Can Dogs Eat Scrambled Eggs?
The most versatile brunch dish may also be very appetizing for your furry friend. But should your dog eat scrambled eggs?
Yes. Scrambled eggs prepared properly are perfectly safe for your dogs to eat.
However, answering that question is sort of like answering the question: should your dog eat treats? While treats are healthy for your dog in moderation, you certainly don’t want to use them as a meal replacement or feed them to your dog in excess.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to your canine companion and all-things-eggs.
- Eggs can be a good source of both protein and essential fatty acids for your dog, but they should always be cooked thoroughly before serving.
- If you’re going to feed your dog scrambled eggs, avoid feeding them from your own plate — human scrambled eggs are often prepared with butter or oil, which contain saturated fats that are not necessarily good for your dog.
- Eggs can be a common allergy for dogs, so make sure you look out for itchy, red or dry skin on your canine companion.
Can my dog get salmonella?
Yes, like humans, dogs can become sick if they ingest uncooked, unpasteurized eggs. Symptoms of salmonella in dogs include fever, lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting. Make sure to cook eggs thoroughly before feeding them to your dog - the same way you would prepare them for yourself.
How much scrambled eggs can my dog eat?
Some may cite the 10% rule when it comes to feeding your dog extra non-meal foods, like treats or scrambled eggs. But the truth is, scrambled eggs and run-of-the-mill treats are in entirely different categories. Eggs can supply your dog with healthy proteins, and actually show up in many of our own recipes.
Many treats, on the other hand, can pack on the calories faster than you might expect. And unless you’re using fruits or veggies as a treat, they’re likely to have some less-than-nutritious ingredients.
Don’t overdo it (and certainly don’t feed them raw), but a little bit of scrambled eggs daily can be a good thing — so long as they’re not replacing a meal in full.