How many raw eggs? Surprising answer from vet

Discussion in 'Raw Food Diets' started by alou, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. alou

    alou Member

    So I wanted to know if it was safe to feed my 9 month old 95ish lb CC one raw egg a day. I called my vet’s office to ask and was transferred to someone who I HOPE was a vet tech. I told her I was feeding my CC 1 raw meal a day (2 more kibble meals), consisting of a chicken leg, some pork liver, and a raw egg. I know it’s a small meal but I’m not ready to commit to a full raw diet and I’m just testing out his reaction to this change. She immediately told me not to feed raw, which I kind of expected from a vet office due to risks of salmonella, bacteria, etc . However it was her explanation that kinda made my jaw drop. She confidently said that like humans, a dog’s gastrointestinal system was not set to digest raw meats. Whaaaa????? It took every bit of self control to not say, “I watch the Animal Planet quite a bit and I’ve never seen a pack of wild dogs or wolves chase down and tackle a bag of ProPlan.” I politely thanked her and got off the phone without having my question answered. So here I am...long story short, 1 raw egg a day ok? I read that raw egg white isna biotin inhibitor and should not be given to dogs.
     
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  2. Michele

    Michele Super Moderator Staff Member

    Check out this site about egg shells. A former lawyer that i worked with decided to get into this.

    http://dogshells.com/
     
  3. Michele

    Michele Super Moderator Staff Member

  4. alou

    alou Member

    Thanks for the links Michele! I'll check them out....
     
  5. marke

    marke Well-Known Member

    egg whites do contain avidin , avidin does bind biotin ……. I think most of the study involves just eating the egg whites , egg yolk is pretty high in biotin …….. don't know the amounts of either , I believe it's one avidin molecule binds 4 biotin molecules , perhaps that works out to be if an egg contains biotin at more than 4 times the amount to that of avidin , you would get a net plus in biotin from a whole egg? and vice versa …….. my dogs have always eaten whole raw eggs , but I have always supplemented them with occasional B complex in their meals …….. I've never noticed a problem from it …...
     
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  6. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    Denna gets a raw egg with breakfast 5 days a week, most weeks.
    (she's 6.5 yrs old, 160lbs, raw fed since 6 months old)

    I've heard more GOOD things about raw eggs than bad.

    As for just 1 raw meal a day - that's better than none! I went into raw feeding thinking of just adding a little bit of fresh food for variety and extra special nutrients (i.e. "fresh vitamins"). I was brain-washed by the raw feeding yahoo group into thinking it was "dangerous" to mix raw and kibble. I have now learned from more scientific-based resources (and more formal dog nutrition experts) that mixing raw and dry is NO PROBLEM for healthy dogs.

    Denna still is 95% raw fed... she gets the occasional kibble meal for convenience while traveling, and I also use kibble as treats ("NOW Fresh" large breed dry has BIG kibble pieces, perfect as small treats and/or kong stuffing).
     
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  7. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    PS - if you're following the kibble/taurine deficiency issue... and have any concerns... add some raw heart meat as 'toppers' along with the chicken and liver. Heart meat is high in natural taurine.
     
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  8. alou

    alou Member

    Thanks DennasMom. I’m currently giving him 3-4 raw eggs a week with his raw breakfast. I’m easing my way into raw. He’s just shy of 9 months @ 95 lbs. He gets 1-2 chicken legs and 2 slices of pork liver (don’t know weight but about 3 inches long and 1/3 inch thick) for breakfast, and 2 cups of kibble for lunch and dinner. It’s so satisfying to hear him crunch on the bones! Can’t seem to find the green tripe everyone says to feed him. Tried regular grocery stores and Asian. Only see white tripe.
     

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