Eggs are known as a wonderful source of nutrients, but is it safe for Labradoodles to eat them as we do? We try so many different food combinations for our Labradoodles because we want them to be healthy and receiving all the vitamins and minerals they need!
Can Labradoodles eat eggs? Labradoodles can eat eggs if they are fully cooked and with no additives, butter, salt, or oil. Raw eggs can potentially spread salmonella. Labradoodles shouldn’t eat more than one egg a day as the general recommendation.
Food is a Labradoodles’ fuel for the day and the foundation of health throughout their lives. What we give them needs to be safe and beneficial or else it’s not doing them any good. It’s a popular thing to give pointers eggs as treats and rewards, but it’s important to know all the facts and risk factors before making it a common occurrence.
Giving Labradoodles Eggs
Eggs are a popular food to give to dogs because of their high protein, amino acid, and fatty acid content. This is excellent news for owners of the powerful and energetic Labradoodle.
Labradoodles and other dogs, in general, can eat eggs; but, make sure that they are cooked fully beforehand to destroy any harmful pathogens.
There is always a risk that your Labradoodle can be allergic to any food you feed them, so make sure to check with your veterinarian before feeding your Doodle any new foods.
You should also monitor them to make sure no reactions occur, just to be sure.
Labradoodles are suckers for every food that’s given to them as a treat. They are a breed that spends a lot of time in training, and the way they respond the best is by food rewards. Eggs can be an excellent treat during these times because they are not only nutritional but also delicious as well!
A good rule of thumb regarding treats is that they shouldn’t account for more than 10% of your Doodles’ entire diet. And this also includes eggs as well. Again, this is something you should discuss with your veterinarian to make sure your Labradoodle is getting everything it will need.
You must remember that dogs will react very differently to foods than we humans will. Their bodies will process things in a different manner than us and can handle some things better than others.
It’s important to remember that most high-quality dog foods made with natural ingredients should be more than enough to fulfill all the nutritional needs of your Doodle. If you have any concerns about this, contact your veterinarian and they will be able to give you advice and recommend supplements.
Eggs should mainly be given as a treat or reward. You should not feed your Labradoodle more than one egg each day.
Your veterinarian will also be able to give you advice on the amount that’s best for your Labradoodle. Making sure you get any professional help and advice when it comes to your Doodle will go a long way in ensuring that they stay happy, healthy and strong.
Raw Eggs for Labradoodles
There is an ongoing debate in the dog community on whether or not it’s a good idea to feed your dog raw food including raw eggs. One of the arguments is that dogs used to live entirely of raw food constantly. And most of these canines were natural hunters and would catch food and eat it without worrying about diseases.
But the times have changed, and there are a lot more additives in the things we consume these days, so the safest be is to cook everything given to dogs.
On the subject of feeding dogs and cats “animal-source proteins” as they called them, The American Veterinary Medical Association had this to say :
“Cats and dogs may develop foodborne illness after being fed animal-source protein contaminated with [Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridium, E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, or enterotoxigenic Staphylococcus aureus] if adequate steps are not taken to eliminate pathogens.”American Veterinary Medical Association
Included in their list of foods that constituted risky raw animal-sourced proteins are beef, poultry, fish, other meat from domesticated or wild animals, milk, and eggs.
As regular consumers of eggs, we know that we can potentially contract salmonella from eating it raw instead of cooking it fully. The same is the case for Labradoodles.
There is always a risk that dangerous bacteria can be given to your Labradoodle when they eat raw eggs.
And while dogs are a bit more tolerant against harmful bacteria than we are, your safest bet is to just to avoid the risk at all costs. The best and easiest way to eliminate this pathogen is to cook the eggs sufficiently. Typically, this is achieved when the internal temperature of the egg reaches anywhere from 150-158 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cooked Eggs for Labradoodles
Cooking eggs fully is the safest method of feeding them to your Labradoodle. They can be prepared in the same way you would prepare them for yourself:
The only condition is that you should avoid using any additives when cooking the eggs. Things that you should avoid includes:
- Other spices and seasonings
Eggs for your Labradoodle should be cooked without anything else. Your dog won’t care if the egg is just plain, that’s how they are used to eating and they’ll be excited just by getting anything. Additives can be very harmful to your Doodle and shouldn’t be added or given to them in anything they eat.
A lot of people suggest that you look for organic, free-range chicken eggs if you’re going to be feeding them to your Doodle regularly. These eggs supposedly have fewer additives.
Cooked eggs can be given as a treat or reward in training. It’s best practice not to attempt to supplement parts of your Labradoodles’ diet with eggs. Discuss this with a vet just to be safe.
There are a few benefits associated with cooked eggs. They are rich with protein and they contain some beneficial vitamins. Cooked eggs also can occasionally help to settle a dog’s upset stomach.
One of the best parts about using cooked eggs as a treat is that they are quite cheap to get! Of course, the organic, free-range eggs will be a little more expensive, but it’s not at the level of more commercial dog treats.
There are a few potential risks when it comes to Labradoodles eating cooked eggs.
While it’s quite uncommon, dogs can be allergic to eggs. The safest thing to do is to discuss it with your veterinarian before feeding your Labradoodle eggs. Veterinarians can test your dog and give you a warning or recommendations when it comes to your specific Doodle consuming eggs.
There are also those that worry about possible biotin deficiencies in dogs because of the presence of avidin in egg whites; however, egg yolks are packed with biotin, and a deficiency is only really something to worry about if you consistently feed your dog only the egg whites for a significant period of time.
Another worry that some dog owners have is that if their furry friend might develop high cholesterol from eating too many eggs. Purina’s Senior Nutritionist, Jan Dempsey, had this to say about dogs, eggs, and cholesterol.
Cholesterol doesn’t have the same effect in dogs as it is does in humans, and dogs don’t get to the same cholesterol-related diseases as humans.Purina.com
You don’t have to worry about having to separate the yolks from your dog’s eggs to ensure they won’t develop high cholesterol. Allowing your Labradoodle to have eggs in strict moderation following the “treat rule” I mentioned above will be more than enough to keep them safe.
But as stated before, problems can always happen, and you should check with your vet before making any changes in your dog’s diet.
Another risk that is a bit contrary to what I mentioned in the benefits section of this post is that eggs can also once in a while cause upset stomachs in a dog. It will change from dog to dog and is just something you’ll have to look out for. If the eggs are upsetting your dog’s stomach, you should stop feeding them eggs immediately and contact your veterinarian.
This is more of a downside than a risk, but some people do think that cooking eggs get rid of some of the parts that are the most nutritionally beneficial. This is really only an issue if you’re expecting that the eggs will be a good supplement for parts of your Labradoodles’ diet.
Many wonder whether they should feed their Labradoodle eggshells or not when giving their pup a boiled egg. Eggshells are loaded with calcium and phosphorous, and can occasionally be given to dogs whole or ground up and sprinkled over their food.
The dangers associated with this method is that there is a choking hazard or potential damage being caused by big pieces that end up being swallowed. A lot of owners like to give their Labradoodles eggshells because they are so rich with calcium and phosphorous, but experts agree that there are better ways to supplement your Labradoodles’ diet than giving them eggshells constantly.
And as always, remember to ask your veterinarian if you are worried that your Labradoodle is deficient in any important nutrients. They will be able to test them and make an educated decision on the best course of action for your own Labradoodle.
Generally speaking, the absolute best thing you can give your Labradoodle is a rich and balanced diet, and this can sometimes be quite hard if you just buy the cheapest dry food you can find in your local store.
You should really consider looking into a personalized diet for your pup, as they deliver some of the highest quality food available.
We’ve been using Ollie | Healthier Food for a Healthier Dog for a few years now, and my dog has never felt better.
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