Can Dogs Eat Raw Eggs?

Is it safe for your dog to eat Raw Eggs? Read more to find out.

can-dogs-eat-raw-eggsRaw egg whites contain an enzyme called avidin which decreases absorption of a biotin, a B-complex vitamin. Deficiencies in biotin can lead to skin lesions, diarrhea, hair coat problems, and decreased litter size.

Raw egg yolks on the other hand are a good source of biotin. This has led to a myth that feeding dogs raw eggs is good for the dog’s hair coat.

Exposure to salmonella is another risk associated with raw eggs, not only to dogs but also to their humans. The salmonella bacteria can cause fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. In severe cases they can be fatal.

What do other dog owners have to say about whether their dogs can eat Raw Eggs or not? See comments below.

15 Comments on Can Dogs Eat Raw Eggs

  1. Brandy

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  2. Brandy

    All you have to do is serve the eggs scrambled and the salmonella risk is gone.

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  3. Shannon

    Raw eggs are a very healthy treat for a dog once in a while. We feed them sparingly due to the avidin but other than that, there is nothing to worry about when feeding your dog raw eggs. We need to remember that our pups eat poop from other animals, lick the floor and ground, lick and eat garbage with no ill effects, etc (aside from foreign body ingestion and some rare deadly substances). Salmonella is hardly a concern for a healthy dog. My dogs, cats and ferrets are fed raw and home cooked diets and have never been sick nor do I anticipate that they ever will be.

    @Brandy: If I was following the “I would not feed my dog anything that I would not eat myself.” I would never feed my dog kibble. You can never be sure what they put into that junk despite how healthy and “natural” it says it is.

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  4. Julia

    There are other good vitamins in eggs, in UK birds are routinely blood checked to see if they are carriers of salmonella anyhow so it is low risk.

    Dogs love them raw mine will take them whole and smash them on the floor eating shell and egg.

    Egg nutrients balance out each other white and yolk together.

    Raw egg is a good addition to a dogs diet.

    So called complete dog food often has egg as a protein source in it anyhow plus a load of other junk.

    Mine are all fed BARF/RMB diet.

    :)

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  5. Rob

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  6. Joie de Vivre

    Egg whites contain avidin, and egg yolks contain everything needed to make the whites completely digestible. In this society, we’ve forgotten that naturally occurring foods are part of the natural diet for animals. Dogs, like foxes, wolves, coyotes, jackels, etc., can and do eat eggs with relish–safely.

    Because they have a very short intestine, food is processed through the system quickly, unlike humans. Salmonella poisoning is, therefore, rare in dogs. I’d be more concerned with the source of the eggs than anything else. Store bought eggs are downright unhealthy for anyone or anything.

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  7. Jenny

    Raw eggs are perfectly fine for dogs. Yes raw egg whites do block biotin absorption but the yokes are extremely high in biotin which counteracts the avidin. On top of that you or your dog would have to eat massive amounts of raw egg whites every day to create any kind of biotin deficiency.

    Dogs are also natural carriers of salmonella in their gut. It does not affect them like it does us. As long as your dog is healthy and not immune compromised salmonella is nothing to worry about for your dog. But if you are worried, only feed organic free-range eggs which have a very low risk of salmonella.

    Cooking eggs destroys all the essential omega 3 and enzymes. If you must cook them leave the yolk runny because that is where all the omega 3 is. I feed my 60lb dog 7 raw eggs once a week and she is doing just fine.

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  8. MIKE

    I give my staffy dog a bowl of goats milk with 2 raw egg’s whisked into it every sunday after his roast beef diner and his eyes and coat are lovely and shiny! My granddad did the same and no dog i know of has ever suffered!

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  9. Charlotte

    My dogs hate raw egg, Ive tried it with both of them but they will only ever eat them scrambled, boiled, poached anyway you can possibly think of! Just not raw.

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  10. jack malone

    feeding raw eggs can be risky if fed often but in the instance that your dog is bitten by a poisonous snake the best way to stop the progression of the toxins you can crack two eggs and it will stop the effects usually within the first day. it has worked for me when i had my retriever he was bitten by a diamond back and became very lethargic and sick. after i fed him two eggs the next day he had made a full recovery and was ready to swim in the pond when we went for a walk that morning. in moderation it is ok.

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  11. Shan

    So is it okay for dogs to eat soft/hard boiled egg YOLK??
    My dogs love it but I’ve heard it’s better to avoid, no?

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  12. C

    We seem to always forget the fact that dogs are meat eaters. We humans insist on feeding our animals cheap fillers such as, corn, wheat,soy,vegetables,and whatever else is cheap and filling. Dogs DO NOT digest vegetable matter it passes through as fiber. That is why when you feed your dog a carbohydrate based kibble (junk food) they expel more waste then when fed a raw meat diet which is what their bodies are designed to eat. Feeding a so called high protein kibble diet that contains soy is the worst thing you can do. It was designed to be able to call the food high in protein, however, they left out the part that your dog cannot digest it. Raw is always better then cooked as the enzymes needed to digest and withdraw the nutrients from the meat they eat are destroyed if they are cooked. So if nutrition is your goal stop cooking the meat or eggs you feed your dog. The enzymes in the meat and eggs they eat offer the enzymes needed to breakdown the fats, proteins and few carbohydrates they may eat in dog treats. Without these enzymes the nutrients in the food they eat are not absorbed, and down the road will cause health problems such as excessive shedding, skin sores, rashes, dryness and create a thriving environment for cancers and other illness. Feed your dog plenty of raw meat, chicken, fish and eggs.

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  13. Joanna

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  14. patty

    I give my dog raw egg as a treat with the shell! as soon as my chickens start laying I know I won’t have any wasted eggs :) human/dog will benifit

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  15. Harleigh

    They can eat raw eggs because it makes dogs have a Heathy diet and shiny and clean fur!

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