Can Dogs With Chicken Allergies Eat Eggs?


Dogs being allergic to chicken is a very common canine allergy. This can lead to concerns regarding dogs being allergic to eggs. Surely if your dog is allergic to chicken, then he also must be allergic to eggs?

Does it naturally follow that dogs being allergic to chicken are allergic to eggs? Dogs that are allergic to chicken are not automatically allergic to eggs. Allergies develop over a long period of time and proteins present in the chicken that caused the allergy are not present in eggs. Allergies are very specific to the proteins that cause them.

How Does Your Dog Become Allergic to Chicken?

It’s a very familiar story. You have been feeding chicken to your dog for many years without any problems at all.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, your dog starts showing signs of having an allergy.

Because chicken has been your go-to dog food for many years, you don’t even consider the possibility that chicken could be causing your dogs’ allergy symptoms.

This causes you to spend many hours (even days and weeks) trying to work out what might be causing the allergy.

You may start to clean the house more often believing that dust mites are to blame. Or you may wonder if the grass in your garden is the culprit.

Trying to locate the allergen that is causing your dog’s misery can be a very frustrating experience.

But there is a sneaky side to how allergies develop.

Allergies aren’t created overnight.

How Your Dogs’ Chicken Allergy Develops

Your dog’s digestive system works very much the same as many other animals digestive system.

Food enters your dog’s stomach, and the stomach acid breaks down the food to provide nutrients to the body.

So far so good.

In the case of a dog with a chicken allergy, the stomach breaks down the food, but some of the proteins were not able to be broken down.

At first, this doesn’t cause any problems for your dog.

After a while (can be months or even years), your dogs’ immune system starts to react to the unprocessed protein as being an enemy.

The dogs’ immune system then does exactly what it’s supposed to do, it attacks the enemy protein, and histamine levels increase.

At this stage, your dog will start to show signs of allergy symptoms.

Chicken Allergy Symptoms in Dogs Include:

  • Increased scratching due to skin irritations.
  • Licking or gnawing of the paws.
  • Pawing at the face.
  • Rashes on the skin.
  • Head shaking.
  • Bald patches appearing.

But, there is a problem with dog allergy symptoms; the symptoms can be the same for many different types of allergy.

If your dog exhibits any or all of the above symptoms, it doesn’t mean that chicken is the allergen, it simply points to the possibility that your dog has an allergy.

I wrote another post which included a chicken allergy testing process. You can see that post here: Chicken Allergy Test (it’s near the bottom of the post and this link opens in a new tab).

Why Your Dog Can Be Allergic to Chicken, But Not Allergic to Eggs

As mentioned earlier in this post, allergies have a sneaky side. More than one in fact.

A second sneaky aspect of allergies is that they are very specific.

Here Is Just ‘How’ Specific Allergies Can Be

Imagine this scenario…

For the last 5 years, you have been feeding your dog the same canned dog food. Let’s call your dog Holly.

The brand of dog food you have been buying is called BarkyGo (yep, I made that name up – I’m very creative).

BarkyGo contains 75% chicken, 20% vegetables and 5% fish.

During the last year, Holly has been showing signs of an allergy. She has been scratching like crazy and has been licking her paws constantly.

On your next visit to the pet store, you see that BarkyGo dog food is no longer being sold, so you choose another brand. This brand is called BarkWoofs (I told you I was creative).

BarkWoofs contains exactly the same ingredients as BarkyGo contained: 75% chicken, 20% vegetables and 5% fish.

Two weeks later, Holly is no longer showing signs of any allergy symptoms.

How can this be?

Allergies aren’t just kinda specific – they are very specific!

So, a dog can be allergic to chicken in one dog food, but not allergic to chicken in another dog food.

So, a dog can be allergic to chicken in one dog food, but not allergic to chicken in another dog food.

The reason this is the case is because allergies build up over a period of time. So if you feed your dog exactly the same food for years, then your dog has a higher chance of becoming allergic to it.

Even changing the recipe or even the place where the chicken came from can influence the allergy. It may be that the chicken in BarkyGo dog food came from another place than where BarkWoofs chicken came from.

Now isn’t that specific!

Perhaps you can now appreciate how a dog can be allergic to chicken, but not allergic to eggs.

Eggs don’t contain the exact same proteins as the chicken.

Food Allergies Are Very Common In Dogs – How to Reduce The Risks

It is estimated that 10% of all dog allergies are food related. Chicken is high on the list of common allergies in that 10%

The reason for the high percentage of chicken allergies in dogs is that chicken is one of the most common ingredients in dog foods.

The more times that your dog is exposed to the same protein, the more likely it is that your dog will become allergic to that protein.

The best way to save your dog from developing a food allergy?

Change his or her food often!

The longer your dog is exposed to the same proteins, the higher the chance that your dog will become allergic to those proteins.

By rotating your dog’s menu, you can save a lot of suffering for your dog, and save yourself some large vet bills too.

Conclusion to Dogs Being Allergic to Chicken But Not Eggs

We have looked at a fair few topics here.

The basic message is that dogs who are allergic to chicken should be able to eat eggs without any issues.

We have covered how sneaky allergies can be. Allergies take a long time to develop and allergies are very specific.

Different dog foods that apparently contain the same ingredients can affect your dog in completely different ways. One may be the source of your dog’s suffering, while the other may offer relief from the allergy.

You can reduce the chances of your dog developing a food allergy by routinely changing your dog’s food menu. One month of one food followed by a month of another food entirely.

I wish you and your dogs all the best!