Bone Broth Benefits For Dogs + Recipe ♡
There are just too many health trends out there, with many of them being over-hyped and offering little nutritional benefits to our dogs. Although it is true that dog owners need to be wary about the various health fads out there, there is one that we highly recommend. What is that? Giving your dogs bone broth.
Although there are indeed many proven benefits of incorporating bone broth in your dog's diet, which we will share down below, we still suggest that you check with your vet before giving this to your dog.
So, what are the benefits? And any good bone broth recipes? Let's see~
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth essentially is a soup/stock liquid made from beef, poultry, or pork bones. The bones are simmered for several hours until a deep & delicious flavor is achieved. It's commonly made for humans with leftover bones and vegetables. Aside from being a tasty, nourishing soup for humans, this bone broth is also great for our pups too! It's a nice complement to your dog's normal diet.
What Are the Benefits?
Bone broth is not only tasty but also jam packed with tons of nutritional benefits for your dog. However, it is important to note that this bone broth should not replace your pup's meals but be used as an added support to their wellbeing. When bone broth is included in addition to their diet, it can help in the following ways:
1. Detoxes the Liver
Our dogs may often accidentally consume many toxic things that may make it harder for our dog's liver to detoxify. Such things may include: chemicals used on the grass/lanscape, chemicals used to clean/mop the floors, and other potential toxic compounds found on other objects around the house that our dogs like to sniff and chew on.
One component that helps the liver to detoxify is the amino acid, glycine. Since the liver contains only a certain amount of this amino acid, the added glycine from bone broth can help support your dog's liver.
2. Supports Gut Health
The gut lining of our dog is essential in keeping out toxins from entering their body. When toxins and undigested foods enter into the body, this can cause them to develop allergies, food sensitivities, and a weak immune system. Bone broth contains gelatin, which is essential is restoring and protecting your dog's gut lining. This, in turn, can help strengthen and improve your dog's overall digestive health.
3. Promotes Joint Health
As our dog ages, the cartilage in their joints begin to wear down with years of use and may become damaged, resulting in joint issues. Although joint health is especially important for senior canines, it is also a good precaution to start taking good care of your dog's joint health now so that they can continue to enjoy good health into their old age. Since bone broth is a great source of collagen and gelatin, it can help support your dog's connective tissues and their joint health! This is also a great support for dogs who have suffered an injury or are more prone to certain joint ailments.
As noted above, bone broth is a delicious and great addition to your dog's existing diet. Please speak to your vet to check and see if bone broth would be good for your dog before incorporating it into their diet.
Got the "ok" from your vet to add this to your pup's diet? Let's take a look at how we can make bone broth for our dog!
Bone Broth Recipe For Dogs
If you are concerned about potential allergen, you can make an organic bone broth. Since bone broth does not contain foods that canines are most commonly allergic to, such as dairy, gluten, and grains, it is a fairy safe addition to most dog diets. This broth is fairly simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. Here's one of our favorite and simple ways to make bone broth for our dogs:
- 2 lbs. of poultry/beef bone
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Optional: Carrots, seasoning
- Place all the bones in a large pot or pressure cooker. Pour just enough water to cover over the bones. Add 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar into the pot as this will help extract the nutrients from the bones
- Bring the water to a boil. Once the water boils, reduce the heat and allow bones to simmer for about 5 hours.
- After 5 hours, use a spoon or ladle to remove any gunk from the bones that has risen to the top of the bone broth and then continue to cook on low heat for a total of 24 hour for poultry bones and 48 hours for beef bones. If you are using a pressure cooker, please note that the total cooking time may vary.
- Once your bone broth has finished cooking and cooled down, scoop out the gunk layer that forms at the top of the broth before serving to your dog. Leftover broth can be stored in the fridge for about 4-5 days. You can even freeze some in your ice cube tray and give them to your pups during the hot summer months
In most cases, it is safe to make your own dog food and treats, however it is always smart to first ask your veterinarian before introducing anything new into your dog's diet.