Can You Give Raw Eggs For Your Dogs?

Hello Again!

I got these questions recently:

“Hi Alex, I have been wondering if it were healthy to give my dog raw eggs mixed in his food. Somewhere I read that this was a great way to supplement his diet with extra protein, but recently, I have read more reports online that dogs cannot actually digest the white part of a raw egg.

My question is, what if you give a dog a partially cooked egg? Since you have actually started the digestion process by cooking, can they complete this process? I own two dogs, an Irish Setter and a Brittany Spaniel. They both love fried eggs with a slice of crisp bacon. Will this harm them in any way?
Ben, these are good questions, congratulations!

raw eggsFirst of all, I’m convinced you want to supply the high level care and attention to your dogs. Secondly, the topic of giving fresh eggs for dogs holds several misapprehensions and myths.

One camp of dog owners believes that it is still not advisable to give your dogs partially cooked eggs. They hold that raw eggs, whether partly cooked or not, may cause problems with diarrhea and possibly give your dog salmonella.

It appears frequently that the poor egg usually lands in the waste as a hazardous meal for canines. That’s right that there are a lot of foods, which can be unsafe for your household dogs. However, the healthy egg is not one of them.

Those who have opponent standpoint say that eggs contain much cholesterol. Furthermore, they hold the danger of salmonella plus can cause the shortage of biotin. But, these make no sense if we take the egg’s elements.

What the Raw Eggs Contain?

A raw egg is perfect for dogs; it’s a complete protein source (only the breast milk is more perfect than it). All essential amino acid found in it, and their digestibility are 100%.

An average egg contains 6.3 g piece of protein – is equivalent with 300 g beef / chicken meat protein content. It also comprises 6.1 g of fat, 915.6 grams of Omega-6 and 17.1 g Omega-3 fatty acids. The carbohydrate content is negligible.

In fact, the egg provides the benchmark of judging protein. Comparison: the egg protein content is 100, while the fish 92, the beef 78, soybean protein content 67, the meat and bone – with the wheat – 50, and finally the protein content of corn is 45.

As you can see, eggs aren’t simply an inexpensive and secure supply of raw foods to your canines. Moreover, they’re probably the most entire and nutritious food you may select!

The Salmonella Problem

It adheres to the view that raw egg = Salmonella infection, especially in the hot sun. And you can read such an information online that the potential risk of contamination of fresh egg presents itself in dog feeding.

Let’s look at the issue objectively.

Some of the vets don’t recommend feeding raw eggs because of the risk of infection. At the same time, the BARF-believers say that healthy dog’s immune system is much more effective at fighting the salmonella bacteria than human, so they do not get sick.

Common sense: you obtain a fresh hen’s eggs from reliable sources and store under appropriate conditions. So any pathogen can be found only on the outer shell, not inside the egg.

About Biotin Deficiency

Biotin is a type of B vitamin and is essential for cellular development of the musculature. Plus it helps the metabolism of fatty acids as well as important in the respect of healthy skin and coat.

The lack of Biotin is fairly uncommon. Plus, it would necessary a great deal of eggs to generate a deficiency. Furthermore, egg yolks contain huge amount of biotin. Consequently, as long as you provide the complete egg, the worry is unnecessary.

My Egg Feeding Method

* Our dogs use to get two fresh eggs as a dessert once weekly.

* After bringing home the eggs, I wash and rinse them thoroughly.

* Next I dried the eggs and put them into the fridge.

* When the administer-time arrived, they get it completely and uncooked.


I didn’t have any salmonella-sick dog in my life. Furthermore, I often go to dog shows, and many owners tell me about their animal’s supplemented diet with raw eggs. If you look at a dog’s fur that receives eggs from time to time, the brilliance speaks for itself.

All the best,

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than seven decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow