As a husky owner, I want to be conscientious of what I am feeding my dog to ensure they are getting the proper nutrition. I wanted to know whether I could feed my husky eggs. So, I did some research.
Can Huskies eat eggs?
Can Huskies eat eggs? Huskies can eat eggs, and they can be a great source of protein for them. However, eggs should never be served to Huskies after being seasoned with spices. Additionally, if Huskies have pancreatitis or diabetes, eggs could be bad for them. Consult with a veterinarian for specific Husky dietary concerns.
As you can see, eggs are good, even great, for Huskies! As you keep reading, you’ll learn other ways you can prepare eggs for your Husky and ways you shouldn’t serve them eggs.
The Good Stuff in Eggs
Eggs are a great source of protein, which is essential for dogs. They have a bunch of vitamins that humans and dogs need in order to stay healthy and happy, such as:
- Vitamin D – promotes bone growth
- Riboflavin – helps metabolism
- Selenium – an antioxidant that protects the body from any harmful radicals
- Vitamin B12 – keeps nerve and blood cells healthy
- Iron – Makes red blood cells
- Folate – if you haven’t heard this before, you’ve probably heard of folic acid (as they are pretty similar). Promotes healthy cell growth
- Vitamin A – helps organs and immune system work properly
Ways You Can Serve Eggs
What are some good ways that you can feed Huskies eggs?
Scrambling eggs is the easiest and simplest way to serve eggs, and your dog will love it! You can also cook them sunny side up. As a side, you could feed them a piece of bread, a piece of meat, or some vegetables.
You can also hard-boil eggs. It could be a cleaner and quicker treat for your dog since it retains its small egg-shaped size.
You could also crack an egg or serve the eggs over your dog’s meal.
You could get creative and cook recipes for your dogs, such as omelets (which you could mix vegetables in), or you can attempt to make homemade dog food with eggs mixed in.
Eggs can be used as treats during dog training. Boil eggs, separate the egg whites from the yolk and chop up the egg whites into small pieces to give as a reward. As for the yolk, you could either use that as a reward or save it for their dinner.
Are raw eggs safe for dogs to eat? There’s one side that says, “NO, NO, NO!” and another side that says, “Yes, they’ll be fine.” What is the general verdict?
Raw eggs can be safe for your dog, but it doesn’t come without some risk.
Yes, raw eggs still provide the same nutrients and high level of protein that a dog needs in their diet. In fact, cooking food (eggs in this case) alters and destroys amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
If you serve your dog a raw egg from time to time, you shouldn’t run into any problems.
But… it’s like a game of Russian Roulette. If you happen to come across a bad egg, you run the risk of your dog contracting salmonella and E. coli, which can cause food poisoning. The risk is very low, but there’s still a risk.
When it comes down to it, if you’re interested in feeding your dog raw eggs or if you have any questions, talk to your vet.
Eggshells: Are They Safe?
Eggshells are another debate on if they’re safe to consume. You might be thinking, “Well, humans don’t eat them, so it’s obvious that dogs should either.” But eggshells are an excellent source of calcium.
Eggshells can be fed to dogs. If you want to, you could grind eggshells into a very fine powder and sprinkle them in your dog’s food. You could also feed whole hard-boiled eggs with the shell still on, and your dog would be fine.
Forget the Spices
I love sprinkling salt, pepper, and some paprika on my eggs before I eat them. But for Huskies, it’s better to leave the spices on the rack and give them plain eggs. These spices may taste good, but they can be pretty bad for your pup, and too much sodium can have harmful consequences.
If you like to cook your eggs with onions, it’s ESPECIALLY important you leave them out of your dog’s eggs; onions are very toxic for canines.
Eggs and Upset Stomachs
If your dog is prone to having an upset stomach, I understand that you want to be careful to not feed them something that can trigger it.
Well, rest assured, eggs are really good for a dog’s digestive system, so eggs are safe for dogs with upset stomachs. In fact, eggs help with upset stomachs. I’d recommend cooked raw eggs over raw eggs since cooking makes the protein easier to digest.
I’ve talked about the risk of salmonella and food poisoning from feeding your dog raw eggs, but even cooked eggs can cause issues.
It can be healthy to implement eggs into your dog’s diet but letting it completely overtake it can cause some negative side effects.
Feeding your dog TOO many eggs can result in biotin deficiency. Biotin is an important vitamin that supports healthy skin, metabolism, cells, and digestion. Egg whites have an enzyme that prevents the absorption of biotin in the body.
An ironic fact is egg whites inhibit biotin, but the egg yolk is very high in biotin. As long as you feed your dog the entire egg, you shouldn’t be too worried.
Another side effect of eating too many eggs is gas and possibly diarrhea.
Remember that eggs are densely caloric. Feeding them too many could cause them to consume more calories than they need, resulting in weight gain and potentially obesity, and that can result in many other health issues.
How Much/How Often You Should Serve Eggs?
Like all foods, eggs should be fed in moderation. The average dog should be completely fine with several eggs a week- it’s even safe to feed them one every day.
If, however, eggs happen to cause digestive upset, then reduce how often you give it to them or just remove them from their diet.
When NOT to Feed Your Dog Eggs
Most of the time, your dog should be able to eat eggs without any concerns. However, there are some conditions where eggs should be restricted from a dog’s diet.
If your Husky has acute pancreatitis, eggs can still be fed to them, but only small amounts. Eggs are high in fat, which is something that a dog with this condition should stay away from.
If your Husky has diabetes, then eggs should also be reduced in how often you feed them. Along with fat, eggs are also high in cholesterol- one large egg contains almost 200 mg.
Can I feed my Husky eggs when they’re sick?
Eggs are great food for dogs when they’re feeling ill. It’s a good source of protein and it’s highly digestible. Start with very small amounts at first to make sure they keep it down, and if they do, you can increase the quantity.
Can I feed my Husky duck eggs instead of chicken eggs?
Duck eggs are healthy, if not healthier than chicken eggs. Duck eggs stay fresher longer, have twice the nutritional value as chicken eggs, and they are higher in protein. If your dog is allergic to chicken eggs or they just don’t like them, you should definitely see how they feel about duck eggs.