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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Occy, I do feed offal, but it is not a daily event. Only a few times a week will i add offal. Some of it down here is really ****, so I also have to be careful with that one.

    The veggies are my weak point - I'm still a hung jury on that one, hence my starting a thread about veggies. I will try and get the book GSD's suggested I read, along with any others. Hopefully that will make things clearer in my mind about whether to add veggies - or not. I think the hard part is that nowhere have I found any proof, or scientific research to warrant that veggies are beneficial to a dog, and which ones etc etc...

    I know I would never want to fee a dog kibble or processed food. Take Zed for example - flight here postponed once because he has suffered from allergies all his life, ear infections and such. When he finally got here I took him to my vet, who told me get him straight onto your raw diet. I did, and without any medication (first time according to breeder) it cleared up very quickly, and he never had another problem with it while he was here, albeit how short. The muscle change in him was quite pronounced. He looked much stronger in a few short weeks than he did on the damned ProPlan he'd always had.
    I have seen that change in sooo many dogs over the decades, as I know you have too, Occy.

    It's the veggies that have still got me.

    Re the raw eggs. My Shepherds used to have access to the egg collecting basket on occasions. Watching them, they wouldn't crush the egg and simply eat the yolk and white, they would finish off the entire egg, shell and all. I was happy to allow them to do what they naturally seemed geared to do. Does that make any sense?

    Sorry for long post. I just really love this subject and want to get so much out of it!
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    I thought dogs couldn't digest raw egg white???

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    they cant digest veggies either - thats why you pulverise them - never heard about egg whites though

    DA - I only feed cooked livers as offal - get them raw from the supermarket or better yet - butcher - heart is a muscle meat - so I used to it raw

    I feed only high quality dry - EVO is brilliant but you can only get it from Pets parasites - you might want to check it out as emergency food

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I thought dogs couldn't digest raw egg white???
    Hmm, no idea TBH. My dogs over the years have always gone crazy for the entire egg.

    Can you elaborate Cleas? Or find info about that?

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    Yeah oCCy, butchers. The supermarket packaged offal just isn't the best. Well, not down here anyway.

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    I've seen a lot of dogs down here who go nuts for quaill. Personally I find it bloody too oily by a long shot to eat, just doesn't appeal to me.

    But, don't know much about feeding birds. Can't see it would be a problem, just like rabbit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Hmm, no idea TBH. My dogs over the years have always gone crazy for the entire egg.

    Can you elaborate Cleas? Or find info about that?
    I will try

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    Apparently.............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. The lack of it can cause hair loss, weakness, growth retardation, or skeleton deformity. Raw egg yolks contain enough biotin to prevent the deficiency, so this is not a problem with raw whole eggs. Raw egg yolks could contain salmonella, so you should get your eggs from a reliable source or cook the eggs.

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    prob with supermarket meat of any kind is that it is water infused which makes it harder to cook down and means in the end you get heaps less but pay way more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Apparently.............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. The lack of it can cause hair loss, weakness, growth retardation, or skeleton deformity. Raw egg yolks contain enough biotin to prevent the deficiency, so this is not a problem with raw whole eggs. Raw egg yolks could contain salmonella, so you should get your eggs from a reliable source or cook the eggs.
    Thanks very much Dorte! Feel better now. I always believed the whole egg was okay, so that spun me a bit. I always get my eggs from an organic chicken farm in Latrobe (know the owners well) one of the largest and most reputable in tassie, so feel safe with that.

    Thanks again. That is great info to know.

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    Sorry to butt in, but do you feed the same to puppies as well?

    I'm very worried about the nutrients required for growth. On a side note, how do you make sure that your dogs chew their food? Batty has just decided that inhaling his breakfast/lunch/dinner and vomiting it back up is the best thing in the world

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