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Raw eggs for dogs: can dogs eat raw eggs safely?

Raw Eggs For Dogs – Can Dogs have Raw Eggs Safely
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    Raw eggs for dogs? In this article you will find out if you should be giving your dog raw eggs, and how you can do it safely and responsibly.


    Dogs are lovable and loyal creatures. Diet plays an essential role in the optimum well-being and performance of dogs. Many dog parents ask questions about feeding them raw eggs or not.

    There are many myths and misconceptions around feeding raw eggs to your dog, but when you examine them closely, you’ll soon see they’re no worse than the vegetables in your fridge.

    When it comes to pet nutrition, I always think it’s a good idea to consider our pets’ natural diet, and what our pets’ feline and canine cousins do in the wild.

    This article will discuss “can dogs have raw eggs” under the light of scientific literature and general field experience.

    Disclaimer: I feed my two dogs raw eggs.

    Can dogs eat raw eggs?

    Raw Eggs For Dogs – Can Dogs eat Raw Eggs Safely

    Yes, you can serve your dog a raw egg from time to time without any problems, but you do run the risk of salmonella exposure if you come across a bad egg. The egg is a nutritious food item that contains a variety of essential nutrients. It provides your beloved canine friend with:

    • Protein
    • Calcium
    • Amino acids
    • Essential fatty acids
    • Potassium
    • Magnesium
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin D
    • Vitamin E
    • Vitamin K
    • Vitamin B1
    • Vitamin B6
    • Vitamin B12
    • Niacin
    • Choline
    • Folic acid
    • Iron
    • Selenium  
    • Riboflavin
    • etc.

    These ingredients can provide several health benefits for dogs, such as improving the skin and coat’s health and contributing to stronger teeth and bones. 

    Coming to the point, dogs love to eat eggs and will also eat raw eggs if they’re hungry…

    … and as you know, dogs are always hungry!

    It is important to note that you should give cooked eggs to your dog instead of giving raw eggs.

    Reason: Experts don’t recommend feeding raw eggs to dogs as they contain harmful pathogens such as Mycoplasma, Salmonella, etc. These bacterial pathogens may cause health complications in your beloved canine friend.

    So, being a responsible owner, try to give your dog most of the time cooked eggs.

    Raw eggs can cause biotin deficiency in dogs

    Regular feeding of raw eggs leads to biotin (vitamin B7) deficiency in dogs. The egg white contains an enzyme (Avidin) that hinders the absorption of biotin through the dog’s digestive tract. This, in return, can lead to serious health hazards in your dog.

    Why are raw eggs considered healthy by many experts and dog owners?

    Raw Eggs For Dogs – Can Dogs have Raw Eggs

    Many owners prefer feeding raw eggs to dogs because cooking decreases their nutritional value. This is why a dog eating cooked eggs can’t get the optimum amount of essential nutrients from eggs. 

    But also keep in mind that raw eggs are risky to feed to your dog because they carry infectious pathogens and lead to biotin deficiency in your dog. 

    So, always talk to your vet, and choose a safer option for your dog.

    Frequently asked questions 

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    Can I give eggshells to my dog?

    Yeah, dogs can eat eggshells as well. This is also a healthy option.

    Can I continue giving my dog raw egg if he is ok?

    Yes, there is nothing bad with raw egg if your dog can tolerate it. But be careful and preferably give scrambled or boiled eggs without salt and spices.

    How many raw eggs should I feed my dog?

    You can likely serve your dog a raw egg from time to time (max 2 per week) without any problems, but you do run the risk of salmonella exposure if you come across a bad egg.

    The average egg contains 60 calories and has roughly 4 milligrams of fat and 6 grams of protein. 

    To figure out the appropriate serving size, you should always talk with your veterinarian. The appropriate serving size of eggs for your dog will depend on:

    – Activity level
    – Size
    – Existing health issues
    – Age
    – Breed
    – Weight

    Does cooking destroy the essential nutrients of eggs?

    Yes, cooking has advantages as well as some drawbacks. It affects the nutritional value of eggs and denatures the protein.

    Can a healthy dog eat raw eggs?

    Well, if the health status of a dog is fantastic, he may often eat raw eggs. But obviously, no owner would like to put his/her beloved dog to get life-threatening infections from raw eggs. In addition to that, raw eggs can predispose to serious health conditions in puppies or senior dogs because of their weak immune status. So, it is wise not to give raw eggs to dogs

    Does feeding raw eggs to my dog increase the risk of contracting salmonella?

    Yes, definitely Yes! Giving eggs to your dog increases the risk of contracting salmonella. Salmonella is a foodborne illness that both animals and humans can contract from:

    – Raw eggs,
    – Meat
    – Contaminated dairy products.

    Salmonella can present itself in your pet with symptoms such as:

    – Vomiting,
    – Fever,
    – Diarrhea (which may be accompanied by blood),
    – Loss of appetite
    – Decreased activity level.

    Animals suffering from cancer, infection, or other serious health conditions should avoid uncooked eggs in particular, as their immune systems may not be able to handle the risk of potential contamination.

    Summary

    Raw Eggs For Dogs – Can Dogs have Raw Eggs Safely (1)

    Eggs are a healthy option for dogs. They provide dogs with essential nutrients, including minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and protein. 

    Many dog owners say that raw eggs are a superfood for dogs because they contain intact proteins and fatty acids. And personally, I am one of them.

    On the other hand, cooking/heating destroys the protein and fatty acids to some extent. 

    But raw eggs pose serious health hazards because of the higher risk of bacterial pathogens and biotin deficiency. 

    What to do? Should you give your dog raw eggs or not?

    Well, you can take suggestions from your vet and choose any option according to YOUR dog’s health status and YOUR convenience.

    REFERENCES 

    Carter, M.E. and Quinn, P.J., 2000. Salmonella infections in dogs and cats. Salmonella in domestic animals, pp.231-244.

    Sano, A., Maebashi, M., Kashiwazaki, N., Oshida, T., Kiuchi, A., Hashimoto, N., Kongoji, M., Miyagi, Y., Endo, S., Yoshida, S. and Higashiyama, S., 2006. Decreased blood biotin levels may cause dermatitis and some other diseases in dogs. Japanese Journal of Animal Hygiene (Japan).

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