Egg dishes are popular in households globally—unless you’re allergic to them, you probably eat eggs daily or at least five times a week.
Assuming that’s your frequency, your furry companion enjoys them too.
Have you wondered if a hardboiled version is safe for dogs to eat?
Most dog owners have had these thoughts at some point.
So, can dogs have hard-boiled eggs?
Yes, hard-boiled eggs are dog-safe—hard boiling kills pathogens eliminating the risk of bacterial infection.
Additionally, cooked eggs are a great natural source of proteins, healthy fats, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and good carbs.
Hard-boiled eggs are easy to prepare, with zero seasoning, and are an excellent treat for your furry friends.
You can include them in your dog’s regular diet, but consult your vet on the serving portion.
Want to include eggs in your dog’s diet but are worried about how to start?
This article guides you on feeding hard-boiled eggs to your pup, the health benefits, and the associated risks.
What are the nutritional benefits of hard-boiled eggs for dogs?
Cooked eggs, hardboiled, to be specific, are not only nontoxic but highly nutritious to canines.
Each egg part offers a different nutrient needed in your dog’s body,
Egg whites are an excellent source of high-quality protein, with a single egg containing approximately 6 grams.
This protein is sufficiently loaded with all the nine essential amino acids and is easily digestible to support muscle growth, repairs, and maintenance.
Increased good cholesterol
Egg yolk is rich in fatty acids digested as saturated and unsaturated fats in your dog’s directive system for cell growth and development.
Eggs increase the high-density lipoproteins (HDL) levels (also known as the good cholesterol) in your canines’ body, reducing the risk of heart disease.
Rich Vitamin source
Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) is more potent in egg yolks which supports the absorption of calcium and phosphorous—making it essential for strong bones and teeth in canines.
Eggs also contain vitamins A, E, B6, B12, Niacin, Folic acid, and Riboflavin which serve as catalysts that aid in metabolism, immune-boosting, cell growth, and development.
Source of minerals
Minerals like calcium, iron, folate, selenium, sodium, phosphorous, and potassium are dense in the egg shells—aid in muscle strength, healthy bones, and teeth.
These minerals are a great energy source for that super-active hound.
How to safely feed dogs eggs?
Beat an egg in a clean bowl and give it to your dog—that simple.
Raw eggs are a nutritional boost to your canines’ diet.
However, watch the portion not to exceed their caloric requirements.
Consult your vet for exact serving depending on your dog’s weight, age, and overall health.
Consider that raw eggs have a high risk of bacterial infection, Salmonellosis in particular, which is dangerous for your furry friend.
Monitor them for signs like fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy after a raw egg meal.
This is the safest way of feeding eggs to dogs, but some nutritionists will disagree with the notion that cooked eggs reduce their nutritional value.
However, plain hard-boiled eggs are the best dog treats nutrition-wise.
For small dogs, crush the eggshells and watch your canine friend enjoy the crunch—though the powdered form would be a better option.
Large dogs can easily break the shell and eat.
It’s a great source of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which aid in strengthening their bones, teeth, and gums.
Is it safe to feed your dog hard-boiled eggs every day?
Too much of anything good is bad—even though your pup is healthy and you’ve considered their caloric intake, you shouldn’t feed them eggs daily.
An egg contains about 60 calories, 6 grams of proteins, and 5 grams of fat—these in large quantities may lead to weight gain or other conditions for canines.
The appropriate serving depends on several variables like your dog’s age, weight, size, activity level, and pre-existing medical condition.
The universal recommendation is that snacks and treats should not take up more than 10% of your dog’s diet.
Consult your vet before adding hard-boiled eggs to your hounds’ diet.
Can dogs be allergic to hard-boiled eggs?
Yes, just like humans, canines can develop allergies to new food.
Eggs have a high protein content which can cause a reaction in dogs with allergies.
Allergic symptoms in dogs include gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and skin problems.
The symptoms may be mild or severe depending on the amount consumed or your dog’s sensitivity.
Consult your vet if these symptoms don’t subside in a few hours.
Can I give my dog eggs for an upset stomach?
Scrambled eggs are good for dogs with upset stomachs (diarrhea or vomiting).
Start by offering small amounts over a couple of hours and closely monitor their response.
Although dogs with a vomiting problem may be unable to handle the high-fat content in scrambled eggs, it’s the best remedy for that unsettled stomach.
As things improve, throw in some cottage cheese and boiled rice to hasten the healing.
On the other hand, take them to a vet if the symptoms get worse.
Can dogs eat deviled eggs?
Yes, dogs can have deviled eggs but sparingly.
Deviled eggs are hardboiled but with mild seasonings, safe for dogs.
Conversely, the added mayo increases fat levels, which could cause mild stomach upsets or adverse effects when consumed in large quantities frequently.
When preparing deviled eggs for dogs, ensure they’re plain, with no added seasonings or oils; otherwise, a deviled egg designed for humans is dangerous to dogs.
Otherwise, your pup will experience gastrointestinal upsets like vomiting and diarrhea.
Let’s wrap it up
There’s no defined frequency of feeding hardboiled eggs to canines; the preparation method and how well your hound can handle it matters.
So, if you have a healthy, active pup, just consider their daily calorie requirement and adjust accordingly.
Hard-boiled eggs are a significant nutrient boost to your canines’ diet and can help those fussy eaters gobble up more regular boring dog food.