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Can dogs eat raw eggs?

Author: Adel Saadoun, Veterinary Doctor

Dogs are carnivorous animals that nowadays can be described as opportunists or having an omnivorous tendency.

Not only can dogs eat foods other than meat, but these foods can provide certain benefits to their bodies.

However, it is necessary to point out that some are toxic and can cause poisoning. Is this the case with raw eggs? Are they dangerous for dogs? What are their benefits?

In this article, we will answer all these questions.

Dangers of raw eggs in dogs

Some of the good nutrients in eggs are mainly found in the yolk, which can be given without issue, whether cooked or raw. On the other hand, raw egg whites contain proteins, some of which can be harmful and dangerous to dogs. Some of the anti-nutritional components are:

  • Avidin: This is a protein found in egg white that sets on and destroys vitamin B8, preventing the production of energy from nutrients, including vitamin B8, which plays an important role in this process.
  • Ovomucoid: This is a protein also found in egg white that acts against digestive trypsins, enzymes essential for protein digestion. Thus, this protein prevents the digestion of proteins.

These proteins act by preventing the digestion and assimilation of certain nutrients.

However, since these components are thermolabile substances, i.e., they undergo changes when the temperature rises, cooking them reduces this anti-nutritional effect. It is therefore best to cook the egg white before giving it to your dog.

In summary, raw egg whites are dangerous and not recommended for dogs. Cooking breaks down its harmful components and it can occasionally be offered to your pet.

Can I give my dog raw egg yolk?

The yolk is the part of the egg that contains vitamins and carotenoids, which are powerful allies for your dog’s skin and eyes. These components are broken down by thorough cooking.

It is therefore advisable to offer the egg yolk raw or slightly raw to get all the benefits of this food.

However, it is very important to ensure the freshness of the egg as well as its origin in order to avoid poisoning due to bacteria that may be present.

Advantages and benefits of eggs for dogs

Lightly cooked eggs or raw egg yolks are an interesting source of animal protein and fatty acids for your dog. Eggs also contain:

  • Lipids;
  • Vitamins;
  • Minerals such as iron and phosphorus;
  • Carotenoids, which are excellent antioxidants.

All these components give eggs interesting properties for your dog’s coat and skin.

In addition, thanks to lutein, eggs are an excellent ally for eyes and can prevent your dog from developing cataracts. Eggs also improve vision by preventing age-related macular degeneration.

What kind of eggs should I give my dog?

If you decide to give your dog eggs, it is generally recommended that you choose eggs from a known source. Prefer organic eggs, purchased directly from a farmer who raises his hens organically. Eggs from commercial farms are less nutritious.

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