Many dog owners have found that eggs can help dogs with diarrhea. Eggs are bland and easily digested because they are full of protein. This means that eggs, well cooked, can help settle a dog’s upset stomach.
The rest of this article will look at the benefits of feeding eggs to your pet dog when they have diarrhea, and what to be aware of when we are preparing him that eggy dinner.
Table of Contents
- What’s so great about eggs for dogs?
- What should you be aware of when feeding eggs to your dog for diarrhea?
- What is the best way to prepare eggs for your faithful friend?
- If your dog has diarrhea, should you give him raw eggs?
- So, what do I need to remember when feeding eggs to my dog?
What’s so great about eggs for dogs?
There are some very specific reasons why eggs are so useful for dogs who are suffering from diarrhea.
- Eggs are bland.
- Eggs are easily digested.
- Eggs are rich in easily digestible proteins.
- They are gentle on the digestive system.
- They contain essential fatty and amino acids.
What should you be aware of when feeding eggs to your dog for diarrhea?
There is a lot of information available about the use of eggs for dogs with diarrhea, but not all of it in agreement. However, there are some useful pieces of common-sense advice that everyone seems to agree on:
Diarrhea in dogs can be a symptom of something more serious.
Informed advice is always best. Consult your veterinarian if the symptoms of diarrhea in your dog are not improving. Even if the diarrhea is caused by something normal, it is always best to be safe.
There is no cure for diarrhea in dogs.
Feeding eggs to your dog is not a cure. Rather, eggs can be a good way to help your dog get through a bout of diarrhea by providing nutrition in a way that is easily digested and soothing for the digestive system. In other words, eggs can ease the symptoms, but not cure the problem.
There is no proven research on the successful use of eggs to help dogs with diarrhea.
Dog owners and dog lovers record and regularly share pet problems, experiences, and solutions online. There is a wealth of information out there. Giving eggs to dogs who have diarrhea seems to have consistently favourable results.
Like all things, though, proceed with care, and be sure to offer only a small amount of cooked egg at a time. Then proceed slowly if all goes well.
Your dog may never have had eggs before.
If this is the case, proceed with caution. Egg yolks have a high fat content. Your dog may not be used to this. (Egg whites contain no fat at all – but they do contain protein.) He also may not want to try anything new when he is not well anyway.
Finally, it is possible for dogs to experience an allergic reaction to eggs, and this is the last thing you want them to suffer when they also have diarrhea.
Your dog may simply just not like eggs!
In this case, put the eggs away and try something else. There are many useful websites with articles, recipes and general information to help you make your dog more comfortable when he or she has diarrhea.
What is the best way to prepare eggs for your faithful friend?
The consensus seems to be that scrambled eggs are best but absolutely must be prepared without oil or butter because both of these can make your dog’s diarrhea worse.
Also, leave out the salt. Your dog does not need extra sodium. Avoid herbs and spices, too, as these are simply unnecessary, many are unnatural for dogs, and some are just not good for your dog anyway.
These “extras” are meant for eggs that have been prepared for humans, and things like onion and garlic, for example, can be quite toxic for dogs.
Some dog owners have given boiled eggs to their dog when he or she has diarrhea, and the results have been good. Always make sure the yolk and egg white are cooked till firm. Remove the eggshell, mash the egg, and again, don’t add salt.
Whichever way you prepare the eggs, feed them half an egg at a time. Even if your dog enjoys this, wait half an hour before offering the other half, and check her for any signs of discomfort or distress, or other abnormal reactions.
If your dog has diarrhea, should you give him raw eggs?
This is one thing that is consistently agreed upon: do not give your dog raw eggs when they have diarrhea. This is because, unlike scrambled eggs, raw eggs are not easily digestible.
The large protein compounds in raw eggs are hard to separate from each other, and it is the heat (used during scrambling or boiling) that breaks the protein compound bonds and makes them more digestible.
The thing about giving raw eggs to dogs is that it is highly recommended that we just don’t do it at all. Unfortunately, it is possible for dogs to contract a bacterial infection known as Salmonella from raw eggs, and this is something that as well as being quite dangerous, also causes diarrhea.
And although some foods can lose nutrients through cooking, the proteins in eggs remains intact.
So, what do I need to remember when feeding eggs to my dog?
- Eggs are fine for dogs with diarrhea – just make sure you cook them thoroughly.
- Don’t add anything to boost the flavour.
- Avoid adding any spices
- Avoid using oil, butter or milk to cook the eggs.
- Don’t add salt.
- Mash the eggs if they’ve been hard-boiled.
- Only give a small amount at a time
- Monitor your pet, and if you’re worried, call your vet!
Unfortunately, dogs do get diarrhea – but it is possible to give them some relief. Feeding eggs to your dog for diarrhea can give your dog’s digestive system a much needed rest while also supplying valuable proteins and general nutrition. Remember, though, to prepare the eggs so they are suitable for a dog: that means keeping the egg plain. He won’t thank you for fancy cooking, and neither will his digestive system. No spices or salt should be added to the eggs.