Can Dogs Eat Eggs?

Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
By Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
Updated: 6/3/20242-4 minutes
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Dogs can have eggs. In fact, they are a wonderful source of protein. And protein is essential for dogs. “Eggs are considered a gold standard because they’re almost the closest you can get to 100 percent complete, as far as protein goes,” Purina Senior Nutritionist Jan Dempsey explains.

Are Eggs Good for Dogs?

Yes. Eggs are good for dogs to eat. Of course, they are rich in protein, but aside from that eggs are also a good source of linoleic acid and fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A. All of these are wonderful for a dog’s skin and coat,” says Dempsey.

Are Raw Eggs Bad for Dogs?

Dogs should never eat raw or undercooked eggs. Raw eggs aren’t safe at all. “They can be a source of Salmonella. Even very clean eggs can have it inside. And as eggs start to go bad, they can grow other bacteria,” explains Dempsey. Some foods can lose nutrients while they are cooked, but the protein in eggs isn’t. Cooking really helps make them more digestible. So however they are prepared–boiled, scrambled, sunny side up–cooked is best for your dog.

Are Egg Shells Nutritious for Dogs?

“Egg shells contain calcium and phosphorus,” says Dempsey. “But there are easier ways to supplement those minerals.” Instead of grinding up egg shells, talk to your veterinarian. She will know if your dog needs something added to his complete and balanced diet.

Is the Cholesterol in Eggs Bad for Dogs?

You don’t need to worry about cholesterol and your dog. “Cholesterol doesn’t have the same effect in dogs as it is does in humans,” Dempsey explains. “And dogs don’t get to the same cholesterol-related diseases as  humans.” That means you don’t need to feed egg whites only. If your dog is taking in too much egg, you will see weight gain due to too many additional calories long before any other issues arise.

Can Dogs Eat an Egg a Day?

Dogs can eat a little bit of egg each day, but it’s important to feed eggs like you would any treat. “Eggs are about 70 calories each, so how much you feed depends on your dog’s size. Keep the 10 Percent Treat Rule in mind. The egg you feed should only make up 10 percent of your dog’s total daily calories. That way he has his complete and balanced meals and no extra calories,” explains Dempsey. And it will help eggs remain a surprise your dog looks forward to receiving. 

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