The short answer is, yes. In some cases, it may be safe to feed eggs to a dog with pancreatitis. They are an excellent source of nutrients!
Why Shouldn’t My Dog Eat Raw Eggs?
Raw eggs can also be dangerous for people, especially those with immature or compromised immune systems (e.g., babies, pregnant individuals). Contact with bacteria can occur during handling of raw eggs, and also with organisms “shed” around the home by a pet that has eaten them.
How Should Eggs Be Prepared for a Dog with Pancreatitis?
Boiling is an ideal method of preparing eggs for a pancreatitis patient because it does not require the addition of any oil, milk, or butter. Once the egg is thoroughly cooked and cooled, separate the white part from the yolk and serve plain, without any salt or other seasoning.
How Do I Know if My Dog is Allergic to Eggs?
Unfortunately, there are currently no diagnostic tests that can accurately identify specific food sensitivities or allergies in dogs. Signs of gastrointestinal (GI) upset or itchy skin after eating eggs could be clues.
If your dog doesn’t seem to be reacting well to eggs, try removing them from your dog’s diet for a few weeks and watch to see if their symptoms improve.
How Many Eggs Can My Dog Eat in a Day?
For most dogs with pancreatitis, a small amount of egg whites here and there to help entice their appetite is probably fine. A good general rule is that “treats” (defined as anything other than your dog’s primary diet) should not exceed 10% of your dog’s daily calorie requirements.
If your pup has been placed on a specific feeding plan for pancreatitis (particularly if they have other health conditions, or need to lose weight), you should consult your veterinarian before regularly including eggs in their diet.