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Home-cooked meals for dogs: Eggs for Dogs

Does your dog like eggs? Whole eggs are a great source of protein for your dog 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.

I generally serve 1-2 eggs, once or twice weekly.  I fry 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.  I add some grated carrot, zucchini, daikon and a few blueberries and I always use a pinch of home-dried eggshell as a calcium source.   Sardines go great with eggs too!

It’s best to prepare eggshell for calcium on a day when you are going to use a lot of eggs for something, like maybe it’s a big omelette morning or you are making a soufflé.  Just wash out the eggshells, carefully removing the inner membrane.  There are two layers of membranes, just make sure to get the inner most 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 they have cooled down, place them in a coffee grinder that you specifically use only for eggshell grinding ( I have a white coffee grinder that I use specifically for eggshells).  Pulse until they are nice and powdery.  I place mine in a small glass storage container labeled with the date I baked them and store them  in the refrigerator and use a small pinch in every meal.  I 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 Tashi’s favorite meals!

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