Bone Broth for Dogs: The What, Why and How
Bones have forever been synonymous with dogs. You’ve heard the saying “Give a dog a bone” right? well we at ProDog have our own saying:
Give a Dog Bone Broth
Bone broth is an exceptionally potent, health-giving addition to any dog’s diet. The best news is this wholesome concoction is a nutritious food you can share too. Bone broth is as nourishing for humans as it is for our furry friends.
How incredible is that? sharing a wholesome brew with your pooch
Let’s Start With the What
Bone broth is a nutrient dense stock, made from the boiling of bones and connective tissue. You can make bone broth using bones from just about any animal: pork, beef, veal, turkey, lamb, bison, buffalo, venison, chicken or fish.
The final result is a liquid which can be poured over your faithful friend’s food or served as a separate snack. To your pooch it tastes divine so it’s a real treat.
Since the invention of the pot our ancestors have gathered around the fire and boiled up bone broths. Hippocrates the god father of medicine, born 460BC recommended it to people to heal digestive issues. Maimonides, a philosopher and physician born in Spain in 1138 ,recommended chicken bone broth as medicine and it’s been used as a staple ingredient in asian cuisine for centuries.
So we can safely say bone broth isn’t a new fad. Resurrected in recent times as a health drink for humans due to the acknowledgement of its healthful qualities. Our beloved doggos now get to lap up the benefits too.
Why All the Fuss?
Bone broth is a powerful elixir. It’s an extremely potent superfood packed full of minerals and nutrients which will nourish your dog from the inside out.
Bone broth contains Glycosaminoglycans which are molecules found in all connective that help keep our joints healthy. Hyaluronic acid, Glucosamine, Chondroitin are the most commonly known.
This nourishing brew also contains calcium, magnesium, plus several amino acids which support joint mobility and healthy inflammatory response. It’s fast becoming the go to remedy of professional athletes for injury recovery and preventative joint care. Our canine friends are no different. Bone broth protects and lubricates joints and can even help reduce the symptoms associated with arthritis.
It’s no secret these days that gut health is of optimum importance to overall health. An unhealthy gut leads to a poor nutrient absorption and imbalanced immune response, in turn leading to systemic inflammation in the body and a whole host of health conditions.
You may have heard the term leaky gut. This is a condition where the lining of the gut becomes damaged through stress, poor diet and an imbalance of bacteria. The tiny holes in the lining of the gut (designed to enable nutrients to be absorbed into the body) become bigger and particles begin to pass though the gut lining which aren’t designed to. The body, being the remarkable machine it is, detects these particles and see’s them as a threat, so triggers the immune response. Consistent immune response over a period of time leads to systemic inflammation in the body, food allergies or intolerances which sequentially can manifest in a variety of health complaints.
The good news is healing can take place by following gut health protocol. Bone broth plays a huge role in this. It’s a tonic for the digestive system because it contains collagen, which forms gelatin when it’s cooked down. Gelatin contains amino acids such as glutamine, this works to strengthen and heal the gut lining.
The liver is the master organ of the body, in charge of eliminating toxins from the system. This process is called detoxification. The liver relies on the availability of an amino acid called glycine to operate effectively. And yes you’ve guessed it bone broth is packed full of glycine
Your dog’s liver works super hard everyday to process the toxins taken in through everyday living. Chemicals are absorbed into the body from the environment, cleaning products, treatments on carpets and upholstery, processed foods, flea and worming treatments, pharmaceutical medicines and so much more.
The liver can become overloaded simply through day to day life. Bone broth offers an extra boost to the liver’s function, helping it to operate at optimum level.
So There You Have it!
Bone broth rocks. It’s a powerhouse of natural nourishment, and will enhance any dog’s vitality, bolster their constitution and support detoxification. For dogs who are recovering from illness, injury, presenting with symptoms of digestive disorder or arthritis it comes highly recommended as a restorative remedy
How Do I Get My Hands on Some Bone Broth?
We at ProDog know there are 2 types of raw feeding hoomans.
Dog loving hooman type 1: those who like the best quality food for doggo in the easiest, most convenient no fuss no nonsense way.
Dog loving hooman type 2: those who love to prepare food for their beloved, to research, learn about what’s healthy and get involved in creating delicious meals for the bowl.
If you’re a type 1 we have exciting new for you!!!
We’re launching our own range of bone broth especially for your four legged friends.
Simply place your order and we’ll deliver our scrumptious, 100% natural ingredients, strictly no preservatives broth, straight to your door. The only thing you need to worry about is clearing space in the freezer. Simply defrost and pour. Perfect for type 1 hoomans.
If you’re a type 2 hooman, here’s our guide to making your own powerhouse broth which doggo will lap up with delight.
How to Make Bone Broth
Making bone broth is super simple.
All You Need is:
A large pot
Apple cider vinegar
Bones from grass fed organic animals
- Enough water to cover the bones completely
- 1 – 2 tbsp (15 – 30 ml) apple cider vinegar
- 1–2 kg of animal bones (depending on the size of your pot)
- Place all ingredients in a large pot or slow cooker.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook for 12–24 hours. The longer it cooks, the better it will taste and more nutritious it will be
- Allow the broth to cool. Strain it into a large container and discard the solids.
- Broth lasts a few days even in the fridge regardless if it’s for humans or dogs, so freeze until needed.
In order to make the most nutritious broth, it’s best to use a variety of bones — marrow bones, oxtail, knuckles and feet. You can even mix and match bones in the same batch.
Don’t leave out the vinegar, it’s vital because it helps pull all of the valuable nutrients out of the bones and into the water.
You can also add vegetables, herbs or spices to your broth to enhance the flavour.
If you’re making a batch for you and your doggo to share, remember there are certain foods we humans eat which are potentially harmful to dogs such as Onions, Chives, Leeks, Garlic and Salt.
A Few Words of Caution Though
When making any changes to your dogs diet be sure to pay attention for any adverse reactions during the initial stages of introduction.
If your dog is on any medications, check with an holistic vet or dog nutritionist before adding bone broth to the diet.
So there we go. All you need to know about bone broth. Happy brewing
Is bone broth already a part of your faithful companions diet? We’d love to hear your experiences and how it’s helped your wuffer, go ahead and share your message in the comments below.