Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
YES, dogs can eat eggs. You can get them in many different forms: scrambled, hard-boiled, fried, and some even prefer them raw!
When You Should Feed Your Dog Eggs
The only problem you may see with dogs eating eggs is the potential side effects. They are not super severe side effects as you may be thinking. The two biggest ones are weight gain and flatulence, or passing gas so if your dog lets out a stinky one after a meal of eggs, don’t be too surprised.
You may be aware that some dogs are more prone to weight gain than others when eating fatty foods. Eggs are high in fat and protein so you should be aware of this when you portion out the eggs to feed your dog. Most of the fat is stored in the yolk of the egg so to keep the fat down you could simply give your dog only the white part of the egg.
Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Eggs
One side effect of dogs eating eggs is actually a positive one. It’s been known that when dogs eat eggs, it keeps their coat, or fur shiny. Keeping the fur shiny will keep your dog looking younger and stronger.
Dogs Naturally Magazine says that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about raw feeding and it seems the poor egg is often dragged through the mud as a dangerous food for dogs. Opponents of eggs claim that they are too high in cholesterol, they pose a risk of salmonella and that they cause a biotin deficiency. To that, we say nonsense! Eggs are not only a cheap and safe source of raw food for your dog, they are one of the most complete and nutritious meals you can choose!
Dogs and Raw Eggs
Egg whites contain enzyme inhibitors – One of the reasons pet owners are warned off eggs is that the whites contain enzyme inhibitors which can interfere with digestion, especially in very young and old animals. This is true, but it only means that eggs should not be the mainstay of the diet. It is perfectly safe to feed several eggs a week to the average dog. If you don’t see evidence of digestive upset when feeding eggs to dogs, then he should have no trouble if eggs are a regular part of his diet. Cooking the egg white could solve this problem but much of the nutrition would be lost so it is best to feed it raw.
Dogs Naturally Magazine lays down the facts on the raw eggs.
Eggs are a complete food source – Eggs are an important source of nutrition for not only many predators, but for the chick living inside it. Inside the egg are all the nutrients necessary to grow a new chicken. Eggs are also one of the most complete sources of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Eggs are a good source of: