I'll be cooking theirs a little for the future... I just would simply rather be safe than sorry.Raw egg whites contain a protein called avidin, which can deplete your dog of biotin, one of the B vitamins. Biotin is essential to your dog’s growth and coat health. Additionally, raw eggs are often contaminated with bacteria, such as salmonella, and you could end up giving your dog food poisoning in addition to biotin deficiency.
Symptoms of biotin depletion are hair loss, weakness, growth retardation and skeleton deformity. If your dog is suffering from these symptoms the situation is urgent, and veterinary treatment is needed. Cooked eggs are high in protein and make an excellent treat. It is only the raw eggs that should not be given to your dog.
The only raw they get is chicken necks. I know that BARF people regularly use raw chicken parts but I"m not too thrilled about gulpers and bolters like mine eathing raw thigh bones, etc. Neck bones are small and jointed. The one thing I noticed about feeding them raw was that they smelled different. Not that they smelled bad before, but there was no smell at all after raw. Shrug. RAW feeders - both for humans and canines - go on and on about the nutritional superiority of raw foods vs cooked where nutrients are lost in the process. You're right of course that they were not unhealthy on a superior kibble diet. With homecooked and raw I feel more confident about the quality of the food they eat. As for the whole 'wolves do it' I don't put much stock in that. What made me think about going homecooked was that at home in the boonies (the Caribbean) where people couldn't afford to feed kibble (thank goodness considering the kibble available) dogs were fed scalded offal (beef, chicken and fish), eggs and rice and such, and they thrived. I guess I wanted to see that.BamBam's Dad said:Cooking the egg does not diminish its benefits. The only difference is less risk for food poisoning (which is pretty low). Dogs are omnivores, they eat weird stuff that they find all the time. Dogs are pretty resilient in that regard. That being said, you CAN drive with your feet, but that doesn't make it a good idea. I'd avoid the bones and raw meat even though it's probably safe. Why risk your dogs health? No bones and cooked meat won't make them less healthy. People love to point out that wolves eat bones and raw meat, but none of us have wolves (I hope). They get sick and die like crazy in the wild. They drop litters of puppies all the time to make up for it.