Eggnogs for cats & dogs

Posted on: 28 May 2014 by Gareth Hargreaves

Tips for preparing pets' meals using professionally developed recipes with eggs.

egg recipes for pets

For pet owners who choose to prepare home-cooked meals for their dogs and cats, the following recipes that include eggs are a way to ensure that their pets receive the highest-quality protein naturally available. Whether as part of the human diet or pet diet, protein from eggs helps build muscle strength, among other benefits. One large egg, in fact, has 13 essential nutrients in varying amounts, including the highest quality protein; choline; folate; iron and zinc.

You can cook eggs as a treat for your pet. To meet the needs of pet owners who wish to make their own pet food, the American Egg Board worked with Davis Veterinary Medical Consulting (DVMC), a group of credentialed veterinary professionals, to create the following easy-to-follow recipes: Egg Doguignon and Egg Catiatore. Note: The recipes must be followed exactly. Any alteration in amount or substitution of ingredients may cause adverse health consequences.

Egg Doguignon for Fido

Recipe created by Davis Veterinary Medical Consulting for the American Egg Board

The following homemade recipe was specially created for Fido, a healthy 5-year-old male spayed Labrador Retriever using human supplements. Fido currently weighs 65 lbs., which is a healthy weight for him. Based on his weight, his calculated energy requirement is around 1417 Calories daily. The following recipe provides 1419 Calories daily.

Ingredients

3 and 2/3 carrots, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 168.1g
7 and 1/2 large, hard-cooked eggs 379.2g
4 medium potatoes, with skin on, baked 687.5g
7/8 teaspoon vegetable oil 8.4g
4 cups beef broth or bouillon soup, ready-to-serve 945.0g

Method

Hard cook the egg in water until fully cooked; peel and discard the shell. Bake the potato in the oven without any added salt. Boil the carrots in water until fully cooked without added salt. Once cooked, measure the egg, potato, and carrots in the amounts above and cut into small pieces. Place the potato, egg, and carrot in a serving bowl and add the above amounts of beef broth, oil and the necessary supplement. Mix well and serve. Please ensure that the beef broth does not contain added onion or garlic because these can be harmful to dogs.

Per Above Recipe: 1419 Calories; 21% protein calories (298 Calories); 33% fat calories (468 Calories); 46% carbohydrate calories (653 Calories); 85.3% moisture. Note: These percentages do not correspond to the percentages listed on commercially made food.

 

Egg Catiatore for Fluffy

Recipe created by Davis Veterinary Medical Consulting for the American Egg Board

The following homemade recipe was specially created for Fluffy, a healthy 8-year-old male intact domestic short hair cat using human supplements. Fluffy currently weighs 10 lbs., which is a healthy weight for him. Based on his weight, his calculated energy requirement is around 305 Calories daily. The following recipe provides 307 Calories daily.

Ingredients

2 and 1/3 hard-cooked eggs 116.9g
1/3 cup canned stewed tomatoes 84.1g
1/2 cup enriched spaghetti 65.3g
1/8 teaspoon vegetable or corn oil 0.6g

Directions

Hard cook the egg in water, then peel and discard the shell. Cook the spaghetti in boiling water without any added salt. Once cooked, measure out the egg, spaghetti, and tomatoes in the amounts above and cut into small pieces. Place the spaghetti, egg, and tomato in a serving bowl and add the oil and the necessary supplement. Mix well to ensure that all essential nutrients are eaten.

Per Above Recipe: 307 Calories; 25% protein calories (77 Calories); 40% fat calories (123 Calories); 35% carbohydrate calories (107 Calories); 75.8% moisture. Note: These percentages do not correspond to the percentages listed on commercially made food.

The right food for your pet

Please monitor your pet's weight and make sure he maintains his current healthy weight. If he begins to gain or lose weight, please contact his vet. Your pet should have regular visits with a vet to check that his homemade diet is meeting his needs.

When choosing recipes to follow it's important that pet owners only use those developed by vets or other animal nutrition experts.

"Like humans, pets diets need to be well-balanced, so pet owners who want to prepare their pets meals should avoid feeding their pets table scraps," says Sean Delaney, who holds a masters in nutrition and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis, and works with Davis Veterinary Medical Consulting, which counsels pet food manufacturers on veterinary nutrition. "Although the majority of pet food brands are safe and nutritious, home-cooked pet food can be a good option as long as pet owners follow veterinary-approved recipes."

As people begin to pay more attention to what their pets eat, more of them may choose to take control of their pets' diets to ensure safe, wholesome ingredients. "Pet owners who prepare their pet's meals should use the same care they do when preparing their own family's meals," says William Bell, executive director of the New England Veterinary Medical Association and member of the New England Brown Egg Council. "They should seek out recipes that provide the maximum nutrition and use high-quality ingredients like eggs."

Because pet foods are complex and can be difficult to make, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) does not recommend that pet owners prepare their own food. However, for owners who choose to do so, the AVMA recommends that pet owners confer with their vet and only use recipes designed by animal nutrition professionals.

DVMC also has a tool available that allows pet owners to customize these recipes based on the pet's age, gender, weight, and size, but owners should still consult with their vets to ensure their pets receive the proper nutrition and take their pets for regular check-ups. For a free customized pet recipe, visit BalanceIT.Com or to read more about pet nutrition visit UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

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