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Feeding eggs

Eggs have been hailed as the wonder food. They offer a simple, inexpensive opportunity to increase the quality of your dog's diet, and today, we take a look at feeding eggs to dogs and puppies. Raw or cooked? how often? and what the benefits are.





Can you feed eggs to your puppy or dog?


Yes! dogs and puppies can eat a variety of eggs, including:-


  • Chicken, duck, goose, pheasant, pigeon and quail


Eggs can be served cooked or raw and both are discussed below


FEEDING RAW EGGS


Can they be fed raw?

Yes, they can be fed raw, shell and all! But if you are feeding fresh eggs, clean the shell with plain water to remove any debris before serving. In the UK, shop bought eggs have already been cleaned without using chemicals.


How to serve a raw egg?

Just crack the egg against the side of the bowl and drop the egg and the shell into the dish. You can crush the shell in your hand a little to make it easier for small dogs to eat,



Some dogs may wish not to eat the shell. If this is the case with your dog, respect its wishes and do not try to false the dog to eat it. Dogs are good at self-selecting the food they need.


How often can dogs have eggs?

Small Dogs: up to 1 small egg per day.

Medium Dogs: 1 medium to large egg per day

Large Dogs: 1 medium to x-large egg per day.

Giant breeds: 1 to 2 medium to x-large egg. 


For tiny breeds you can crack the egg in a bowl and whisk to serve a portion of the egg, with the equivalent portion of egg shell. So, half an egg, half a shell. The rest can be stored in a glass container in the fridge until the next day.


FEEDING COOKED EGGS




Eggs can be fed boiled, scrambled or poached in plain water, but remember to let the egg cool down before serving to your dog, Never serve cooked egg shells, you can still add the raw shell to your dogs dinner.





BENEFITS OF EGGS


Eggs are nutritionally a great complete food, packed with essential bioavailable nutrients in a mineral-rich package. Every part of an egg can contribute to your dog or puppies health. The egg yolk, egg white, eggshell membrane and the eggshell. They offer a complete source of protein, essential fatty acids, essential minerals and vitamins. (see below)


Protein - with all 9 essential amino acids:  

Cysteine, histidine, isoleucine,  lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.


Carotenoids: Lutein and Zeaxanthin, important for eye health: 


Micro and macro nutrients in eggs support overall health:

Essential fatty acids; Omega-3 & Omega-6

Essential  bioavailable minerals;


  • Calcium and Copper

  • Iodine and Iron

  • Magnesium, Manganese and Molybdenum

  • Phosphorus and Potassium

  • Selenium and Sodium

  • Zinc


A rich source of essential bioavailable vitamins


  • Vitamin A (retinol)

  • Supports your puppy's growth. Important for eye health it also helps maintain skin health, bone development and bone health.

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin)

  • Supports growth, appetite, digestive health, immune system and nervous system function. B1 also supports healthy stress response.

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

  • Is essential for red blood cell and eye health.

  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) 

  • Supports cell health, regeneration and DNA repair.

  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)

  •  Is essential for conversion of food to energy, cellular, digestive and skin health.

  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

  •  Supports brain, heart, neurological health and more.

  • Vitamin B7 (biotin) 

  • Is essential for conversion of food to energy, supports fur, nail and skin health.

  • Vitamin B8 (Inositol)

    • An antioxidant that helps combat the damaging effects of free radicals in the body

  • Vitamin B9 (folate)

  • Supports blood health, cell health and DNA

  • Vitamin B12 

  • Is essential for conversion of food to energy, heart health, cellular and nerve health.

  • Vitamin D

  • Is essential to normal growth as Vitamin D aids the body's absorption of calcium and phosphorus.

  • Vitamin E 

  • Is an important antioxidant necessary for growth, muscle function, heart health and central nervous system function.

 Inositol (sometimes referred to as Vitamin B8)

  • Inositol is an important antioxidant that helps combat the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.

  •  Inositol supports metabolic health and helps regulate mood.

Choline, an essential micronutrient:


  • A dog and cat's body doesn't produce enough choline on it's own. It's important to provide choline-rich foods. Eggs are an important source of choline.



EGG SHELL MEMBRANE (NEM)


The membrane of the eggshell is very good for joint health and so if your dog does not eat eggshells, the membrane is easy to peel away from the raw shell and can still be added to your dog's diet.

CONCLUSION Eggs are one of the best foods available and provide so much to a dog's diet. The source of the egg that you feed will provide different levels of the separate nutrients. In the UK, hen eggs are the most popular and ready available. Always consider the welfare of the hen that produced the egg. The better the welfare, the better the egg too.







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