Bone broth is an easy way to add a little something extra to your dog’s dry food. Not only is it easy, but your dog will love it and it is full of nutrients and minerals that will keep your dog healthy. It is especially great for dogs that are getting old or are prone to arthritis and hip problems. Bone broth is great for dogs because:
- It helps maintain a healthy gut
- It’s a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin, which are amazing for bones and joints.
- It provides support for your dog’s immune system. No sick puppos here!
- It includes a ton of beneficial minerals like calcium, sulphur, magnesium, silicon, and phosphorus.
- It helps detox your dog’s liver.
With all these great benefits for your dog, bone broth is also very easy to make!
Step 1 – Gather Your Ingredients for Bone Broth
Save all your extras from meals. Any bones will work whether it is chicken, pork, turkey, beef or anything else.
We don’t eat a lot of meat at our house so another suggestion is to stop by your local grocery stores meat department and ask for extras and trimmings. They’re usually have them available as people use it for stews and such.
You can also purchase chicken feet, turkey necks, or anything with a lot of joints or cartilage.
Step 2 – Let’s Get Cookin
With all your gathered, put it all in a slow cooker with four or five tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar. Then top off the slow cooker with water until there’s about an inch or two of water covering everything.
Crank that slow cooker up to high for about an hour or so to get everything cooking. After an hour or so, turn it down to low and let it cook nice and slow for about 24 hours.
Step 3 – Is it Ready Yet?
We’re almost done! Smells great right? I bet your pooch is going crazy smelling this for the last day. When the broth is finished, strain out the bones. Make sure you let it cool down before giving some to your dog.
Before you serve it up, you can add some vegetables and greens to add even more nutrition. Some nutrittious ingredients include spinach, parsley, apples, green beans, carrots, kale, and broccoli stems.
Bone broth can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days until you need to toss it. You can keep it in the freezer for a year though! We like making bone broth ice cubes. Once a day, we add two to three cubes of broth to our dog’s dry food with some hot water and let it melt for a few minutes then stir it up!