Bone broth is a stock liquid from cooked or simmering raw bones. Other parts of an animal that can’t be eaten, like ligaments, marrow, tendons, skin, and feet, can also be added to the bone broth mix to increase the nutritional content. This bone broth recipe for dogs is easy to make and offers impressive health benefits.
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The key to making a good bone broth for dogs is cooking it for a long time over low heat. The longer you cook it, the more nutrients are in the broth. Beneficial nutrients in both broths include vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Using bone broth is a trendy way to encourage dogs to drink when they refuse to or encourage a dog to eat dry food by adding some into the bowl. Bone broth is also often recommended for dogs that need:
- digestive support
- liver detox
- joint health
- immune system support
You can learn how to make bone broth for dogs yourself at home or buy a commercial brand (such as Brutus Broth or Native Pet). Personally, I prefer to make homemade bone broth for dogs because I can add some extra ingredients for higher nutritional content.
Bone Broth Recipe for Dogs
I make homemade bone broth in my slow cooker, so I don't have to worry about simmering a pot on my stove overnight. If you don't have a slow cooker, you can certainly make this bone broth recipe in a large stockpot. I would NOT recommend using a pressure cooker because the broth needs to cook slowly over low heat to extract as many nutrients from the bones as possible.
Bone Broth Recipe for Dogs
Bone broth is a stock liquid from cooked or simmering raw bones. Other parts of an animal that can’t be eaten, like ligaments, marrow, tendons, skin and feet can also be added to the bone broth mix to increase the nutritional content. This bone broth recipe for dogs is easy to make, and offers impressive health benefits.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 24 hours
- Total Time: 24 hours 5 minutes
- Yield: 6-10 cups of broth 1x
- Category: Bone Broth
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: Dog Food
- 1 pound beef marrow bones
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 6–10 chicken feet (optional)
- 3 inches ginger root, sliced (optional)
- 2 ounces parsley, chopped (optional)
- 4 ounces Shiitake mushrooms (optional)
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced (optional)
First, add the bones to your slow cooker (or pot). You can add any type of bone, including chicken feet, lamb, duck or turkey necks, chicken frames, beef marrow bones, and so forth. You can use cooked bones, but raw bones are better because they still have all of the nutrients in them.
Next, cover the bones with water and add the apple cider vinegar. Cover the pot and cook on low heat for 24 hours. Check the broth occasionally, and add more water if it dips below the top of the bones.
When it's finished cooking, strain the broth into a large container. DO NOT feed the cooked bones to your dog. The cooking process makes the bones brittle, which could be very dangerous to your dog's digestive tract.
Allow the broth to cool and then refrigerate it for at least 3 hours. A fat layer will congeal on the top of the broth. Scoop the fat and throw it out, and then you are ready to serve the broth to your pup.
- Serving Size: 12
- Calories: 25
- Sodium: 20 mg
- Fat: 1.2 g
- Protein: 40 g
How to store: Store the broth in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can also freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You can add a few tablespoons of broth to your pet's food daily or feed 1/2 to 1 cup of broth 2-3 times per week (depending on your dog's size).
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We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips, and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you're new to the home-cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.