Nothing beats the smell of a delicious breakfast. Eggs popping in oil, and bacon and sausage sizzling on the stovetop. The breakfast aroma rouses even the groggiest of sleepers. I should know, for I am not a morning person. Perhaps your pup isn’t a morning doggo. Wouldn’t it be nice to rouse your pup from their slumber with some delicious eggs? But, can dogs have eggs?
The answer isn’t as (over) easy as you think.
Why Can Dogs Have Eggs?
The answer to the question, “can dogs have eggs?” isn’t simple. However, the answer is yes. Dogs can eat eggs.
Why? Well, eggs agree well with a dog’s tummy. They contain no toxins and therefore make for a safe, healthy treat.
Speaking of healthy, eggs provide your pup a wide range of vitamins and nutrients that work to make your pup as healthy as possible. Specifically, eggs contain vitamin A, and a ton of B vitamins.
Vitamin A helps improve your dog’s eye health, fighting off eye degeneration and infection. Vitamin B aids your dog’s energy metabolism, helping them break down and convert fats and carbs into energy.
However, like any treat for your fur baby, there are some precautionary measures to keep an eye on.
Before you cook up some eggs for your fur baby to devour, keep the following precautions in mind.
- A dog with a pre-existing medical condition, like pancreatitis or diabetes, should only be fed small amounts of egg and not frequently. Although the fats in eggs are healthy, a dog with pancreatitis or diabetes will have trouble breaking down the fats if they eat a lot of eggs.
- Don’t let eggs become a mainstay for your dog’s diet. Instead, use them as a special treat! Why? Because egg whites contain enzyme inhibitors. These enzyme inhibitors sometimes interfere with digestion for older and younger dogs. However, Dogs Naturally Magazine explains that the average dog can be fed several eggs a week with no problems.
- Try to avoid giving your pup raw eggs still in their shell. The shell poses a small choking risk, and the raw egg could potentially make your pup have a tummy ache. While dogs in the wild often eat raw, shelled eggs, your pup doesn’t need to do that. Because, lucky for your pup, they have a hooman friend to prepare the egg properly!
Speaking of properly preparing your pup some eggs… Let’s take a look at the best ways to serve eggs to your precious pup.
- Cook those eggs on the stove top, but avoid using any butter, salt, pepper, or other ingredients. When you make eggs for your pup, the eggs should be the only ingredient. Don’t worry, your pup will still devour those cooked eggs.
- While your pup most definitely loves some scrambled eggs, they aren’t the healthiest way to prepare eggs. Because scrambled eggs require butter or oil, and sometimes milk, they can cause weight gain if fed to your pup too often. Of course, the occasional scrambled egg shouldn’t hurt your pup. Just try not to get carried away.
- Hard boiled eggs represent the healthiest and safest way to prepare eggs for your fur baby. Not only that, but hard boiled eggs also make for an easy, portable treat. Slice up the unshelled, boiled eggs and bring them with you on a walk or to the park. They make for an excellent doggy treat when you’re on the go.
If your pup happens to refuse any type of eggs, don’t worry. There are plenty of other foods you can feed your pup for a special treat!
So, can dogs have eggs? They sure can!
You now know eggs make for an egg-celent treat for your pup. By taking the proper precautions, and preparing eggs the right way, you can now reward your pup with some delicious egg snacks. That’ll score you some serious love points, and that’s the goal, right?