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Eggs – a balanced protein supplement for your dog

Does your dog like eggs? There are many benefits of eggs for dogs. They are a great source of protein and they provide many vitamins, minerals, good fats and various trace nutrients. A large egg contains about  77 calories, with 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein with all 9 essential amino acids. Rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium, and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5.  They also contain decent amounts of Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc.

Eggs are also very easy for your dog to digest, which also means the vitamins and minerals in eggs are more easily absorbed into your dog’s body.

For a 10-15 lb dog, serve 1-2 eggs, once or twice weekly.  Try frying them in a teaspoon of coconut oil so the whites are cooked all the way through, as to not cause a biotin deficiency, but with the yolks still runny.  Adding some grated carrot, zucchini, daikon and a few blueberries, not only gives color, but it adds loads of nutrition and fiber.  When serving eggs, add a pinch of home-dried eggshell as a calcium source. Sardines go great with eggs for dogs too!

Eggshell for Calcium

It’s best to prepare eggshells for calcium on a day when you are going to use a lot of eggs. The next time you are making a soufflé or omelets, hold on to the eggshells until after your meal. Wash out the eggshells, carefully removing the inner membrane. There are two layers of membranes, just make sure to get the innermost membrane washed out as best you can.  If you are careful, you can peel it right out of each half.

Place the clean eggshells on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.

After the shells have cooled down, place them in a clean coffee grinder. I use one saved specifically for the use of eggshell grinding.  Pulse until they are nice and powdery.  Place mine in a small glass storage container labeled with the date you baked it and store it in the refrigerator.  Use a small pinch in every meal.

I generally bake about 6 eggshells at a time and toss out and replace my powdered eggshell every few months.

Next time you are cooking eggs for yourself, fry up an egg or two for your dog.  It’s one of my dog’s favorite meals!

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