There is no question bone broth is good for our dog's overall health. It's packed with nutrients including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicon and glucosamine to help fight inflammation.
Bone Broth Benefits for Dogs
You’ve probably heard of the health benefits of using bone broth? Bone broth has just as many health benefits for dogs.
Bone broth is a liquid boiled by using bones from chicken, turkey or beef in water and a splash of apple cider.
After cooking, it turns into a tasty liquid, that’s delicious on its own, and makes a wonderful plus nutritious addition to your dog’s kibble or homemade dog food.
Nutrition is one of the major reasons that dogs should consume bone broth regularly. Not only that, but dog’s find it delicious.
The key to all the nutritional benefits comes from boiling for a long period which causes the bones to leach many nutrients, minerals and things that are good for dogs, like glucosamine and collagen.
It’s not only good for you, but your dog’s immune system.
It's Good for your Dog’s Immune System.
Bone broth is the liquid from boiling bones in water for several hours. It’s nutritional value, is full of minerals to help boost your dog’s immune system.
It’s also makes a tasty and wonderful base for your dog’s kibble or homemade dog food.
To make bone broth, simply start with a cooked chicken. Once cooked, pull the cooked meat off the chicken and serve it to yourself or make a meal to share with your dog.
You can use either a crock pot or an instant pot. Place the bones and any remaining bits and pieces of meat into a large pot that has a lid. Fill it with cold water. The more water you add, the more broth you’ll get. I usually fill it to the fill line on the pot I’m using.
Next, you’ll add a good splash of apple cider vinegar to the pot. This step can be optional, but it tastes better with apple cider vinegar.
If you don’t have apple cider vinegar in your pantry, don’t worry about it. While the vinegar helps get all the minerals out of the bones and into the broth, your broth will be just as tasty and good for you without it.
Cover the pot with a lid and set your crock pot or instant pot on high heat. The bone broth will need to cook for a minimum of 12 hours. Although, if you can leave it to cook for 48 to 72 hours, that’s how to get the best flavor.
It's always best to start your bone broth in the morning. That way it can simmer it all day and if in a crock pot all night.
The broth will be tasty after a few hours of simmering and then cooling. After it’s cooked for a minimum of 12 hours, you can use it.
It will be a delicious treat for your dog.
How Much Bone Broth To Feed My Dog?
Once your bone broth has finished cooking, place it into freezer safe bags or mason jars. You can freeze Bone broth for several months in a freezer.
Keep your bone broth frozen until you’re ready to use it. When ready, move it into the refrigerator to thaw. You can keep thawed bone broth for dogs up to 10 days in a fridge.
Bone Broth Serving Suggestions for your Dogs:
Dogs under 20 pounds - serve them only 1 ounce of bone broth a day.
Dogs 20-40 lbs - serve them only 2 ounces of bone broth a day.
Dogs 50-80 lbs - serve them up to 4 ounces of bone broth a day.
Dogs 80+ lbs - you can feed them up to 6 ounces of bone broth a day.
3 Ways to Serve Bone Broth to Dogs
- Serve it as a topper - By adding a small amount of bone broth to your dog’s food, you’ll be increasing their nutritional value of their dog food.
- By adding to your dog’s kibble or homemade dog food will help with your dog’s digestions, hydration, and plain ole taste of dog kibble.
- Once the broth’s defrosted, simply pour into your dog’s bowl during mealtimes. Adding this to your dog’s kibble or homemade dog food will give them a boost for their gut and joint support.
- Serve it as-is - This is one of the easiest ways to serve your dog’s bone broth. All you have to do is take the bone broth from the freezer, and place it into their bowl until defrosted.
- Serve it as Ice cube’s - If you’ve frozen them into ice cube trays, simply remove a block and give it to your dog. My dogs love them! Especially on hot summer days, your dogs will love bone broth cubes.
Can I give my Dogs store bought Bone Broth?
Yes! You can give your dog store bought bone broth.
Store-bought bone broth contains collagen, which is great for your dog's joint health.
When buying store bought, choose for an organic, non-GMO bone broth in order to avoid the added salt and preservatives.
We highly recommend the Honest Kitchen bone broths. They are made with human-grade beef or chicken. Plus, they are made in the USA.
Make Your Own Bone Broth
Making your own bone broth is easy and so healthy. Bake a chicken, save the bones, and put them into a crock pot or instant pot for delicious, healthy and homemade bone broth.
Here's a bone broth recipe to enjoy.