Eggs are a cheap and safe source of raw food for your dog. And they’re one of the most complete and nutritious meals you can choose!
Eggs Are A Complete Food Source
Eggs can be a fantastic source of nutrition and not only for those who eat them but also for the chick living inside it. Eggs contain all the nutrients necessary to grow a new chicken, this is why eggs are also one of the most complete sources of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Therefore feeding them to your dog is a great way to boost thier protein intake.
Egg Whites Contain Enzyme Inhibitors
One of the reasons people worry about feeding eggs is due to the egg whites. This is due to them containing enzyme inhibitors. The main concern is that they can interfere with digestion, especially in very young and old animals.
While this is true, it only means that eggs should not be the pillar of your dog’s diet. If you are feeding a well balanced fresh diet you won’t be putting your dog at risk.
It’s actually perfectly safe to feed several eggs a week to the average dog. We recommend starting by feeding your dog just one egg. If you don’t see evidence of digestive upset, then they should have no trouble with eggs being added as part of their balanced diet.
you can cook the egg white and this will help to avoid this problem however, when you do cook them, most of the nutrition will be lost. So feed them raw if you can.
Will Feeding Egg Whites Cause Biotin Deficiency In My Dog?
Egg whites contain avidin, a Biotin inhibitor. Biotin is one of the B vitamins. It’s important for your dog’s cellular growth, fatty acid metabolism, healthy skin and coat. However, biotin deficiencies are considerably rare, it would take eating an exceptional amount of eggs to create a deficiency.
Egg yolks are particularly high in biotin, so as long as you feed the entire egg, there are few worries. When you feed a complete fresh diet there are other good sources of biotin in their diet as well.
Again, cooking the egg white will eliminate this possible risk however your dog will lose much of the nutritional value.
Aren’t Eggs A Salmonella Risk?
Your dog is well equipped to handle the bacteria in raw foods however there are a few things you should consider when choosing your eggs to keep the bacterial levels at a normal level.
The health of the hen laying the eggs is very important. Ideally, you want to feed your dog eggs from organic, free-range healthy chickens. Feeding quality eggs along with proper storage and keeping the eggs cool will keep bacteria at a manageable level.
Don’t Shell Out! – Feed The Whole Egg!
I’m sure you are seeing why feeding your dog eggs is a great idea as we’ve discussed feeding the whole egg and why egg whites only should be for people, not dogs. But when I say the whole egg, I really do mean the whole egg, yep, the shell too! This offers almost a complete food source. The shells can also be valuable for dogs who have difficulty eating bones.
You can dry and grind the shells to feed at a later time. Just grind them in a clean coffee grinder or small blender until they are in a powdered state. You can then sprinkle the powder on your dog’s next meal to give it a natural little boost.
Eggs Provide Nutrients, Vitamins, And Minerals
Feeding eggs to your dog is a simple and effective way to offer them a range of nutrition as they provide many key nutrition components including:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Fatty Acids