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I've been buying canned, boiled oysters for my dog. They're farm raised in Korea and I'd prefer to buy locally harvested oysters, but everything I've found is raw. Why is this an issue? I do feed raw, after all. It's an issue because I'm a big scaredy-cat. We have red tide warnings here all the time; I'm not exactly sure what this is, but I know it ain't good and I don't want my dogs eating it.
I was at Costco recently and saw a huge jar of raw oysters sourced locally in the Pacific Northwest. That's closer to me than Korea and I don't have to worry about red tide. Winning! But I still won't feed them raw, but I can cook them. The question is – how badly will our house smell after I follow the below recipe?
Benefits of Oysters for Dogs
But first, let's talk about WHY I add oysters to my dogs' raw meals. Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib did a video (yeah, doesn't it seem to always start with them – hahaha) making a raw meal for Reggie and they added a can of oysters. I was stunned because I had never thought to add oysters and when I did a quick Google search, I found that oysters are a great source of zinc and other nutrients, including Omega 3 fatty acids.
So now I add oysters.
Broiling Oysters without The Shell for Dogs
- 1 jar of raw oysters – medium oysters are less expensive than small oysters
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 2 tsp of fresh oregano
- 1 jar of raw oysters
- Sprinkle dried parsley, dried oregano, and/or dried basil
- Set oven to 450 degrees F (232.222 C)
- Line oysters on a non-stick baking sheet
- Sprinkle oysters with seasons (dried or fresh)
- Bake oysters for 10 minutes
- Let cool.
- When the oysters are cool, transfer them to a Rubbermaid container and store in the fridge for a few days or the freezer.
How Many Oysters I Feed My Dogs
I thought cooking the oysters would make them smaller, but they kept their size. Currently, I split an 8 ounce can between my four dogs once a week. I'm not sure how many oysters are in the can, but I think each dog gets about 4-5 small oysters each. When I baked the medium oysters, I gave each dog one oyster (except Scout, who ate the two smaller oysters).
I also expected the oysters to stink up the house. Nope. The dogs were interested in what I was cooking, but the house didn't smell like oysters.
Can I Feed My Dogs Raw Oysters
I personally choose not to feed my dogs raw oysters because I worry about if they're safe. Cindy Hansen, one of my readers, recently reminded me to avoid eating raw oysters in the months with an R, this leaves the only a few months where raw oysters are okay: May, June, July, and August. That seems so strange to me so I just avoid raw oysters altogether.
When it comes to raw oysters in the jar, since I don't know when they were packaged and since I'm cooking them, I feel okay feeding them to my dogs.
Broiling Oysters without The Shell for Humans
If you like oysters too, here's a recipe that I might try for myself.
- I jar of small or medium-sized oysters
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley
- 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp of fresh oregano
- a dash of red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup (or a little less) of extra virgin olive oil (save some for drizzling later
- 1 tsp of champagne vinegar
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat broiler.
- Chop up the herbs
- Mix herbs, red pepper flakes, oil, and vinegar in a large bowl.
- Add oysters to a large bowl toss.
- Transfer the oyster mixture to a shallow baking dish, sprinkle cheese over the oysters and season with black pepper.
- Broil until golden brown (about 2 minutes).
- Serve up!
Recipe Source: MarthaStewart.com