My dogs go crazy for eggs, they just love them. But are they okay for a diabetic dog to eat?
Yes, eggs are good for a diabetic dog because they are a good protein source and won’t cause a rise in blood sugar levels.
A healthy, nutritious and balanced diet is one of the keys to overall health. When it comes to a diabetic dog, being mindful of what’s in that diet is critical, because some foods can cause blood sugar levels to rise. That rise can lead to diabetes related complications such as cataracts which can lead to blindness. Luckily eggs do not contribute to that rise, and are in fact an excellent source of protein.
Having said that, please be sure to consult with your vet to determine if they are a wise choice for your diabetic dog.
What part of the egg is safe to eat?
All of it!
Evidence suggests eggshells are an excellent source of calcium and protein. If you’re concerned about bacteria, boil the shells first. Once they’ve completely dried crush them into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle, coffee grinder or food processor. You can even smash them with a rolling pin. That last tip might even make you feel better!
Alternatively, store the shells in a baggie in the fridge until you’re ready to crush them. Whatever works for you.
Recommendations vary in terms of how much to use per day. Err on the side of caution and start with one quarter or one half a teaspoon. Sprinkle a little bit on your dog’s food and see how he does.
The powder can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for roughly two months. If they start looking moldy throw them away.
A quick note – it’s best to use farm fresh eggs or organic eggs. You don’t want to feed your dog chemical laden shells!
Can the eggs be raw or should they be cooked?
There is a lot of debate as to whether eggs can be given raw or must be cooked. Plenty of vets and raw feeding advocates believe raw is best, because cooking destroys the vital nutrients. Other vets and nutrition professionals have health concerns about raw, so recommend cooking them first.
This comes down to a personal decision after researching pros and cons, and discussing with your vet what is right for your dog.
How many eggs can a diabetic dog have a day
Some dogs may do fine eating one whole egg a day, but for others it’s too much. Moderation is often the key, so start with a small amount and see how your dog reacts.
How to cook an egg for a diabetic dog
Boiled or scrambled in a pan with a bit of water. Please do not use oil or any spices as they can be harmful.
IMPORTANT FACT: According to veterinarian Dr Lorie Huston “Controlling the diet of a dog with diabetes mellitus is probably the most important part of treating the disease, with the exception of insulin injections given at periodic intervals.”
What other human foods can a diabetic dog eat
- Green beans
- Brown rice
- Wild rice
- Tuna in water
- Boiled skinned chicken breast (no added ingredients)
- Canned pumpkin (pure, not spiced)
These are just a few ideas.
Foods that are not safe for a dog with diabetes
Avoid human foods that contain simple sugars such as bread and white rice. Be careful of table scraps and junk food as well.
Dog food in packets may contain high levels of sugar, so read labels carefully.
Home cooking, store bought dog food or prescription diets
Yet again there are conflicting views over the best diet to feed a diabetic dog. Many vets swear by prescription diets, and will confidently recommend them. Some advocate home cooking, while others believe there are plenty suitable big brand names.
Have a conversation with your vet or fully qualified canine nutritionist, especially if you have an old dog with other health issues. Foods that may be suitable for a diabetic dog may not be right for other health conditions.
With expert guidance you can decide if you prefer to home cook meals, stick to a store-bought variety or go with prescription. The most important thing is ensuring your dog eats whatever you choose.
If you do choose a brand name or prescription dog food, you always have the option of adding some “approved” human foods. It’s a good way to increase their nutritional value, and make them more palatable.
How to get a fussy diabetic dog to eat
Dealing with a fussy eater can be very frustrating, especially when it’s a medical condition that is responsible…or at least partly responsible. I know because I’ve dealt with it as well. This article “What to do if Your Old Dog Won’t Eat” is filled with lots of helpful advice compiled from my experience, as well as other senior dog parents who are part of my FB group.
Since it was not written specifically with the diabetic dog in mind, please check with your vet to ensure what you choose is safe for your pup.
If you are having trouble getting your dog to eat, it’s important you speak to your vet right away. Irregular eating will impact blood sugar levels and can affect management of the disease.
IMPORTANT FACT: Free feeding is not recommended, meaning leaving food out for your dog to eat whenever he feels like it. According to Dr. Susan Wynn, a veterinarian with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Sandy Springs, Georgia –
“The dog that’s free-feeding cannot be monitored closely, so you won’t know when or even if it’s eating. That’s dangerous if giving insulin.” she warns. “These dogs need to be fed on schedule, right before their insulin injections, so you know the dose to give depending on how much the dog has eaten.”
Having a chat with your vet or a canine nutritionist (in conjunction with your vet), will help you figure out the best diet for your egg eating dog!!