I love eating eggs, in fact, I eat them boiled, scrambled, fried, poached, and the list goes on. There are so many different ways to eat eggs, and the best part is they are good for us. But the question is “can Pugs eat eggs,” and are they good for them? This post will answer your question about feeding your Pug eggs as well as provide you with some helpful recipes.
As a Pug parent, it’s vital to know that not all human foods are good for Pugs.
Can Pugs Eat Eggs?
The short answer is YES, eggs are very good for your Pug. They contain important nutrients that cannot be found elsewhere and will help Fido grow stronger.
There are many human foods like broccoli that contain important vitamins and nutrients for both humans and canines. So what do eggs have that other food don’t? How often can you feed your Pug eggs and what’s the best way to add it to their diet?
Related: Fresh Cooked Food For Pugs!
I’ll be providing the answers to all your questions about feeding your pup human eggs.
Why Are Eggs Good For My Pug?
It’s no wonder that dogs beg for food when they see you eating. Some foods like eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, selenium, and riboflavin.
Caution: Some Pugs are allergic to certain foods. If you’re unsure of whether or not to add it to their diet, consult with a veterinarian.
Eggs can be a great way to give both you and your pooch a protein boost!
Pugs require a high protein diet. An adult Pug should consume at least 18% protein per day, a puppy requires around 28%.
Pregnant and lactating Pugs will also require more protein.
One large egg has about 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, and only about 70 calories.
Eggs are A Good Source of:
- Fatty Acids
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
This human food can be a great way to help your Pug increase their protein intake and so much more.
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet for Pugs. It plays a vital role in building and repairing muscles and body tissues.
It helps your pooches body form new skin cells, build muscle tissues, grow hair, build muscle tissue and so much more.
Protein also provides your Pug with energy (like carbohydrates do) to help keep their immune system strong.
Eggs contain something called Avidin, which is a B Vitamin and is known to improve your four-legged friend’s metabolism.
This food also contains antioxidants known as Lutein and zeaxanthin, which are believed to help reduce the risk of developing cataracts and reduce the speed of age-related macular degeneration.
I’m not sure if they will help slow down the age-related issues with Pugs. But since Pugs are prone to cataracts, there’s no harm in adding it to their diet.
Basically, eggs are high in protein and contain many essential fatty acids that are beneficial for your Pug.
Benefits Of Feeding Pugs Eggs
Eggs are packed with protein, essential fatty and amino acids, as well as selenium, riboflavin, and selenium which provide a ton of benefits for canines.
The benefits range from stronger teeth and bones, muscle development, improved skin, and coat. Fatty acid supplements can help reduce shedding, reduce inflammation as well as promoting the growth of the undercoat.
Eggs can be a safe nutritious snack for Pugs. That being said, they should only be fed in moderation.
At What Age Is It Okay to Start Feeding My Pug Eggs?
Your Pug can start eating eggs at a young age of about 6-8 weeks. In fact, many people use scrambled eggs as a transitional food for Pugs until they are able to eat more solid foods.
As I mentioned above, many people feed scrambled eggs to their pregnant mothers. It’s a great way to feed mother dogs extra protein to help with the nursing puppies.
It’s definitely okay to feed Pugs of all ages this delicious treat.
However, before you feed your pooch eggs, it’s important to know the best way to feed them this amazing and delicious food.
If you feed your pup a whole egg, you don’t want to give it to them any of the hard eggshells. While it’s been proven that eggshells can be an excellent source of protein for your pooch.
You should only feed your older dogs the eggshells. NEVER your puppy.
The best way to feed the eggshells to your pooch is to grind them up and sprinkle about a half a teaspoon into your pooches kibble.
The important thing to remember is that you want to only feed your Pug cooked eggs. You never want to give your Pug raw eggshells.
Hazards To Watch Out For
Warning: Just like humans, dogs are at risk of contracting this disease. The illness is called salmonellosis and the canine symptoms are similar to those that are seen in humans which include; diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, fever, and lethargy
Overfeeding your Pug raw egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency. Biotin is a B complex vitamin that is essential for your pup’s metabolism, digestive system, healthy skin, and cells.
Your Pug will only benefit from eating cooked eggs, or boiled eggs that do not contain any salt, pepper, or any other harmful additives.
Too Much Protein
Before you start feeding your Pug eggs, you want to know how much protein they consume every day.
It is possible to give your dog too much protein. Their bodies can only digest a certain amount of protein. Any excess may cause your pooch to gain weight.
As you may know, Pugs are prone to obesity, so you don’t want to add to much protein to their daily diet.
The kidneys will also help remove the byproducts of protein breakdown and will be removed from the body in your dog’s urine.
How Should I Prepare The Eggs For My Pug?
As long as your veterinarian says it’s okay to feed your Pug eggs. As long as your Pug doesn’t have any allergies or suffer from sensitive stomach issues, you should only feed your Pug cooked eggs.
The 2 possible ways to feed your Pugs eggs are:
What Type of Eggs Are Best?
When I fed Mindy some eggs, we only fed her fresh farm eggs. My in-laws have backyard chickens, so we were able to feed her cage-free organic eggs.
If you don’t have backyard chickens, then I recommend buying brown eggs from the supermarket. Make sure that the egg carton specifically says farm fresh, cage free, or organic.
These eggs are healthier for both you and your pooch. The boost in healthy chicken food can produce eggs that are higher in vitamins, healthy fats, and minerals for your Pug.
The most common way that people feed eggs to their dogs, is to give them one whole large egg. As I mentioned above, the eggshells can also be a great source of nutrients.
Just make sure you grind it up using a food processor or food grinder.
As long as you don’t feed your pooch raw eggs, you shouldn’t worry about salmonella. It’s unlikely that your Pug will get sick from eating eggs.
Most Pugs will eat anything you put in front of them. However, if you have a picky Pug that won’t eat eggs, then you should try some of the recipes below to see if you can get them to eat eggs.
Can Pugs Eat Scrambled Eggs?
Yes, Pugs can eat scrambled eggs. If you’re planning on sharing your breakfast with your pooch, make sure you make them plain so they are safe for your pooch.
Avoid using butter, seasoning, or any other ingredients that will make the egg more harmful than beneficial.
Can Pugs Eat Boiled Eggs
Yes, dogs can eat boiled eggs. Peel the egg and cut it up into small bite-size pieces and feed your pooch a few pieces.
What About Raw Eggs?
As I mentioned above, you NEVER want to feed your Pug raw eggshells or raw eggs. Raw eggs do have health benefits for your pooch but are not as safe as cooked eggs.
Feeding your Pug raw eggs can cause all kinds of health problems. Raw eggs are not toxic to Pugs, but you need to understand the pros and cons and before feeding Pugs raw eggs.
Can My Pug Eat Omelets?
It really depends on what you put inside. If you cook a pure egg omelet it should be fine. However, if you cook a South of the Border omelet (my favorite) which has mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, onions, garlic, hot pepper sauce and etc, you won’t want to share it with your pooch.
The added ingredients can make it dangerous for your pooch.
3 Dog Egg Recipes You Should Try
#1 Mini Omelets for Pugs
If your Pug won’t eat a cooked egg that you’ve put in their food dish. It’s time to try dressing it up and making it look more appetizing. Mini omelets can make a great dish for your pooch. Not only that, but they are so easy to prepare.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- One Egg (I recommend using organic eggs)
- 1/2 cup cooked salmon (substitute chicken)
- 1/2 diced green peppers
Lightly grease the frying pan with extra virgin oil or coconut oil. Cook the omelet until it is fully cooked. Once it is cooked, remove it from the pan and allow it to cool. Visit American Kennel Club to see the entire recipe.
#2 Berry Egg Oatmeal for Dogs
This egg recipe for dogs is packed with both protein and fiber, which can make a great homemade breakfast recipe for your pooch. When cooked properly, oatmeal is great for Pugs.
The added treats will make it even yummier for your four-legged friend.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 large egg (organic)
- 1/4 cup berries (frozen or fresh)
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 Berkley Jensen Berry Links Treats, Grain Free Pork (chopped)
You’ll want to cook the oats for about 3 minutes and then stir the egg into the oats. Combine the berries and allow it to cook for about another 2 minutes. Once it is cooked, allow it to cool before giving it to Fido. Visit We Are Not Martha website to find this recipe and other great recipes for your Pug.
#3 Egg and Potato Diet Recipe
This recipe will not only provide your pooch with the benefits of eating eggs, they’ll also benefit from eating potatoes, which are also good for dogs. You won’t have any trouble getting your dog to eat eggs after fixing this recipe.
This recipe is for a 22-pound dog. Feel free to adjust the ingredient according to the size of your Pug.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- 3 large, hard-boiled eggs. (we’ll be using the shells from 2 eggs)
- 2 cups boiled potatoes (peeled, no milk, salt or butter)
- 1/2 of 14.75 ounces can of salmon
- Shells from the boiled eggs (pulverize them in a grinder)
Use a food processor or coffee grinder to finely grind the eggs. You’ll want to cook this recipe on your stovetop in a saucepan. Once it’s done the cooking, make sure to allow it to cool or stick it in the refrigerator to serve to your Pug. Visit Particular Paws for the complete step by step preparation.
Can Pugs Eat Yolk? Most people will feed their dogs egg yolks to help supplement their dog’s diets. As long as your pooch doesn’t have any allergies, it should be fine to add it to their diet. It’s still a good idea to talk to your vet before making any changes to their diet.
Breakfast Foods That Are Bad For Pugs
Not all human breakfast foods are great for dogs. You should avoid feeding your dog the foods below, as they do not provide any benefits for them.
Final Word On Pugs and Eggs
As always, not all dogs will be able to eat all types of human foods. If you’ve never fed your Pug eggs, start out slowly and watch for any signs of stomach distress to ensure that your dog can tolerate scrambled or boiled eggs without any adverse reactions.
Make sure you’re not feeding them eggs every day and keep their snacks and treats to 10% of their daily diet. The remainder of 90% should come from their regular dog food.
References and Further Reading
Egg Nutrition Center – Nutrients In Eggs
Dogs Naturally – Eggs: Why Your Dog Needs Them