“Good broth will resurrect the dead“
– Old South American proverb
Bone broth is a immune boosting super food and ideal for getting sick pets back on their feet and for maintaining the health of an active dog. Even sick dogs that are not eating will enjoy a bowl of broth and you can add it to their food to help them eat.
Bone broth for dogs is great as it’s packed with minerals like like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium in forms that are easily absorbed by your dog . Rich in amino acids like glycine and proline they help maintain a healthy digestion and keeping your dog calm. The collagen in the bones protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract aiding in the digestion of nutrients and the gelatin supports fur, skin and nail growth while helping joint pain and inflammation. Marrow helps provide the body with materials needed for healthy blood cells and immune development. It’s perfect for flu season for dogs AND people.
It’s very cheap to make since all you need is some good marrow bones but you can also buy it, pet-ready here.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You need apple cider vinegar to help break the bones down and leach all the goodness out. Apple cider vinegar is also great for deterring parasites, is antibacterial and antifungal, improves and conditions the coat, relieves arthritis and improves digestion.
You can use chicken, pork or beef bones but if possible get organic bones and with beef bones try to get grass fed. Grass fed is higher in Omega 3’s. It’s also higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic. Grass fed is also higher in vitamin E, vitamin A, glutathione and antioxidants. Pigs raised outdoors have a better Omega 3/Omega 6 ratio and more mono-unsaturated fat which is more resistant to high heat.
You can really improve the health of your dog by learning how to make dog food that’s delicious, simple and healthy and bone broth is as easy as it gets. You’ll know when the broth is ready when the bones start to soften and get crumbly/chalky. In a pressure cooker it takes about 4 hours but you can also do it in a pot or slow cooker which will require between 8-24 hours of simmering. Once cooked discard the bones, it’s just the broth you want. Dogs should never be fed cooked bones.
Broth just lasts a few days even in the fridge regardless if it’s for humans or dogs… the general rule is freeze it until it’s needed.
1kg of bones, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1-2 cloves of garlic (optional) But isn’t garlic bad for dogs?