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German Shepherd Dog > Eggs.....better Raw or hard boiled? (15 replies)

by daniellegsd on 08 February 2012 - 15:02

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I've had many different suggestions on feeding eggs.....which do you think is best for your dogs, Raw or hard boiled?  I feed them with the shell.
Thanks!

by Nans gsd on 08 February 2012 - 15:02

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I use both, if I don't have HB on hand I use raw.  Both are good and nutritious.  NAN

by Ibrahim on 08 February 2012 - 16:02

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Nans, when you feed them raw do you also give them the white? I remember reading the white when raw is not good especially for the puppies, what do you say?

Thanks, Ibrahim

by vomtreuenhaus on 08 February 2012 - 16:02

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I feed the dogs 2 raw eggs each day. IMHO raw is the best form of nutrition for dogs, they will utilize/absorb more, and it will be put to "better use" in their system. They didnt have anyone hard boiling their eggs in the wild. :)

I have always wondered about feeding the shells...do you break them up or just give them the whole egg to tear into?

by judron55 on 08 February 2012 - 16:02

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I feed mine raw eggs....shell and all....crack them and that's it!

by mariaartashes on 08 February 2012 - 16:02

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I give fresh, with shell. From chiken and quail .

by daniellegsd on 08 February 2012 - 17:02

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 thanks everyone!  Sounds like Raw eggs are the way to go!  We always crush the shell!

by allanf on 08 February 2012 - 17:02

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I'm with Ibrahim. I did read something about raw egg-white affecting vitamin uptake in puppies. So, coddled eggs for puppies. Dunked in very hot water then allowed to cool.

by laura271 on 08 February 2012 - 17:02

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I think what Ibrahim recalls hearing about is the binding of biotin by avidin, a protein found in egg whites (albumen). Avidin is inactivated by heating. This source is often referenced. There's considerable debate about whether this is a real concern (ie. how many raw eggs are you feeding?).

The other issue that is often discussed with feeding raw eggs with the shell is whether the eggs have been sprayed with a preservative or not (ie. ask your egg supplier). There's also debate about whether cooking the eggs makes the proteins more biologically available (ie. this is a debate in the MMA community too).

Like pretty much everything associated with raw feeding, look at both sides of the arguments and do what you feel comfortable with.

I feed boiled eggs from my in-laws' farm but that's more because I have to boil an egg for my husband anyway than being unduly concerned with the binding of biotin.

by BlackthornGSD on 08 February 2012 - 18:02

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Yeah, from what I have read, raw egg white can bind up biotin, but the yolk supplies biotin, so it should even out.

I feed raw eggs fresh from the chickens--my dogs beg from them as I am collecting them, so I give them the banty eggs and any that maybe are dirtier than I would prefer.

by EuroShepherd on 08 February 2012 - 19:02

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yes, raw egg whites will damage the coat (nails and skin too).
I sometimes feed raw eggs, but usually I soft-boil them or crack them open, separate the yolk from the white, scramble the whites in a pan and after they are cooked add the raw yolks back in and feed that way.
Some dogs won't eat the shells unless they are crumbled and mixed in, other dogs will eat whole shells.  They don't seem to have any problems with consuming whole shells or large pieces of shell.

by lhczth on 08 February 2012 - 20:02

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Both.  I get so many eggs that when I can't sell them all I will hard boil them for their bed time treat.  Mostly I use raw.  They get some yolks only (I eat 6 whites for breakfast every morning) and some whole.  Averages out to about 1-2 eggs per day.  No shells.  They just crush them on the floor or in their crates and I get tired of cleaning them up. 

by Nans gsd on 08 February 2012 - 21:02

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Yes I was told and read from the last 20 years that the egg whites are not good for puppies; interrupts the absorption of calcium in the system,  so that is probably what you guys remember.  Nan  I do give raw to adults though, sometimes I HB, or scramble though.  Some eat shells some don't and it does make a mess.  

by dogshome9 on 08 February 2012 - 22:02

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Fresh, free range from the farm and whole but I do give them outside

3 or 4 a week.

by Slamdunc on 08 February 2012 - 22:02

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I feed raw eggs shell and all 2 - 3 times a week.  My dogs can crack their own eggsl. 

by howlk9 on 09 February 2012 - 16:02

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I prefer my own scrambled, but raw for the dogs. HB give them gas- wow, does it ever.
I also smash up the shells into their food.
I used to be against raw, but had a 10 year old GSD that started having some itchiness issues and coat problems. She also started getting that "old dog" smell. After trying all kinds of things, I started giving her raw eggs and saw an immediate improvement. Then after transitioning to a raw diet, she was like a different dog. Better coat, more active, overall just a happier, healthier dog.

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