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Can Dogs Eat Eggs?

Dogs can eat cooked eggs in small amounts.

When you have a dog, it's important to know that you can't simply give them everything you eat. Some human foods are life-threateningly toxic to dogs, including grapes and raisins, chocolate, and xylitol.

Some foods are OK to share with your dog in small amounts. What about eggs?

Are Eggs OK for Dogs?

Cooked eggs in small amounts are safe for most dogs. However, some individual dogs might find that eggs do not agree with them and could get GI irritation from them.

Also, raw eggs can be dangerous for dogs for a few reasons:

  • Egg shells can scratch delicate gums or be a choking hazard.
  • Raw eggs can contain bacteria like Salmonella that may be extremely dangerous to dogs.
  • If dogs consistently consume raw egg whites, they are at risk of biotin deficiency from avidin, which can lead to skin problems and anemia.

Hard-boiled eggs can also be a choking hazard if dogs don't chew them well.

Sometimes, a little scrambled egg can help a dog with signs of an upset GI tract, like vomiting or diarrhea. It's bland and easy to digest. Just follow the precautions above, and don't forget to contact your vet if vomiting or diarrhea lasts more than a day or is severe.

If you do give your dog some egg periodically, remember that it should only be an occasional thing. If dogs eat mostly eggs and not enough dog food, they could develop malnutrition problems.

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