The chicken egg is a excellent product which provides very high quality protein. But many owners are reluctant to give it to their dogs, fearing to poison their animals with the egg white when it is raw. It’s all about quantity of course. Eggs are undoubtedly much less dangerous for the dog than cooked bones and chocolate, while many owners give them to their little companion every day, seriously endangering their health. Let’s take stock of the nutritional composition of the egg and let’s give him the place he deserves in the dog’s diet.
Eggs on the dog’s menu: for or against?
Decidedly, the egg is the object of many controversies. It has long been considered dangerous for humans with hypercholesterolemia while it is scientifically proven today that it represents on the contrary a real ally for these people. Likewise, it is often said that the dog could, by eating eggs, become infected with bacteria of the type Escherichia coli (E-coli) and salmonella. However, these problems are quite rare in canines.
Another subject that divides: the raw egg white. It is singled out by its detractors who say it is toxic to dogs because of theavidin it contains. It is a protein that reduces the availability of vitamin B8 or biotin. This is quite true, but (because there is a but) for the health of the dog to suffer, he would have to eat a lot of raw eggs since the white contains a tiny amount of avidin. And besides, egg yolk is very well supplied with vitamin B8, which more than compensates for the effect of white on its synthesis. And since no master feeds his dog exclusively on eggs, the animal’s body has enough to find the vitamin B8 it needs, because it is present in many foods such as fish, meat, offal ( kidneys, liver) …
Chicken egg: a beneficial nutritional composition for dogs
It is a shame to deprive your dog of this exceptional food what isfree-range chicken egg because its nutritional composition is very interesting. What is extraordinary is that yellow contains all the essential amino acids and is, among other things, well supplied with vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
White (or albumen) is made up of almost 88% water and 12% protein, the most important of which is ovalbumin. It is the latter which causes the egg white to “harden” during cooking since it coagulates under the effect of heat. We can also note the presence of lysozyme in egg white, a protein known for its antibiotic properties.
By eating an egg, the dog can benefit, for example, from the benefits of lutein, from the carotenoid family, which improves eyesight, but also sulfur-containing amino acids which bring shine to the coat and make it silky. About the egg shell, its richness in calcium is useful to facilitate digestion and participate in the good health of the teeth. The shell can therefore be passed through a mill to be reduced to powder and then added from time to time to the dog food.
Give your dog eggs in moderation
The important thing to remember is that the chicken egg is a food very suitable for dogs, this carnivore needing animal protein. But as is the case with all foods, it is necessary to opt for moderation and always ensure that the products are fresh.
For example, each week the correct proportion is two eggs chicken (yellow and white) for a big dog and just one for a little dog. If one sticks to this quite reasonable amount, the eggs can be given raw, mixed with the food, which implies reducing the portion of meat on that day.
But the master can, to be reassured, cook only the white, knowing that it is better to give the raw yolk so as not to degrade its nutrients by cooking. And to be fully reassured, do not hesitate to ask the vet for advice on the best way to feed your dog.