Not only are eggs and inexpensive way to add a safe source of nutrients to your dog’s diet, they are also a complete source of nutrition. If you’re interested in adding eggs to your dog’s food (and you should be!) you first need to know how to do so in a healthful way.
Eggs are one of the most complete sources of amino acids. They are also good sources of vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B12, fatty acids and selenium.
Here’s a bit more about each…
Amino Acids: Amino acids are necessary for creating new enzymes and are needed for proper protein digestion.
Vitamin A: Also known as carotene, this vitamin is beneficial to your dog’s coat, nerves, skin, vision and muscles.
Riboflavin: Also known as vitamin B2, riboflavin aids in the growth of new cells and helps dogs metabolize energy from fats and proteins.
Folate: Folate (or vitamin B9) is needed for the formation of healthy blood cells.
Vitamin B12: This vitamin helps your dog’s nervous system function properly and aids in cell growth.
Fatty Acids: Fatty Acids not only help your dog’s skin and coat look healthy, they also control inflammation, aid in joint health, improve the function of organs and help rid dogs of allergies.
Selenium: Selenium has a wide range of benefits from cancer prevention to preventing skin problems, heart disease and arthritis.
For eggs to be a complete source of nutrition it’s best that they are given with the egg shells.
Because eggs are such an inexpensive source of nutrition for your dog, it’s important not to skimp on quality. To make them look shiny and appealing most store-bought eggs are sprayed with a chemical to enhance their appearance, so it’s essential that you buy eggs that are from a local organic farmer.
In buying local you’re also able to see firsthand where your eggs come from. Are the hens healthy? Do they have a clean place to live? Are they treated with care?
All of the above questions are important to consider. The number one fear people have about feeding raw eggs to dogs is the risk of them contracting a bacteria. It’s the health of the hens and their habitats that determine the safety of the eggs, so knowing where your eggs are coming from is very important.
Before you begin, read more about the myths of feeding raw eggs and proper egg feeding.