Can My Puppy Eat Eggs?

Like any other mammal, puppies need a wide range of nutrients to grow and thrive, including vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and more. As a new puppy parent, one of your biggest responsibilities is to give them the right food that provides them with all of these different nutrients.

For some, that means purchasing puppy chow and…not much else. Now, sure, that’s the easy way to do it, but there is a wide range of other foods that you can give your puppy that will provide the nutrients they need and give their diet a little bit of variety.

I was thinking about this subject the other day after reading a lot of the comments I get from my readers. Many ask about different types of food and whether they can feed them to their new puppy or need to avoid them. 

One of the foods I get asked about relatively frequently is eggs, one of the most popular human foods on the planet. Nutritious, delicious, and essential for humans, many new puppy parents ask me the same question; can my puppy eat eggs?

The answer is that yes, puppies can most definitely eat eggs, and, indeed, they should be given an egg regularly. Eggs are loaded with nutrients to help your puppy grow, mature, and become a healthy, well-adjusted adult dog. Eggs are high in protein, for example, and other vitamins and minerals.

Now that you know that eggs are safe and healthy to give to your puppy, I’m betting you have other questions about eggs. Can your puppy eat eggs from other fowl, for example, and can they eat raw eggs? What benefits eggs provide your puppy is a great question too. For the answers, read on! I’ve got them and several more for you, below.

What About Different Kinds of Eggs? Can they be Fed to Your Puppy?

Eggs are a fantastic food that you can cook in a wide variety of ways (as anyone who’s ever been to a summer cookout can attest). That being said, fully cooked eggs with absolutely nothing on them is the best way to feed your puppy eggs. You shouldn’t give your puppy eggs with extra salt, condiments, herbs, spices, and anything else you might typically find on an egg.

The reasons why are several, including the fact that some herbs and spices are toxic for puppies. Some condiments like mayonnaise are very high in fat, which can cause pancreatitis in large amounts. Plus, the high amount of salt you find in many egg dishes is not healthy for humans, let alone little puppies.

Still, even if you don’t add anything to them, there are several egg variations, including raw. Eggs also have shells that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Below, we’ll look at all of them and if they’re safe to feed to your furry new friend.

Can my Puppy Eat Raw Eggs?

Most dog experts agree that you shouldn’t give raw eggs to puppies due to the risk of salmonella poisoning. Egg experts will tell you that even clean eggs run the risk of having salmonella, a risk that’s high enough to recommend against them.

One argument you might find among dog owners is that if you cook eggs, they lose their nutritional value, but that’s not true at all. Indeed, the opposite is true; the protein in eggs remains the same no matter how you cook an egg. Even better, cooking makes eggs easier for your puppy to digest, so the argument for feeding them raw is a weak one at best.

Can my Puppy Eat Egg Shells? 

While you can give eggs shells to a puppy, it’s not the best idea. However, they are nutritious with high amounts of calcium and trace amounts of other minerals and vitamins. Still, there are much better ways to ensure your puppy gets calcium and certainly tastier ways.

If your puppy accidentally eats some eggshells, the chance that it will harm them is low. However, depending on the size of your puppy, there could be a choking risk or a risk that the eggshell will cut their lips or mouth. Still, it’s rare for a puppy to be severely hurt by eating an eggshell or two.

Can my Puppy Eat Duck Eggs? 

Duck eggs, like chicken eggs, have a lot of nutritional benefits for puppies. In fact, they’re even better, with more Omega-3 fatty acids and a lower risk of allergic reactions. So, yes, your puppy can eat duck eggs, but like chicken eggs only in moderation. Also, like chicken eggs, you should thoroughly cook them to prevent any problems from salmonella. 

Your puppy can eat several other types of eggs, too. They include quail eggs, goose eggs, and even ostrich eggs (although good luck getting one of those!). All eggs from fowl are pretty similar, with several health benefits for your growing puppy. Speaking of which…

What are the Benefits for Dogs to Eat Eggs? 

As I’ve mentioned several times already, eggs offer several nutritional benefits for your puppy that very few other foods offer. For example, eggs are very high in protein, essential for your puppy’s growing bones, muscles, and organs.

Eggs also have a wealth of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin B12, folate, iron, selenium, and riboflavin. Some of the outward benefits that you’ll see when you feed your puppy eggs include;

  • Healthier skin
  • A thicker, more luxurious coat
  • Stronger teeth and bones
  • A sharper intellect as egg contains choline
  • More energy and strength thanks to all of the protein in eggs. 
  • A healthier growth rate

How Many Eggs Can My Puppy Eat?

As with any “human” food, you should only give your puppy eggs in moderation. I talked about the 10% rule before, and it holds four eggs as well. No matter what you give your puppy for treats, including eggs, it shouldn’t make up more than 10% of their daily calories. For some dogs and puppies, that means giving them one egg a day should be just fine.

However, for smaller dogs or dogs that have several different types of health problems, one egg per day may be too much.  Some dogs might have various sensitivities to food or gastrointestinal issues. In their case, you might want to forgo giving them eggs altogether. 

Final Thoughts

Yes, your puppy can eat eggs, and they’re a highly recommended treat. Eggs have a high level of protein that your growing puppy needs, as well as a wide variety of vitamins and minerals their body needs to grow and mature.  

As with any other food that’s not part of your puppy’s daily diet, you should give them eggs sparingly. Too many eggs, as with other snack or treat foods, can be problematic for your dog’s digestive system and cause them health problems. Most experts recommend feeding your puppy one egg or less per day, but that depends on their size and some other factors.

Did you enjoy today’s blog? I hope you did and that all of your questions have now been answered. If you have more about your pup or being a puppy parent, please let me know in the comments section. Also, be sure to check out all of my other puppy blogs, they have excellent information for new puppy parents like yourself to use to raise your precious puppy into a wonderful dog.