Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Simply Good Eggs for Dogs Cats, Your Complete Guide to a Perfect Food

Are you looking for a simply good whole food to support your dogs and cat's health?

Think simple.  Think "eggs."

Eggs are a perfect food. Packed with essential bioavailable nutrients in a mineral-rich package.

Every part of an egg can contribute to your companion animal's health. The egg yolk, egg white, eggshell membrane and the eggshell.

Dogs and cats can consume eggs raw with or without the shell or cooked no shell. Allow your dog and cat to choose her preference.

This article is Part I of  a Complete Guide to selecting and including eggs in your dogs and cat's diet.

Nutritional Value of Eggs, A Perfect Food for Dogs and Cats

Eggs offer complete source of protein, essential fatty acids, essential minerals and vitamins.

Have you heard the saying "Eggs are a complete food"?  It's true!

Eggs are rich in protein complete with all nine essential amino acids:  
  • Cysteine, histidine, isoleucine,  lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
Carotenoids important for eye health: 
  • Lutein.
  • Zeaxanthin.
Important for overall health...

Essential fatty acids: 
  • Omega-3.
  • Omega-6.
Essential  bioavailable minerals: 
  • Calcium.
  • Iodine.
  • Magnesium.
  • Manganese.
  • Molybdenum.
  • Phosphorus.
  • Potassium.
  • Selenium.
  • Zinc.
Essential bioavailable vitamins:
  • Vitamin A.
  • Vitamin B1, B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin) and B9 (folate).
  • Vitamin D.
  • Vitamin E.
Choline, an essential micronutrient:
  • A dog and cat's body doesn't produce enough choline on it's own. It's important to provide choline-rich foods!
That's impressive!

Dry kibble and canned food contain inorganic synthetic minerals. Difficult for the body to absorb. 

Whole egg (complete with egg shell) helps re-mineralize your companion animal's body. 

Egg offers a simple, inexpensive opportunity to increase the quality of your dog and cat's diet!

Varieties of Bird Eggs Good for Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats can consume a variety of eggs. Eggs sourced from birds, domesticated poultry, land-fowl and waterfowl including...

Guinea Fowl

Duck vs. Chicken Eggs

      Duck eggs provide:
  • More omega-3 and omega-6 than chicken eggs.
  • More of the same vitamins and minerals found in chicken eggs.
  • More albumen than chicken eggs.
  • More yolk than chicken eggs.
  • More (healthy) cholesterol than chicken eggs.
At one-time research indicated cholesterol in eggs threatened heart health, now proven incorrect.

Research has proved cholesterol in eggs is not detrimental to serum lipid levels in the body. Eggs may also improve the body's level of good cholesterol. More on that here

Quail vs. Chicken Eggs

      Quail Eggs provide:
  • The same amount of protein as chicken eggs.
  • More (healthy) cholesterol than chicken eggs.


Next up in this Complete Guide to Eggs for Dogs and Cats 


Part I -     Simply Good Eggs for Dogs and Cats
                        A Complete Food to a Perfect Food

⭐️ Part II -   How Wholesome is That Egg for Your Dog, Cat? 
                        How to Select the Best Eggs!

Part III - How Safe Are Eggs for Dogs and Cats?
                       Myths and Truths

Part IV - Eggs for Dogs, Cats - How Much Egg to Serve
                       Raw, Cooked and Recipes


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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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Wishing your dog and cat the best of health!

Karen Rosenfeld
Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer
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