Bone broth is a miracle food for dogs. A quick and inexpensive grocery-shopping trip will give you all you need to make a nutrient rich meal for your dogs that has several benefits. I make a batch of bone broth several times a year to give to our dogs as a frozen treat and a delicious meal.
The Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs
- A natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin, both of which are beneficial to your dog’s bones and joints.
- If you have a dog with a sensitive stomach, bone broth is great for soothing the discomfort.
- Worried about the chemicals from vaccinations, flea and tick products, and mediations? Bone broth acts as a liver detox for dogs.
- Have a sick dog? Bone broth will spark his appetite while making sure that he’s getting some nutrients in his system while he’s recovering.
- Make a kibble diet healthier and easier to digest by soaking it first in bone broth. Your dog will love the added flavor and his body will benefit from the increased nutrition. Bone broth will also make it easier to transition to a new food.
Easy Bone Broth Recipe
Below are easy bone broth recipes your dog will enjoy. I recommend a crockpot for these recipes, because they’re best cooked over a 20-24 hour period. You can make bone broth on the stove too, but it’s difficult to watch a simmering pot over this length of time.
Turkey and Kale Bone Broth
This is our dogs’ favorite and the one I make most often.
Ingredients: turkey*, kale, oregano, parsley, zucchini, yellow squash, minced garlic**, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- Put ingredients in crockpot, cover with water and add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- Cook ingredients for 20-24 hours.
- Let cool.
- Remove all the bones (see note below about turkey legs).
- Spoon into serving size storage containers (I weigh each one out to be 1 pound each) and freeze.
* If you use turkey legs, beware that there is a long, sharp bone that needs to be removed from the broth along with the larger bones. To make it easier, count the number of pieces you use, so that you can remove the correct number of bones once the broth cools.
** Garlic is only toxic when given in large amounts and I feel most comfortable using 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic in my bone broth; if you’re uncomfortable giving your dog garlic, eliminate this ingredient.
Alternate Ingredients I Use in Bone Broth for Dogs
- Beef soup bones, marrow bones and chuck roast (optional)
- Chicken breast, thighs, and drumsticks; chicken quarters are the most affordable
- Pork ribs, country ribs, neck bones
Although I use vegetables and herbs when I make bone broth, these ingredients are optional and should only be used once you confirm that they’re safe for your dog.
And make sure to prepare for the dogs to hang out in the kitchen with you when they get a whiff of what you’re cooking.