seasoning them with anything that won't be great for your dog, like salt or that ultra-spicy hot sauce you love so much, but some egg on top of your pup's food is a great treat that's as healthy as it is delicious. Unfortunately you should probably keep the deviled eggs for yourself (or fortunately if you love deviled eggs as much as I do), no matter how sad those puppy eyes look while you're making them.
ARE EGGS GOOD FOR DOGS?
Protein, protein, protein! Eggs are packed with it, and it's incredibly important for every dog. Protein helps with everything from your dog's immune system to her beautiful coat.
Beyond that, eggs also have a number of essential amino acids and fatty acids. These help maintain healthy skin and also make sure that coat stays silky and lush. They also have a number of other key nutritional elements like vitamin A, vitamin B12, iron and riboflavin.
CAN DOGS EAT RAW EGGS?
This question comes up commonly, and the answer is the same for dogs as it is for humans - feeding dogs eggs is likely safe, but there is some risk to it due to the possibility of food borne illness. The main concern is that raw eggs may contain salmonella. Because there's really no upside to feeding your dog raw eggs (as compared to cooked), most veterinarians recommend cooking your eggs before feeding them to dogs. When cooking them, remember to do so without adding things like salt, oil or butter that will make them less healthy. Frying or scrambling eggs in a non-stick pan is great, as is boiling them.
The other concern that some experts raise is that feeding dogs raw eggs can cause a biotin deficiency. Biotin is an important B vitamin, and egg whites contain avidin, which inhibits Biotin. That said, cooking the egg substantially reduces this risk.
CAN DOGS EAT SCRAMBLED EGGS?
Scrambled is one of the best ways to feed eggs to dogs, because you don't need to add anything unhealthy to them. A dash of milk is okay, but don't channel your inner Gordon Ramsay and start whipping them with crème fraiche. You can just crack that egg right in the pan, stir it around until it's cooked and leave it on top of your dog's kibble for a healthy little change to her daily diet.
WHAT ABOUT EGG SHELLS?
An astute question, dear reader! Egg shells are in fact an excellent source of calcium for dogs. You can spare yourself the effort of peeling your hard-boiled eggs and give them to your pup shell and all. You can also grind up the shells and sprinkle them over your pup's food (though if you're going to sprinkle some seasoning on there, let us recommend our Pupsicle Mix).
SO CAN I FEED EGGS TO DOGS?
You absolutely can and should give eggs to dogs! They're a great source of protein and a whole host of other important nutrients, so they're a great addition to your pup's diet.
The two main takeaways are that it's better to serve them cooked, as that reduces the risk of food borne illness, and that you should cook them plain. You don't need to add salt, butter, cream or anything else to make them more delicious for your pup. If plain eggs aren't enough, you can always scramble in some healthy veggies while cooking them - some green beans, spinach or even carrots make for the perfect doggy omelette!