- South American Proverb
Bone broth is essentially the nutrient-dense stock liquid made from simmering raw or cooked bones at low heat over long periods of time. This oily broth is packed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals and is considered a nutritional powerhouse for dogs! Bone broth is especially ideal for sick dogs and senior dogs, as it is extremely easy to digest and is soothing for the stomach. Although this healthy broth can be given to help dogs heal and stay strong, it also works as an excellent whole food multivitamin supplement for any dog at any age!
Packaged and commercially made broth (labeled as "stock") from the grocery store cannot compare to natural homemade broths. The stock you find in grocery stories is cooked at high heat for a much shorter amount of time, is processed and often contains useless or unhealthy ingredients and chemical additives. Homemade broth is slow cooked on low heat (which increases nutrient density and availability), is pure and contains no junk ingredients or artificial chemicals.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH?
Bone broth has many phenomenal benefits. Bone broth has been traditionally used to treat leaky guy and digestive issues, while also supporting good joint health. Bone broth can also benefit dogs with allergies and food sensitives, as it is a phenomenal immune system booster. For healthy dogs, a cup of bone broth once a day with a meal is an excellent whole food multivitamin to provide a boost of nutrition to a balanced diet.
Bone broth is rich in many nutrients, especially amino acids such as arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline. Bone broth also acts as a superior joint supplement, as it contains gelatin (the breakdown of collagen), glucosamine, chondroitin and other nutrients that support good joint health.
Protein rich bone broth and contains vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K, iron, thiamin, potassium, calcium, silicon, sulfer, magnesium, glucosamine, phosphorus, trace minerals, and glucosamine chondroitin sulfates.
Making bone broth is extremely easy and inexpensive! All you need is water, a splash of apple cider vinegar, a stock pot (or a slow cooker/crock pot) and enough raw or cooked bones to cover the bottom of the pot!
While you can use any cooked bones, I strongly believe that RAW bones produce the best results. Raw duck necks, raw turkey necks, beef marrow bones, chicken frames and similar bones are ideal for broths! In the recipe I included below, I used several large chunks of raw elk neck bone with lots of meat, fat and cartilage still attached to the bone.
If you do not have any apple cider vinegar, you can substitute it with regular vinegar or lemon juice. The acid helps draw the nutrients out of the bones and into the broth. The longer you let your broth simmer, the more nutrients will be extracted into the broth.
Once your bone broth is done, remove the bones from the pot. If you want to remove the fat, you can skim the top of the broth and dispose of it. Once cooled, the broth broth can be frozen. I like to pick the tender meat off the bones before discarding them, and I either feed the cooked meat with their meals, put it back into the broth, or feed it as treats.