Can Akitas Eat Eggs?

Egg is a cheap, nutritious food. That’s why many Akita owners want to feed eggs to their Akitas.

But can you feed eggs to your Akitas? The short answer is ‘’Yes’’, you can feed eggs to your Akitas.

But there are lots of questions regarding this topic and in this article will answer every question regarding feeding eggs to your Akita safely. Let’s start with the most common question:

Are eggs safe for Akitas?

You may have wondered about feeding your Akita eggs as a substitute for some of the more expensive commercial food products. Eggs can be safe and very healthy, providing a full range of vitamins and minerals and a high-quality protein that is easily digestible.

But introduce them slowly. If you are feeding eggs to your Akita for the first time, watch for any abnormal signs. This is rare, but some Akitas can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction to eggs. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rashes.If you observe any abnormal symptoms, discontinue feeding eggs to your Akita and consult your veterinarian.

It is best not to feed your Akita too much egg at once as it can cause digestive problems. And while Akitas can eat raw eggs, they may contain salmonella bacteria that could make your pet sick. Cooking eggs is a better option because cooking destroys the harmful bacteria and makes it easier for your Akitas digestive system to break down the egg completely.

Benefits of eggs in Akitas

Benefits of eggs in Akitas:

Protein: Akitas require high-quality protein as part of their daily diet, and eggs are a great source.

Vitamin B-complex: Eggs contain a variety of B vitamins including riboflavin and selenium, which helps with your Akita’s metabolism and organ function.

Selenium: Selenium can help prevent cancer and arthritis in Akitas.

Vitamin A: Vitamin A is crucial for your Akita’s health; it supports vision, healthy skin, and the production of white blood cells.

Iron: Iron is important for producing red blood cells to protect against anemia.

Oleic acid: Oleic acid is an unsaturated fat that can help promote heart health in your Akita by lowering cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

Do all Akitas like eggs?

Unfortunately, not all Akitas like eggs. Your Akita may not even like them if they have previously eaten them. Akitas have food preferences, just like people do. Some Akitas may be allergic to eggs, which is why it’s important not to force them to eat something that doesn’t agree with their body. 

Instead, try other Akita friendly protein sources like chicken or beef. Consult with your vet before introducing a new food to your Akitas diet, as well as how much of it you should give them.

Can my Akitas have eggs every day?

No, your Akitas should not have eggs every day.

Eggs are high in fat, and while they are a great source of protein, they also have cholesterol. For example, one egg yolk contains 186.5 mg of cholesterol. That’s almost as much as is found in a Big Mac. 

That said, feeding your Akita eggs once or twice a week will not hurt them. You can even feed them the entire egg, yolk and all, scrambled or fried (but not raw) in moderation.

Can puppies eat eggs?

YES. But wait till two months.

Puppies should be on a specialized puppy diet during the first two months of their life, so hold off until then before feeding them eggs.

When you feed your puppy egg, go slow: give them just a small bite of cooked egg once or twice a week, and mix it with their regular food so they don’t get an upset stomach. Because puppies have such delicate digestive systems, consult with your vet before introducing any new foods to your puppy’s diet.

How much egg can Akitas eat?

Like anything else in this world, there are limits. The amount of egg you choose to give your Akita depends on the age, size and activity level of your pup.

Also, it’s important to consult with your vet first for best serving size. But generally speaking, a smaller pup breed (less than 20 lbs) can have one cooked egg per week; a medium-sized pup breed (21-50lbs) can have two cooked eggs per week; large pups (over 50 lbs) can have three cooked eggs per week.

And remember: portion control is important! Start small and if there are no symptoms that suggest otherwise, you can offer more.

How to serve eggs to your Akitas?

First, make sure you check with your vet to see if it’s okay for your type of Akita to eat eggs. If the answer is yes, then follow these steps:

1. Only feed your Akita organic eggs.

2. Clean both the egg and shell thoroughly before giving it to your Akita.

3. Cook the egg simply until well-done. This will avoid exposing your Akita to salmonella.

4. You can boil or steam hard-boiled eggs, or make an omelet or frittata and give your Akita a bite as a treat.

5. If you’re making deviled eggs or another dish that uses a cooked egg as a topping, you can give your Akita a small amount on its own (just be sure not to add any other ingredients).

6. You can grind up the shells into a fine powder and sprinkle them over food as an extra calcium boost for your pup! Eggshells contain almost 40% calcium.

When are eggs bad for Akitas?

There’s no reason to deprive your Akita of a tasty egg treat, but there are some times when eggs should be avoided:

Your Akita has underlying health issues. If your Akita has pancreatitis or an allergy, eggs can make their existing condition worse.

Overindulgence. Eggs are high in fat, which can cause upset stomachs and diarrhea in Akitas. So if you’re giving your Akita too many eggs, you might have to prepare for some consequences.

Raw egg. Eating raw eggs can lead to a biotin deficiency in Akitas, and it can also cause salmonella poisoning.

Egg shells not ground. Eggshells aren’t toxic for Akitas, but they could puncture the gastrointestinal tract as they pass through undigested.

What happens when your Akitas eat too much egg?

Vomiting: If your Akita ate too much egg, he may vomit. This is a sign that his body is trying to rid itself of the excess food. If this happens once or twice, it’s not a big deal—he’ll be fine. But if it happens repeatedly, call your vet.

Diarrhea: If your Akita eats too much egg, he may experience diarrhea. This is also a sign that his body is trying to remove the extra food from his system and usually isn’t something you need to worry about—unless it lasts for over one day. In that case, we recommend calling your vet so they can advise next steps.

Bloat: This is a serious concern when talking about Akitas who eat too much egg! Bloat refers to the condition in which your Akita’s stomach fills with gas and can no longer release it as normal. It often occurs after eating too much egg, and it can be life-threatening if not treated immediately by a professional. Akita owners should learn the symptoms of bloat so they can take their Akita to an emergency vet if this occurs.

Obesity: If your Akita eats too much egg consistently over time, he could become obese. And you know it, obesity just attracts other life-threatening diseases.

Other human foods Akitas can eat

What other human foods can Akitas eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Akitas can eat.

So, can Akitas eat eggs?

Yes, Akitas can eat eggs. Eggs are rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids, making them an excellent treat for Akitas. However, before you give your Akita eggs, make sure you cook them first. Unfortunately, raw eggs contain avidin, a substance that can cause skin and coat problems for Akitas. Also, be careful not to feed the Akita the unground eggshells—they’re not digestible and can cause blockage if swallowed.

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Dr Harunur Rashid (Harun) is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has five years of experience in large pet animal medicine. He worked as a livestock officer for two years in an NGO, and since then he has been practicing pet animals medicine privately. He holds an MS in Pharmacology from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a DVM from the same institution.