Are Eggs Healthy for Dogs?
Dogs adore eggs, it’s a fact. Are they, nevertheless, beneficial to them?
Is it OK to combine a boiled egg with your dog’s food?
Well, it appears that there are two schools of thought: one believes that raw eggs are beneficial to dogs, while the other believes that they are harmful. Although this is not a biochemistry post, I will attempt to explain the facts in layman’s terms.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of feeding your dog raw eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein, amino acids, and fatty acids, all of which are important for your dog’s skin and coat. They’re also a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Doesn’t sound all that horrible, does it?
Let’s have a look at the disadvantages now.
- Salmonella can be spread by ingesting raw eggs in both canines and humans, resulting in “food poisoning.” That’s a term we’ve all heard and desire to stay away from. Salmonella is a bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and cramps in the intestines. This is not something you or your dog would enjoy!
- The suppression of biotin and trypsin, which are located in the small intestine, is another negative effect of raw eggs on dogs. These enzymes are required for proper digestion. Let’s just say that a lack of these two enzymes can lead to persistent diarrhea, malnutrition, baldness (severe hair loss), and other negative repercussions for your dog.
So it appears that giving your dog raw eggs is not a smart option. Cooked eggs, on the other hand, are an excellent source of protein for your dog.
The action of the two poor inhibitors of the required enzymes is denatured (killed or lessened) when eggs are cooked properly. Just make sure your eggs are fully cooked; scrambled eggs with runny yolks are a no-no.
Dogs adore eggs and will eat them raw or cooked in any form they can obtain them, so it’s up to you, his owner, to keep an eye on what he eats because the consequences of him eating raw eggs can be painful for him as well as upsetting for you.
We don’t feed raw eggs to my dog, but if you really believe it’s okay, please visit your veterinarian before introducing them to your dog’s diet.
In future posts, we will discuss a variety of other things that humans consume that are harmful or toxic to dogs. Keep an eye out for them.
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