Feeding Egg to Dogs, Raw or Cooked

Eggs have a number of benefits for dogs. They are loaded full of protein and healthy Omega Fatty acids that will help encourage a slick, shiny coat and repair tissue. Why? Because Omegas and protein, among many things, encourage healthy cell reproduction. And skin, hair and tissue are ultimately cells! The fatty acids also support natural oils secreted from pores to protect hair and skin.

It's a good idea to consider that typical grocery store white eggs are from chickens fed poor quality feeds and by-products left from the manufacturing of other substances including alternative fuels, cheap beer, and high fructose corn syrup just to name a few. Whenever possible seek out organic, free range, and farm fresh eggs. Healthier chickens produce eggs higher in healthy fats as well as vitamins and minerals.

Feeding egg shells are perfectly safe, but smashing them up real quick before feeding can help them go down smoother. Shells are generally considered a great source of calcium and protein. Crushing or grinding them up can help make them easier to digest.

The choice to cook or serve eggs raw is up to the individual owner. There have been no reports or death occurrences in dogs as a result of contracting deadly bacteria or diseases from consuming raw eggs that I can find. Salmonella is very rare in eggs whether humans or dogs are consuming them. There is speculation that avidin which is a protein found in very small levels in egg whites can effect the function of biotin (B7 vitmain) in the body. However, further careful research shows that there is enough biotin in the egg yolk to eliminate the concern for excess avidin.

A typical morning collection from our coop - time to feed the dogs!

If you prefer to feed your dog eggs that have been cooked you can boil or scramble them. Some fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins will be lost to the cooking process as well as various proteins. But the overall impact of the eggs will still be more beneficial than no eggs whatsoever.

For a large dog, such as a Rottweiler, an egg per day is a great addition to any diet. More can be given to pregnant or lactating bitches; less for young puppies or smaller breeds. The amount of eggs to feed is very dependent on the individual dog. Eggs are very rich and should be introduced slowly to your dog's diet. Some dogs will tolerate them well and enjoy several, where others will need fewer and only a couple per week. Eggs are a fantastic, well rounded, "mother nature's perfect food" addition to first foods for a litter of puppies. For puppies just learning to eat solid foods scrambled eggs are a great place to start.

Great book with some info on feeding eggs:

 

 


A note from the author: Raw Feeding is a big topic and everyone disagrees on how to go about it. Talk to your vet who may very well say, "don't you dare, here's some Hill's Science AKA CRAP," (I added that last part for flair) read all of the articles you can find, and study all of the books you can get your hands on. Start slow, introduce foods gradually and one at a time. Don't let anyone discourage you. Feed what your dog likes, what he or she will eat, and what is available to you. Additives should be fed in moderation. But remember, variety is key to obtaining all their necessary vitamins and minerals. There isn't a lot of profit in studying raw diets for dogs so very little is known with absolute certainty.