The fact is that dogs love eggs. But are they good for them?
Question: Is it okay to mix a raw egg with your dog’s food?
Well, there seem to be two schools of thought, one is that raw eggs are good for dogs, and the second is that they are very bad for dogs. This is not an article about biochemistry, but I will try to explain the information in basic terms.
Let’s look at the positive side when you give raw eggs to your dog. Eggs are one of the best sources of protein as well as amino acids and fatty acids needed for your dog’s skin and coat. They are also a great source of vitamins and minerals for the body.
All this doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
Now let’s look at the negative side. Ingesting raw eggs can cause salmonella in both dogs and humans, which is sometimes called “food poisoning”. This is a term we have all heard about and want to avoid. Salmonella is a bacterium that causes diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. This is not something you or your dog would want!
Another harmful effect that eating raw eggs has on dogs is an inhibition of biotin and trypsin, which are found in the small intestine. These are enzymes that are necessary for normal digestion. Let’s just say that a lack of these two enzymes can have a number of harmful effects on your dog, including chronic diarrhea, malnutrition, alopecia (severe hair loss), and other consequences.
So it seems that it is not a good idea to give your dog raw eggs. However, boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein for your dog.
Boiling eggs denatures (kills or reduces) the effect of the two bad inhibitors of the necessary enzymes properly. Just make sure that your eggs are completely cooked – liquid scrambled eggs would be taboo.
Dogs love eggs and would consume them in any way possible, raw or cooked, and it is up to you, his owner, to be careful what he eats because the effects of his consumption of raw eggs can be very painful for the dog and very annoying for you.
My opinion on raw eggs is that I don’t give them to my dog, but if you really think it’s okay, please consult your vet before including them in your dog’s diet.
There are many other foods that people eat that are dangerous or toxic to dogs that I will talk about in upcoming articles. Be sure to pay attention to them.
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