So, this video from BuzzFeed popped up on our timeline on Friday. Too long, didn’t watch version: People are training their dog to hold a raw egg in their mouths and allegedly posting the videos to social media for the egg challenge”:
Can your dog pass the egg challenge? pic.twitter.com/TuEHA0xo06
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 22, 2019
For starters, this isn’t actually going viral right now. This was a thing — granted, a stupid thing — last year:
Train your dog to do the egg challenge 🥚 pic.twitter.com/wPxG4cUS3X
— INSIDER (@thisisinsider) March 14, 2018
And guess what?
BuzzFeed Australia actually did a post on this back in February 2018 and interviewed the head of the Australian Veterinary Association who said this is dangerous and people shouldn’t do it:
Doctor Paula Parker, the president of the Australian Veterinary Association, told BuzzFeed News that participating in the challenge could put your dog’s life in danger.
“Placing a raw egg (in the shell) in a dog’s mouth is a health risk. It is choking hazard as the egg may become lodged in the dog’s throat,” she said.
“However, there is also a risk of the dog contracting an infection from bacteria that is present on the outside of the egg shell, for example, salmonella.”
“Salmonella can be present both inside and outside the shell, so even if the egg does not break, if the bacteria is present on the outside of the shell it could lead to health concerns including diahhorea and vomiting.”
So, which is it BuzzFeed? Is this a cute trick we should try with our pets or will it kill them?