Can my dog eat eggs?
Dogs and Eggs – Including eggs in your dog’s diet.
“Can my dog eat eggs?” is a frequently asked question and 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.
Nick Cave, Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Nutrition at Massey University School of Veterinary Science says “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
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. Dogs love the taste of egg and will benefit from adding this healthy all-natural source of protein and nutrients into their diet.
There are many benefits of serving cooked eggs in your dog’s diet:
Eggs contain many good fats, and the all-natural protein will keep them fuller for longer
Eggs are highly digestible with a full range of essential amino acids that are the building blocks of protein
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
Eggs are a great source of iodine which can ensure a healthy thyroid in your pet
Eggs are great for their bones and teeth
Eggs are low in calories and high in protein which can help maintain a healthy weight
Eggs can improve fur and coat condition
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.
- Nick Cave, BVSc MVSc PhD MANZCVS DipACVN, Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Nutrition, Täwharau Ora – School of Veterinary Science, Massey University, NZ.