The Benefits of Raw or Freeze-Dried Eggs for Dogs
We are very excited to share with you the addition of freeze-dried pheasant eggs to our selection of healthy dog treats. Yes, you read that correctly. Freeze-dried pheasant eggs. Pretty neat, huh?
While a freeze-dried egg may sound like something astronauts would have for breakfast, we are confident that your dog will love this crunchy treat for more than just it's flavor.
Can Dogs Eat Eggs? What Are The Benefits?
Yes. Dogs can safely eat eggs. They have several health benefits as well. Eggs are a great source of protein and nutrition. They are also packed with vitamins A and B, iron, folate, selenium, and amino and fatty acids. You will often find eggs in commercial dog kibbles to add these valuable nutrients they would otherwise be missing.
Each of these nutrients have their own benefit to your pet's skin, coat, teeth, and bones. Incorporating eggs into your pet's diet regularly can help improve their overall health.
Raw Eggs, Freeze-Dried Eggs, and Cooked Eggs: What Are The Differences?
Can Dogs Have Raw Eggs?
Yes, raw eggs are generally considered to be safe for dogs. They can even have added health benefits compared to cooked eggs. See more detail below.
Why Raw Eggs Are Better The Cooked
When comparing raw to cooked eggs, the nutrient comparison is like comparing apples to oranges. If you want your pet to receive all of the vitamins and nutrients that eggs have to offer, serving raw or freeze-dried eggs is the best option. As you probably know, cooking food reduces the nutrient value of any ingredient. Because of this, raw eggs contain higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than cooked eggs do.
Freeze-Dried Eggs vs Raw Eggs
The freeze-drying process is a gentle process that removes all moisture from ingredients at a low temperature. Because of this low temperature, pheasant eggs maintain all of their benefits when freeze-dried. Serving freeze-dried eggs to your pet is just like feeding raw, but without the mess.
Risks of Feeding Raw or Freeze-Dried Eggs to Pets
While humans are cautioned against consuming raw eggs due to bacteria, dog’s bodies are able to digest raw eggs much better than our bodies are. Dogs are naturally scavengers in the wild. Because of this, dog's stomachs have a higher acidity level than humans' which allows bacteria like Salmonella to pass through their systems without causing issues.
Ways to Serve Raw Eggs to Your Pets
Raw eggs of all sorts are available on the market for pet owners that feed raw diets. You can even find eggs online that are frozen and can be used as meal toppers.
At Pure Pheasant, we are thrilled to offer pheasant eggs in a less-mess, freeze-dried form that does not require any refrigeration or freezing. Our freeze-dried eggs have a shelf-life of one year from the time of freeze-drying. Once you open a package of our freeze-dried eggs, we recommend sealing them in an airtight container and serving within 90 days for best palatability.
Farm to Freeze-Dry: Finding Quality Eggs for Your Pets
When shopping for any meat product for your pet, keep in mind that ingredients are only as good as the animals they come from. Our pheasants are free-roaming, humanely-handled, and fed a 100% vegetarian diet with no added hormones or antibiotics. Learn more about our farm and birds here.
At Pure Pheasant, we proudly freeze-dry all of our own products on our farm in Southern Wisconsin where our birds are also raised. It’s farm to freeze-dry, if you will. There is no middle man and that means everything we make is as fresh as it can get. Your dog is going to get a crunchy, tasty, and healthy snack from Pure Pheasant with every chomp.
Can Dogs Eat Egg Shells?
Yes. Egg shells are not only safe for dogs to eat but they contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium which can have several health benefits to your pets. Just like digesting raw animal bones, your dog’s body can digest the shells properly.
You may want to consider how well your pet will be able to chew the egg shell though. Raw egg shells can be sharp and unenjoyable for some pets to consume. Freeze-dried egg shells however, are much easier to chew and easily crush into an almost powder like consistency when chewed.
Because the freeze-drying process removes all of the moisture from the eggs, the shells become more fragile. This is normal. We package our treats with care but it's common to receive cracked eggs. This shouldn’t cause any problems and does not affect the quality of the egg. Since it’s dry inside, it should stay intact (similar to a hardboiled egg). Without the regular moisture from the egg, the shells simply become more fragile. Don’t worry, they are still fresh and delicious.
How to Serve?
We suggest serving our freeze-dried pheasant eggs as a snack or as a protein topper for your meal. Depending on the size of your dog you can serve them up whole or broken into smaller pieces for smaller dogs.
Stock up on our Freeze-Dried Pheasant Eggs here.