Eggs are highly nutritious and a great source of digestible proteins, vitamins and fatty acids. Dogs can feed on eggs as a treat and not as a mainstay of the diet. You can give your furry friend scrambled eggs, boiled or grinded eggshells on daily basis as long as it’s below 10 percent of your dog’s daily caloric intake.
Adding eggs to your dog’s diet provides Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Fatty Acids, Riboflavin, Iron, Folate and Selenium. These are very powerful nutritional elements that can make your dog healthy and have a shiny coat. Most dog skin problems such as hair lose, red spots, black spots, hot spots and many more will be a thing of the past.
Most pet owners prefer to feed dogs with cooked eggs either boiled or scrambled. While this is a way of addressing concerns about raw eggs, heating destroys some nutrients and the egg may not be of nutritional value.
Are raw Eggs bad for Dogs?
Traditionally, both wild and domesticated dogs and cats have had no problem consuming raw eggs. Despite that, some experts warn against feeding your dog raw eggs due to the following reasons:
- Egg whites contain Enzyme inhibitors that leads to Biotin Deficiency
It is true that prolonged feeding on large quantities of raw egg white can lead to digestion problem especially among puppies and senior dogs. Egg whites contain avidin, a biotin inhibitor.
Biotin helps the body to metabolize fats and carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol levels in the body, regulate blood sugar and improves the general health of the skin.
Cooking or boiling an egg denatures avidin and also biotin that is richly present in egg yolks. Although biotin is also present in other foods such as liver and meats, dairy products, sweet potatoes and more. With a balanced diet, your dog can still benefit from biotin.
- Raw Eggs contain Salmonella
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can live in animal and human intestines and causes diseases that affects the intestinal tract. It is also present in contaminated water and foods such as raw meat, poultry and sea food, raw eggs, fruits and vegetables.
Although dogs naturally handle bacteria in raw foods, it is possible that raw eggs in large amounts can lead to this type of bacterial infection. In dogs, symptoms include fever, lethargy, diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting and more.
Cleaning eggs and properly storing in cool places such as a refrigerator to keep salmonella at bay can lower the chances of infection. If you feed your dog eggs and notice health and behavioral changes, call a veterinarian immediately.
- Weight gain
Eggs contain a lot of proteins and feeding your dog with them on a regular basis can lead to weight load. This can be a serious health issue especially if you are not doing anything about it. Exercises are very important for your dog and the best way to cut weight.
- Stomach upset
Some dogs may have stomach upset and gas when fed on eggs. This is common in too young or older dogs whose immune system is not strong. Understanding your dog before introducing eggs is very important.
Health and safety standards are important when serving any type of food to a dog. The feeding environment must be clean, the utensils and the food itself. Eggs from free-range heath chickens are the best due to their low content of inorganic compounds.
Can a Dog eat Eggshells?
Egg shells are a great source of calcium that helps in strengthening teeth and bones. Dogs like eating bones and when the calcium level in the body is low, this will be a difficult task. Calcium deficiency can lead to rickets where bones are weak and fragile.
Egg shells can be collected from a local farmer or your kitchen and kept clean before they are crushed to powdery form. Use a coffee grinder to grind the shells until you get fine powder. Take few spoons of the powder and spread on the dog’s meal. The remaining should be stored in air tight container.
Although dogs can eat eggshells without grinding, this can be risky. Pieces of eggshells can cause chocking and stomach upsets. Also to be wary of where the eggs shells are coming from. Contaminated eggshells can cause health problem to your canine friend.
Can Dogs eat Scrambled Eggs?
Dogs can feed on scrambled eggs without having any problem. What is important is to ensure that the eggs does not contain fats, butter, spices, or salt that may be harmful to your pet. Here is how to cook a scrambled egg for your canine buddy.
- Crack an egg into a bowl and mix it vigorously using a spoon or fork.
- Place a little water on a skillet pan and heat, then add your egg.
- Move your egg around using a kitchen scraper to scramble.
- When the egg is ready let it cool before you serve your dog.
Eggs are nutritious and you can serve to your dog as a treat. Observe safety and health standards while feeding your dog. If a dog has digestion problem before or after eating an egg, consider involving a vet.