Are Eggs Good For Dogs?

An occasional raw egg is okay for a healthy dog.

Eggs are nutrient rich, high in protein and most dogs love them.  While it is okay to occasionally give your dog a treat of a small amount of cooked egg, the question of raw eggs is more complicated.

Raw eggs, specifically raw egg whites, contain an enzyme called avidin. The avidin acts to bind the water-soluble B vitamin called biotin, preventing its absorption in the gastrointestinal tract.  Additionally, raw eggs may carry bacteria such as salmonella.  Biotin plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin and coat.  A deficiency of biotin can eventually result in dermatitis, hair loss, diarrhea and other symptoms.

The good news: When you cook a raw egg, the avidin is deactivated.  Additionally, raw egg yolks are rich in biotin. Dogs have a shorter intestinal tract than humans and are less likely to have gastrointestinal upset from salmonella.  An occasional raw egg is generally safe for a healthy dog, as long as your pet does not have an allergy to eggs.

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Abby Rosenberg

Abby Rosenberg is a PetMeds employee and long-time cat lover. She was a volunteer for several years at a local no-kill cats only rescue shelter. This has prepared her for her most challenging role to date: secretary, photographer, social coordinator and treat dispenser for Daisy, and Daisy’s sidekick Harley. Daisy is a dilute calico Devon Rex cat, and Harley is a “cow-cat” who was adopted from the shelter where Abby volunteered. You can also find Abby on Google+

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