If you love eggs and know how they benefit your health, you might want to give some to your Pomeranian.
Eggs are recommended for humans, but can Pomeranians eat eggs safely?
Read on to find out:
- 3 hidden dangers (make sure to check out #3).
- If cholesterol affects dogs the same way it does humans.
- The vitamins contained in eggs and how they help your Pom.
- Whether your Pomeranian can develop an egg allergy all of a sudden.
- And much more…
Table of contents
- Can Pomeranians eat eggs?
- About dogs and eggs
- The benefits of eggs for Pomeranians
- The dangers of eggs for Poms
- Is the cholesterol in eggs bad for Pomeranians?
- How much egg should I give my Pomeranian?
- Can Pomeranians eat eggshells?
- How to serve eggs to your Pom
- Can Pomeranians eat raw eggs?
Can Pomeranians eat eggs?
Pomeranians can eat eggs but should do so in moderation. There are discussions about whether it’s okay or not to feed your Pom raw eggs. Before you give eggs to your Pom you should be aware of the benefits and possible dangers.
About dogs and eggs
Years ago, when dogs were hunting in the wild, they’d steal eggs from ground-nesting birds’ nests. This can be still seen today with domesticated dogs in some regions.
But why do dogs go after eggs – is it just because of hunger and survival instinct or is there something more to it?
Eggs are very nutritious for both dogs and cats. This applies to every part of the egg, even the shell.
Dogs in the wild eat eggs because they are a high-quality source of protein. This makes up for times when prey is difficult to find.
The benefits of eggs for Pomeranians
Eggs contain a high amount of vitamins A, B2, B12, D, and also essential minerals like calcium, iron, selenium, phosphorus, and iodine. In short, eating eggs benefits Pomeranians in several ways:
- Help upset stomachs.
- The coat becomes stronger and shiny.
- Serves as a healthy and nutritious snack.
- Helps in building muscle and repairing tissue.
Caution: As with many other ‘people’ foods that are okay for Pomeranians, moderation is key. If a Pom overeats with eggs, this can lead to obesity and other health issues.
Now let’s look at the individual components and what they do for your Pom’s well-being.
|Vitamins and minerals in eggs:||Function:|
|Vitamin A.||Supports the vision and maintains healthy skin.|
|Vitamin B12.||Helps the production of red blood cells.|
|Vitamin D.||Balances calcium levels to ensure healthy bones and joints.|
|Calcium.||Builds strong bones and teeth, helps muscle contraction, blood clotting, regulates the heartbeat, and the fluid balance within cells.|
|Iodine.||Helps the body produce thyroid hormones which regulate the body’s metabolism.|
|Iron.||Helps the gastrointestinal process, the immune system, and the body temperature.|
|Phosphorus.||Supports the formation of the bones and teeth.|
|Selenium.||Protects the cells.|
The dangers of eggs for Poms
The saying ‘Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing’ applies to giving your Pom any human food. Eggs are no exception.
#1: Upset stomach
If your Pom overeats with eggs, that can upset his stomach. Plus, he might get gas. This is short-term speaking.
But what happens if your Pomeranian eats more than the recommended and safe amount on a regular basis? This can lead to obesity.
There’s no guarantee that your Pom won’t develop a food allergy to eggs at some point in his life. Foods that are high in protein such as dairy and soy products, meat, and eggs are some of the main reasons why dogs suffer from food allergies.
The best way of treating an allergy to these foods is to simply avoid giving them to your Pom.
You can recognize is your Pom is suffering from an egg allergy by noticing any of these symptoms:
- Respiratory issues.
- Digestive problems.
Tip: After you feed a bit of egg to your Pom for the first time, keep an eye on him in the following two days to see if any of these symptoms occur.
Is the cholesterol in eggs bad for Pomeranians?
Cholesterol doesn’t affect dogs the same way it does humans. What this means for you and your Pom is that you don’t have to feed him only the egg whites.
How much egg should I give my Pomeranian?
The best way to determine the amount of egg suitable for your Pom per day is to ask your vet.
While for big dogs one egg a day could be okay, this is not the case for Pomeranians.
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Can Pomeranians eat eggshells?
Pomeranians can eat eggshells because they are good for them. Eggshells serve as a substitute for eating bones.
In the wild, dogs would eat the bones of animal carcasses and get calcium from that. A domesticated dog can be fed with crushed and grinded eggshells added to his meal.
Caution: Grinding the eggshells properly reduces the risk of your Pom choking on them.
How to serve eggs to your Pom
Caution: Before adding some egg to your Pom’s food, ask your vet if you should. Some Pomeranians could have medical conditions that can become worse if they consume eggs.
Tip: It’s best to get organic eggs to ensure you’re giving your Pom quality food.
#1: Hard-boiled egg
Pomeranians can eat hard-boiled eggs and they love it. Don’t add any salt, pepper, or other seasonings. And make sure that your Pom doesn’t overeat. It should be a snack, and not part of his main diet.
- Hard-boil an egg for around 10 minutes.
- Leave it to cool down (or put it in cold water).
- Take a teaspoon amount of it.
- Chop it and serve it into your Pom’s meal.
#2: Eggshell treat
This is a great way to ensure calcium intake.
When you’re done eating an egg, keep the shells. Before baking anything in the oven, take the eggshells and put them on a sheet of baking paper. Then leave them in the oven for 20 minutes at 190 °C/374 °F.
- Let the eggshells cool down.
- Place them in a grinder and grind them down until they become sand-like.
- Store them in a glass jar in the fridge. Put a label with the date and keep no longer than 2 weeks.
- Add 1/2 of a teaspoon amount of egg per meal once a day every few days.
More info on the benefits of eggshells for Pomeranians:
The amount of calcium in 1 teaspoon is approximately 800-1000 mg.
The eggshell membrane can be used as a dietary supplement. It’s high in proteins such as chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, and glucosamine.
It helps reduce osteoarthritis, joint pain, and stiffness.
Caution: Some eggs that are sold in big supermarket chains have been sprayed with chemicals. This is for the purpose of appearing shiny. That’s why you’re advised to buy eggs from a local farm with range-free chickens.
#3: Scrambled eggs
Pomeranians can eat scrambled eggs. Just refrain from adding butter, pepper, or salt to your Pomeranian’s scrambled eggs. You should also not add milk or oil that is high in fat. That’s also why feeding leftovers from your plate to your Pom is not recommended.
Here is how to prepare scrambled eggs for your Pom:
- Get a non-stick pan.
- Use non-fat, non-sticky oil.
- Scramble an egg.
- Give 1/2 of a teaspoon amount of it mixed with kibble or wet dog food.
Can Pomeranians eat raw eggs?
You have to be very careful with any diet that includes feeding raw food to your Pomeranian. In comparison with other breeds that handle raw diets well, Pomeranians do not.
Caution: Raw food should never be a regular part of your Pomeranian’s diet.
Eating raw eggs could become a problem if the eggs have salmonella and/or other germs. What this means theoretically is that if your Pomeranian gets sick, he can pass the disease to you.
Symptoms of salmonella include:
- Lack of appetite.
The dogs most susceptible to salmonella are older ones and puppies. This disease can also affect healthy dogs.
Your Pom could also be at risk of getting salmonella if he eats a part of a dead animal or contaminated pet treats or kibble.
Humans are in danger of it and so are Poms if they eat raw eggs. Better not risk it and just boil the egg.
Tip: Cooking the egg will kill salmonella. To make sure you’re not exposing your Pomeranian to danger, always give cooked eggs that have firm yolk and white.
Why is biotin important for your Pom?
Biotin supports the digestive function, maintains healthy skin, and keeps the cells intact.
If you are giving your Pom too many raw egg whites he could develop biotin deficiency. Biotin deficiency is characterized by hair loss around the face and eye area.
When you give raw egg whites to your Pom, a protein called avatin binds with biotin. This prevents the digestive tract from absorbing biotin and leads to a deficiency.