Dogs can eat eggs, but it should always be in moderation. Too much egg isn’t good for them, or you for that matter. If you’ve ever fed your dog too many eggs in one day, you will know what I mean.
But, in all seriousness, how many eggs can a dog eat in a day before it becomes problematic and bad for them?
I only recommend that dogs can eat one egg in a day, scrambled, or boiled. Some people will also say that your dog can get one raw egg in a day, but I don’t advise feeding dogs raw eggs at all and will always make sure the eggs are cooked.
A dog or puppy that has more than one egg in a day can suffer with unpleasant side effects including stomach discomfort. And as with every other human food, your dog should eat eggs in moderation to avoid serious health consequences in the long run.
Read on as I go over dogs and their egg consumption in detail including the health benefits they gain, the best way to prepare your dog’s egg, whether it’s okay for them to consume raw eggs, and a lot more insightful information!
How much egg can I feed my dog?
Love eggs? You’re not alone. Our four-legged are huge fans too!
There are several human foods considered safe for dogs to eat, eggs being one of them. Our four-legged friends find eggs delicious. If he had his way, your dog wouldn’t think twice about living on eggs alone and have more than one egg a day.
While most dog parents know that one of the quickest ways to a dog’s heart is through serving them eggs, most are unsure of the limit.
So, how much is too many eggs for a dog to eat in a day?
Dogs should only have one egg in a day. Consuming more may cause an upset stomach. Plus, it’s all about moderation.
As much as it’s safe for you to feed your dog one egg a day, it doesn’t mean that it’s okay for them to wake up to an egg for breakfast every morning.
It’s best if you serve the egg as an occasional treat rather than make it part of their daily meal.
So long as your dog is on a high-quality diet that gives them all the nutrients they need, feeding them a full egg shouldn’t be an everyday thing.
The main reason is because of the yolk’s calorie content.
A single egg has about 70 calories. And that’s just an estimate. It may contain more depending on its size.
Now, your dog’s daily food also contains a specific number of calories. This amount represents the appropriate number of calories your dog should have each day. If they consume an egg daily, they’ll surpass their recommended daily calorie intake.
Yolk aside, can they then have egg whites daily?
This also isn’t a great idea.
For starters, yolks are super nutritious — forget the cholesterol for a second. Some of the nutrients in yolks aren’t present in egg whites. So, if you only stick to egg whites, your dog will miss out on some amazing nutrients.
Sure enough. Egg whites are great because they’re packed with proteins, essential vitamins, and zero cholesterol.
The problem is the egg white’s high protein content. Your dog daily diet already has the right amount of protein. Not more, not less. Just what your dog’s body needs daily.
If egg whites become part of your dog’s everyday diet, their daily protein intake will be in excess.
Remember what’s said about too much of everything? That’s right — when your dog has too much protein every day, health problems will soon come knocking.
Let’s just say an egg a day won’t keep the vet away.
Handy Hint: If you plan on treating your dog to an egg, go for the organic ones. Organic eggs are much healthier for your furry friend since they’re free from chemicals and other quality issues.
What makes egg good for dogs (in moderation)
There’s more to eggs than just the yummy taste. Well, that may be the only thing that makes your dog crazy over eggs.
But there are so many nutritional wonders wrapped up in just one egg, including:
- Protein that helps with proper muscle growth and repair.
- Vitamin A that improves your dog’s skin and coat health, nervous system functioning, and heart health.
- Vitamin D, E, and B12 that support your dog’s bone growth, protect their cells against damage, keep their teeth healthy, and strengthen their immune system.
- Iron that ensures your dog’s blood-producing cells (red blood cells) remain healthy.
- Biotin, which keeps your dog’s thyroid glands healthy, helps your dog maintain muscle mass, and improves the health of their skin, hair, and nails.
- Antioxidants that lower your dog’s risk of eye diseases.
How many raw eggs can a dog eat in a day?
I don’t recommend you let your dog have any raw eggs in a day. Cooked vs raw eggs for dogs is often a hotly-debated topic.
While some think serving your dog a raw egg is no big deal, others believe that if you got to offer your dog an egg, it should be cooked.
So, which is which?
Our furry friends don’t have a preference when it comes to eggs. To them, a raw egg is still as tasty as a cooked one.
If you often leave eggs sitting on the counter, you know what I’m talking about. You’ve probably spotted your dog sneaking out of the kitchen with yolk dripping down his snout.
Here’s the thing.
Dogs enjoy raw eggs, do doubt. But it’s not the safest option health-wise.
The biggest problem with uncooked eggs is they carry bacteria — specifically E.Coli and Salmonella — that can make your furry friend sick if they eat raw eggs regularly.
Heat, or rather cooking, kills these bacteria.
On top of this health risk, it’s harder for your dog’s body to absorb some of the essential nutrients if the egg is in raw form. Your dog will miss out on key nutrients.
Cooking the egg makes all nutrients easily digestible and absorbable.
What’s the best way to cook your dog’s egg?
As you prepare your dog’s egg, don’t bother with seasoning, salt, butter, cheese, or any other ingredient you use to make a fancy egg dish.
Your furry friend should only have a plain egg.
It can be boiled, scrambled, poached: whichever cooking method you prefer. Just keep things plain and best believe your dog won’t mind the bland taste.
Any additives will make them unwell shortly after enjoying their egg.
You can cut the egg into tiny pieces, then mix it with their food. Or simply let them eat the egg as it is (But dice it up to avoid choking accidents).
But before you cook your canine pal an egg, keep in mind these three important things:
- Start with a small amount first. It’s pretty common for some dogs to develop allergic reactions after eating an egg. If it’s your first time serving your furry friend one, give them way less than a full egg.
In case of any reaction, the symptoms won’t be severe. And if your furry friend shows unusual signs after consuming an egg, contact your vet.
- Consult with your vet first. Your dog’s health history, current health status, or medications will also determine whether eggs can be part of their treats or not. It’s best if your vet gives you the go-ahead.
- Also, seek your vet’s guidance before giving your dog eggshells from a boiled egg. These shells usually have lots of calcium.
Adding more calcium to your dog’s already calcium-friendly diet may cause health issues arising from too much calcium intake.
FAQs on feeding egg to dogs
How many eggs for a dog per day?
A dog can only consume one plain egg in a day. But they shouldn’t have an egg daily — only occasionally.
How much egg can I feed my dog?
Your dog should only have one plain egg as an occasional treat
How many eggs can a 50 lb dog eat?
Like all other dogs, a dog weighing 50 lb shouldn’t consume more than one egg in a day. And the egg must be given as an occasional treat, not as part of their everyday meal.
Dogs can eat eggs in moderation providing they are cooked. I recommend no more than one egg a day for a dog, but even then, that doesn’t mean my dog eats eggs every day.
Keep it sensible and in check.