Are Eggs Good for My Dog?

Eggs are a well-rounded food humans eat for the nutritional content they offer. Eggs are incredibly high in protein for their size, and they provide fatty acids and amino acids essential to our bodies. Eggs tend to get a bad rap when it comes to dogs, however. Dog owners pose many questions about eggs. Is it safe to give your dog eggs? Are they good for your dog? Can they cause problems with your dog? Talk to your veterinarian about a healthy diet specific to your dog his breed and his needs. But also look at supplementing your dog's diet with eggs now and then so he can reap the benefits of eggs as well.

Clear Benefits

Eggs make a fun, healthy, and nutritious snack for your dog. Not only do they offer amino acids and fatty acids your dog's body, but they are also high in protein. Your dog should have protein in every bite he eats. Protein is essential to your dog’s diet. Eggs have been known to settle upset tummies in dogs, but they have also been known to cause upset tummies for dogs. So, the best way to approach giving your dog eggs is to start small with little treats and add to one meal a day over time and see how your dog's body reacts.

Eggs are a food source packed with nutrition. One egg can provide amino acids, essential fatty acids, riboflavin, vitamin B12, biotin, iron, folate, vitamin A, selenium, and more. Offering protein to your dog is imperative, but an egg packs high contents of amino acids which are known to be the building blocks of protein. Though dogs should not be given eggs at every meal, for the occasional treat or supplemented in an occasional meal, eggs are an excellent source of nutrition.

Potential Concerns

The controversy surrounding raw eggs in dogs is as big as the debate with people eating raw eggs. Some believe raw eggs pose a Salmonella and E. coli danger for dogs as it does with people. Egg whites, when given to your dog raw, can cause a biotin deficiency. The flip side of these arguments is dogs rarely get Salmonella or E. coli. Dogs have been known to have stomachs of steel and can handle just about anything. If your dog were a wild dog, he would be feeding on the nests of birds and eating raw eggs every day. Biotin is found in egg yolks, so though the component of raw egg whites, avidin, which creates a biotin deficiency is clearly an issue, your dog will still be getting increase biotin levels by eating the yolks.

The Bottom Line

Veterinarians and dog owners alike may feel differently about giving eggs to dogs. Cooked or raw, the bottom line is they are a safe food to give to your dog. Eggs are an excellent source of nutrients your dog’s body requires, and they can also be a great tasting protein-packed treat for your dog.
Just as people, every dog is different. Eggs may cause gas in some dogs and upset tummies for some dogs, but other dogs may reap the benefits of eggs and enjoy them. Next time you are offering your dog a treat, consider giving him a little bit of an egg and see how much he enjoys it.

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