Can Jack Russell’s Eat Eggs? [Critical Info to Understand]


When you adopt a new pet or perhaps you already own a dog, you often stumble into questions about what you can offer your beloved family member.

Jack Russell Terriers are no different, and it’s tempting to feed our JR’s what would be considered human food.

That’s perfectly fine and 100% normal, and I’m the same way, and so is 99% of other dog owners whether they admit it or not.

However, certain foods such as eggs have been offered to different dog breeds more frequently than other foods and can pose some unique health benefits.

I was curious in the beginning as well and had a specific question in mind.

Can Jack Russell’s eat eggs?

I’ve owned my Jack Russell now for nearly 2 years, and I’ve owned several dogs over my lifetime and done extensive research on this topic, and here is the information I can provide you.

Yes, Jack Russell’s can eat eggs. Eggs can offer several unique health benefits to your Jack Russell, including a diverse amount of nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, and Selenium. The eggshell itself is also a great source of calcium. Eggs can help relieve upset stomachs for a Jack Russel and can also help keep their fur coats healthy and reduce shedding.

This isn’t breaking news for most of us.

I think we are all aware that eggs are a healthy part of any diet.

Heck, when I’m on a kick to lose weight, I eat a substantially larger amount of eggs than usual because of how beneficial they can be for our health when appropriately utilized.

That’s the critical thing to keep in mind, however.

It needs to be put into motion for your Jack Russell in an appropriate manner and needs to be limited.

That’s why this post is going to continue and turn into your ultimate guide for feeding eggs to your Jack Russell.

Bookmark it, screenshot it and do what you need to do to remember this page and reference it in the future.

I’m going to break down everything you need to know about offering eggs to your Jack Russell in the best and safest manner.

I’ve also created easy to navigate links directly below that will detail and outline what I intend on covering for you today and allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire or need to read more about.

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Here are the topics I have on the lesson plan for today:

Like I mentioned just a moment ago, feel free to use the links directly above to skip around in this post.

Otherwise, if you can spare me roughly 2-3 minutes, I’ll break down everything you need to know on this topic and have you on your way.

Here is the pertinent information to understand.

Can Jack Russell’s Eat Eggs Recap

Okay, I want to start off this recap with a few disclaimers.

First and foremost, it’s always important not only for your Jack Russell but for your peace of mind to clear any additional foods with your vet beforehand.

If you have an overall healthy Jack Russell that’s never had issues, I’d say this step is likely a precaution at best and can be skipped.

However, if you have a Jack Russell with any health issues, I’d say it’s imperative to check with a vet to ensure you won’t cause any further health complications or an upset stomach.

In general, eggs in moderation will not hurt a dog, and 9 times out of 10, only provide additional vitamins and nutrients that can benefit their health.

As stated at the beginning of this post, eggs are loaded with some of the best nutrients and vitamins we desire as humans, and the same applies to our Jack Russell’s.

This includes the following beneficial vitamins and nutrients:

  • Protein
  • Fatty Acids
  • Amino Acids
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B12
  • Riboflavin
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Selenium

All of these are highly beneficial and serve a great purpose.

Also, I want to be clear about something else.

Your Jack Russell will get the nutrients they need from nothing more than a reputable and high-quality dog food as well.

I currently use Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice, but I’m also a believer that additional nutrients and vitamins from natural sources can never hurt.

I’m also a big fan of using only organic eggs for my Jack Russell to ensure that no additional chemicals are present when possible.

Now that we know my general approach and some of the initial disclaimers are out the way let’s move into the specifics about how to offer your Jack Russell eggs correctly and effectively.

How Often and How Many Eggs Can Jack Russell’s Eat?

Once per day is the most, I’d offer your Jack Russell eggs.

I’d also never offer more than 1 egg.

After 1 egg, it’s more likely to cause an upset stomach and won’t offer any additional nutrients or vitamins for your JR.

It can also be linked to high cholesterol when offered in too large of quantities and too often.

Treat an egg as a supplement in their diet only and almost as a treat.

Don’t overdo it, and you will be in good shape.

Do Eggs Cause Any Harm to Jack Russell’s?

In the quantities and frequency, we discussed previously, no, eggs should not cause any harm to your Jack Russell.

This is also assuming that your Jack Russell has no pre-existing health conditions that we discussed previously.

If that’s the case, it’s best to consult this information with a vet to ensure it’s a good idea.

Outside of these scenarios, eggs are beneficial and considered a safe supplement for your Jack Russell and something I’d recommend.

Best Methods for Feeding Eggs to Your Jack Russell

Now that we know nearly all the information needed to offer eggs to your Jack Russell, we still need to cover the best way to provide the egg to your Jack Russell in the first place.

My recommendation is to use the organic eggs as discussed previously and simply crack the egg (cooked preferably) and stir it into their typical food bowl.

It’s been the method I’ve used with all my dogs, and I’ve never had an issue.

I am aware that raw may be okay as well, but cooking the egg gives me peace of mind.

Consult a vet or choose the method you prefer, but overall, I can assure you that using the method referenced above has been easy and worked out fine for my Jack Russell and me.

Egg Whites and Other Forms of Eggs

Yes, Jack Russell’s can have egg whites.

To do this, you can use either purchased egg whites or simply remove the yok from the egg on a regular carton of eggs.

I still recommend cooking the egg whites before offering, but in general, egg whites are just as beneficial for your Jack Russell.

They could reduce the total cholesterol you are offering your Jack Russell compared to normal eggs as well.

It’s another excellent nutrient and vitamin-packed supplement you can offer your JR and feel good about.

Final Thoughts

Jack Russell’s are relatively straightforward to care for and make for excellent family pets.

Being curious as to what new foods may offer benefits to your JR is entirely reasonable and shows that you are providing the best care possible.

An egg from time to time is perfectly fine and is overall, a great addition to your Jack Russell’s diet.

Luna and I wish you and your Jack Russell the best of luck with your journey and appreciate the Terrier Owner community and support.

Thanks again, and we will see you next time.

Share Your Thoughts

Do you have any further advice or tips you can offer the readers about a Jack Russell eating eggs?

Do you feel anything pertinent was left out of this post?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading.

Thanks again, and we will see you next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded TerrierOwner.com to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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