Cage-free local farm eggs are my go-to breakfast for my dogs when I’m looking to break up the rotation, or when I’ve struck a wrong note with something new.
Like, for example, when I learn that Pearl doesn’t care for the Answers pork formula, an egg is my backup plan.
So, I keep them on hand in the fridge.
Eggs are nearly a perfect food. Some might say they’re a Superfood. (wink wink, nudge nudge).
They are loaded with protein, essential amino acids, good fats, vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients. They contain antioxidants that are particularly good for the eyes. They are full of iron, phosphorous, and selenium, as well as Vitamins A, B2, B12, and B5.
Although they contain cholesterol, they do not elevate cholesterol levels in the blood stream (the butter and cheese you add to those scrambled eggs, and the salt and bacon, and gravy or whatever else you pile on are to blame for your high cholesterol. The egg by itself won’t do it).
Eggs will make your dog’s coat so soft. Velveteen Puggy, for real.
And, eggs are CHEAP, yo!
I buy a dozen at the farmer’s market for $3. For my dogs, that’s 12 meals at a quarter each.
Convenient, too. A wHOLe week of breakfast sitting right there.
Easy peas-y lemon squeeze-y.
I can hear your question, though, kids:
“Do I just feed them the wHOLe raw egg, or what?”
Here’s what I do:
- 1 raw egg, beaten and mixed with
- 1 oz raw goat’s milk
- 1/2 oz fresh blueberries
Breakfast. Is. Served.
pugs & kisses,
4 thoughts on “The Incredible Edible Egg”
I am Diane from DC. Tell me more about the raw goat’s milk. Where should I look for it? Also does it not upset doggie tummies? In the above recipe would I need more quantities for my almost 50 lb mutt or is that enough for breakfast. She generally get 1.5 cups of food a day – divided into two feedings. Then there is the other dog that is only 9 lbs …. would this be too much food? Your thoughts? Good post about the benefit of eggs.
Hey Diane! Thanks for your question! Raw goat’s milk is so good for them. It’s easier for dogs to digest than cow’s milk because it’s more biologically appropriate; it’s a natural antihistamine; and raw fermented milk contains loads of live active cultures (probiotics) to support a healthy gut and thus a robust immune system. The health of the immune system directly relates to the health of the gut. Providing the good bacteria in the form of probiotics-not just during times that your dog may be taking antibiotics- is important because it aids in proper breakdown of food and, concomitantly, the absorption of nutrients. My dogs love it, and have not had any tummy upset. I add and ounce or two to almost every meal to round it out. Answers sells raw, fermented goat’s milk. There are several locations in Arlington and Alexandria that sell Answers. Check http://www.answerspetfood.com for the best place near you. It comes frozen, and lasts for about 2 weeks in the fridge after thawed.
As for the amount for your 50 lb dog, 1 large farm egg has about 2oz (1/4 c) of volume. So if you’re feeding 1.5 cups total per day, I would give 2 eggs with 2oz of goats milk, for about 6 fl. oz in one meal, which would be about right based on your current practice. Mix it in a measuring cup to be certain. For the 9lb dog, maybe beat 1 whole egg with 1 oz of goat’s milk and divide it into 2 feedings…
I’ve had eggs before and they are yummy. Have you tried toasting up the eggshells? It’s weird tasting and not particularly my favourite.
I must admit, I’ve never heard of toasting the shells. But dogs have consumed whole farm eggs, shell and all, for hundreds of years. I’ve not investigated the nutritional content of the shell itself, but makes for an interesting question. I’ll have to check it out!