Quail eggs are both an inexpensive way to add a safe source of nutrients to your dog’s diet as well as a complete source of nutrition. When fed raw, quail eggs are one of the most complete sources of amino acids and are also good sources of vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B12, fatty acids and selenium.
Dogs (and cats) are opportunistic eaters. In other words, in the wild they’ll eat what they can get their paws on including eggs straight from the nest. But as house pets they don’t have free access to this natural nutritional boost.
Eggs are considered one of nature’s perfect foods yet only in their raw whole state can eggs provide your dog with their healthful benefits. Though it may be tempting to boil eggs or scramble them before feeding to your pet, this defeats the purpose of feeding eggs and your pet will reap little-to-no benefits from eating them cooked.
Quality is important when it comes to eggs. Because they are such an inexpensive source of nutrition it’s important to buy the most healthful eggs you can get your hands on. Quail eggs are not as readily available in stores, but can be found at local farmer’s markets and can also be sourced directly from local farmers who raise quail.
In buying local you’re also able to see firsthand where your eggs come from. You want to make sure that the birds are healthy, that they have a clean place to live and that they are treated with care. This will help insure that the eggs don’t carry an overabundance of bad bacteria due to sick birds or a dirty environment.
The number one fear owners have about feeding raw eggs to their dogs is the risk of salmonella. If you are concerned about the risks of feeding raw eggs you can read more about them in the post Common Misconceptions About Feeding Dogs Raw Eggs.
From there you can read these helpful tips on The Dos And Don’ts Of Feeding Your Dog Raw Eggs.
These two articles will explain the proper way to feed raw eggs to your dog as well as debunk some common fears that you may have.