I love it when you come across that one thing that everyone in the family enjoys eating and in our house, it’s eggs.
They go into omelettes, muffins, cakes, quiches, you name it, we’ve eaten it.
When the pantry’s a bit bare, you can just chuck them into a pot or pan and magic happens and I can easily satisfy my boys. I can quickly have a hot lunch by scrambling an egg in a coffee cup and adding some ham and tomato!
I had heard somewhere along the line that you could also give eggs to dogs, but I’d never really done anything about it. As we enjoyed our egg-filled delights, my adorable pure bred (inbred) blonde Lab Sookie and her beautiful Bitza sister Bella had never known the joy of lapping up some eggy goodness.
So imagine my surprise when I heard that it is actually recommended by vets and is actually waaaay easier to give them than trying to suss out other options for supplementary feeding. They are a great source of protein for dogs and I can literally add a few extra eggs into the mix and feed all of my animals at once!
It really is that simple, so while your four-legged friend is giving you those puppy-dog eyes as the smell of cooking egg wafts through the kitchen, why not share the love and chuck some into their bowl for dinner?
After all, veterinarian and pet nutritionist Dr Bruce Syme says they are they are one of the most complete and nutritious additions to your dog’s meal you can choose.
“Eggs are highly digestible with a full range of essential amino acids – the building blocks of protein – vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, riboflavin (vitamin B), folate, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and fatty acids,” Dr Syme said.
As you know, I am a bit of a stickler for waste, so it’s great to see you can also use the eggshells in your pet’s food! But don’t just go chucking them in willy nilly, Dr Syme says they should be ground up and added to the cooked egg and this provides an additional source of calcium.
Not one just to take his word for it, I decided to give it a test run on Sookie and Bella.
To show you just how fun and adorable it was to watch our fur babies enjoy their first foray into the world of egg dinners, I wanted to share this video with you.
NOTE: Be prepared for over-enthused messiness – not unlike feeding your toddler their first sugary treat.
So, next time you are jujjing up some eggs for breakfast, lunch, or tea, give some #Eggs4Pups as well.
In the spirit of celebrating the incredible, edible egg, here are three egg recipes that your pooch will go nuts over.
- Heat 2 tsp butter in nonstick pan over medium-high heat until hot.
- Break eggs and slip into pan, one at a time and immediately reduce heat to low.
- Cook slowly until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard
- Crack eggs into a bowl and whip with a fork until a smooth yellow colour
- Heat a pan to a medium-high heat and pour in the egg mixture
Push side to side with a wooden spoon or plastic spatula, lifting and folding for one to two minutes
- Crack an egg on to a saucer. Fill a wide saucepan with water until approximately 8cm deep. Add vinegar and 1 tsp salt.
- Bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low-medium – water should be just simmering.
- Fill a bowl with cold water and set aside.
- Slide egg from saucer into centre of pan, as close to water as possible. Cook for 2-3 minutes for a semi-soft yolk or 3-4 minutes for a firm-set yolk, without stirring.
- Transfer egg to the bowl of cold water (this stops the cooking process).