Bone Broth – Can your dog’s health benefit from this?

The answer to this question is a great big Yes!  This wonderful nutritional treat has been used for centuries around the world. Bone broth can be called an  immune-boosting super foodand is beneficial for humans and dogs alike. It is rich in gelatin, potassium and calcium and aids in your dog’s gut health. Additionally, it helps joints, bones, and the immune system. This added boost comes in handy, especially later in life.

We are not talking here about soups or soup stock here.  Bone Broth can be made at home by cooking beef or chicken bones, water and apple cider vinegar.

There are a number of important vitamins and minerals that are more easily absorbed than they are from a tablet or capsule supplement.

Benefits of Bone Broth

The gelatin aids in digestive issues, when used with a bland diet to treat vomiting or diarrhea and sometimes even helping anal gland problems.

The gelatin also helps with a healthy coat and skin. It can be beneficially for allergy patients.

There are a number of important vitamins and minerals that are more easily absorbed than they are from a tablet or capsule supplement.

The collagen and hyaluronic acid content is critical in today’s highly processed food chain. Collagen keeps our bones and joints healthy. Today we see so many orthopedic issues because the diet of our pets is deficient in collagen. We have also taken the raw bones out of our pet’s diet, and that is unfortunate. We see so many more dogs with dental illness and orthopedic problems due to the dry kibble that is commonly fed.

Liver detoxifying mechanisms. This is great for animals that have been, or currently are on, drugs. This helps to support liver function.

We now stock bone broth at the clinic to make it easier for you to add this wonderful product into your pet’s diet. Whether your pet needs it for a current health issue, or to maintain overall good health, it is one of the best things you can do for your pet’s nutritional needs. If you prefer to make it yourself, here is how:

 

How to Make Bone Broth – recipe method taken from Simple Wag online

Begin by gathering raw or pre-cooked bones from cow, chicken or turkey into a slow cooker or crock pot.

Cover the ingredients with just enough water to go about an inch above the top of the bones.

Add between 2 to 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water—this pulls the minerals from the bones.

Simmer in the pot for 24-72 hours on low. If the water drops below the bones, add a bit more to the pot to cover.

Once the broth has cooled to a safe level, strain out all the bones and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 

If used within the 3-4 day time window, bone broth can be stored in the refrigerator in its original pot or in pyrex glass bowls. Since each recipe yields a good amount of broth, consider storing the broth for later in the season. Bone broth will freeze well for up to one year and can be kept in an ice cube tray or small freezable containers for easy access. In the summer, consider giving your pup bone broth pops as a mineral-rich treat.