Are Eggs Healthy for Dogs?

by Brenna Davis, Demand Media
    Eggs can be a healthy part of a dog's diet.

    Eggs can be a healthy part of a dog's diet.

    Eggs are a favorite staple at human breakfast tables everywhere, and your dog can benefit from eggs too. Eggs offer valuable nutrients and can be an important supplement to a healthy, balanced dog diet.

    Dog Diet Basics

    There is some debate among veterinarians about whether dogs are omnivores or carnivores. However, most veterinarians agree that dogs need high quantities of protein for optimal health, according to veterinarian Tom Lonsdale in his book, "Work Wonders: Feed Your Dog Raw Meaty Bones." Some owners opt to feed their dog homemade diets including raw food diets and cooked meat. However, you don't have to feed your dog a homemade diet to give him eggs. Eggs are an excellent supplement to a prepackaged diet.

    Benefits of Eggs

    Eggs are extremely high in animal protein, which is an important part of any balanced dog diet. The fatty acids in eggs offer numerous health benefits, including an improvement in skin and coat health. Eggs can reduce flaky, dry skin and increase the shine in your dog's coat.

    Feeding Eggs

    Dogs can eat raw eggs, including the shell. Simply crack an egg in your dog's bowl and crumble up the shell. Dogs have a significantly lower risk of e. coli and salmonella because of their short, reduced digestive tracts. If you're concerned about feeding raw eggs, try giving your dog hard-boiled eggs chopped into bite-sized pieces or scrambled eggs without butter or cheese.

    Precautions

    Dogs with cancer, infections and other serious health problems should not eat raw eggs, as their immune system may be weaker. Eggs are high in fat, so overweight dogs should only get eggs every week or so. While eggs are a healthy part of a dog's diet, they should not be your dog's primary source of nutrition. Feed eggs a few times a week along with high-quality prepackaged foods or meat-based diets.

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    About the Author

    Brenna Davis is a professional writer who covers parenting, pets, health and legal topics. Her articles have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as on websites. She is a court-appointed special advocate and is certified in crisis counseling and child and infant nutrition. She holds degrees in developmental psychology and philosophy from Georgia State University.

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