Since Easter is this weekend, my nutritional post for this week will be about the plethora of benefits found in the oval 1.5-2 oz chicken product.
The Benefits Of Raw Eggs
Missy & Buzz have been getting raw eggs since making the switch from kibble to a raw meat diet, so essentially for about a year now. They each get 3-4 eggs per week because they’re filled to the brim with nutrients.
I feed RAW eggs for the same reason the pups are on a raw meat diet – cooking the eggs (& meat) would destroy a considerable amount of nutrients.
Eggs are not only a great, inexpensive, and complete source of protein (that’s because they contain all 8 essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein), they also contain lots of minerals & vitamins: Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Phosphorus, Calcium, Thiamine, Folate, and Riboflavin.
To top it all off, adding a few raw eggs to a dog’s diet will result in a shiny, glossy, healthy coat, because they also contain omega-3 fatty acids!
At only about 75 calories per egg, they are a great addition to my pups’ weekly meals.
Organic Eggs, Please!
Organic eggs must come from hens fed organic, vegetarian feed. They are also GMO & pesticide free, and have been produced without any added growth hormones or antibiotics.
The organic Pete & Gerry’s eggs I buy at our local grocery store are raised & handled in a certified humane way on small family farms in the Northeast. I am all for supporting small businesses – after all, I run one myself 😉
Meal Ideas With Raw Eggs
I’ve experimented with a few different ways of how to actually feed the raw eggs. One option is to mash the raw egg up with the raw meal right inside the food bowl.
Besides the mashed up egg, the bowls below feature beef green tripe, beef liver, and a turkey neck.
Another option is to place the raw egg into the food dish and simply poke a hole into the egg. This method is a little more challenging on a mental level as the pups will have to break up the rest of the egg themselves.
Taking it up yet another notch as far as the mental challenge is concerned would be to add the raw egg to the food without poking any holes into it. The very first time I did this for Missy & Buzz it took them both 5+ minutes to figure out how to eat it.
They actually both ate the food surrounding the egg first, then grabbed the egg with their mouths, and placed it outside of their food bowls – which is ok because I line their eating area in our dining room with doggie towels (the pups like to drag their edible raw meaty bones onto their towels as well).
What followed next was interesting to watch and I wish I had videotaped it! They nudged the egg with their muzzles and rolled it around, licked it every now & then, and finally picked it up with their mouths and gave it a good crunch.
Update 2019: My new dog Wally loves his raw eggs too, and demonstrates how he eats his when I don’t add it to his raw food bowl below.
Spoiler alert: pokes hole, sucks egg out, leaves shell. LOL
You can also add a raw egg to your dog’s dry food if you’re a kibble feeder. It will add variety to the meal and a ton of nutritional value.
I suggested this approach to one of my pet sitting clients whose Boxer Mix Rebel had skin issues; the pup just had her first raw egg, so it hasn’t been able to impact her in a positive way quite yet (I also mentioned switching to a raw diet for obvious reasons – I’ve experienced the wonderful benefits over the course of the last year and can’t help myself but spread the raw message!).
Update 2019: Rebel’s skin condition has improved drastically over the years. She’s been getting raw eggs on a weekly basis.
What About The Risk Of Salmonella?
The risk of a dog getting sick from eating raw eggs is slim to none.
Remember that a dog’s digestive system differs tremendously from our human one and is a lot more acidic – which is exactly why they don’t have trouble consuming a raw meat diet in the first place!
After all, that’s what they would be eating in the wild – or have you ever heard of a dog who stole a live chicken roasting it over a campfire or boiling the egg in hot water first? Of course not!
Does your pup get an occasional raw egg or have you been thinking about introducing them? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!