Since eggs are so versatile, you may have wondered if eggs are just as good for your dog as they are for you. Luckily for you - and your pup - eggs are a wonderful addition to your dog's diet and they contain a ton of health benefits that will have your pooch looking and feeling their very best.
Signs of a Dog Liking Eggs
If you want to include eggs in your dog's diet, it will generally be ok and will not pose any harm to your dog's health. However, it is always important to note that your dog's stomach may not react well to certain foods, especially new foods, so just keep an eye out for any loose stools, nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset. You should also avoid feeding your dog too many eggs in one day.
Most dogs really do love the taste of eggs and will go crazy over them when you give an egg to them as a treat or in their meal. If your dog does love eggs, you will most certainly be able to tell they enjoy them You know your dog the best, so keep an eye out for signs of them enjoying the food.
Most of the common signs your dog likes a certain food is they will eat it without snarling or "poking" at it, they will beg for more, pace around in front of you, paw your legs for more, and even bark, whine, and cry at you for more. Many dogs will also drool a ton when they like a food or want more of it, especially if you are eating some as well! Reactions may vary a bit from dog to dog, but in the end, you will know whether or not a dog likes a certain food.
- Ears up
- Tail tucking
- Wag tail
- Begging For More
- Whining and crying
- Licking Their Lips
History of Dogs Eating Eggs
Before dogs became domesticated, it is likely they ate eggs, just like their wolf ancestors, when they went out hunting and came across birds and their nests with unhatched eggs. Dogs are known to eat just about anything, and it is very likely the dogs were not just eating the bird, but they would eat the eggs as well.
In fact, we still see this kind of behavior today. Many dog owners have stories about their dogs being outside, playing, and just being dogs. Their dog may be gone for a while and the owner goes to look for their pooch, only to find the dog has found a bird's nest and has eaten the unhatched eggs inside. Although we may not like it, this is pretty normal behavior for your dog because they still have their wild roots running through them.
Science Behind Dogs Eating Eggs
Eggs are also very high in protein, which is one of the most essential parts to your dog's diet. Eggs can also help to settle an upset stomach if your dog has a bit of a tummy ache.
Training Dogs to Eat Eggs
You can scramble them, hard boil, soft boil, or even poach the eggs, if you want to. Just chop the eggs up and mix them with your dog's kibble or normal food. If you do hard boil or soft boil the eggs, you can even just give the egg to your dog as a healthy and highly nutritious snack.
Although this is a bit more controversial, you can feed your dog raw eggs. However, before you do so, we recommend you speak with your vet first to go over any of the risks and to determine if your dog is healthy enough to safely consume raw eggs.
Healthy dogs have strong immune systems and a tough digestive tract, making their bodies fully equipt to eat and digest raw eggs. It is always best to feed your dog high quality, organic, and non-GMO pasture-raised eggs. This will ensure the eggs come from cleanly and healthy sources where tons of chemicals will not be on the inside and the outside of the eggs. Better yet - find organic and pasture-raised eggs from your local farmer!
The best way to give your dog a raw egg is to scramble it up and mix it in with their regular food. Doing this will ensure they eat the whole egg and not just the whites or the yolks. It is important your dog consumes the whole egg and not just a portion of the egg.
How To React If Your Dog Doesn't Like Eggs:
Try to add it to their food or cook the eggs in new ways.
Don't force them to eat it.
Safety Tips for Feeding Your Dog Eggs:
Make sure they are organic and pasture-raised.
Don't overfeed your dog eggs.
If your dog has a reaction after eating eggs, stop giving eggs to them.