Eggs are a solid protein source. They also have essential amino and fatty acids. If your dog has an upset stomach, eggs could come to its rescue. Therefore, feeding your dog with raw eggs regularly shouldn’t be an issue. Your beloved pet would, in fact, benefit from the nutrients raw eggs furnish it with. However, there are some people who are skeptical of feeding raw eggs to their dog because of the possible “salmonella exposure”. How valid is this fear? Let’s discuss the facts about raw eggs for dogs.
Is Feeding Your Dog Raw Eggs Harmful?
There are several misconceptions and myths surrounding the practice of feeding raw eggs to dogs. These apprehensive dog owners believe raw eggs could lead to bacterial infections (Salmonella) or high cholesterol levels in their pets.
The truth is that the only possible risk that dogs could face from eating eggs raw is exposure to avidin, a compound that could cause biotin deficiency in dogs. This compound is found in raw egg whites. Signs of this deficiency include loss of skin, deteriorated coat, inhibited cell growth, and impeded fatty acid metabolism.
These “risks” drive many dog owners away from raw eggs. However, not many people realize that to put their dogs at such a risk, they must feed their dogs anywhere between eight to 10 raw eggs daily. This makes the condition extremely rare.
Moreover, it’s worth mentioning that egg yolks have high biotin levels. Therefore, if you feed your dog with raw eggs, the yolk would counterbalance avidin’s effect that arises from the egg white. Also, avidin’s impact can be significantly reduced with a well-balanced diet.
As far as salmonella infection goes, the chances of the bacterium harming your dog exist only if the raw egg being administered is bad. If the eggs sourced are organic or come from free-range healthy hens, and are stored in a dry, cool place as they are stored for human consumption, there shouldn’t be a problem.
The Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Raw Eggs
Raw eggs are one of the most natural sources of perfect proteins. Most importantly, they are inexpensive and safe. Raw eggs are easily digestible with a complete selection of necessary amino acids, minerals, and vitamins – such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B12, folate, selenium, iron, and fatty acids. In short, raw eggs are extremely nutritious for your dog.
Why Not Feed the Dog Boiled or Cooked Eggs?
Dog owners who are split between feeding their pets a raw egg and not feeding them raw eggs usually end up feeding their dogs boiled or cooked eggs. They do so because they believe it’s a much safer route.
Te science says feeding your dog cooked eggs is perfectly fine. But if you insist on delivering the maximum nutritional benefits to your pet, raw eggs make a lot more sense since cooking destroys the minerals, vitamins and amino acids generally found in eggs.
Raw eggs shouldn’t be the only source of protein for your dog. As a thumb rule, two raw eggs every day with a balanced non-vegetarian diet would provide your pet with solid nutrition. It’s recommended you feed your dogs organic eggs or eggs sourced directly from farmers. Though there is nothing wrong with feeding your dog eggs that were purchased in a grocery store, the chances of retail eggs turning out bad or stale are higher.
If your dog has never consumed raw eggs before because of your past apprehensions, you may start by feeding it with one raw egg every day. If your dog doesn’t exhibit any signs of digestive trouble, it means your pet has no issues with consuming eggs raw.
The raw eggs you feed your dog should include the shell. As weird as it may sound, raw eggs qualify as a complete food source if it’s shell is made a party too. If you think eating eggshells sounds incorrect, then you must know that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s everyday morning protein shake comprises raw eggs “with the shell” as one of the ingredients.
Shells could be even more valuable if the dog has issues eating bones. You may choose to feed the whole raw egg to your dog. If that doesn’t work, you may choose to crack open the egg in a bowl and store the shells to feed them to your dog at a later point. Simply grind those shells in a coffee grinder until they are reduced to a powder. You may sprinkle this powder on the next meal of your dog to boost the meal’s nutritional value.