My dog trio – Bujeau, Kona and Emma – can count on me to serve up high-quality commercial dishes at meals, but they are especially delighted when their noses detect bone broth slowly cooked in a ceramic pot.
I took a few beef knuckles from my local butcher, stocked them in Crock-Pot with some black pepper and plenty of water and cooked it on low heat for 24 to 30 hours.
Here’s a simple, quick recipe you can follow to bring tons of healthy dividends to your dog. Or, you can get pre-cooked bone broth.
The benefits of bone broth
Johnna Devereaux, a clinical nutritionist and director of nutrition and health at Bow Wow said: “Bone broth is a beneficial, nutrient-rich, collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, glutamine-rich treatment. , chondroitin sulfate, magnesium and other trace minerals. Labs, Inc. in Novato, California.
What happens is that collagen and cartilage are boiled and release nutrients that have anti-inflammatory effects and keep joints strong.
Johnna also added 4 teaspoons of turmeric to the broth for the rescued American Staffordshire blend named Diego and Lola, 10 and 6 years old, respectively.
Turmeric is rich in plant curcumin polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation in the body, she explained. “I include turmeric, along with black pepper, (rich in alkaloids, piperine) because studies have found that piperine enhances the benefits of curcumin and can increase body absorption by up to 2,000%.”
Bottom line, bone broth is beneficial in the following main ways:
- AIDS digestion
- Strengthens the immune system
- Supports musculoskeletal system
- Provide a good source of food to keep your dog hydrated
- Easy to digest and add flavor to dry foods
Many top veterinarians also tout the benefits of serving dog broth of all ages, sizes and breeds.
Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian in general health and co-founder of the Companion Animal Health and Nutrition Institute, said: “Bone broth is a miracle for older dogs. . “Bone broth is great for older dogs that need extra fluids and possibly those who eat poorly or have a sensitive stomach.”
Johnna agrees and adds, “Bone broth is especially good for aging dogs because the dog’s production of chondroitin decreases with age. But it is also a great addition for dogs with digestive problems due to its high glutamine content. Glutamine is a natural amino acid that helps maintain the function of the intestinal wall.
Homemade bone broth
The pet parents, Krista Karpowich and Dawn Celapino, regularly cook bone broth for their dogs.
Krista, podcast host Wag Out Loud in Denver, Colorado, picked beef bones from Whole Foods and asked the butcher to cut the bones in half to get the marrow. She left her bones simmered in Crock-Pot for about 36 hours and then treated Winston, her 12-year-old Norwich Terrier, to two tablespoons of her dinner each day.
“I get a beautiful gelatin from the broth when it’s finished, and for Winston it’s definitely worth the wait,” she said. “He loves it. It is a premium dog, but its health is incredible. His coat is shiny and beautiful, and his eyes are clear. amino acids, and gut health is the key to good health ”.
She kept the leftover broth in the freezer in the mason jars.
Dawn, a Leash Your Fitness (an outdoor dog-man-dog fitness class) in San Diego, California, is very picky where she uses bones to make broth for Hank, her dog Norwich. Her 2 year old Terrier.
“I only use grass-fed bones, especially beef knuckles, and cook them in my Instant Pot for about 24 hours,” she said. “I just added carrots and celery and water. We also drink ”.
Bone Broth Careful
Whether you cook your own bone broth or buy store-ready broth, keep this version free of salt or onions. Onions are very toxic to dogs in any form, and excessive salt intake can cause dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea and even convulsions. Talk to your vet before serving bone broth if your dog is dealing with pancreatitis or other chronic stomach problems, adds Dr. Becker.
Time to top Bujeau, Kona and Emma with my newest batch of bone broth!
Arden Moore, The Pet Health and Safety Coach ™, is a pet behavior consultant, master certified pet first aid instructor, author and host Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio . Learn more at ardenmoore.com.