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Can Dogs Eat Eggs?

By Colleen Williams
published: March 23, 2018 - updated: April 22, 2022 • 2 min. read
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Yes, dogs can eat eggs. A great source of digestible protein, eggs also have various vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that help support good health and nutrition for dogs. Just make sure the eggs are plain – no salt, no seasoning, and, if necessary, cooked in dog-safe oil.

When boiled or cooked, eggs are a healthy and nutritious snack, and they can even settle upset stomachs. Ask your vet if it’s ok for your dogs to eat an egg once in a while; while eggs are generally safe for most dogs, those with weight issues or other health problems may need to skip this snack.

What about raw eggs?

While eggs are a great source of protein that contain essential fatty and amino acids, it’s probably best to skip the raw egg. From time to time, it may not harm your hungry hound, but you run the risk of salmonella exposure if you come across a bad egg. Also, a regular diet of raw eggs can lead to biotin deficiency (Biotin is a B complex vitamin that supports healthy digestion, metabolism, and skin and cell growth). The bottom line: it’s generally safer to serve your dog cooked eggs and bypass the Rocky morning wakeup routine.


What’s the best way to prepare eggs for pups?

Poaching and boiling are the healthiest ways to serve up an egg. Skip scrambling and frying as they usually require additional ingredients that are not-so-dog-friendly. Like Rover says, “A scrambled egg won’t cause your dog any serious harm, but there are better ways to serve eggs, which are quite healthy for dogs…It’s best to serve eggs cooked or boiled and plain. Scrambled eggs, of course, require butter or oil and sometimes milk, and these unnecessary fats undermine the health benefits.”

Curious about what is okay and not okay for your dog to eat? Check out our comprehensive guide on what human foods are safe and not safe for dogs

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By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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