Eggs For Dogs?
There are loads of people who argue against feeding eggs to dogs. They say eggs are too high in cholesterol, can cause allergies, carry the risk of salmonella and can cause a biotin deficiency.
Well, I think they are wrong.
To begin with, there is an abundance of nutrients jam-packed inside every egg.
One egg provides plenty of:
• Vitamin A
• Vitamin B12
• Fatty acids
In addition to that list is protein!
Eggs are a fantastic source of protein that is as good for your dog as it is for you. And what’s most important is that eggs are the most complete source of protein on the planet! They contain all of the essential protein building blocks called amino acids, in the best ratios.
As for the concerns about cholesterol, dogs don’t suffer the same arterial damage from cholesterol we humans do; in fact, the cholesterol in egg yolks contributes to healthy, shiny coats.
And as for the fear of biotin deficiency, egg whites contain avidin, which is a biotin inhibitor. Biotin is one of the B vitamins and is important for cellular growth, fatty acid metabolism and good skin and coat. Biotin deficiencies are quite rare and it would take a huge amount of eggs to cause one.
But here’s the best part …
Egg yolks are really high in biotin, so as long as you feed the entire egg, there’s no need to worry.
Egg whites contain enzyme inhibitors
One of the reasons dog 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 a few eggs a week to the average dog. If you don’t see evidence of digestive upset when feeding eggs, then he should have no trouble if eggs are a regular part of his diet.
Don’t forget the shells
If eggs are fed with the shell on, they are a nearly complete food source for dogs. The shells can also be valuable for dogs who have difficulty eating bones.
Simply dry the shells out and grind them in a clean coffee grinder until they are powdered and sprinkle the powder on your dog’s food.
It’s important to remember that many eggs are sprayed with a chemical to make them look shiny, so it is best to get your eggs from a local organic farmer.
Eggs are cheap, easily obtained and an outstanding source of nutrition for your dog. The overall opinion with raw feeders is that the health benefits of eggs certainly outweigh the risks and feeding eggs whole, the way nature intended, goes a long ways to counteract harmful imbalances.
Saber gets at least three eggs a week, raw of course, and he laps them up.
Try feeding your dogs a few eggs a week and you’ll see better health, inside and out. Do you already feed your dog eggs? comment below