Yes, dogs can eat eggs. The egg is a powerhouse of nutrition, both the whites and the yolks, but also the shell itself. Eggs contain all essential amino acids and are a very digestible source of protein with a high nutritional value. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals. Eggs are a perfect source of protein.
How to add eggs to your dog’s diet
There are so many ways to feed your dog eggs. You can cook them – hard-boiled, scrambled eggs, fried, poached, etc. – or serve them raw. You can make omelets or frittatas for you and your dog to share. Just don’t add ingredients that can harm a dog (such as onions, chives, and garlic) and add salt and pepper lightly. Eggs are perfect as binders when added to warm oatmeal or rice. You can use them as a meal topper and refine a snack with fresh and bioavailable proteins and other nutrients. (Make sure you factor in the calories in an egg before adding to your dog’s food.) And you can grind up the shells for a great and very affordable source of calcium carbonate (see instructions below).
Ideally, choose eggs from free-range or grazing hens, or omega-3-fortified organic eggs obtained from chickens that have been fed flax. These eggs contain the essential omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and two other omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Quick tip: Prepare eggshells to make calcium carbonate
Rinse the cooked eggshells or cook the raw shells for 5 minutes (to kill bacteria). To dry them out, spread them out on a baking sheet and place them in a 200 ° C oven for 10 minutes. Cool the shells, then grind them in a coffee grinder or blender to a very fine consistency. Keep them in a jar in the refrigerator.
1 teaspoon of ground eggshells is equivalent to 1,800 milligrams of calcium.
Plain hard-boiled eggs
Steaming is the best and easiest way to cook eggs. Place cold eggs on a wire rack in a saucepan with 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and cook for 11 to 10 minutes, depending on the egg size. Drain and place the eggs in cold water for a few minutes.
Muffin-sized spinach frittatas for you and your dog
Preheat the oven to 400 °.
- 1 cup chopped spinach, fresh or frozen (make sure you wring most of the water out of it) *
- 7 large eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup 2% milk
- 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
- Half a red pepper, finely diced
* You can use any green leafy vegetable, including kale, cabbage or mustard, Swiss chard, beets, or grated zucchini.
1. In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together.
2. Brush muffin tins lightly with oil or butter (or use paper muffin cups that have been lightly sprinkled with oil). Pour ¾ full of the mixture into each of the cups. Using a nonstick muffin pan will give the best results.
3. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until lightly golden and the eggs are firm. Let cool and carefully remove from the muffin bowls.
Yield: 12 single servings
Number of calories: 65.3 Kcal each.