I have a friend who's into natural foods and she gave me a suggestion that I had never thought of. Most of us give eggs to our bitches during pregnancy, then cottage cheese to make sure they have calcium....Well we are throwing away the highest source of calcium available...the SHELLS. She has been giving her Basenji's the shells for years, and suggested that I do this with my Dobes. I was kind of worried about the sharp edges, but she said that if the dog raided a chicken coop, they wouldn't seperate the shells, they eat them shells and all, right? So I've jumped on the egg shell bandwagon, and saving my calcium money for other essentials,like shots and wormers.....and my water bill
I feed raw eggs, shell and all, on a regular basis... in regards to eggs being bad...
Eggs (ideally free-range) can be added to the diet. They are an excellent souce of protein and vitamins. They can be mixed with veggies or ground meat, and some dogs will eat them plain. Always include the shell when you feed eggs, you may have to crush it up into little bits and mix it in. Contraty to the 'old wives tale', raw eggs are very good for your dog as long as fed whole! Egg white does contain avidin, which binds up biotin.....but the yolk contains a ton of biotin which more than offsets the avidin. So the only way you would produce a biotin deficiency from feeding eggs would be to feed egg white only for a long period of time.
A cat by any other name... is still a sneaky little furball who pukes on the sofa.
Wow, Cool! You learn something new everyday! I will have to start trying this. Does is help a dry coat? Everest always has a problem with that. I rinse really well, and also use a good conditioner, as well as spray conditioner when I think he needs it. It'd be great if the eggs helped that.
I never fed raw eggs till like you I saw a post about eggs. Then I asked and was told it was good for the dogs. Well, Rocky is nuts about them! When he sees me going to the icebox when I have his food, bingo, he gets soooo excited!! I mostly just use the egg, sometimes the shell but I crunch it up good, and yep it comes out the same way lol. P.S. Also read on her that yogurt was good for dogs, and he loves that as well. I just give him a dollop usually the days I don't give him an egg.
I always give my pregnant girls eggs, at least 1 or 2 a day. I always scrambled them. Thinking raw was unhealthy. Now I read to feed the shells. It sure will save money on cottage cheese! Yea for that!I also give herbal supplements when my girls are pregnant, I crush them with a morter and pestle. Should the shells be crushed? I mix them with cooked steel oats. Any other suggestions? I always want the best for my Dobies, especailly the pregnant girls. ( I regularly feed Canidae. Thanks for the tips!
I have two very picky eaters. I know, its my fault. But, they will not eat eggs anyway but boiled. They turn their noses up at fried or scrambled eggs. I do give them cottage cheese some but I only haven given plain yogart when they had upset tummies or wouldn't eat. I only give them about a tsp. Is yogart and eggs okay on a daily basis. I thought you could feed them too many eggs and it wasn't good for them. Have no idea, just asking.
Regarding the bacteria, you're probably thinking of Salmonella. It's unlikely to hurt your dogs though it can be dangerous to people; regardless, it's rare. More recently people got it from peanut butter and it showed up in dog jerky treats and commercial raw cat food.
It would not be a good idea to feed your dog too much egg white, because that could cause biotin deficiency. Like W_S said, as long as you feed the yolk, it should not be an issue.
Are the eggs from free range/vegetarian fed hens lower in cholesterol than regular eggs?
I have never tried feeding raw eggs, partly because I can't get past the reflexive "ick" feeling I get when looking at a raw egg. :-)