Bone broth is one of the most amazing dietary supplements that we can give to ourselves and our pups, and it’s SO easy to make! There are many benefits to feeding bone broth and here are a few of the key ones.
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Promotes healthy digestion
Inside the intestine are millions of tiny holes. When people or dogs are exposed to poor diet, toxins, or stress, these holes can become enlarged due to bacterial overgrowth. This phenomenon is called, “Leaky Gut Syndrome”. Bone broth contains gelatin, which is fantastic for plugging up these enlarged holes and preventing food particles from leaving the intestines.
Helps the liver detox
In this day and age our environment is filled with toxins like cigarette smoke; household cleaners; flea, tick, and heart worm medications; herbicides and pesticides. This can take quite the toll on the liver. Bone broth contains an amino acid called Glycine that assists the liver with detoxification.
Great for joint health
Glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid are all present in large amounts in bone broth. These compounds are essential for healthy tendons and ligaments. In bone broth, these compounds are very easy to absorb, meaning your dog is not wasting any of it!
Adds moisture to the diet
Many of our dogs are fed a dry food diet (kibble) and one of the biggest downfalls of these diets are that they contain no moisture. Dogs were evolved to get much of their moisture from their food (as they would when consuming a raw carcass or raw meat) which means that many of our dry fed pups are probably not getting the moisture their bodies require. Adding water or bone broth to your dog’s dry food can help their bodies properly hydrate.
There is not much on Earth that a dog loves more than bones! Suck all the flavour out of them and add water, and your dog is going to be in heaven!
Making the broth
First, find some bones (Any kind will do – cooked or raw is fine.) and get out your slow cooker. Whenever we roast a chicken in our home, we make broth from the bones immediately after eating, and we let them simmer all night in the slow cooker. Bison bones, beef bones, and lamb bones are all great choices too.
I find that the marrow bones produce a more gelatinous mixture than say turkey or chicken so if you’d like something easy to pour in molds to make frozen broth BrindleBerry Bones, chicken or turkey might be a little easier to pour.
Be sure to throw out the bones after cooking and do not feed them to your dog. Cooked bones are not safe to ingest. Serving size will vary based on your dog’s size.
- 3-4 TBSPS Apple Cider Vinegar
- ~2 LBS Cooked or Raw Bones
- Filtered Water (enough to completely cover the bones in the slow cooker)
- Add the bones and apple cider vinegar to your slow cooker and completely cover them with filtered water. Turn on the slow cooker and let simmer for 24-48 hours. When cooked, strain the broth through a sieve to remove any bits of skin or bones from the liquid.
- Refrigerate broth or pour into silicon molds or ice cube trays and freeze. Add liquid mixture to your dog's food, or add frozen cubes to their bowls. Don't forget to enjoy some yourself!