Can I feed my dog eggs?

Dogs & Eggs

It’s a frequently asked question, and yes… Fido loves eggs and are a great addition to their meals.

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about feeding eggs to your dog but the fact is they are one of the most complete nutritious and natural additions that you can add to their diet. 

When compared to commercially manufactured pet foods, eggs are a 100% all-natural whole food. They are also great value, easily digested and easy to serve – simply chop up a whole cooked egg or some scrambled egg and add it to their bowl of food at mealtime.

“Eggs are an excellent source of nutrition for dogs. An egg is highly digestible, has a high proportion of the essential amino acids, and egg yolk is a source of several other essential nutrients (vitamin A, D, B12, linoleic acid etc) and some that are conditionally essential (e.g. choline). Eggs should be cooked prior to giving to dogs.”1

Nick Cave, Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Nutrition at Massey University School of Veterinary Science

Dogs love the taste of egg and will benefit from adding this healthy all-natural source of protein and nutrients into their diet.

The benefits of serving cooked eggs in your dog’s diet include:

  1. Eggs contain many good fats, and the all-natural protein will keep them fuller for longer
  2. Eggs are highly digestible with a full range of essential amino acids that are the building blocks of protein
  3. Eggs are full of natural essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, riboflavin (vitamin B), Vitamin D, folate, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and fatty acids
  4. Eggs are a great source of iodine which can ensure a healthy thyroid in your pet
  5. Eggs are great for their bones and teeth
  6. Eggs are low in calories and high in protein which can help maintain a healthy weight
  7. Eggs can improve fur and coat condition
  8. Eggs can help to build muscle and repair tissue

So try feeding your dog cooked eggs each week and you’ll likely see better health inside and out.   

Footnote: All dogs are different and some breeds and individual pets may have specific dietary requirements. Owners should discuss their dog’s needs with their Vet for any specific conditions or diet they may require.


  1. Nick Cave, BVSc MVSc PhD MANZCVS DipACVN, Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Nutrition, Täwharau Ora – School of Veterinary Science, Massey University, NZ.

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