“Can dogs eat eggs?” is one of the most asked questions here at DNM. And there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about raw feeding and eggs!
It seems the poor egg is often dragged through the mud as a dangerous food for dogs. But is it?
Some say that eggs are too high in cholesterol … or they worry that they pose a risk of salmonella and will cause a biotin deficiency.
To that, I say nonsense!
Eggs are a cheap and safe source of raw food for your dog. And they’re one of the most complete and nutritious meals you can choose!
So let’s look at why dogs can and should eat eggs.
The Truth About Feeding Eggs To Dogs
I wanted to share with you some of the most common concerns and the health benefits of feeding your dog eggs. That way you can feel confident that you’re boosting your dog’s health when he eats eggs.
Eggs Are A Complete Food Source
Eggs are an important source of nutrition and not only for those who eat them but also for the chick living inside it. Eggs contain all the nutrients necessary to grow a new chicken.
Eggs Provide Nutrients, Vitamins, And Minerals
Eggs aren’t just a great source of protein. Feeding eggs to your dog is an easy way to offer him a range of nutrition support. They provide many key nutrition components including:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Fatty Acids
Egg Whites Contain Enzyme Inhibitors
One of the reasons people question whether their dogs can eat eggs is because of the egg whites. Egg whites contain enzyme inhibitors. And the concern is that they 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 your dog’s diet. If you are feeding a well balanced fresh diet you won’t be putting him at risk.
In fact, the average dog can eat several eggs a week and be perfectly safe. You can start by feeding your dog just one egg. If you don’t see evidence of digestive upset, then he should have no trouble with eggs as part of his regular diet.
Cooking the egg white will help to avoid this problem … but most of the nutrition will get cooked out. So feed them raw if you can.
Does Feeding Egg Whites Cause Biotin Deficiency In Dogs?
Biotin is one of the B vitamins. It’s important for your dog’s cellular growth, fatty acid metabolism, and his healthy skin and coat.
Egg whites contain avidin, a biotin inhibitor. But biotin deficiencies are quite rare in dogs. And it would take eating an extraordinary amount of eggs to create a deficiency.
Egg yolks are very high in biotin, so as long as you feed the entire egg, there are few worries. When you feed a complete fresh diet there are other good sources of biotin in his diet as well. The liver is a particularly good source.
Again, you can get rid of this possible risk by cooking the egg white but your dog will lose much of the nutritional value.
Aren’t Eggs A Salmonella Risk?
Your dog is actually well equipped to handle the bacteria in raw foods. But there are a few things you want to consider when choosing your eggs to keep the bacterial levels at a normal level.
The health of the hen laying the eggs is very important. Ideally you want to your dog to eat eggs from organic, free-range healthy chickens.
Feeding quality eggs along with proper storage and keeping the eggs cool, will keep bacteria at a manageable level.
Can Dogs Eat Eggshells?
Yes, your dog can eat eggshells. In fact, feeding your dog a whole cracked egg with the shell is a nearly complete food source. They have almost all the amino acids your dog needs to stay healthy. And whole eggs are also a balanced source of calcium and phosphorus, which your dog needs to grow healthy bones and teeth.
Eggshells also have a thin membrane on the inside that’s incredibly beneficial to your dog. Eggshell membranes are full of …
- Hyaluronic acid
This makes it a great choice for arthritic dogs. In a 2016 study, eggshell membranes significantly reduced joint pain in 51 dogs with varying joint issues.
While you can peel off the membrane and feed it to your dog directly, it’s much easier to feed the whole egg. You can also buy supplements with eggshell membrane as well.
Eggshells can also be valuable for dogs who have difficulty eating bones. Just dry your eggshells out then grind them in a clean coffee grinder until they’re powdered. You can then sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of powder on your dog’s next meal to boost the calcium.
Can Puppies Eat Eggshells?
Eggshells are safe for puppies to eat but they aren’t a good source of calcium for puppies. Puppies need lots of calcium in their diets to build strong bones. But the calcium in shells is calcium carbonate, which dogs don’t absorb well. Eggshell powder is also missing magnesium and phosphorus.
Fresh raw bone is the best source of calcium for puppies. If you don’t want to bone or your puppy struggles with them, you can feed your puppy grass-fed bonemeal as a calcium supplement.
Buy Eggs From Local Farmers
Many eggs you find in the store get washed with chemicals to make them look clean and shiny. That’s why it’s best to get your eggs from a local organic farmer. These eggs are free of chemicals, which makes them safer for your dog to eat.
Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
Yes, dogs can eat eggs. Eggs are cheap, easily obtained and an outstanding source of nutrition for your dog. While there are misconceptions about the safety of eggs, the health benefits certainly outweigh the risks. And by feeding eggs whole, as nature intended, you’ll counteract any possible imbalances.
But it’s important to remember that many eggs are sprayed with a chemical to make them look shiny … so it’s best to get your eggs from a local organic farmer.
So try feeding your dog a few local eggs a week and you’ll see better health, inside and out. And the next time you hear someone ask, “Can dogs eat eggs?”, you can confidently share all the reasons why they need them.