Bone broth has been a popular trend for years and it’s no surprise why: the health benefits are said to be remarkable. Whether you’re making your own or buying “brodo,” humans can’t get enough of its taste. Veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM, says, “It is a strong rejuvenating potion high in minerals, amino acids, glucosamine, and many more valuable nutrients. It can be served alone or mixed with meals.” Bone broth is not just for soup. You can use the bone-rich liquid to cook grains and vegetables or rehydrate freeze-dried food, she noted.
Let’s Know More About Bone Broth
Bone broth is a nutrient-dense, easy-to-make superfood for dogs. Made of bones boiled for over a day in low heat with dog-friendly herbs.
What is the difference between bone broth and stock? Bone broth takes a much longer time to cook than stock. In order to get all of the healthful collagen and minerals from bones and connective tissues, it should be boiled over a day as per the recipe below. Either on the stove or in the slow cooker. On the other hand, Stock cooks only for around 2 to 4 hours on the stove. You can speed up your bone broth, It will only take 4 1/2 hours or so with an instant pot.
The book, “Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs” by Dr. Morgan makes a persuasive case that we should be looking beyond the claims of commercial pet food companies when it comes to providing our dogs with optimum nutrition. Dr. Morgan provides a thorough guide on how to apply the principles of traditional Chinese medicine for our dog’s benefit and health.
Bone broth is a great addition to the diet of any dog. Not only does it encourage healthy digestion, but bone broth also strengthens joints and reinforces your pup’s immune system. Bone broth contains nutrients and minerals like magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, collagen, and gelatin that our dogs need. Here’s how to make your own bone broth for dogs at home.
Bone broth is a great way to add nutrients and minerals to your dog’s diet. It’s super simple too. Bone broth is a great way to boost your dog’s immune system, relieve joint pain and improve liver health.
3 to 4 pounds (or more) raw bones with marrow (chicken, turkey, rabbit, beef, pork, or oxtail)
3 inches ginger root, sliced
2 ounces parsley, chopped
4 ounces Shiitake mushrooms
2 stalks celery, chopped
¼ cup organic raw apple cider vinegar (it helps pull the minerals and marrow from the bones)
3 cloves garlic, chopped (*omit if your pet has a history of hemolytic anemia)
6 quarts water
1. Place all prepared ingredients in a large soup pot, slow cooker, or instant pot.
2. Cook on low heat for 12 to 24 hours (12 on the stove at simmer, 24 in the slow cooker on low, or 3 or 4 hours in an instant pot).
3. Allow to cool. Remove and discard bones (never feed cooked bones).
4. Place broth in the refrigerator and allow the fat to rise to the top. Skim fat and discard.
Take note: Raw bones are recommended. You can also add cooked bone.
Ways To Serve and Store Bone Broth:
Once the bone broth is ready, any added vegetables and meat strained from it can be used as toppings. It’s important never to feed cooked bones to dogs because they could potentially choke on them.
Bone broth is not only healthy but it can be stored for up to one week in the refrigerator and frozen for 12 months in an air-tight container. Freeze broth in ice cube trays to have single servings of food ready. In order to feed your pup, you must first warm up the frozen stock.
Dogs can be a little more sensitive than humans when it comes to new foods, so introduce bone broth slowly and work your way up. Dr. Morgan says that if you have a small dog, like her own where the weight ranges from 15-30 pounds then add 2 tablespoons to each meal and feed it warm before serving. If there are no adverse reactions from your pup after eating this much food then increase it by 1 tablespoon every other day until they reach 6 ounces daily for large breeds.
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