Many dog owners swear that adding raw eggs to their dogís diet helps to keep their dogís coat looking shinier. Though everyone has heard the warnings against people eating raw eggs due to the increased chances of contracting Salmonella poisoning, many dog owners are unsure of whether these same warnings apply to dogs.
Well, the truth is, there is much debate on both sides of the matter. Some people claim that raw eggs are dangerous because they may contain Salmonella bacteria which can lead to Salmonella poisoning in dogs, just like in humans. Other people say raw eggs are completely safe to feed to a dog because dogs don’t get Salmonella poisoning due to their shorter digestive tracts.
With the debate still ongoing, some pet owners wish to avoid any risks of Salmonella poisoning and choose to scramble the eggs before feeding them to their dog. Most dogs are happy to eat scrambled eggs and many dog owners agree that adding cooked eggs to their dog’s diet is just as effective at giving their dog a shinier coat.
Regardless of if you plan to cook the eggs or not, many people recommend that you wash the eggs before breaking them. Washing an egg’s shell is thought to greatly reduce the chances of Salmonella contamination, making the egg safer for both raw and cooked consumption by dogs.
The other debate over feeding raw eggs to a dog is whether you should mix the raw eggs into the dog’s kibble or feed it the eggs at a separate time. People are also split on the answer to this question, with many dog owners claiming that mixing the eggs right into the kibble is the way to go. Others, however, say that mixing the two foods can hinder the dogís digestion and should be avoided.
Unfortunately, no one seems to agree about whether or not raw eggs are safe for dogs to consume. If you would rather not take the chance of your dog contracting Salmonella poisoning, then you should only feed your dog cooked eggs. At the very least, be sure to wash the outside of any eggs before feeding them – cooked or raw – to your dog.