Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
Yep! Here’s how to add this protein-packed food to your dog’s diet.
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When it comes to feeding your dog human food, you probably know which foods not to give them (lookin’ at you, chocolate and raw dough). But what about the humble egg? Are eggs safe for dogs to eat?
The short answer: Yes, dogs can eat eggs. In fact, the egg is a powerhouse of nutrition (including the shell!). Eggs contain all the essential amino acids and are a highly digestible source of protein with a high nutritional value. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, too. Plus, eggs are a perfect source of protein.
Ideally, you want to choose eggs from free-range or pastured chickens or organic, omega-3 enriched eggs, which come from hens who were fed flax. These eggs contain the essential omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic (ALA), plus two other omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA).
Ready to add eggs to your dog’s food bowl? Keep reading to learn how!
How To Add Eggs To Your Dog’s Diet
There are so many ways to feed eggs to your dog. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Cook them (simply).
Hardboiled, scrambled, fried, poached...the sky’s the limit! Just make sure you serve them plain.
Steam hard-boiled eggs.
Steaming is the best, most foolproof way to cook eggs. Place cold eggs on a rack in a pot with 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of the egg. Drain, then place the eggs in cold water for just a few minutes.
Make an omelet or frittata.
Just don’t add ingredients that can harm your dog (such as onions, chives and garlic), and go light on the salt and pepper.
Turn them into a topping.
You can chop up cooked eggs and use them as a topper to enhance your dog’s usual meal. (Make sure you take into account the calories in an egg before supplementing your dog’s food.)
Grind up the shells.
This is a great and very affordable source of calcium for your dog because eggshells are made of 94% calcium carbonate. Prepping eggshells to make calcium carbonate is easy. Rinse the cooked eggshells or boil raw shells for 5 minutes (to kill any bacteria). To dry them out, spread them on a baking sheet and place them in a 200° degree oven for 10 minutes. Cool the shells, then grind them to a very fine consistency in a coffee grinder or a blender. Store them in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Eggshell contains 380-400 mg of calcium per gram. Half a teaspoon of eggshell powder is roughly 800 mg of calcium.
Consult with your veterinarian on how much calcium supplement is suitable for your dog.
Claudia Kawczynska was co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Bark for 20 years. She also edited the best-selling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot.