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Are Eggs Safe for Dogs to Eat?

Yes! Eggs are a great treat, nutritious snack, and dietary supplement for your dog. Eggs are highly digestible and a great source of protein. It also contains riboflavin, selenium, amino acids, vitamins A and B12, folate, iron, and fatty acids. Not only are eggs an excellent food to give as a treat or as a part of a meal, it's also great for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Because of the protein boost, eggs are known to settle upset stomachs.

How to feed my dog eggs

Some say the best option is to give your dog fully cooked eggs. This option is considered safer because cooking the egg can kill salmonella. They can be hard-boiled, poached, and even scrambled. Make sure not to cook with any oils or add in any spices, as they can be harmful to your dog and cause a stomach upset.

On the other hand, some say that giving your dog raw eggs are the best option because cooking the eggs can destroy many of the nutrients that eggs offer. The problem with giving your dog raw eggs is that there's a chance that the egg could contain salmonella, which could cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and even death. One way to try and give your dog salmonella-free eggs is to buy organic eggs from free-range chickens. Additionally, consuming raw egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency if your dog's diet solely consists of egg whites.

What about the shell?

Again, yes! Egg shells are also very beneficial for dogs to eat. They are very high in calcium and can help your dog develop strong, healthy teeth and bones. Egg shells are also great for the heart, muscles, and the immune system. To prevent choking, grind up the eggshells and sprinkle them over your dog's food.