In the past, I’ve written a few articles on what dogs can eat and cannot eat. A question that I’ve been asked a lot lately is whether or not you can feed your dog raw eggs and scrambled eggs.
Before we dive into it, you should have a read at these following articles that I’ve posted in the past.
Take a few minutes to read those articles linked above and then come back to this post to get your questions answered about dogs eating raw and scrambled eggs!
Can my dog eat raw eggs?
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions around the dangers of feeding dogs raw eggs. It’s always good to look back at history and take note of how dogs became what they are today. Dogs were once wild beasts that lived on raw food just like tigers and other wild animals out there.
The simple answer to this question is that yes your dog can eat raw eggs, but there are also risks that come along with eating raw eggs.
Risk of dog eating raw eggs
There is a compound in raw eggs called avidin which can create Vitamin B7 deficiency in dogs, the symptoms of which include slowing down cell growth, skin loss and poor skin. It’s pretty similar to what happens when humans lack B7.
Because of this a lot of dog owners would say that raw eggs can cause a lot of health problems in dogs, but this only happens when your dog consumes a HUGE amount of raw eggs. Remember, everything in moderation.
This also only occurs when you feed your dog a big amount of egg whites without the yolk.
The egg yolk itself contains a good amount of Vitamin B7, so if you feed your dog with the whole egg, then it should counterbalance the deficiency issue.
Aside from that, there aren’t any major health risk to feeding raw eggs to your dog.
Pros of dog eating raw eggs
Feeding raw eggs to your dog is actually really beneficial. It comes with a lot of good nutrition and minerals that your dog needs. Let’s briefly go over them.
Raw eggs are packed with protein and they are super cheap. The thing about raw eggs is that they’re highly digestible with a full range of essential amino acids – the building blocks of protein –
Vitamins, and minerals including Vitamin A, Riboflavin (Vitamin B), Folate, Vitamin B12, Iron, Selenium and Fatty Acids, making them a nutritious food for dogs.
A pro tip: Do not throw away the egg shells of the raw eggs. Save them and grind them up. Egg shells actually come with a good amount of calcium which does wonders for your dog’s bones.
Related Read: Why Is My Dog’s Breath So Bad? What’s Causing It?
What about scrambled eggs?
As mentioned above, it is perfectly fine to feed your dog eggs of any kind. This includes scrambled eggs as long as it’s in moderation. A scrambled egg won’t cause your dog any serious harm, but there are better ways to serve eggs, which are quite healthy for dogs.
The best way to serve eggs for your dog would probably be baked or raw. The problem with scrambled eggs is that it usually requires a lot of oil to cook it and at the same time you need to add additional fatty stuff to it such as butter etc.
How often should I feed my dog eggs?
Remember, you should never overfeed your dog anything. Everything in moderation.
You should never let eggs be the only type of food that you’re feeding your dog for protein. As a general rule a couple of raw eggs each day along with a balanced meat diet will provide them with all the nutrition that they need.
I recommend feeding your dog raw eggs because that is how you get the best bang for your buck when it comes to nutrition. Cooked eggs usually lose a lot of it’s nutrition in the cooking process.
I also advise that you stick to free range eggs as those are the ones without any additional growth chemicals.
I love eggs and I love cooking extra eggs for my dogs. The good thing about eggs is that it’s cheap and affordable. It’s also human food and you can have fun cooking it many different ways.
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