Bone broth has been used in traditional cooking around the world for centuries. Every culture has a variation of a bone broth recipe that used to simmer on the stove continuously. The cooks would take some of the nutritious liquid, vegetables, meat and bones out and add new ones in so the cooking can continue. I’m sure pets of the past used to get some of this liquid gold with meat scraps!
Western societies are looking more now than ever for traditional remedies and whole foods to heal the chronic health problems we are facing. This is not only goes for people but our pets are facing a health crisis too.
We are moving our pet’s diet away from processed foods back to traditional feeding and this is having a huge impact on the quality and quantity of life they are leading.
People have seen the benefits of bone broth added to their daily diet help with all sorts of chronic ailments including joint pain, a whole range of digestive issues and it has improved their overall general health. Adding broth to our pet’s diet on a regular basis can also have the same benefits. We are seeing a huge improvement in joint, skin and coat health and those does that suffer upset tummies seem to be doing so much better with broth in their daily diet.
Bone broth contains a wonderful protein called collagen, this is due to the slow cooking of the bones and joints which draws the collagen into the broth. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body of mammals (including us humans and our dogs) and unfortunately as we age its production is drastically reduced. Collagen is known as the glue of the body, since it is part of the muscles, bones, cartilage, tendons, skin, blood vessels and digestive system.
In addition to collagen, bone broth also has many minerals & amino acids to assist the body. So, here are some of the main benefits of bone broth for your dogs:
- Decreased inflammation in the body
- Repair of skin & coat health
- Rebuilding bones, tendons and joint health
- Increased immunity
- Helps boost digestive health and soothe the gut
- Improved health overall due to better absorption of nutrients
- And it is also great to fussy eaters and dogs transitioning diets (e.g. from kibble to raw food)
However not all bone broths are the same. When cooking or buying bone broth opt for one with locally sourced free-range chicken or pastured raised beef. This way you can ensure a healthier and more nutritious product.
What are the best ways to give the bone broth to your dog?
The easiest way is to add a small amount to your dog’s meal each day (see feeding guidelines), it not only makes the meal delicious but also adds moisture to the food to hydrate your dog. Another idea is to freeze in ice cubes and give as a refreshing treat on those hot summer days, you can always add some berries or chopped vegetables to their ice blocks!
Bone broth is also amazing for senior dogs, dogs recovering from illness or suffering diarrhea that need hydration and encouragement to start eating again. And if your dog is off their food broth is a great way to give something nourishing for them and improve the appetite.
As always, seek advice from your vet if you are in doubt about your pet’s symptoms and feeding habits.