Bone Broth for Your Dog (And You)
Bone Broth is the hot new thing in the health world. Rich in minerals, bone broth has a long list of benefits including being good for gut health, bones, joints, immune system support, improving sleep quality and memory, and even making your skin looks younger thanks to a healthy dose of collagen. It’s also economical to make, particularly when using leftovers. Bone broth isn’t just good for you though, it’s great for our canine family members! Read on to learn how to make bone broth for your dog, don’t worry it’s human friendly too!
Bone broth is great for an extra hit of nutrition for your dog, but is particularly good for dogs who are recovering from illness and may not be able to stomach solid foods yet.
To make your own bone broth in its simplest form all you need is a bunch of bones, apple cider vinegar, and plenty of water. You can get the bones from your local butcher or simply save them from your last roast. You can use all kinds of bones including chicken carcasses, marrow bones, necks etc.
Wellness Mama suggests using 2 pounds of bones per gallon of water. If your bones are raw, roast them for around 30 minutes first to improve the flavour, but if you’re making bone broth for your dog and not yourself, feel free to skip this step. Next, add the water, bones and two tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar to a large pot, and allow to sit for around 20 minutes. The vinegar helps draw the minerals from the bones. Bring the water to a boil and turn down to a simmer and cook for as long as possible – 8 to 12 hours will do, but if you can then do it for 24 hours. I like to use a slow cooker on a low heat, so that I don’t have to worry about the house burning down.
If you want to add some extra flavours then you can also cook celery, carrots and herbs like parsley in the broth, but stay away from garlic and onion which isn’t dog friendly. Make sure the broth has cooled before giving it to your dog, but keep it warm for your own reviving drink.