Eggs are a popular superfood among humans. Rich in nutrients, relatively low in cost, and easy to prepare, it’s no wonder why so many people choose to make eggs a regular part of their diet.
It’s also no wonder that many Yorkshire Terrier owners want to do the same for their canine companions, especially since Yorkies have eaten eggs they find on their own. But can you feed eggs to your Yorkies?
The short answer is yes, but there are lots of considerations that you should keep in mind with feeding eggs to Yorkies. Will they make your Yorkshire Terrier sick? Are they good for them? Can they eat raw eggs?
We’ll answer every question regarding feeding eggs to your Yorkshire Terrier so that you can feel confident about your decision. Let’s start with the most important question:
Are eggs safe for Yorkies?
Yes, absolutely! Cooked egg is a great source of protein for Yorkies. It’s a great way to make your Yorkshire Terrier feel full without feeding him too many calories (which can lead to obesity). This is especially handy if your Yorkshire Terrier needs to lose weight or if you cook for your Yorkshire Terrier and want to make his meals go farther.
Raw eggs, however, are best avoided because they can contain bacteria that causes food poisoning in Yorkies and humans alike.
You should also introduce eggs slowly into your Yorkshire Terrier’s diet because he may not be used to it. Start with a small amount at first and then gradually increase the portion size as long as he doesn’t have any negative reactions. If you notice your Yorkshire Terrier has developed an allergy or intolerance to eggs, stop feeding them immediately and consult your veterinarian.
Benefits of eggs in Yorkies
Benefits of eggs include:
Protein: Eggs are a great source of protein for your Yorkshire Terrier. Did you know that protein is an essential part of your Yorkshire Terrier’s diet? Protein helps your Yorkshire Terrier maintain strong muscles and healthy bones, as well as helping to build and repair cells. Plus, protein helps keep your pup’s coat looking shiny, so you don’t have to feel guilty about being one of those owners who can’t stop stroking their pup’s fur!
Vitamin B-complex: Eggs contain vitamin B-complex. Vitamin B-complex is super important for your Yorkshire Terrier’s health. It helps control cell growth and development, keeps nerves healthy, and helps to regulate the energy in cells.
Vitamin A: Egg yolks contain vitamin A, which is crucial for eye health! Vitamin A also contributes to the development of bones, skin and coat—so basically, it’s a must for a healthy and happy pup.
Iron: Egg yolks are also rich in iron because they come from hens that are allowed to roam freely outdoors (don’t worry: we use cage-free eggs!). Iron helps with red blood cell production and keeps the immune system strong—all good stuff!
Selenium: Eggs contain selenium, which has antioxidant properties that help protect against damage from harmful free radicals—those pesky little things floating inside the body can trigger various cancers.
Oleic acid: This heart-healthy fatty acid can help reduce the risk of heart disease in Yorkies that are prone to it.
Do all Yorkies like eggs?
Unfortunately, not all Yorkies like eggs. Your Yorkshire Terrier may not like them because of the texture or taste, but it could also be because your Yorkshire Terrier is allergic to eggs.
If you’re thinking about giving your Yorkshire Terrier some eggs, make sure that you don’t force your Yorkshire Terrier to eat them. Consult with your vet before introducing a new food to your Yorkshire Terrier’s diet.
If you’re looking for an alternative protein source for your Yorkshire Terrier, consider lean meats like chicken and beef.
Can my Yorkies have eggs every day?
Yorkies can have eggs as a treat, but they shouldn’t eat them every day. Eggs contain too much protein for Yorkies to have them regularly, so once or twice a week is best. If you want to give your Yorkshire Terrier the benefits of protein, you could also feed them a bit of cooked chicken.
Can Yorkshire Terrier puppies eat eggs?
Yorkshire Terrier puppies can eat eggs, but you should wait until they are at least two months old. Before that point, they should be on a specialized diet designed just for puppies, which will meet all of their nutritional needs.
Once your puppy has reached the two-month mark and has been transitioned to a more general diet, you can introduce eggs in small amounts. Once or twice a week is plenty. Use cooked eggs only (scrambled, boiled or poached) and let them cool down before giving them to your puppy.
At first, give your puppy just a small bite of egg so that you can see if he reacts well to it. If all goes well the first time, you can gradually increase the amount of egg that you give him from there on out.
Keep in mind that puppies have very sensitive digestive systems, so it’s important to watch how your puppy reacts when introducing new foods into his diet. If at any point he seems uncomfortable or develops diarrhea, stop feeding him eggs immediately and contact your vet for advice.
How much egg can Yorkies eat?
The amount of eggs a Yorkshire Terrier can eat depends on the age, size, and activity level of your pup.
As a general rule of thumb: For small dog breeds under 20 lbs like Yorkies, one cooked egg per week; for medium-sized dog breeds between 21 and 50 lbs, two cooked eggs per week; and for large breeds over 50 lbs, three cooked eggs per week.
Portion control is important. Start with a small amount (half an egg as a first serving) and if your Yorkshire Terrier doesn’t have any adverse reactions like vomiting or diarrhea, you can offer them more in subsequent servings.
Make sure that you are monitoring your Yorkshire Terrier for allergic reactions—signs include itchy skin, scratching at paws, redness around the head/mouth/ears, diarrhea and vomiting. If you notice these signs or suspect an allergic reaction to eggs (or anything else!), consult with your vet immediately.
How to serve eggs to your Yorkies?
Eggs are a great source of protein and other nutrients for your Yorkshire Terrier, but hold up: before you put eggs in your pup’s food bowl, read this.
First, check with your vet to make sure that your Yorkshire Terrier is okay with eggs. If they give you the green light, you’re good to go! But if they say that your Yorkshire Terrier shouldn’t eat eggs, listen to them!
Second, try to buy organic eggs for your Yorkshire Terrier. A better diet is always a good thing, especially for a Yorkshire Terrier that’s eating human food.
Finally, it’s important to consider how you’re cooking the egg. Cooked eggs are fine, but raw eggs can cause health problems. Try boiling or steaming hard-boiled eggs; making an omelet or frittata; or adding scrambled or fried eggs as a topping on your pup’s meal. You can even grind up the shells and add them in—calcium is good for Yorkies too.
When are eggs bad for Yorkies?
There are some times when eggs can be bad for Yorkies.
If your Yorkshire Terrier has an underlying health issue, like allergies or pancreatitis, talk to your vet before giving them eggs.
Even if your Yorkshire Terrier doesn’t have an existing issue, you should still watch the portion size. It’s not good for any animal to overindulge.
Under no circumstances should you give your Yorkshire Terrier raw eggs. If they are raw, they may contain salmonella that can make your pet sick. Eggs served to Yorkies must be cooked.
Be careful with the shells—make sure they are ground and not given in large pieces!
What happens when your Yorkies eat too much egg?
Eggs are a great source of protein for Yorkies, but eating too much of them can cause a variety of symptoms. Here’s what to look out for:
Vomiting: If your Yorkshire Terrier has eaten over one egg and is vomiting, contact your vet immediately. While most Yorkies will handle the consumption of one or two eggs very well, if they’ve eaten more than that, they could be at risk.
Diarrhea: Yorkies who have eaten over two eggs may experience diarrhea. If the diarrhea persists for more than a day, reach out to your vet.
Bloat: Bloat is a condition where the stomach will expand and can lead to death. If you notice that your Yorkshire Terrier’s stomach looks bloated after eating three or more eggs, get him to the vet immediately.
Obesity: While eggs are high in fat and protein, if your Yorkshire Terrier overeats them daily, he could become obese. This can lead to other health problems, such as diabetes and arthritis.
Other human foods Yorkies can eat
What other human foods can Yorkies eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Yorkies can eat.
So, can Yorkies eat eggs?
Yes, Yorkies can eat eggs. Eggs are rich in amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that can benefit your pup’s overall health. They’re also packed with protein, making it an excellent treat for Yorkies. However, you should be careful about how you feed your Yorkshire Terrier eggs: raw eggs can contain bacteria called salmonella that can cause food poisoning.
As long as you cook the eggs thoroughly before feeding them to your Yorkshire Terrier.