Avoid Giving Raw Eggs to Dogs with Itchy Skin

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One home remedy you may have come across for dogs that have itchy skin is to mix in some raw eggs to their diet. Unless the vet specifically recommends it, we wouldn’t let your dog eat raw eggs given some of the risks associated with them.

One reason why some may suggest feeding your dog raw eggs is due to the rich amount of fatty acids eggs contain. Some of these fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, are important for skin health. Omega-3, for example, contain anti-inflammatory properties that relieves itching and inflammation in the skin.

Despite these benefits, you need to be absolutely careful with raw eggs. First, you may not know what’s causing the dog’s skin to itch. Without having context to the cause, you won’t know if the nutrients in eggs will actually help the dog’s condition. This is why it’s important to get the vet’s opinion first before you try any home remedies.

The second reason to avoid feeding dogs raw eggs is the risk of diseases and infections like salmonella. These days, the risks aren’t high, especially for eggs that have been pasteurized, but it’s a risk that you shouldn’t completely ignore.

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