When I grew up with four sweet collies, we sometimes offered them raw eggs as special treats with their dinner. It gave me so much joy to hear the pitter-pattering of a dozen paws as they ran towards the kitchen with excitement. When I removed the carton of eggs from the refrigerator, they would howl in such anticipation. They loved their raw eggs! If only I had known then what I know today.
As decades have rolled by, the animal medical community has changed its views on feeding raw eggs to dogs.
The Latest Advice On Feeding Dogs Raw Eggs
We’ll cut right to the bottom line here. You should not feed your canine companions raw eggs. Here’s why:
- Raw eggs pose some of the same dangers to Fido as they do to us humans.
- Raw eggs can carry a foodborne bacteria called Salmonella, which could upset your pup’s stomach. While healthy dogs with strong immune systems can usually handle Salmonella with general ease, those who have a compromised immune system could become quite ill.
- Your pooch could be allergic to raw eggs, and you won’t necessarily know that until it’s too late. If he does have an allergic reaction, he could experience severe symptoms, like wheezing and difficulty breathing.
- Consuming too much raw egg white can cause a deficiency in biotin, a mineral that helps dogs to digest food and maintain energy.
- High-quality dog food, like TruDog’s FEED ME, already has the nutrients your furbaby needs. So, if you’re feeding your four-legged family members a truly healthy diet, there won’t be any need to add eggs to the menu. (1, 2)
What About Cooked Eggs For Your Canine Bestie?
Now that we have clarified that feeding your furry loved one raw eggs is not a good idea, you might be wondering if feeding him cooked eggs is OK. The jury on that seems to agree that yes, cooked eggs are probably OK for most pups. However, it’s safest to boil the eggs in order to avoid adding unnecessary oils or additives to your dog’s diet.
In fact, there are a few conceivable benefits to providing your canine companion with boiled eggs, so long as he is not allergic to them:
- It’s common knowledge that eggs are high in protein, so if you’re looking to add protein to Fido’s diet for any reason, then offering him boiled eggs might be a suitable solution.
- Eggshells (yes, the shells!) contain a surplus of calcium and protein. It’s safest to crush the shell into tiny pieces using a grinder if you need to, and then boil the eggshell bits to destroy bacteria. Simply add the boiled, crushed eggshells to your doggy’s dinner for extra calcium and flavor. You can boil and crush a slew of eggshells at one time and save the excess in a refrigerated sandwich bag.
- If your dog absolutely loves the taste of eggs, as my childhood dogs did, and you know he has no allergies, then treat him to the deliciousness of hardboiled eggs from time to time. The special snack might add a little happiness to his life. (1, 2)
The Most Important Advice Of All
No matter what you decide to do regarding feeding your dog eggs, it is important to talk to your vet first. Only your vet can offer you guidance that is specially tailored to your furbaby’s’ specific physical makeup and health needs.