Some people are surprised at the thought of feeding their dog or cat eggs, especially raw. I’ve had people claim that they’re too high in cholesterol or that they worry that their pet could get salmonella from raw eggs. But, truth be told, raw eggs can be very nutritious for pets!
Firstly, raw eggs are a good source of protein, as well as being rich in vitamin A, folate, riboflavin flat, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and fatty acids. Another shocker is when I tell people you can feed it to them with the shell! 😮 The raw shell is also full of vitamins and rich in calcium.
Whole raw eggs are great for your pets skin and coat and strong bones and teeth. But as usual, you can have too much of a good thing. Egg whites are a biotin inhibitor, which means they slow the production of the naturally created avidin, biotin (a B vitamin important for cellular growth and fat metabolism). So feeding too many eggs (without the yolk) could be detrimental over an extended period of time. On the flip side (pun intended), egg yolks are rich in Biotin, so if the whole egg is fed, they basically cancel each other out.
Whenever we have a natural food source like this available for pets, but with conflicting views, I always refer back to “what would do they if humans weren’t here?” and let’s face it, dogs and cats could and would raid the odd nest if they had the opportunity.
So my belief is moderation is key. A couple of eggs a week is good for your pets overall health, especially if you’re adding it to a kibble based diet, but not necessary everyday.
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