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Eggs & Milk
No Milk & How to Prepare Eggs
Milk is not to be given to adult dogs because after the age of three months, they no longer produce lactase which is the enzyme that breaks down lactose.
No commercial pet milk for puppies either.
Puppies under the age of three months, may be given my puppy formula if they are orphaned puppies.
1 cup raw goat’s milk (powdered goat’s milk, or if you have to use cow’s milk, use half raw milk and half raw cream)
2 egg yolks (yellow only, not egg whites)
1 tablespoon of 100% Pure Colostrum
1 teaspoon of molasses
Mix well. Feed with bottle or syringe.
Some dogs do well with eggs; some do not; you will have to find out by trial and error. Eggs are a great source of complete protein. They contain all the essential amino acids and the following nutrients: vitamins A, B2, D and E, niacin, biotin, copper, iron, sulfur, phosphorus, and unsaturated fatty acids. The egg yolk is the richest known source of choline, which is necessary for emulsifying or dispersing cholesterol throughout the system.
Eggs yolks should be fed raw. If you feed the whole egg, including the white, it is best to poach or soft boil the eggs for one minute, just enough to turn the clear part of the egg to white. This will destroy the avidin, which is the protein that interferes with the absorption of biotin, an important B vitamin.
The hard-boiled eggs are very difficult for dogs to digest. Feed only raw egg yolks; never hard-boiled.
The main concern with eggs is their quality and freshness. Make sure they come from healthy, organically raised or free-range-fed chickens that have not been fed antibiotics, hormones, or other drugs. Of course, it goes without saying that chickens who are caged and mutilated by having their beaks and nails cut are so stressed that they cannot be healthy or produce quality eggs.
Organic eggs are much higher in nutritional value than regular commercial eggs. If the eggs are fertile as well, they will contain beneficial growth hormones, as well as they will lower cholesterol.
The number of eggs for a meal depends on the size and appetite of your dog. Here is a guideline…and not written in stone:
Tiny dogs under ten pounds, one egg per meal.
Small dogs, 10 to 20 pounds, two to three eggs.
Medium dogs, 20 to 50 pounds, four to five eggs.
Large dogs, 50 to 100 pounds six to eight eggs.
What I have been doing recently is putting a couple of tablespoons of salted butter in a cast iron skillet, adding the egg whites, and making it like an omelet with their cooked vegetables; letting that cool, and then mixing with their raw egg yolks. It’s a winner with my family of four.