Can My French Bulldog Eat Eggs?

As a French Bulldog owner, it didn’t take me long to conclude that some Frenchies have extremely sensitive stomachs.

My dog is no exception.

So I did my research, what can Frenchies eat?

What can’t they eat?

And the truth is, they can eat a wide range of human foods.

But let’s put all other foods aside for a moment and talk about eggs.

Can My French Bulldog eat eggs?

The simple answer is YES! 👍

Whether they are raw, boiled, cooked, or scrambled-

ALL DOG BREEDS can eat all types of eggs.

In fact, they can even eat the shells!

That’s the short answer, but let’s dive into the topic a little further.

Today we will discuss several different points about eggs, including:

  • The importance of eggs to a French Bulldog Diet.
  • The age Frenchie puppies can eat eggs.
  • French Bulldogs and raw eggs meal.
  • How often can a French Bulldog have eggs?

Let’s not waste another second!

Why Are Eggs Important To A French Bulldog Diet?

Eggs Nutrition Facts

As we all know, eggs are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals for humans.

The same is true for dogs.

Though eggs shouldn’t make up your dogs’ full diet, they are full of protein, amino acids, and fatty acids that can benefit their health.

For both dogs and humans, eggs are a good source of Vitamin A, Folate, Riboflavin, Vitamin B, Selenium, and Iron.

But let’s break this information down even further and take a quick look at what benefits each part of the egg holds:

The Egg Yolk:

Egg Yolk on white background

The egg yolk has a lot of health benefits.

In fact, the yolk is now regarded as the most nutritious part of the egg.

Why?

Egg yolks are loaded in vitamins and minerals that can be beneficial to your dog’s health.

Egg yolks contain over 22mg of calcium, 19mg of potassium, and .046 mg of iron, each of which can help your dog grow healthy and strong.

Unfortunately, many people throw out the egg yolk because they feel that it is a source of high cholesterol.

And while yes, the egg yolk does contain cholesterol, it’s health benefits far outweigh the downfalls.

It’s also important to remember that cholesterol levels are dependent on how the egg is cooked.

Eggs that are cooked in oil contain two to three times more cholesterol content than those that aren’t.

So as long as you are cooking your eggs properly, cholesterol shouldn’t be an issue, and the egg yolk should be utilized in your dog’s diet.

The Egg White:

 Egg whites in a bowl.

The main benefit associated with egg whites is that they are a great source of protein. (image source)

Egg whites contain approximately 3.6g of protein per 17 calorie egg.

This protein is essential for both humans and dogs, helping us to build muscle and stay energized.

In addition, egg whites are also a good source of Potassium, which is essential for a healthy heart and bones, and Riboflavin, which acts as an antioxidant and helps to fight against cell damage.

Shells:

Egg shells

A lot of pet owners don’t realize that they can actually feed their dog the shell of the egg too.

In fact, egg shells are an excellent source of Calcium, which helps to develop strong and healthy teeth and bones.

Also, calcium can be broken down to help boost the health of your dog’s muscles, heart, and immune system.

As a bonus, scrambled eggs can also help to settle an upset stomach, and reduce vomiting and diarrhea in your dog.

At What Age Can French Bulldog Puppies Eat Eggs?

French bulldog and fried egg in a pan

Providing that your French Bulldog puppy is at least eight weeks old at the time that you get them, you can start feeding them eggs right away.

That said, it’s important to remember that a puppies digestion system is much more complicated than that of a full grown dog.

As such, you don’t want to introduce large amounts of any food to them right away.

Think of your puppy as you would a baby, and introduce new foods like eggs gradually.

Start with tiny portions, and slowly introduce them to larger portions as they age.

As you do so, watch for adverse reactions like vomiting and diarrhea.

If the egg is causing such a reaction, you may be feeding them too much, or they may have an intolerance.

Is It Safe To Feed My Frenchie Raw Eggs?

 eggs in a plate

The answer to this question again is YES, you can feed your dog raw eggs – but it comes with risks.

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In most cases, raw eggs are safe for dogs to eat, but if you happen to come across a bad egg, you put your dog at risk for salmonella poisoning.

In addition, a regular diet of raw eggs can lead to a biotin deficiency.

Let’s take a look at each of these concerns in a little closer light:

Salmonella Poisoning:

Salmonella Bacteria

Salmonella is a widespread bacterial organism that can affect many species, including both humans and dogs.

It’s most commonly contracted through food or water and can be spread from one species to another.

In severe cases of Salmonella poisoning, dogs may experience symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, fever, depression, and in the worst case scenario, death.

The good news is that dogs are extremely resistant to salmonella, and the risk of them actually contracting the bacteria is extremely low.

With that being said, if they do contract the disease, it can cause illness and can be spread to the dog’s human family members, who are not quite as resistant to the bacteria as their dog.

So if you are feeding your dog raw eggs, be aware that there is a risk (though it is a small risk) that your dog could contract salmonella poisoning.

How can you reduce the chance of getting a Salmonella infection from eggs?

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If you are going to feed your dog raw eggs, you can reduce your risk by ensuring that they are organically produced, and kept in a cold storage area. You should never feed your Frenchie eggs after the expiry date.

Biotin Deficiency:

The second concern with feeding your dog raw eggs deals with Biotin Deficiency.

Biotin is a B vitamin that has several health benefits for metabolism, skin, coat, and growth.

The concern with raw eggs is that they contain something known as Avidin, which is known to reduce biotin levels.

When dogs face Biotin Deficiencies, they may experience inhibited cell growth, inhibited metabolism, and a decrease in skin or coat condition.

Having said that, you can easily avoid biotin deficiency concerns by feeding your dog eggs in moderation.

For this to be a concern, you would need to feed your dog 8-10 eggs a day. In addition, egg yolks actually contain very high levels of biotin.

So if you are feeding your dog the entire egg, the concern of the effects of Avidin is immediately counterbalanced.

In return, as long as you aren’t basing your dog’s entire diet around eggs, biotin deficiency really shouldn’t be a concern.

Like everything else, feed your Frenchie eggs in moderation.

An Additional Concern With Raw Eggs – Allergic Reactions

Some breeds of dog are more sensitive to food allergies than others, and the French Bulldog just so happens to be one of them.

It’s not uncommon for French Bulldogs to have allergic reactions to dairy products, chicken, beef, wheat, lamb, corn, soy, or eggs.

In return, it’s important that you introduce eggs (or any new food) to your dog slowly.

If you notice that your dog experiences vomiting, diarrhea, extreme gas, or skin conditions after feeding them egg, they may have an allergy to them.

If this is the case, stop feeding your Frenchie eggs immediately and look for an alternative source of nutrients.

Can I Feed My French Bulldog Eggs Every Day?

eggs everyday image

You can feed your French Bulldog eggs every day if you want to, but they are more recommended as an occasional snack, or as a supplement to their diet when they are not feeling well.

While eggs do have many nutritional benefits for French Bulldogs, it’s important to remember that they also contain a lot of calories.

One egg can contain up to 77 calories.

In return, you don’t want to overfeed eggs to your dog, or you run the risk of obesity and all of the issues and concerns that come along with it.

In general, it’s recommended that you keep egg intake to 2-3 times a week, regardless of breed.

My French Bulldog, Stella’s Preferred Egg Preparation:

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, my Stella is known to have a sensitive stomach.

Because of this, I avoid feeding her raw eggs and tend to stick to cooked options.

I like to mix it up a little, but her preference is definitely scrambled.

Here’s how I cook them for her:

  • Crack an egg into a bowl  and mix vigorously with a fork
  • On a hot skillet, I heat about two tsp of water to prevent the egg from sticking
  • Place the egg on the skillet, and use a spatula to mix it around until it looks fully cooked and scrambled
  • Remove, let cool, and serve!

Please note, all of the eggs I feed Stella are organically produced and come from trusted sources. I never add any spices, nor do I cook in oil.

French Bulldog Eating Raw Eggs Video

Conclusion:

Most French Bulldogs can eat eggs, but it’s essential to introduce them to their diet slowly to ensure that they don’t have an allergy.

All parts of the egg are beneficial to your dog’s health, with each the yolk, white, and shell offering their health benefits.

I prefer to feed my Frenchie cooked egg, but if you are going to feed raw, be sure that your eggs come from a trusted organic source, and understand that there are small risks that come along with the choice.

Eggs make an excellent addition to your dog’s diet, but shouldn’t make up their full diet.

Be sure to feed your Frenchie a well-balanced diet, and then give them eggs as a special treat 2-3 times per week on top.

You can safely feed your French Bulldog some eggs now! 👌

 

Chalene Johnston About The Author: Chalene Johnston graduated with honors from University with a BA in psychology. She is a proud stay-at-home mom to her 2-year-old French Bulldog puppy, Stella! When she is not looking for adventure travel destinations, she loves to write! She writes for a wide variety of topics – with animals being one of her favorites.