bone broth

If you have been looking for a way to give your pet’s health a big boost…

Bone broth may be the answer.

What is it and how do you make it?

Read on to find out…

What is Bone Broth?

Simply put, bone broth is a broth that has been made from bones.

Bones are packed with a wide range of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Cooking the bones in water draws all of its nutrients out of the bones and into the water, turning the water into a nutrient-dense broth.

People have been using bone broth as a source of nourishment for hundreds of years, and not only does it taste amazing, but it has so many health benefits too…

How Will Bone Broth Benefit my Dog or Cat?

Border Collie Dog

There are many ways in which bone broth could benefit your dog or cat, such as:

  • Can heal and seal a leaky gut
  • Helps to maintain a healthy gut, reducing digestive issues
  • Supports the immune system and aids in detoxification
  • Contains collagen, glucosamine and more, all of which help to protect the joints

Many people also use bone broth as a way to encourage sick or older dogs to eat, because this tasty treat is so hard to resist! It’s also great if you are trying to rotate or transition your dog onto a new protein or new food. Basically, any time you think “how can I get my dog to eat this” bone broth is the answer. Cats, however, they may love it or may need some encouragement…see below.

How to Make Bone Broth

Bones and vegetables

Bone broth is so easy to make, and while there may be many recipes out there, there isn’t a wrong way to do it.

All you really need are the following:

  • Bones – these can be of any type and can come from any animal, although organic bones will always be more beneficial. If your main purpose of making bone broth is to help your pet’s joints, try to use more joint bones, such as chicken feet, as these contain the most gelatin
  • Water – clean and filtered water is best
  • Vinegar – this helps to draw all of the minerals out from the bones
  • (Optional) Vegetables and Herbs – from garlic to oregano to carrots, vegetables and herbs add more nutrition to a broth

Once you have all of that, simply add the bones to a slow cooker/ crockpot and then cover them with water, while also adding in a couple of tablespoons of vinegar.

Leave the ingredients to simmer gently for around 24 hours.

Once it is done, allow the broth to cool before using a strainer to remove and discard any bone fragments.

Wondering if you can give these bits of bone to your dog?

Definitely not. Cooked bones are so dangerous for dogs, as they are extremely brittle and could puncture your dog’s intestines as they make their way through.

You can feed some of the liquid broth to your pet once it has cooled. After that, you can either refrigerate it, where it will turn into a jelly-like consistency, or freeze it for future use.

If you don’t want to make bone broth, you will likely find it available at local grocery stores. Just make sure that the one you choose does not contain any added salt, sugars or other flavourings.

Looking for another recipe? Check out Dogs Naturally.

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How to Feed Bone Broth to Your Dog or Cat

Hungry Black Labrador

When it comes to bone broth for dogs, this is usually an extremely easy food to feed.

Dogs tend to love the meaty scent and flavour of the broth, and will lap it up very quickly.

You can either add some to your dog’s food, or feed it on its own as a treat.

In terms of bone broth for cats, this can be slightly trickier…

Cats are known for being much fussier than dogs, so you may need to mix it in well with your cat’s food. If your cat has a preference for a certain protein, then using the bones from that animal means that there is a higher chance your cat will be receptive to the broth.

Wondering how much to feed?

This varies depending on the dog or cat. Try starting with a couple of spoonfuls added in to your pet’s food, and then adjust this amount from there.

Can you feed bone broth to your pet every day?

If you are feeding it in moderation and are using quality bones, then yes.

Keep in mind that many bones are contaminated with lead. If you are using low quality bones, then lead toxicity can be an issue, so you may want to save your bone broth for just a few days each month.

Packed with so many different nutrients, bone broth is a great supplement to add to your pet’s diet.

Dogs and cats will both benefit from this in so many ways, and the fact that bone broth is so easy to make is a big bonus!

Do you have an older dog or cat? Check out this article by Dr. Karen Becker on the benefits of bone broth and older pets. 

Which bones, vegetables and herbs do you use when making bone broth for your dog or cat?

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