It’s a cold, rainy day and you’re stuck indoors. It’s just you and your dog and you’re craving something warm and delicious - and so is your dog! What can be better than a little bone broth, especially for the pickiest of pups?
One of the oldest recipes in the book, bone broth for dogs is starting to resurface in popularity, and for good reason! Bone broth is nutritious and a great supplement to your dog’s regular diet. Plus, for dogs who turn their noses at most foods, bone broth is sure to catch their attention.
Let’s explore what bone broth really is and find out the benefits of bone broth for dogs!
What Is Bone Broth?
Commonly made by simmering beef, pork, chicken bones or a combination of the three, bone broth is a nutrient packed way to add to your dog’s diet. As the bones and meat simmer, the soup sucks up all the delicious nutrients and minerals, giving bone broth the distinctive meaty taste all dogs love and appreciate.
Bone broth can also sometimes contain other nutritious add-ons like vegetables, mushrooms and herbs. These help to pump up the nutrition of the bone broth and add even more fibre and vitamins to your dog’s diet.
If you’re wondering what is the best bone broth to buy, you will be delighted to find that there are many types of bone broth in the market. They also come in different forms - from powders to ready to eat bags of soup to frozen treats. For a tasty bite, The Barkery stocks delicious all natural Frozen Bone Broth For Dogs. These bone broth treats are great for your pups to gnaw on on hot days, but are also perfect for topping their meals as they’re pre-portioned into suitable portion sizes.
Why Is Bone Broth Good For Dogs?
Great for Picky Eaters
The most obvious benefit of bone broth is that it’s pungent and irresistible for almost every dog. Even the pickiest of eaters is sure to have their interest piqued!
Wholesome Paws’ Multivitamins Frozen Bone Broth is a great product to start with. Slowly simmered for 72 hours, this bone broth option contains zero preservatives, artificial flavouring or colouring and comes in different flavours suitable for every dog.
Great for Joints
Healthy joints are vital for maintaining their quality of life, especially if they tend to be very active. But as your dog grows older, their joints wear down with continued use. Larger breeds of dogs like Labrador retrievers and German Shepherds also tend to be more susceptible to arthritis and joint pain.
Bone broth is a great way to build your dog’s bone health. It contains sky high amounts of glucosamine, a joint protecting compound that helps build your dog’s bones and joints.
Great for the Liver
Just like for us humans, our dogs’ livers are essential to their health. It aids in digestion and helps them metabolize fat, protein, carbohydrates and vitamins. Plus, it helps filter out all the toxins and waste your dog encounters in their daily life.
Your dog’s liver functions best with plenty of glycine, a particular amino acid. Bone broth, thankfully, is full of glycine and a great way to help keep your pup’s liver on tip top condition!
Great for Healthy Digestion
Stress and a poor diet can damage your dog’s digestive system. Your dog’s intestines are lined with millions of tiny holes that help absorb nutrients into their bloodstream.
As your pup grows more stressed or experiences other health issues, these holes can grow bigger and allow things that aren’t meant to pass through to do so - anything from undigested food to toxins. This puts your dog’s body at full alert and it may start trying to attack these foreign substances - resulting in allergies and food sensitivities.
How can bone broth help? Most bone broths contain gelatin, a natural gooey substance that can help plug these holes up and protect your dog’s gut lining.
Where To Find Bone Broth
Bone broth comes in many different forms - from it’s all natural soupy form, to bone broth dog treats. It’s an easy homemade dog food to cook up and many recipes for bone broth can be found online.
Here’s a simple bone broth recipe for the perfect homemade bone broth:
- At least 3 pounds of raw bones with marrow (chicken, turkey, beef, pork, etc)
- ¼ cup organic raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- Optional add-ons like kale, green beans, shiitake mushrooms or herbs
- Place all ingredients in a large soup pot or slow cooker
- Cook on low heat for 12-24 hours
- Allow to cool
- Strain and discard bones
- Store broth in your refrigerator and discard any fat that rises to the top
Reminder! Never feed your dog cooked bones as they can splinter and hurt your pup’s throat. If your bone broth doesn’t gel up like expected, don’t worry! Your pup will still enjoy their delicious broth.
Want a quicker way to make bone broth for your dog? Dr. Bone Broth Premium Beef Frozen Bone Broth For Dogs is an excellent commercially-available option. It’s a great multivitamin supplement that’s perfect for strengthening your dog’s immune system and joints. For maximum enjoyment, you can also give Stefanplast’s Anti-Slip Dog Bowl a try. This chic and sturdy bowl is perfect for eager pups that might spill their bone broth from excitement!
Bone broth is a tasty way to boost your pup’s general health and digestive system. It’s relatively easy to make at home, but if the time required for the recipe is a turn off, there are many commercially available options. The next time you’re stuck indoors with your pup, be sure to treat them to a delicious bowl of bone broth!
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Tammi writes articles about anything from data analytics to animal health, and loves doing the occasional craft. But most importantly, she loves hanging out and doing photo-shoots with her dog.