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Old 10-18-2005, 09:29 AM
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Default Giving raw egg with shell to dog

Question, we were told to give the puppy a raw egg which is good for him but also to include the shell. I'm worried about giving the shell. Does anyone know if this is harmful to a dog?
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Old 10-18-2005, 09:55 AM
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"yes, you can feed your dogs raw eggs and raw meat, either supplemental or as a meal replacement.

egg shells are harmless and dogs can eat them, however if you give the whole egg with shell and the dog just crunches it up, the calcium may not be absorbed well enough to function as a supplement.

how much and how often depends on your overall diet plan for your dogs and what else they eat. you'd calculate completely different for a dog who usually eats just kibble and only gets an egg or a bit of meat as a topping than for one who eats a completely home prepared diet."


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Old 10-18-2005, 12:57 PM
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I usually crush it up first and kind of stir it around in the kibble...I can't do this very often though, because it gives Sawyer some wicked gas...
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:25 AM
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Default Raw egg is not good for dogs...


Please find below a link that says that raw egg is not good for dogs (egg white)

This is what it says:

"Egg white contains the protein 'avidin' which forms a stable and biologically inactive complex with biotin. The avidin in egg whites will tie up the biotin so it cannot be used by the dog."**

These should not be given to your dog because of the risk of salmonella poisoning. Dogs do not get e coli or salmonella poisoning easily, but it can happen in some rare instances. If your dog has a partial blockage in their intestines where food can be trapped, e coli or salmonella will have a breeding ground. A dog's digestive tract is very short, so under normal circumstances, these things would not be a problem, but it is something you need to be aware of.

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Old 04-17-2006, 10:13 AM
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My vet told me a long time ago when my dogs were pups that raw eggs are NOT good for dogs and, why in the world would you want them to eat the shells?? For the nutrition? It only takes a few minutes to scramble them in a little safflower oil...and throw the shell in the compost bucket. I know that dogs can digest harder things like bones, but I would be afraid the shells would irritate their stomachs.
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:51 AM
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Just one thing though - lots of people have a strong opinion against feeding raw, whether it's meat or eggs. Lots of vets will tell you that it's not good for dogs, when in truth they just don't know anything about dog nutrition. So keep in mind that lots of information sites are biased in their advice.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:25 PM
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I feed raw eggs, shell included to my dogs. One won't touch it, but the other sure does.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:27 PM
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I rinse them. Save them. Bake them and grind them and feed them as a calcium supplement.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:37 PM
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Raw eggs (and the shells) are perfectly fine to feed to dogs. As long a you feed the yolk with the white, you hav no worries about binding biotin. If dogs have stomach powerful enough to turn bones into a fine powder, why wouldn't they be able to eat egg shell? Egg shell IS just bone afterall, and it is alot easier to digest than bone. The only trouble you'll have is getting the dog to eat it. My dog prefers to leave them on my bed. So I grind them up and add them to the dog treats I bake. They are a good source of calcium.
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:49 PM
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The idea behind grinding up egg shells is primarily being able to dose correctly and to ensure as much of it as possible is properly absorbed.

Dogs who eat a raw diet that contains plenty of bone already don't need egg shell powder as a supplement, they can just crunch it up as a snack and it doesn't really matter what happens to it afterwards. In a boneless diet (e.g. cooked food) you want a calcium supplement to disperse itself fairly evenly.

Another reason is that sharp, gritty little pieces of egg shell can irritate the stomach, especially of dogs/cats who are sensitive already, or not yet used to a diet that isn't as uniform in texture as commercial food. Even though the stomach acid is pretty strong that doesn't mean it instantly dissolves everything.
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