Eggs are one of nature’s most wonderful little power houses of nutrition, both for us and our beloved pets.
Whether it be chicken, quail or even duck, eggs are packed full of bioavailable nutrition, such as;
You might notice and recognize some of these nutrients as supplements, and you would be absolutely correct- that’s how nutrient dense eggs are!
Now that being said, not all eggs are created equal, and I would know, being a farmer myself. When you buy eggs that are from say, chickens who are kept indoors 24/7, caged and stressed, you better believe that will transfer to the egg, same goes with feed. If the chickens are fed a GMO and pesticide laden feed, then the pesticides will make its way to the egg.
Similarly with us, a pregnant woman has to be very mindful the moment she finds out that she is pregnant, what products, herbs, and even essential oils she can topically use or not, because it will make its way to the baby.
You’re going to want to look for eggs that came from ‘happy’ chickens, who are free to roam and range, and this is where most people I find don’t ask- but ask the farmer what they feed the birds, whether its chickens, quail, or duck and geese- it will make all the difference in the world.
Everyone advertises ‘Farm Fresh Eggs’, and yes of course, every egg comes from a farm (there are no city eggs), but how the chickens are raised, and what they are raised on should be on every egg buyers’ mind.
How to feed/prepare eggs to your pets:
Now, You can feed eggs to your pets a number of ways, the best way of course is raw, but if your pet can’t tolerate raw eggs, then the next method is to lightly cook it, where the egg is still a bit liquid or raw-like, not solid all the way. Poaching is also a good way to feed eggs to your dogs and cats. Make sure though, that however you do feed eggs, to keep the yolk whole, as that is the best way to keep the nutrients intact, scrambling will alter and deteriorate the nutrient profile of the egg.
Also, be sure to be mindful of calories, when you do treat your pet to a fresh egg, be sure to cut back on their regular food a bit, as to not overfeed. The average range to feed your pet an egg is 1-3x/week, of course this is a guideline, and you should ultimately do what works best for your pet.
Don’t forget about the shells!
They are packed with bioavailable minerals and other nutritious components you won’t want your pet to miss out on!
Lucy is an avid pet mom; with dogs, cats, goats and horses to keep her busy! All of her pet 'kids' are fed a species appropriate diet with proper supplementation so she can watch them thrive. Her expertise and experience lie in nutraceutical supplementation and is a health advocate for proper diet and nutrition. Her other passions in life are schutzhund and equestrian riding.