Raw eggs for dogs?
Many people recommend raw eggs for dogs, but is this a good idea?
Because uncooked food can be a breeding ground for bacteria, you may be asking the question, “Should you feed your dog raw eggs?”
Some people say eggs are:
- Too high in cholesterol,
- Pose a risk of salmonella, and
- Cause a biotin deficiency in dogs.
This might lead you believe that feeding your dog raw eggs is risky, but the truth is actually quite the contrary. Yes, your dog can eat raw eggs!
Raw eggs for dogs are not only a good idea, they’re a cheap and safe option too. In fact, eggs are one of the most complete and nutritious products you can choose for your dog!
Egg whites do contain enzyme inhibitors
One of the reasons some experts warn dog owners against feeding dogs eggs is that the whites contain enzyme inhibitors which can interfere with your dog’s digestion, especially in young puppies.
While this is true, it only means that eggs should never be the main ingredient of your dog’s diet.
It is typically safe to give a dog several eggs a week, but start out slowly to ease any potential digestive upset. Feed you dog one raw egg and if there is no digestive change you can safely start increasing it until eggs become a regular part of his or her diet.
If your dog does experience digestive upset, try cooking the eggs instead of feeding your dog raw eggs. There is a downside to this because raw eggs are far more nutritious.
Eggs are a complete food source
Raw eggs for dogs is a great idea because eggs are an important source of nutrition.
An egg has all the nutrients necessary to grow a new chicken. They are also one of the most complete source of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein.
Eggs are a good source of the following vitamins:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Fatty Acids
Will feeding your dog egg whites cause a biotin deficiency?
Some say raw eggs for dogs isn’t a good idea because egg whites contain avidin, a biotin inhibitor. Biotin is one of the B vitamins that is essential for fatty acid metabolism, cellular growth, and good skin and coat.
The truth is biotin deficiencies are not common in dogs. If fact, they’re pretty rare and it would take a large amount of egg whites to cause a biotin deficiency in your dog.
The flip side is that egg yolks are rich in biotin, so as long as you feed your dog the entire egg, you don’t need to worry.
Cooking the egg white decreases the biotin risk but your dog will lose much of the nutritional value.
Do raw eggs pose a salmonella risk for dogs?
While eggs may contain salmonella, a dogs’ digestive system is generally well-equipped to handle the bacteria in raw foods.
Because the health of the chicken plays a role in the possibility of salmonella in eggs, the safest option is to choose eggs from organic, free-range chickens. Also be mindful to store the eggs at a cool temperature to minimize the production of harmful bacteria.
Should you feed your dog egg shells?
The answer is yes! Your dog can eat the egg shells too! When fed with the shell on, raw eggs are virtually complete food source for dogs!
In fact, the shells can be valuable for dogs who find it hard to eat bones. Simply dry the egg shells out, grind them into powder form and sprinkle the powder on your dog’s food.
Remember, many eggs are sprayed with a chemical to make them look shiny so it is always best to get eggs from a local organic farmer.
Eggs may be cheap, but they are a terrific source of nutrition for your dog.
Weighing the pros and cons and adding the overall consensus between raw dog food experts, feeding raw eggs to you dog is definitely a great idea. Try feeding your dogs a few eggs a week and you’ll see the health benefits – inside and out.