While cooked eggs offer a great source of protein and other nutrients for your dog, you may be wondering if you could also serve them raw. According to the American Kennel Club, veterinarians most often recommend cooking eggs before letting your dog dig in.
Are Raw Eggs Bad for My Dog?
While your pup should be fine if he accidentally eats a raw egg, you should not feed him them on a regular basis. The potential danger comes from the risk of certain harmful bacteria, including salmonella, which could lead to an infection called Salmonellosis. Symptoms for this include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. You should contact your veterinarian if you notice these symptoms in your dog.
Another potential threat that raw eggs have to your dog’s health is the development of a biotin deficiency, since egg whites contain the enzyme avidin that the AKC notes “prevents absorption of biotin in the body.”
If you’re thinking about introducing raw eggs into your dog’s diet, you should first consult your vet.