Bone Broth for Dogs
Bone broth (also called stock) is an amazingly nourishing food to add to your dogs diet. Packed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, a good broth is a fantastic way to give your dog’s immune system a boost.
The best bit is it's cheap and easy to make at home!
While bone broth is beneficial to all dogs, it’s especially helpful for tummy upsets or older dogs with joint issues. It’s also a great way to improve the nutrition of fussy eaters - dogs love it.
Here’s a few of ways that bone broth can improve your dog’s health.
1. Heals the gut
One of the great things about bone broth is that it improves the gut’s natural functioning. The gelatine found naturally in bones is extracted by the cooking process, which repairs the small holes that can form in their digestive system (often called “leaky gut”). By healing the gut you can dramatically improve digestion and also reduce allergy symptoms.
2. Supports heathy joints
Bone broth is high in glucosamine, chondroitin and gelatine which support healthy joint function. It’s basically a whole food joint supplement that you can make yourself!
3. Detoxes the liver
Healthy liver function is essential to process the toxins which naturally accumulate in your dog’s body. Bone broth contains a key amino acid called glycine, which help’s their liver to get rid of toxins.
How to make it
The goal with making bone broth is to extract the maximum amount of goodness out of the bones. To boost this process, we add a small amount of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to the pot. The ACV increases to transfer of minerals from bones into the stock.
Use about 1 tablespoon ACV for every 4 litres of water in the broth.
The biggest tip with making a broth is to cook it for as long as possible - the longer the better! If you have a slow cooker, about 24 hours of cooking will get the most amount of goodness out of the bones. On the stove aim for at least 8 hours of gentle cooking.
As with any food you give your dog, it’s important that there it contains nothing harmful. Please be aware that onions are toxic to dogs, so don’t put them in your doggy bone broth! You also don’t need to add any salt - there’s plenty of minerals in the broth already.
Chicken frames or beef/lamb soup bones
Pigs trotter or chicken feet (optional, makes extra good jelly stock)
Apple cider vinegar
*Use organic ingredients wherever possible
1. Roast your bones in a moderate oven for about 5 minutes (optional).
2. Place roasted bones in your slow cooker or stock pot with roughly chopped vegetables.
3. Fill pot with filtered water.
4. Add apple cider vinegar (about 1tbsp for every 4L of liquid).
5. Bring to boil.
6. Reduce heat and simmer as long as you can, 12-24 hours if possible.
7. Cool down so you can handle it, and strain into separate containers. These go into the fridge.
8. Feed it to your dog!
Once finished and in the fridge cold it should have a layer of fat on top with some jelly underneath. This jelly layer is all the wonderful gelatine that heals the gut and helps the joints. It will last 3-5 days in the fridge like this, but you can also freeze it for longer storage.
Frozen broth cubes are a great treat on a hot day. And don’t forget that broth is good for you too - you can use it in pasta sauce, stews or anything really.