Eggs are very nutritious to us humans and we can them in a variety of ways, such as scrambled, poached, sunny-side up or boiled amongst other ways. It would not be a surprise if we consider offering some delicious eggs to our dog.
So, can dachshunds eat eggs? Yes, Dachshunds can eat eggs. Eggs are very beneficial to dachshunds as they are a great source of vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
With that piece of information now established, you may be wondering what the benefits and risks of feeding eggs to your dachshund are. Well, I have done my research and I will be explaining them below.
Why are Eggs good for my Dachshunds?
Eggs are usually easy to find in every household as we humans eat them for their health benefits. Well, eggs are equally beneficial to dogs as and I will be listing all the various benefits eggs can have in your dachshund’s diet.
Eggs are a great source of protein that is necessary for the repairing of body tissues such as the muscles. They help in the healthy growth of your dachshund.
Eggs are also great for improving and boosting the immune system of a dachshund, as they contain amazing amounts of vitamin A, B-12 and selenium.
The Omega-3 acid found in eggs can help improve your dog’s physical appearance as they are important for skin tissue repair and would make your dachshund’s fur look good. It is also vital in the development of your dachshund’s brain function as well.
When your dachshund plays, it uses up its energy storage and this is where the energy creating function of the protein found in eggs comes to play as it replaces the spent energy.
The yoke of a medium-sized egg contains 0.9mcg of Vitamin D, which is an essential vitamin for bone development and low levels of it could lead to weak and brittle bones in your dachshund.
What are the Risks Involved
With everything amazing about eggs, there are few things you should look out for when feeding eggs to your dachshund.
A medium-sized egg contains roughly 4.2g of fat, with 1.4g of that being saturated. With this in mind, you have to be wary of overfeeding eggs to your dachshund as this may result in obesity.
In 2014, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention carried out a survey that revealed that more than half of all dogs are obese. The age of the dog can also be a factor as older dachshunds are less active than their younger counterparts.
Obesity in dogs has been linked to some serious health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory issues and osteoarthritis amongst other issues.
A way to prevent this is to avoid feeding your dachshund too much egg. Limiting how often its included in its diet.
Another issue eggs would create is making your dachshund pass gas more often than usual. The more eggs you feed them, the more they fart, that simple.
This would constitute more of a public nuisance than a health hazard.
Eggs you can feed your Dachshund
It would be a mistake to just serve dachshund eggs you made for breakfast. Seasoning, such as salt and pepper, we often include in our eggs could be hazardous to dogs and I will be listing out some more herbs and spices to never add in eggs you intend to offer to your dachshund later in this post.
Let’s take a look at some safe and not so safe variants of eggs you can feed to your dachshund:
|Hard-Boiled Eggs||Soft Boiled Eggs|
|Plain Omelette||Spiced and Stuffed Omelette|
|Plain Hard Scrambled Eggs||Seasoned Scrambled Eggs|
Things you should NEVER add to Eggs you feed your Dachshund
It is general knowledge that most humans don’t enjoy plain and unseasoned eggs and over the years we have gotten prolific in the kitchen by wiping up different tasting egg dishes with the introduction of herbs, spices and other forms of seasoning.
It is important to take into consideration the fact that humans process food differently from dogs, so without further ado, here are things you should never add to eggs you intend feeding your dachshund:
Onion: Onion is harmful to dogs, whether in raw or powdered form. They contain a dangerous and toxic compound that damages a dog’s red blood cells, reducing their ability to carry oxygen through the body and resulting in anaemia.
Salt: Salt, when consumed in large quantities can lead to dehydration, seizures, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Tomato: When tomatoes are consumed in large quantities, your dachshund may experience nausea, difficulty breathing, abnormal heart rate and muscle weakness. Unripe tomatoes are especially dangerous to dogs as they contain little amounts of tomatine, a toxic glycoalkaloid, that is harmful to dogs.
Garlic: Garlic, just like an onion, is dangerous to dogs. It contains a toxic compound called thiosulfates. This can cause diarrhoea and vomiting when ingested.
Things you CAN add to Eggs you feed your Dachshund
Alright, what if you want to spoil your dachshund and a simple, plain egg would not just cut it. Well, I will be listing some healthy alternatives to stuff your egg with.
Here are some items you can stuff the omelette with or add to your scrambled egg:
Boneless/Deboned Chicken: Chicken is a great source of protein and is added in most major commercial dog food. You can stuff your omelette with cooked and unseasoned shredded chicken.
It is important to remove the chicken bone because the cooked chicken bone is brittle and can be dangerous to your dachshund.
Beef: Including unseasoned, cooked beef to the eggs is a healthy alternative to chicken as it too is very rich in protein, nutrients and low in carbs.
Pork: Adding well cooked, unseasoned pork to your egg can be a great way to boost the protein and fat content of the meal. This would be a great option to help your dog put on some weight if necessary.
Carrots: Carrots are a great source of nutrients and vitamins, they make a great snack when not being added to eggs. When offering carrots as a snack, ensure it is chopped in small bits to avoid choking hazards.
Green Peas: Adding frozen or fresh green peas to the egg mix can be a great option as they are a great source of vitamins and nutrients. Never use canned peas because those are salted.
Mushrooms: Including store-bought mushrooms and never wild mushroom can be a great way to garnish the eggs you feed your dachshund.
Can I feed my Dachshund Eggs Every Day?
Eggs, just like treats, should be fed sparingly, with not more than a medium-sized egg per day.
Feeding your dachshund more than one egg could have its disadvantages as previously listed above, such as obesity, which can lead to other serious health issues like diabetes amongst other things.
Are Eggshells Safe for Dogs?
Eggshells are a great source of calcium and protein for dogs, even though humans do not eat eggshells, evidence has shown that eggshells are very beneficial to dogs as they help with making the bones and teeth stronger.
Although researchers haven’t found evidence that salmonella poisoning is caused by eggshells, you can boil the eggshells for extra safety.
Grinding dried eggshells and sprinkling half a teaspoon into your dog’s food can be a great way to boost their calcium and protein content.
On a final note, feeding eggs to your dachshund can be a great way to bolster its health by providing those rich and necessary nutrients it requires.
Just like most things, moderation is key, so don’t feed your dachshund more than one egg a day unless otherwise instructed by your vet.