Fresh eggs in a basket and one cracked raw egg in someone's hand

Raw Eggs for Dogs Have Many Benefits

Raw eggs for dogs are an amazing nutritional booster all year round.

My Boxer mixes Missy & Buzz got raw eggs as of 2015.

That’s when I switched them both from kibble to raw dog food, after Missy’s first cancer diagnosis in 2014.

They each got 3-4 raw eggs per week because they’re filled to the brim with nutrients.

My raw-fed Feist mix Wally started getting 2 raw eggs per week as of 2019.

But you can also add raw eggs to your dog’s kibble or wet dog food!

Now, in this blog post, I’ll talk about the benefits of raw eggs for dogs as well as:

  • Which raw eggs should I feed my dog?
  • 4 dog food ideas with raw eggs (including kibble)
  • When it’s OK for dogs to eat the eggshell
  • What about the risk of salmonella?

The Benefits Of Raw Eggs for Dogs

German Shepherd Dog sitting in front of a bowl with a raw cracked egg over kibble

Disclaimer: This blog post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated in 2023. It contains affiliate links I may earn compensation through at no additional cost to you. 

Raw eggs for dogs are a great, inexpensive, and complete source of protein.

That’s because they contain all 8 essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

They also contain lots of minerals & vitamins:

  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Phosphorus
  • Calcium
  • Thiamine
  • Folate
  • Riboflavin

To top it all off, adding a few raw eggs to a dog’s diet will result in a shiny, glossy, healthy coat, because they also contain Omega-3 fatty acids!

Raw eggs also help dogs with itchy skin. More on that in the next section.

Since the membrane is rich in natural glucosamine, collagen and hyaluronic acid, (organic) raw eggs also support your dog’s joint health.

Which Raw Eggs Should I Feed My Dog?

You can feed your dog chicken eggs, duck eggs or quail eggs. If you’re lucky, you can find all 3 at your local grocery store.

My Harris Teeter in NC carries all three.

If your dog doesn’t do well with chicken in general, he likely also won’t do well with chicken eggs – like my pup Wally!

So in that case, the chicken eggs won’t help your dog with itchy skin.

But the good news is that you can feed them duck eggs and/or quail eggs instead.

My local grocery store Harris Teeter carries chicken eggs, duck eggs, and quail eggs
Duck eggs, chicken eggs and quail eggs at a local Harris Teeter in NC

Other than that, you can buy them at Farmer’s Markets, on Etsy and even on Amazon – I’ve found fresh duck eggs on Etsy and quail eggs on Amazon.

But either way, it’s best to feed your dog organic raw eggs from pasture-raised birds.

That’s because they’re a lot more nutritious than eggs from caged birds that never get to enjoy sunlight (less Vitamin D) and are fed a soy-and grain rich diet.

Soy and grains are rich in Omega-6 fatty acids that increase inflammation in the body and cause itchiness, excessive licking and hot spots.

Good to know: Organic eggs must come from birds fed organic, vegetarian feed.

The picture below features organic raw eggs from Pete and Gerry’s. I like to store them in the fridge in this pretty ceramic egg holder.

Pete & Gerry's Organic Eggs

They’re also GMO and pesticide free, and have been produced without any added growth hormones or antibiotics. 

The organic Pete & Gerry’s eggs I buy at our local grocery store are raised and handled in a certified humane way on small family farms in the Northeast.

Pete & Gerry's | Homepage Introductory Video

Of course you can also buy organic, fresh eggs from a local farm or Farmer’s market in your neck of the woods!

Just make sure to ask how their chickens (or ducks/quails) are raised and what they’re fed.

K9sOverCoffee | Putting My Dogs' Raw Meals Together - Part 2- Organs, Chicken liver from a local farm
Organic, fresh eggs, chicken liver, feet and hearts from a local farm in rural NC.

Dog Food Ideas with Raw Eggs

I’ve experimented with a few different ways of how to actually feed the raw eggs to my dogs.

Cracked Raw Egg Over Dog Food

One option is to mash the raw egg up with the raw dog food right inside the food bowl. 

Raw Egg Mixed With Turkey Neck, Green Tripe, & Beef Liver
Bowl with beef green tripe, beef liver, half a turkey neck and a mashed up raw egg.

Poke a Hole Into The Raw Egg

Another option is to place the raw egg into the food bowl and simply poke a hole into the egg.

This is a little more challenging on a mental level as the pups will have to break up the rest of the egg themselves.

Raw Egg With Hole Mixed With Raw Meat Dinner For My Dogs
Bowl with beef green tripe, beef liver, half a turkey neck and a mostly whole raw egg.

Feed Your Dog The Raw Egg Whole

Taking it up yet another notch as far as the mental challenge is concerned would be to add the raw egg to the food without poking any holes into it.

The very first time I did this for Missy & Buzz it took them both 5+ minutes to figure out how to eat it. 

They actually both ate the food surrounding the egg first, then grabbed the egg with their mouths, and placed it outside of their food bowls.

To me, that was OK because I would line their eating area in our dining room with doggie towels.

The pups liked to drag their edible raw meaty bones onto their towels as well.

Tip: You can also feed your dog the whole egg outside.

What followed next was interesting to watch and I wish I had videotaped it!

They nudged the egg with their muzzles and rolled it around, licked it every now and then, and finally picked it up with their mouths and gave it a good crunch.

Raw eggs for dogs: You can place a whole raw egg in your dog's food dish for extra mental enrichment
Bowl with beef green tripe, beef liver, half a turkey neck and a whole raw egg.

Update 2023: My Feist mix Wally loves his raw eggs, too!

He mostly eats raw duck eggs these days because he has chicken and quail allergies.

When I give him a whole raw egg outside in the yard, he pokes a hole into it, sucks out the egg, and leaves the shell behind on the grass.

Add Raw Eggs to Dry Kibble For An Extra Nutrient Boost

You can also add a raw egg to your dog’s dry food if you feed kibble.

It will not only add variety to the meal, but also a ton of nutritional value!

Remember that eggs are a complete source of protein as they contain all 8 essential amino acids.  

I suggested this approach to one of my pet sitting clients whose Boxer mix Rebel had skin issues where she was itchy and dandruffy quite a bit.

Cracked raw egg over dog food
Cracked raw egg over dog food

My neighbor’s pup Jack gets a raw cracked egg over his kibble twice per week as well.

He’s a German Shepherd mix and the picture below features him in my kitchen when I watched him for my neighbor.

Can Dogs Eat Eggshell?

You can probably guess the answer since one of the pictures above features eggshells – yes, they can.

As a matter of fact, eggshells are filled with nutritious calcium.

The membrane lining between the eggshell and the egg is also highly nutritious because it contains chondroitin, glucosamine, collagen and hyaluronic acid.

All of those are particularly great for dogs with joint pain.

But you can only feed your dog the eggshell if your eggs are organic.

If they’re not organic, you should toss the shell because it will have been sprayed with a chemical to reduce bacteria.

Good to know: Although eggshells are rich in calcium, they can’t be used as a replacement for raw meaty bones because they don’t have any phosphorus.

What About The Risk Of Salmonella?

The risk of a dog getting sick with salmonella from eating raw eggs is slim to none. 

Remember that a dog’s digestive system differs tremendously from our human one and is a lot more acidic.

That’s exactly why they don’t have trouble consuming a raw meat diet in the first place! 

After all, that’s what they would be eating in the wild.

Or have you ever heard of a dog who stole a live chicken and roasted it over a campfire or boiled the egg in hot water first?

Of course not!

However, if you’re unsure of feeding your dog raw eggs, you can also offer them hard boiled eggs or scrambled eggs.

Just make sure you serve them without salt or any other condiments.

Bottom Line

So, can dogs eat raw eggs? Why yes, they certainly can!

Raw eggs are a superfood for dogs because they’re a complete source of protein as they contain all 8 essential amino acids.

Additionally, they’re also rich in other nourishing vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D, Calcium and Iron.

As a raw feeder, I add raw eggs to my dogs’ food bowls several times per week.

Feist mix dog standing in front of a bowl with a cracked raw egg over kibble

But even if you don’t feed raw dog food, your dog will benefit from a cracked raw egg over their kibble or canned dog food.

Remember, it’s great for coat health and can really help turn your dog’s dull coat into a shiny one.

Does your pup get an occasional raw egg or have you been thinking about introducing them?

As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this blog post!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.






14 responses to “Raw Eggs for Dogs Have Many Benefits”

  1. MilitaryWifeandPugLife Avatar

    Yes everytime I’ve fed the girls eggs, their coats improve!!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Egg-cellent testimony 😉

  2. 2 brown dawgs blog Avatar

    We have not fed raw eggs. They get left-over scrambled eggs every now and again, but that is about it. On the whole we are not big egg eaters in out house. 🙂

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Neither am I – Missy & Buzz are the main reason why I buy eggs 🙂

      1. Lindsay Stordahl Avatar
        Lindsay Stordahl

        I eat 3 every morning! Scrambled. 🙂

        1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

          Maybe I should look into eating a few every week myself. I might get shinier hair out of it 😉

  3. MyDogLikes Avatar

    Great idea – we love eggs in our home. The boys have had hard boiled eggs in the past but I love the idea of cracking a raw egg over the meals we prep. We will try this week. I can just imagine our boys having no clue what to do with an un-cracked one!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Yay, very cool, I’m sure your boys will be intrigued 😉 You should try giving them a whole one and record their reaction!!

  4. Julie Smith Avatar
    Julie Smith

    I never thought of this. Thank you and Cocoa thanks you because she is going to get something new!! Funny story, I was cooking eggs one day and I put 2 on the counter but when I went to get them I only found one and was like, I know I put out 2. All of a sudden Cocoa looked at us from the other room and had the egg!!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Haha, I love Cocoa’s very own, unsolicited testimonial of how good eggs are 😉 Sounds like she’ll be in for a few in the near future – without having to steal any!!

  5. Lindsay Stordahl Avatar
    Lindsay Stordahl

    I have given Ace raw eggs too. (Also, scrambled!) I usually break them and mix with whatever he’s eating. My grandpa actually used to give his farm dogs raw eggs. He said it gave them shiny coats. I think he was onto something!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      HA, I think your grandpa was definitely on to something! Ace is a lucky pup to get his egg treats – I’ve given the pups scrambled eggs too, towards the beginning of our transition from kibble to raw. They love them both cooked and raw.

  6. Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets Avatar
    Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    I have been thinking about adding them, but I just keep forgetting! It would be fun to see what they would do with the whole egg. I always buy organic eggs, and even better I like to buy local fresh eggs. There is a farm at the end of our road where we just moved to so we’ll be checking them out for eggs soon. Next year we hope to get our own chickens!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Haha, you should give the whole egg thing a try! Super awesome to hear that you buy organic eggs as well, AND that you’re getting them from a farm down the road from you. I would LOVE that!!

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