Eggs are one of the planet’s most nutritious foods rich in proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, and a whole lot of other nutrients that are guaranteed to bring you excellent health. And while it is true that they are rich in cholesterol, studies now show they don’t cause that much adverse effect on blood cholesterol. In fact, it raises the levels of good cholesterol in the body. It’s also filled with antioxidants and all the right amounts of amino acids. With all these human health benefits of eggs, it should be fair to extend the same benefits to our canine friends, shouldn’t it? But is it safe for them? Are dogs even allowed to eat eggs?
Egg Diet in the Wild
Experts believe that dogs and even cats have traditionally feasted on the eggs of fowls and birds in their nests. There was no worrying whether these eggs were nutritionally correct, produced highly toxic effects, or even increased the mutt’s risk of choking because of the shard from the egg shell. That being said, it would really be safe to assume that dogs can eat eggs.
The only reason why we’re quite concerned for their safety is that, as many animal experts suggest, we don’t actually see them feasting on the eggs in bird nests. We haven’t seen them eat in their natural habitat. As such we have this notion that the egg shells or that the other contents of eggs are naturally harmful for them for the simple fact that, at one point in our history, consuming too large quantities of eggs increased our predisposition to cholesterol and heart problems.
Eggs: The Perfect Food for Your Pooch?
We already mentioned how eggs are actually classified as one of the planet’s perfect foods. It’s nutrient dense and comes with almost all the nutrients you can ever find from all the foods combined. This alone makes it a true super-food. And, basing on what scientists have discovered so far about dogs and cats naturally devouring eggs in the wild without fear of infections, toxicities, or even choking, it would really be safe to assume that giving eggs to our pooches could very well be the best decision we’ll ever make. And here’s why.
- The eggshell
Did you know that you can actually feed your dogs crushed eggshells? Animal experts and biologists have tested that eggshells can actually be crushed or ground into a fine powdery texture to be mixed with your dog’s dry kibbles or even in its wet or canned food. Eggshells are rich in calcium and protein which are important for the growth and maturation of the bones and teeth. For canines, this is a very important benefit as they rely on their teeth for a variety of purposes and on their bones for strength and mobility. The protein content of the eggshells can help provide the necessary building blocks for the different tissues of the canine’s body.
Now, if you are concerned about the possibility of Salmonellosis, then you can easily boil the eggshells first before grinding or pulverizing them in a food processor, coffee grinder, or even a traditional mortar and pestle. Crushing eggshells into powdery consistency also allows you to store it in airtight containers so you have instant protein and calcium powder for your pooch.
- The egg white
This portion of the egg contains the most protein. The egg white of a single egg can contain as much as 4 grams of protein while also containing folate, selenium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, all of which have their very own distinct functions in promoting and maintaining optimum health in your pet pooch. For instance, folate is important for DNA synthesis and repair while potassium is important in muscular strength and nervous system functioning.
While it is very rich in protein as well as a host of vitamins and minerals, there are certain things that you may need to watch out for in egg whites.
First, it contains several enzyme inhibitors that can somehow interfere with the healthy digestion of your pooch. This is mostly pronounced in young puppies and very old senior dogs. They often present with stomach upset or even diarrhea. The good news is that if you give whole eggs and not just the egg white, you effectively negate the effects of these enzyme inhibitors. Additionally, cooking the egg should also help neutralize the concern.
Second, egg whites have been shown to contain avidin, a potent inhibitor of biotin. Biotin is a vitamin that is needed for healthy skin and coat as well as for the effective metabolism of fatty acids. Not to worry though because the egg yolk is naturally rich in biotin, so giving your dog whole eggs – yolk and white – will help prevent biotin deficiency. Moreover, biotin deficiency is a very rare phenomenon.
- The egg yolk
The yolk is where many of the healthy nutrients in eggs are concentrated. It’s rich in vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, carotenoid antioxidants, amino acids, and the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid or DHA. All of these are exclusive to the egg yolk, meaning you only find them in this part of the egg. Of course, there are other nutrients that are found and are heavily concentrated in the yolk. These include calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin B12. Other nutrients of minimal amounts include magnesium, potassium, sodium, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid.
It is also rich in fats. And this is where the concern of many pet owners lie. They believe that the cholesterol content of the yolk is simply too high that you’d be risking the development of dyslipidemia in your pet. On the contrary, studies show that the cholesterol contained in the egg yolk actually increases the levels of high-density lipoproteins or the good cholesterol. That being said, it should not really be a concern.
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods in the world of man. Apparently, even the cousins of our dogs in the wild think so, too as they don’t have any qualms about devouring any of the eggs that they can snatch from a nest. So, why don’t you give your pooch a whole egg today and be mesmerized at what it can do for your pooch.