Can Poodles Eat Eggs?
Knowing which kinds of foods to feed our pets and how to do it safely is very important. I imagine that most of us don’t just put anything labeled ‘food’ in our mouths without knowing its safe – so why should pets?
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So, can poodles eat eggs? Yes. PoodlesOpens in a new tab. can eat eggs. Eggs are a safe and complete source of nutrition for your poodleOpens in a new tab.. Some of the concerns that people have about eggs include the risk of salmonella and the risk of biotin deficiency. Feeding your poodle eggs the proper way will protect against these risks.
This article will address your concerns about feeding eggs to your poodle and also show you how to do it and, definitely, how not to do it.
But first, the awesome benefits of eggs for your poodle.
Eggs are Good for Poodles because…
Eggs are harmless for your dog, provided that they are cooked and fed in moderation. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to give boiled or scrambled eggs to your canine friend. The following are some nutritional benefits of eggs for poodles.
Eggs Contain Vitamins
Vitamins are an essential nutrient in a dog’s diet and eggs are a great source of several vitamins. Some of the most useful vitamins that are present in eggs are listed below.
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Vitamins boost your dog’s immune system, aid in growth, and even improve skin and coat. You can’t go wrong with giving your poodle one cooked egg a day.
Eggs have Fatty Acids
Fat is not always a bad thing as dogs need good fatty acids to prevent several problems. Egg yolk is full of these fatty acids that are used to keep your dog’s body cells in peak condition. Fatty acids act as a delivery system for fat-soluble vitamins and transport them throughout the body.
Eggs are Full of Minerals
Just like vitamins, minerals are a core component of a poodle’s meal. Dogs require several minerals (in different quantities) to stay healthy. Minerals, like copper, zinc, and manganese, are needed in small amounts while calcium, sodium, and magnesium are required in larger amounts.
Egg whites contain almost all the minerals your Poodle needs. In addition to that, eggshells are a great source of calcium. For this reason, some people like to feed their canines eggshells.
Eggs can be bad for your poodle in the following ways:
Again, uncooked or raw eggs fed directly to poodleOpens in a new tab.s can cause a salmonella infection, especially if the immunity of your poodle is not yet properly built up.
Salmonella infection is essentially a bacterial infection that can cause among other things, digestive problems like diarrhea, fever, and exhaustion for your poodle.
Solution: Cooked is best for your poodle- hardboiled, scrambled, or sunny-side up. Cooking kills the salmonella bacteria in raw eggs. Also, feeding cooked eggs instead of raw eggs will save you the pain of trying to brush out a dried raw egg from your poodle’s furry face.
Egg whites binding biotin
Raw egg whites have a nutrient called avidin that has been shown to bind the B vitamin called biotin. The result is that your poodle cannot use the biotin – which he needs for digestion, growth, and muscle formation.
Solution: Even though egg yolks contain substantial amounts of biotin that can make up for the egg whites’ problem, it is best to cook the eggs rather than feed them raw. Better safe than sorry.
This one needs little explanation. All food, human or animal, is best consumed with moderation.
Some poodlesOpens in a new tab. may have egg allergies. You may notice these through symptoms like dry, itchy skin, redness, and sores. This simply means that your poodle’s immunity system is overreacting to the protein in the egg.
Solution: If you’re feeding him chickenOpens in a new tab. eggs, consider switching to duck eggs, or even better, quail eggs. Quail eggs have lesser protein content out of all three kinds of eggs and could be more appropriate to your poodle. Also, check-in with your veterinarian on the right amount for your poodle.
How many eggs are too many eggs for poodles?
For starters, more than a full egg is too much for a poodle. Several eggs a week is okay. Usually, poodles are different and you will need to identify the limits for your poodle.
Start with one egg a day and then watch out for any evidence of digestive upset. If you see it, cut back on the eggs at that point. A quail egg is perfectly sized for young poodles and it will not cause harm to poodles with allergies.
How to Prepare Eggs for your Poodle
After preparing your scrambled egg, you can serve it entirely as a fun snack – topped on your poodle’s normal meal or as a fun snack. Alternatively, you can serve bits of the scrambled egg as training treats to your poodle’s delight!
Slice and dice the egg into small pieces and feed them to your poodle after they have properly cooled. Alternatively, you can serve the egg whole – just crack the shell all over by tapping gently against a countertop.
This method is good since your poodle eats the egg with the shell; the eggshell is a source of calcium which will help with strong teeth and bones formation. Therefore, eggshells are very beneficial for poodles that have a hard time chewing on bones.
You can dry eggshells to serve later with eggs or other treats. After they have properly dried, grind them into powder in a clean coffee grinder.
Keep the ground shells in bulk. This will save you from the hassle of having to grind the eggshells every day especially since they have to dry first. Then, you can sprinkle a teaspoon of the eggshell powder (which is approximately one eggshell in powder form) on your poodle’s meal for that calcium boost.
Salt or no salt?
When preparing a scrambled egg, it is best to avoid adding seasoning with salt. We know that a little seasoning can elevate a meal – and it’s certainly the same for dogs of all kinds. For example, salt can make homemade dog meals delicious for them.
Therefore, you may be tempted to add just a little salt to the scrambled egg. But don’t. It is better to avoid giving your poodle a taste for salted scrambled egg and then deny him his salted treat when his body doesn’t agree with the salt.
Salty treats can make your poodle considerably thirsty. Too much salt can cause a host of health problems, such as diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures, and fevers.
So, a salty treat could not be worth all the trouble. Cook the seasoning without salt and serve it unseasoned – it’s still delicious.
Therefore, to conclude, eggs are good for your poodle. They are rich in nutrients and are good training treats. Serve them well – cooked and with moderation – to avoid the associated risks of biotin deficiency and salmonella infection.