We know eggs are a great digestible protein source, but is it the same when we feed to our German Shepherd? It would be great to feed eggs to our pets, considering it’s highly nutritious, proteinaceous, and good for bones. But is it really safe? And what are the dos and don’ts we need to take care of while feeding it? How many times can you feed them eggs and in what quantity, in what manner? Keep reading to find out!
Can you feed eggs to German Shepherd?
Yes, you can feed eggs to our German Shepherd. Raw and cooked, both eggs can be fed; however, try not to give raw ones in abundance. Raw eggs are a bit risky and not very advisable because the dogs are more likely at the risk of getting salmonella and E-coli, just like humans. Uncooked or undercut eggs contain harmful bacteria that can negatively affect health.
Is eating egg beneficial to German Shepherd?
It’s always a good idea to add eggs to the diet. They are nutritious, inexpensive, and rich in minerals, vitamins, selenium, and iron. This includes vitamin A(retinol), B2(riboflavin), B9(folate), and B12(cobalamin). Eggs are a better choice if you want to provide nutrition to your dog rather than canned products. Those are added with artificial preservatives and are not as nutritious as eggs.
What are the benefits of feeding eggs to German Shepherd?
Eggs are very rich in various vitamins, providing different kinds of benefits. Let’s understand how vitamins contribute to the dog’s health-
Vitamin A: Vitamin A is excellent for the growth of German Shepherd and their eyesight. It enhances the night vision of dogs over time. It also helps in keeping their coat shiny and full of life.
Riboflavin: Riboflavin creates antibodies when combined with other minerals. It helps fight illness and acts as an immunity booster in German Shepherd. Riboflavin also improves the lining of the dog’s intestine and helps in the iron absorption in the dog’s body. Lastly, it helps the German Shepherd metabolize fats, amino acids, proteins, and carbs and turn them into energy.
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 supplies an ample amount of cobalamin in the dog’s body, essential for the dog’s wellness and good health. It not only helps maintain the normal functioning of the spinal cord and brain but also helps in reducing the chance of lethargy. Also, it helps with lack of appetite and depression.
Iron: Iron is beneficial in producing red blood cells and hemoglobin. It is essential to carry oxygen around the German Shepherd’s body and help provide extra energy. Again, it helps in regulating enzyme functions and temperature of the German Shepherd’s body.
Folate helps maintain old cells, produce new cells, and reduce cancer chances in a German Shepherd. It also helps in the development of puppies in the womb.
Selenium: Selenium prevents cell damage. It does oxidization and promotes healthier joints, excellent coats, and good skin. It also contributes to the improvement of thyroid and pancreatic function and lesser chances of hip dysplasia.
Fatty acid: Fatty acid is responsible for promoting cell growth and improving the immune system of the German Shepherd.
How many eggs can you feed your German Shepherd?
It’s best to give them 4-7 eggs in a week and not more than that. It is not recommended to give too many eggs at once. As it can lead to biotin deficiency, stomach upset, and weight gain in the long run. Biotin deficiency can lead to slow metabolism, poor digestion, and bad skin health. In raw eggs, the avidin content of egg white is what leads to poor biotin absorption. On the contrary, egg yolks are biotin-rich so that one can give them whole cooked eggs.
You need to be careful while purchasing the eggs. Make sure that the eggs are free-range and organic. To ensure this, one must buy them from trustworthy sources.
How to prepare eggs for German Shepherd?
Eggs can be given in a variety of ways to a German Shepherd. Recommended is if given in small doses to the pups as the nutrient value is quite high. A few other ways of preparing and feeding eggs to German Shepherd are as follows.
● Eggs can be given in a scrambled form.
● Eggs can be boiled and given, but make sure that salt is not added to the water while boiling.
● Fried egg without using oil or butter can also be given.
● Only egg white of two eggs can be given if one wants their German Shepherd to lose weight. You can add meat broth to it if you want to make it tastier!
● If confused, you can provide a bit of both; a raw yolk and a cooked egg white together. This will give abundant nutrients and reduce the chance of falling sick.
So yes, the eggs are safe for German Shepherd. But we should follow specific protocols that are much needed, like purchasing eggs from a reliable source and storing them in a cool, dry place or refrigerator. You can also consult a veterinarian to plan a perfectly well-balanced diet for the German Shepherd, ensuring its proper growth and good health.