Feeding an Eggcellent diet to your dog! Myths of feeding raw eggs, busted
There are many misconceptions surrounding raw eggs. The poor innocent food is looked at with the utmost suspicion when considering a dog’s meal.
There are those who say an egg is high in cholesterol and low in biotin. And there is a theory that talks about the risk of salmonella poisoning through eggs when fed raw.
But are the fears real or unfounded? Is it really such a terrible idea to feed your dog raw eggs? Let’s bust some myths and clear the air once and for all.
Myths of feeding raw eggs, busted:
5 Raw egg myths busted
#1 Eggs should be fed cooked
Nothing could be further from the truth. Eggs are a complete food source, and your dog benefits from the nutrients when retained in the raw form. The egg contains plenty of nutrition, like Vitamin A, Folate, Iron, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin and Fatty acids. Eggs are also a fantastic source of amino acids.
Have you ever seen a wolf boil an egg before eating? We didn’t think so.
#2 Egg whites contain enzyme inhibitors
Egg white contains an enzyme inhibitor which is known to interfere with digestion, and cause skin and hair issues in dogs
But before you press the panic button, this happens only when you feed your dog 8-10 raw eggs every day. Even the heartiest raw egg proponent is not going to suggest you do that.
Keep a watch on your dog’s digestion and if there are no issues, it is safe to say that you can feed several raw eggs a week to your furry friend.
#3 Egg whites cause biotin deficiency
Egg white also contains avidin, which is a biotin (vitamin B7) inhibitor. Biotin is necessary for your dog’s cellular growth, fatty acid metabolism, and also for a great coat. It is very difficult to create a biotin deficiency in your dog through feeding raw eggs.
Also, egg yolk contains biotin, which counterbalances the effect of avidin. So, as long as you feed your dog whole raw eggs, there is no danger of a deficiency. Having said that, make sure eggs are not the biggest part of your dog’s diet. The liver is another great source of biotin.
Some of these ‘dangers’ can be allayed by cooking, but we talked about that earlier. Cooking kills much of the nutritional value of the egg.
#4 Eggs contain salmonella
Oh, don’t get me started on that. If you are feeding your dog a raw diet already, she’s doing just fine.
Moreover, dogs have a hardy digestive system and no bacteria are going to mess that up. As far as possible choose eggs from an organic farm where the hens are in good health and high levels of hygiene are maintained.
Store the eggs properly in a cool place and they will last long without attracting harmful bacteria.
#5 Do not feed shells
Shells are an excellent source of calcium. If you fed eggs with the shells, it becomes a nearly complete food for your dog.
You can let your dog crunch on the shells while eating the egg, or you can dry them out and grind them to a fine powder. If your dog is fussy about eating bones, you can sprinkle this shell powder on the food to give her a good dose of calcium.
A word of caution: many times eggs are sprayed with a chemical to make them look white and shiny. As far as possible, obtain eggs from a local organic farmer. If you can’t get those, then wash the eggs thoroughly for at least 2 minutes before feeding them.
Eggs are the cheapest and the best source of protein for your dog. Feed them raw, as they are meant to be eaten in nature, and see your dog’s health improve, both inside and outside.
Have you given thought to BARF – Basic Ancestral Raw Food?
If you are already feeding your dog a raw diet, eggcellent! If not, read on to know how your furry friend can benefit from a species-appropriate raw diet.
The best way to help your dog’s over health and nutrition is to feed it a balanced, species-appropriate food. And the best option is raw. A part of the wolf family (yes, even your sweet Lab or lap-sized Apso), your dog needs and will thrive only on a raw diet.
Raw food is a natural food and it contains the exact mix of all the nutrients and goodness that a dog would get if it were a wild creature. More importantly, it doesn’t have any of low-quality protein that is not good for your dog.
You can make your own raw food in the right proportion, or you can buy commercially prepared raw food for your diet
. Whatever you do, eliminate or limit the amount of grains and carbohydrates in your dog’s diet. And watch your furry companion thrive.