What's the deal with bone broth?
Bone broth is packed full of delicious and nutritious minerals and nutrients that dogs love. Containing calcium, phosphorus, sulpher, silicon and magnesium, it's a nutritional power house that supports the immune system, detoxes the liver, helps promote a healthy gut and protects the joints.
How do I make bone broth for my dog?
It is so easy, you can't go wrong. Use a slow cooker, pressure cooker, instant pot, stock pot on the cooktop or in the oven.
Put your bones in the pot, cover with water, add any extras and start cooking.
The bone broth is ready when the bones are soft. It will take around 2 hours in a pressure cooker or instant pot, 4 hours in the oven, up to 6 hours simmering on the cooktop depending on temperature and can be cooked for a minimum of 12 hours up to 48 hours in a slow cooker.
Once ready, strain, leave to cool and then refrigerate. Once in the fridge, your bone broth may set, and this is the holy grail - it means your broth is packed full of nutritious gelatin. If you have a hard layer of fat on the surface, you should remove this and dispose of it, but if there are only a few fatty globules they can be stirred back through the broth.
As an optional extra, once strained, you can add herbs such as parsley, turmeric, ginger, kelp, and also add some chopped kale which will wilt in the heat.
What are the ingredients?
Any raw or cooked bones can be used. If you want a gelatinous broth, chicken feet are the bomb. You can also use fish head and frames.
Many people add a splash of apple cider vinegar to the water - the one with the mother - to help release calcium from the bones. You can add carrots and garlic if you wish, but definitely NO ONION. You can also throw in half a lemon if you've got one waiting to be used up.
How do I feed bone broth to my dog?
You can add it to his meals every day, cold or warm depending on his preference. You can soak his kibble with it before feeding. You can freeze it in cubes for hot days to add to the water bowl, or to feed as a treat. You can add chunks of fruit and veggies to it before freezing to make a doggie ice pop. Be creative, your dog will love you for it!!
How do I store the bone broth?
Depending on how much you made, how many dogs you have and how large they are, you might keep it in the fridge for a few days and use it in that time if you are adding to all meals. You can freeze it in takeaway containers so you have enough on hand for a couple of days, or freeze in ice cube trays if your dog is smaller.
So what are you waiting for - make some - your dog will love you even more than he does now.