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The Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs
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Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about bone broth.  In a couple of my raw feeding groups, someone has shared that they are feeding a bone broth.  After I read that a fellow blogger using a bone broth to moisten his dog’s morning kibble, I decided to find a recipe.

What is Bone Broth?

Just as it sounds, broth made after slow cooking bones in water and creating a broth.  Yes, there’s a little bit more to it, but not much.

Why Bone Broth?

A new blogging friend uses it to moisten up his dog’s kibble (he feeds kibble in the morning and raw in the evening).  It’s a nutrient-rich addition to any dog’s diet and has several benefits:

  • Bone broth promotes a healthy digestive system.
  • It’s going to be great for Rodrigo and Sydney’s joints because it contains gelatin, which is a form of collagen, as well as glucosamine, chondroitin, and other nutrients that support joint health.
  • It acts as a liver detox, so if you feed your dogs kibble (no judgment, we all do the best we can), this is an affordable way to give your dog something better.  Plus in this chemically laden world, our dogs can use a liver detox here and there.
  • And bone broth is great for sick dogs because it provides them nutrition when they’re not eating.

Bone broth isn’t a meal.  It’s to be used as a supplement for our dogs.

Making a Bone Broth for Dogs

I use a large slow cooker or a large pressure cooker to make my bone broth.

Ingredients

  • Raw apple cider vinegar to bring out the minerals in the bones. I add 1/4 cup to an 8-quart pressure cooker or slow cooker.
  • Bones of your choice; I prefer turkey legs, emu legs, marrow bones, and duck feet.
  • Water enough to cover the bones in the slow cooker or pressure cooker).
  • 5-7 cloves of fresh garlic (minced garlic in the jar is processed and shouldn't be used).
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of golden paste; you can also add turmeric powder 10 minutes before the bone broth is done.
  • OPTIONAL: kale, parsley, oregano, dandelion greens, and other healthy greens for dogs

To learn more about garlic, the benefits it offers to dogs, and the serving amount, check out this article on PetGuide.com.  Please note that the amount of garlic I add to the bone broth is for 4 dogs with a combined weight of 200+ pounds.

Directions

  • Add bones, raw apple cider vinegar, garlic and water to your slow cooker or pressure cooker.
  • Add greens if you choose; I rarely do.
  • If using a slow cooker, set for 20-24 hours; if using a pressure cooker, set for 4-5 hours.  I cook my bone broth on our porch because the smell can be overwhelming.
  • 10 minutes before the bone broth is finished, add turmeric paste or turmeric powder.
  • When bone broth has cooled, fish out the bones; be sure to search for any small bones (I use my fingers).
  • Transfer bone broth to freezer-safe containers and store in the freezer until needed.

Get Creative with Your Bone Broth

I don't just add turkey bones.  I've added whatever bones have been available that have large enough bones that they can be fished out of the broth when it's finished.

Dogs Naturally Magazine suggests the following…

  • Kelp
  • Nettles
  • Garlic
  • Dandelion root *
  • “Italian” herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, fennel seed)
  • Astragalus Root *
  • Burdock Root *
  • Shiitake mushrooms *

*Strain these ingredients before using the broth

If you feed kibble and want to give your dog something more, try a bone broth and see how your dog likes it.  Then come back here and tell me how your dog reacted to this yummy treat.

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