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So what's the deal on eggs?
  • wliu003wliu003
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    Raw vs cooked.. which is the right one to feed our dogs and what are the benefits?

    Ive read some articles that claim that raw eggs will greatly improve your dogs coat. but on the other hand, there are also people who do not recommend feeding dogs raw eggs even claiming that it would be detrimental to them. As of right now im not sure which one to side with so i was wondering what everyone opinon was. thanks.
  • LeonbergerLeonberger
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    I never tried any of them.
    But, from an empiric point of view on eggs, raw eggs can transmit some germs that can heavily affect a dog's GI tract. On the other hand, dogs seem to be much more resistant to these things than we are, but I'd still be very careful with it. (This is strictly my personal opinion, there are people here that feed raw and should have a better view of this.)
  • tsukitsunetsukitsune
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    If your dog eats a kibble based diet, I would cook the eggs. Maybe you can make her a special once a week breakfast that will help her coat with cooked egg, cooked spinach and fish of some sort (sardines maybe?).

    I feed raw eggs but only because I feed a raw based diet and time their raw meals according to digestion rates to not cause any GI harm/build up/fermentation/etc. I've never had an issue with any raw foods and germs because we really strive for the safest handling and feeding practices.

    As a rule, I would never give something raw that is fed within a 8-12 hour time frame of kibble.
  • KFontaine04KFontaine04
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    I started doing a Saturday morning soft boiled egg in with the dogs breakfast. They love it and we have had not GI or poop problems. Plus they eat their whole breakfast!
  • ShikokuSpiritShikokuSpirit
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  • wliu003wliu003
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    hey, thanks for everyones input! i had another question, when you guys say cooked, do you mean soft boiled only or sunside up/scrambled okay?
  • SayaSaya
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    I'm not sure what way is best, but my mom always scrambled her eggs when she gave them their weekly eggs I'm read on some forum they boiled the egg so I'm not sure.
  • KFontaine04KFontaine04
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    I do them soft boiled and I give them the whole egg including the shell (mashed up)
  • TeamLaikaTeamLaika
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    There is a slim chance of salmonellosis when feeding raw eggs to dogs or self.
    Raw eggs also possess avidin, which binds biotin and prevents its absorption (Avadin is destroyed with heating) Biotin deficiency symptoms include dull, thin haircoat, excess shedding, itching (dermatitis) and brittle nails. Granted, this is unlikely unless eggs are the sole protein source or fed in excessive amounts.

    My dogs enjoy scrambled eggs and poached eggs. As dogs, they would probably be willing to eat raw eggs too but I find the cooked versions less messy.
  • CaliaCalia
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  • okironokiron
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    I would use olive oil before butter. But then again, I don't see me feeding scrambled. I'd stick with a mushed up boiled egg.
  • ShikokuSpiritShikokuSpirit
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  • DjinnDjinn
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  • SayaSaya
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  • @dijinn - my girl gets about 6 a week if I'm doing eggs but she's got an iron stomach and needs that many eggs to put weight on her. Sometimes I scramble (a bit of butter, and no limits for cheese) sometimes raw (just crack the egg in half and let her lick from the shell). However I get my eggs from farmers I know so I have no fears about raw eggs. Same source for raw poultry so...

    Is anyone else in the house not dieting? Eggs yolks don't freeze so well but can be used for tarts, custards, ice cream, etc.
  • I have recently started cracking a raw egg over my pup's kibble once a week. I haven't noticed anything strange with his stools yet. I might try cooked later on but he loves the raw so far.
  • acmccart8acmccart8
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    How old should a pup be before you start doing eggs for them? And what all benefits does it do?
  • curlytailscurlytails
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  • acmccart8acmccart8
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    @curlytails Thanks for all of the information, when I get Onyxs stools under control I will probably try that
  • SayaSaya
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  • ArcticArctic
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    I gave Sansa a raw egg about a week ago and she loved it. I just cracked it over her kibble. No stool issues at all. Eggs are considered a "complete protein" so it can't hurt, right?
  • Yea, I've been giving Dakota a raw egg once or twice a week too with her raw Medallions. It's about the only thing she really loves right now.
  • tatonkatatonka
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    Post edited by tatonka at 2012-10-18 21:54:39
  • FoxyloverFoxylover
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  • redcattooredcattoo
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    Okay, decided I would see if Bear would take to raw egg over his kibble for his evening meal tonight. First time he ate every bit of kibble and licked the bowl clean. Must have loved it. Now I will watch to see if he has any adverse poop issues.

    If he takes to doing well with the raw egg on his kibble, what would be a good balance per week ... one, two, or more?
  • SayaSaya
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  • DjinnDjinn
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  • AWE46M3AWE46M3
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    My dogs likes eggs in any form; raw, scrambled, hard boiled, it really doesn't matter to him. We have not encountered any poop issues from the eggs. My wife and I are under the impressions eggs and raw chicken are his two favorite foods! I'm not sure he can tell the difference or not but it almost seems that he likes the cage free eggs more.
  • micomico
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    We used to give Suki a scrambled egg for her breakfast when she was a pup - 30secs in the microwave means they're quick and easy. We tried raw but she didn't like it (I think that's the only thing she's refused to eat). Even now she gets excited if I'm scrambling eggs for us and I have to give her some.
  • SayaSaya
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  • redcattooredcattoo
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    It is my opinion that you should not feed just the yolk and you should feed the whole egg. I also believe it is just fine to feed the whole raw egg, even the shells if your dog likes the shells, but many people do cook them. Cooking them does reduce some nutritional value.

    Here is an article I like that supports why I don't worry about feeding the whole raw egg
    http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/feeding-your-dog-raw-eggs-good-or-bad/

    I don't know about feeding eggs every day, I think that is probably a little excessive in any diet. I think most people who feed eggs do so a couple times a week not every meal.
    Post edited by redcattoo at 2013-08-14 05:54:22
  • SayaSaya
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  • raw food is so incredible, i love it, she loves it.
  • DrySeDrySe
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  • redcattooredcattoo
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    The reason I feed whole raw eggs and only a few times in a week is I believe one as noted above the whole is better than just a part of the raw egg and concern over the whites is over-rated and that diets are better with variety over time.

    Even humans shouldn't eat more than 6-8 eggs a week due to the fact they are very high in cholesterol. It is just my opinion though and I really have no scientific studies to support that eggs daily for dogs (or even just daily yolks) would be bad though in regards to the cholesterol issue humans face, it is just my personal opinion based on how I view diets and balance even for my dogs.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol/HQ00608
    Post edited by redcattoo at 2013-08-15 06:20:57
  • amtiamti
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    I feed raw and my dogs love eggs. We get fresh eggs from our chickens. I only feed the dogs maybe once a week, and whenever I get a soiled egg, which isn't that often. Sometimes they'll even take a bite out of the shell, but they prefer it ground up (I ground up the shells and fed to the chickens and they have eaten that).
  • RAM25RAM25
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  • LosechLosech
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    All of my dogs get an egg a day when I have them on hand. Some of them will eat the shell, some won't. But they all love the raw eggs, and their coats look great when they get them. Never had an issue feeding my dogs raw eggs.
  • Dakota will not eat her egg raw -- only cooked! What a princess.
  • amtiamti
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    There is no harm in the shell and it provides calcium. Mine nibble on the shell once in a while, but will eat crushed egg shells. I crush the shells and refeed to my chickens to add additional calcium to keep their shells strong.

    DianaBoston, is it cold when you feed it to her? My dogs don't mind cold food, but my cats dislike it and will wait until things are room temperature before they eat.
  • SayaSaya
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  • redcattooredcattoo
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    @Kobe1468 interesting article in that it really supports in some ways feeding eggs anyway you chose from raw to cooked and gives a very broad general idea of the suggest quantity for smaller vs larger dogs. Thanks for sharing the article.
  • SayaSaya
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  • redcattooredcattoo
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    @Saya, another good summary article about eggs that kind of wraps together all the things you hear and addresses them.

    For me, two eggs/week for Bear (35 lbs) and upto four for Tanjiro (believe adult weight of 65lbs) and fed whole and raw is my chosen balance for my dogs diet. To date, I have seen no support of really needing to increase or decrease that quantity or move away from feeding them whole and raw.

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