Is feeding a dog a hard-boiled egg occasionally safe?
Yes, hard-boiled is fine. Chopped hard-boiled eggs are a favorite of many dogs, and some people feed them whole without peeling off the shell. Scrambled (without butter) and poached eggs are also healthy choices.
Cooked eggs are an excellent form of digestible protein and can be served safely in small quantities to most dogs. Eggs contain riboflavin and selenium, which are beneficial to dogs. Including crushed eggshells when you cook the eggs can give your dog a calcium boost; in fact, many regularly add crushed eggshells to their dog’s food to boost the calcium, protein, vitamin and mineral content.
To make a supplement: Crush eggshells into a fine powder by drying them in a 250-degree over for 30 minutes. Put them in a plastic zipper bag, seal it and roll over it with a rolling pin until the eggshells are ground up finely. Put this into your dog’s food as a great way to help its bones and teeth.
Raw eggs are often used to make the healthy hair shiny, but a much better choice for your dog is a cooked egg. Raw egg yolk also contains avidin, which damages a dog’s metabolism and creates a biotin deficiency. What happens is the avidin binds to the biotin, thus interfering with absorption, and biotin plays an important role in the skin and coat of both dogs and cats. Biotin is used frequently (along with fatty acids) to treat a dog who has allergies and it is also an important part of growth, digestion and muscle formation in dogs.
Some signs of a deficiency of this vitamin in your pet may be skin lesions, dry and dull coat, anemia and lethargy.
Raw eggs can cause food poisoning, harboring bacteria such as Salmonella and E Coli. Both can make your dog very ill and there have been some reports of fatalities with E Coli.
NOTE: Dogs with sensitive stomachs can develop gastrointestinal problems, such as pancreatitis, when fed unfamiliar foods. Be cautious when trying new foods.