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Author: Dr. Juon Abbass | DVM M.Phil PhD (veterinary microbiology) | February 3,2022

CAN DOGS EAT EGGS? FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Dogs are lovable creatures. Every pet owner wants to see his/her canine buddy enjoying good health. Eggs are considered healthy for human beings because they contain a balanced amount of protein, fats along with other essential nutrients. Many dog owners ask about feeding the eggs to dogs. For instance, can dogs eat eggs? Is it better to give raw eggs to dogs? Etc. In this blog, we will discuss “can dog eat eggs?” along with other relevant facts under the light of scientific literature and general field experience.

CAN I GIVE EGGS TO MY DOG?

Generally talking, eggs are safe for dogs. Hence, they contain a high amount of protein, essential fatty acids, and minerals which improve the overall health status of your dog. However, keep in mind, the eggs should not be the main meal for your dog. On the other hand, you can give eggs as an occasional treat to your dog.

List of essential nutrients:

The following essential nutrients are present in the egg and keep your dog healthy and sound.

 1. Vitamin A
 2. Protein
 3. Vitamin B12
 4. Iron
 5. Folate
 6. Riboflavin
 7. Selenium

IS IT SAFE TO FEED RAW EGGS TO DOGS?

Being a veterinarian, I will suggest you not feed raw eggs to your beloved dog. There are the following reasons for this. 

Salmonellosis:

The raw eggs can cause salmonellosis in your dog, if a raw egg is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This can be dangerous for your beloved canine friend.

Biotin deficiency:

Egg white also causes biotin deficiency in dogs. However, the chances of biotin deficiency are very rare. Keep in mind; biotin is an important vitamin that is involved in the proper metabolism, digestion, and skin integrity in dogs. Avidin is an enzyme that is found in the egg white and stops the absorption of biotin in the dog’s body.

CAN EGGS CAUSE ALLERGY IN MY DOG?

Simply yes, egg allergy is also common in many dogs. A dog can show an allergic response to egg white, egg yolk, or any other ingredient of the egg. If you observe allergy signs in your dog, immediately call your vet.

CAN I GIVE EGGSHELLS TO MY DOG?

This is better to ask your vet about this. However, eggshells are a nice source of calcium and phosphorus. All along with that, eggshells are not yummy and sharp, so be careful while giving eggshells to your dog.

HOW MUCH EGG I SHOULD FEED TO MY DOG?

As discussed earlier, never make egg the main meal of your dog. You can give just one egg per day to your dog occasionally. You can discuss this with your vet as well. This is better to get eggs from an organic farm. 

HOW EGGS CAN CAUSE PANCREATITIS IN DOGS?

The egg yolk contains high quantity of fats/cholesterol that may induce pancreatitis in your dog. That’s why, it is better to give eggs in moderation to your dog.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Eggs are nutritious for dogs. They are packed with essential nutrients such as protein, lipids, minerals, and vitamins. This is better to give cooked eggs to dogs instead of raw eggs. Raw eggs can cause several complications in your dog such as biotin deficiency, salmonellosis, etc. In case, your dog shows an allergic reaction to eggs, contact your veterinarian immediately and stop giving eggs to your beloved canine buddy.

REFERENCES

Galton, M.M., Scatterday, J.E. and Hardy, A.V., 1952. Salmonellosis in dogs: I. Bacteriological, epidemiological and clinical considerations. The Journal of infectious diseases, pp.1-5. Bateman, W.G., 1916. The digestibility and utilization of egg proteins. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 26(1), pp.263-291. Jeffers, J.G., Shanley, K.J. and Meyer, E.K., 1991. Diagnostic testing of dogs for food hypersensitivity. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 198(2), pp.245-250. Yadegari, M., Karimi, M., Sheishi, P. and Derakhshan, S., 2015. A radiographic survey of eggshell powder effect on tibial bone defect repair tested in dog. Human and Veterinary Medicine, 7(4), pp.392-396.

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