By: Nicole Di Bernardo
Eggs are an excellent source of protein! I bet you’ve heard that more than once. But are eggs safe for dogs?
How many times have you seen someone on TV cracking an egg or two into a cup and chugging it down before a jog? All – The – Time!!
So if raw eggs are so good for humans, aren't they just as good for our dogs?
Are Eggs Safe For Dogs?
There are plenty of skeptics and naysayers 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'd like to take a crack at proving them wrong.
For starters, 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, and it bears repeating, is protein!
Eggs are a fantastic source of protein for you and your dog. And what’s most important is that eggs are the most complete source of protein on the planet!
Eggs 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.
Which Is More Important: The Chicken Or The Egg?
Despite all the goodness that eggs contain, the way we prepare them, and where they come from makes a huge difference in just how healthy those eggs really are.
So before you buy your dozen eggs, consider the following:
1. What Are The Chickens Eating?
What mother hen puts in her body affects her baby … aka the egg, in this case.
And what most hens eat is something called soy.
As a concerned dog owner, you may already know that soy can lead to a multitude of health problems. Soy can cause allergy symptoms in your dog and some studies have shown that eating soy can cause various other health issues, including reproductive and growth problems, thyroid and liver disease ...
... all of which are due to something called isoflavones which are estrogen-like compounds found in soy.
How do you know if the eggs you’re feeding your dog come from hens that are fed soy? Ideally, you’ll find some nice free-range, grass-fed chickens who are eating just what nature intended for them to eat!
If you can’t find these super healthy birds, then find a local farmer and ask what he’s feeding his birds. If he’s feeding them right, he’ll be happy to share that information with you.
2. How Have The Hens Been Handled?
Did you know that most commercial hens are fed with genetically modified feed? This means that your eggs may contain foreign DNA and toxins.
If that wasn’t bad enough, some farmers inject their chickens with synthetic female estrogen hormones for quicker development. The quicker the development, the faster these hens produce, and the faster farmers can get their dozens to the shelf.
These chickens then pass their toxic modifications down to their unprocessed offspring. Not exactly a natural and healthy feast for your pet.
So when you’re shopping for your dog’s eggs, look for the GMO-Free sign at your local farmer’s market. And don't be afraid to speak up and ask where and how those hens are raised!
Crack The Cooked Egg Habit!
It may sound tastier to cook up an egg rather than having your dog shoot it down raw. But the superior nutrients the egg provides, dwindle once they’re put in the pan.
Cooking up an egg will reduce and denature the necessary nutrients your dog needs, so it’s best served up raw!
But What about salmonella?
If you’re still scared off by salmonella, pet nutrition expert Kymythy Schultze CN AHI has some words of wisdom for you:
It’s extremely unlikely that you’ll find salmonella inside an egg that has not had its shell cracked or broken. Scientists estimate that the chance of salmonella bacteria being inside an intact egg to be about 0.005%.
Don’t be scared off by the Debbie Downers … raw eggs are a nutritious and delicious source of protein to feed to your pet.
Nicole Di Bernardo, Operations Manager
Four Leaf Rover
When Nicole isn't sharing the ways dog owners can help their dogs lead better lives, she can be found exploring. She's an avid outdoor sports enthusiast and loves to travel.