When it comes to feeding your dog eggs are topic of hot debate. Some people think eggs are great for dogs while others think they are bad. Eggs are high in cholesterol and when raw they pose a risk for salmonella food poisoning. But dried egg in dog food far outweighs the negatives.
Eggs are a complete food source. They are the most complete source of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Eggs are very nutritious they are a good source of the following nutrients:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Fatty acids
Eggs whites contain enzyme inhibitors. This is one of the drawbacks. Enzyme inhibitors can interfere with digestion. This is especially true in very young and very old animals. It is safe to feed your dog small amounts of egg. Dried egg in your dog food is perfectly safe. If you notice any digestive upset after feeding your dog a diet with dried eggs you should stop feeding them to him.
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Egg whites can cause biotin deficiency. Egg whites contain a substance called avidin. Avidin is a biotin inhibitor. Biotin is a B Vitamin that is essential to cellular growth, fatty acid metabolism and it helps maintain a healthy skin and coat. In order to affect an amount of biotin that would be significant you would need to feed your dog a diet exclusively of egg. A little bit of dry egg in your dog food is not harmful. And as long as you feed your dog the whole egg and not just the whites, you are okay.
Eggs contain salmonella. Dogs are well-equipped to handle the bacteria in raw foods. But, you don’t have to worry about that because dried egg is not raw.
Include the shells. If you feed your dog eggs with the shells on you are feeding him a near complete food source. Dried egg has the shells in it.
At the end of the day the benefits of eggs as pet food ingredients far outweigh the negatives. They are very high in animal protein, which is very important part of a balanced diet for dogs. Plus, the fatty acids help improve the consition of a dog’s skin and coat. After they eat eggs on regular basis it will rid them of dry flaky skin and make their coat shiny.