Your Dog’s Eggs: Raw or Cooked?

Eggs are nutritionally dense, and dogs instinctively gobble them up! They’re protein-rich, which is essential for growth and maintenance, easily absorbed, and helps your dog’s coat glisten. They also provide a fare amount of selenium and choline, important for antioxidant building blocks and keeping the brain healthy, respectively. Eggs are a complete source of amino acids, the building blocks of protein, and easily digested. This is usually good news for dogs with digestive problems because it gives them a protein boost when most needed.

How Should You Serve Your Dog’s Eggs? Be Aware of Avidin

Definitely cooked. Raw egg whites contain a protein (Avidin) that binds to a B7-Vitamin (Biotin) found in the yolk, which over time can cause a Biotin deficiency, resulting in dry skin, dull coat and anemia. Although your dog would need to consume a lot of raw eggs for an adverse reaction, it’s best to be safe and feed them cooked. If you love pampering your canine kid, serve them soft boiled so as to destroy the avidin while preserving more nutrients.  Place the whole egg, shell and all, in boiling water for 3 minutes, and you’re done! You can make them ahead of time, refrigerate, and add to your dog’s mealtime. The entire egg is edible, but first dry the boiled shell and mill to a powder. You can then sprinkle a bit (less than a teaspoon for average sized dogs) over your dog’s meal for a boost of calcium. As always, start out small when introducing anything new to your dog’s diet.

Egss Are Nutrient Dense – Watch Your Dog’s Weight

Do be aware that a typical egg packs approximately 78 calories, 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. This 5 grams of fat represents over 60% of the calories. With that said, supplementing your dog’s meals just a few times a week with a yummy soft boiled egg should be fine.

Not All Eggs Are Alike. Feed Your Dog the Best

You are what you eat, and not all eggs are alike. Follow our lead and you will do fine. Wonder Dog Superfoods uses only fresh, whole, cage-free eggs certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers. This means the hens are fed certified organic feed, free of growth hormones and antibiotics.

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