Raw eggs are a wonderful source of protein, essential fatty acids and calcium when fed whole, including the shell. Feeding raw has many benefits. And yes it can be a little expensive to feed raw when you have a multi dog household. Many people do not agree with feeding raw and that's fine to each his own. I however am overly impressed with the change in my dogs since I began to feed raw. Not only has their overall health improved such as allergies and skin irritations but I have also noticed less mess from large frequent messy stools and their coats are shinier and healthier then ever before. The thing is many people mistakenly feel like they must feed their pets cooked food. But dogs and cats have stomachs that are designed to eat raw food. That's why a dog can eat an old dead animal or fish and live through it. The digestive system of domesticated dogs is not designed to eat processed or cooked food. Obviously wild animals do not cook their food. Cooked food or commercial dog food takes longer for dogs to digest than raw diets. In addition, the heat used to actually cook the food destroys enzymes and antioxidants. When feeding kibble dogs take in lots of grain but dogs do not require any grain in their diet they have no nutritional need for it. Carbohydrates from grain are simply not needed either. Our pets get their energy from fats and protein. Grains break down into sugar which can grow yeast, produce mucous and may contribute to a multitude of problems including skin allergies, cancer, digestive upsets and skeletal disorders to name just a few. As far as the amount to feed really depends on the dog. If you have an older or overweight not very active dog of course you would feed less then an active younger dog who is most likely getting plenty of exercise. I feed my girls depending on the dog and her weight. Here is a sample menu for a 55-65 LB APBT female and mind you the variations will change for example if I happen to have Bison or Elk meat on hand. Raw diets have to be modified to fit the specific needs of individual dogs. You should feed adult dogs 2-3% of the DESIRED body weight for each individual. Not 2-3% of what they actually weigh unless they are at ideal weight. Here are some great books on feeding a natural/raw diet. Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats by: Kymythy Schultz Grow Your Pups with Bones by: Ian Billinghurst Links on feeding raw. http://www.naturalcanine.com/html/natural_diets.html http://www.listservice.net/wellpet/nutrition/bonesofcontention.htm http://home.earthlink.net/~pawsnaturally/faq.html http://www.bullovedbulldogs.com/barf.htm http://www.naturallypaws.com/pages/direct.asp?id=39&cid=155 _________________ Here's a sample menu and list of supplements I follow with my dogs. Sample menu & list of supplements 1-Raw Meat - Any raw muscle meat will work, I feed turkey hamburger because of price but normal hamburger is also just as good. 2-A raw egg 3 to 5 times per week (with the shell) 3-Turkey necks, chicken necks or chicken backs 4-Chopped Veggie pulp (carrots, cauliflower, celery, green beans etc) 5-Kelp and alfalfa - the fine powdered type 6-Powdered vitamin C 7-Essential Fatty Acids a. Cod liver oil b. Salmon oil OMEGA 3 ~I USE GRIZZLY SALMON~ c. Flaxseed oil 8. Glucosamin Powder (99% pure) 9-Vitamin E - Very Important. Monday12 oz. Chicken necks or backs 8 oz. Ground turkey, hamburger, beef heart or chicken hearts / gizzards One egg w/shell 1 Mega Omega-3 1 tsp. Super C powder Tuesday 6oz. Liver (chicken, beef or pork) or kidneys 6 oz. Chicken necks or backs One egg w/shell 1/4 Cup of ground veggies 1 Mega Omega-3 2 tsp. Kelp/Alfalfa mix 1 tsp. Super C powder Wednesday One can of mackerel 1/4 Cup veggies 6oz. Chicken necks or backs 1 tsp. Super C powder Thursday 12 oz. Chicken necks or backs 8 oz. Ground turkey, hamburger,beef heart or chicken hearts and gizzards one egg w/shell 1 Mega Omega-3 1 tsp. Super C powder Friday 6oz. Liver (chicken, beef or pork) or kidneys 6oz. Chicken necks or backs One egg w/shell 1/4 Cup of ground veggies 1 Mega Omega-3 2 tsp. Kelp/Alfalfa mix 1 tsp. Super C powder Saturday 12 oz. Chicken necks or backs 8 oz. Ground turkey, hamburger, beef heart or chicken hearts/gizzards One egg w/shell 1 Mega Omega-3 Sunday 1 tsp. Super C powder One can sardines 1/4 Cup veggies 12 oz Chicken necks or backs 8 oz. Ground turkey, hamburger, beef heart or chicken hearts/gizzards 1 tsp. Super C powder
GinaH, thanks for the menu! Sasha eats her dry food with raw eggs - I didn't know the shells were good, too. I mentioned earlier about Sassy's teeth problems with the raw chicken - do you think my vet was wrong about that? My husband had always fed his previous dogs raw food and didn't believe that they were the source of Sassy's teeth problems were from that. Anyway, I have to try these! Thanks!
ginah can i give scout the turkey necks and/or the chicken gizzards that are in the little baggies that are inside the frozen turkeys/chickens ? is that the same thing ? and also she loves raw eggs can i mix one in her dry food occasionally ? how much is too much egg ?
I prepare each weeks meal ahead of time and freeze it in quart size bags and then thaw it the day before. My dogs eat breakfast and dinner. Raw chicken is fine but they need the bones to a raw diet of just chicken is not healthy. As far as the eggs go I feed my girls one egg every other day shell and all. Sometimes I crack it and mix it in with their food and sometimes I just give it to them whole (outside because it can get messy) and watch them try to figure out what to do with it. I am always amazed at how gentle Pinky and Fancy are with their eggs they take them so gently without even cracking them.
Scout I suppose you could give the chicken/turkey necks that come inside the frozen bird it would be the same as what you purchase at the store. I always just buy them in huge quantities because it's cheaper that way. I buy 20lbs of chicken necks livers pieces, etc., for around 68-73 cents per pound. You can actually go to your local butcher or even at the grocery store and normally set up a deal with them. I also purchase fat and meaty bones for almost nothing from my butcher. Some people are really weary of giving their dogs the whole bone so you can also request from your butcher that he grind them for you or you can buy a meat grinder and do it yourself at home. With Fancy because she is a small dog I blend her entire meal in the blender.
GinaH- This is something I've read about eggs. What is your opinion? ---------------------------------------------------------------- Preparing Eggs Eggs are a little different from meat in preparation. They should not be fed raw too often as the raw egg white can cause a loss of biotin (a B-vitamin). To prevent the loss of biotin, eggs should be soft boiled to kill the avidin which is the cause of the biotin problem. As a guideline, use approximately 1 egg for every 10 to 15 pounds your dog or cat weighs. Bring some water to a boil in a saucepan. Once boiling, remove from the heat. Add the eggs and let them soak in the hot water for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the eggs and crack them in the bowl or on the plate to stop the cooking process. Although raw food is best, in this case, the slight cooking still allows the egg to maintain plenty of nutrients while helping to kill the avidin. I like to feed eggs on cold days because the eggs are guaranteed to be warm. It is a good idea to keep eggs on hand. Should you forget to thaw some meat, at least you have eggs ready to go in the fridge. The preparation of the food is complete. Time for feeding. Eggs are a wonderful food to feed especially since now free range eggs are readily available! Free range eggs are relatively quite affordable, nutritious, pure and healthy. Remember, you can save egg shells and grind them so they become a nice fine powder. Once they are ground to a nice powder, you can then add them to your pets food as a natural source of calcium and as alternative to bonemeal.
I personally never cook the eggs they are fed raw just as everything else. Raw eggs should be fed whole, the whites & yolk do need each other to balance out the biotin. Cooking changes the structure. I actually have always heard of people being concerned about feeding raw eggs because they have been told that the enzyme Avidin in the egg white, ties up Biotin and therefore creates a deficiency. This would only happen if you fed a diet low in Biotin ..ie crappy dog food/kibble and only egg white. The egg yolk contains plenty of biotin. I know people who have fed their dogs whole eggs (4-5 per week) for years with no problems.
Thanks GinaH, that makes sense. We have always used whole raw eggs also. We got some quail eggs from our butcher a few times when picking up meat and bones for the dogs. They love them, and they are just the right size for our toys. ltlgto