How to Make Bone Broth for Your Dog (Plus a Bonus Bone Broth Gummies Recipe)

Make sure your fur child is getting the best nutrition possible! The best medicine is preventative medicine, and proper nutrition plays a huge role in that.

One of our favorite power foods for dog health and wellness is Bone Broth!

There are many reasons that experts say Bone Broth Gelatin is beneficial for dogs – particularly aging or sick canines – here are the top reasons:

-Good for Joint/Musculoskeletal Health (natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin, both of which are excellent for bones and joints)
-Helps The Liver Detox
-Is a Great Source of Essential Minerals (Nutrient Packed)-Promotes Gut/Digestive Health
-Is Great Nutrition For Sick Dogs (Beneficial to the Immune System)
-Promotes Healthy Skin and Coat

…and more!

Step One: Gather Ingredients for your Bone Broth

You’ll need:

  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1.5-2 Pounds Beef Marrow Bones
  • 2 Knuckle-bones
  • 4 Carrots or 2 Cups Baby Carrots
  • 1 Cup Roughly Chopped Parsley
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water

Step Two: Get the Broth Cookin’ (and Smellin’) Delicious

Put all of the bones in your crock-pot. You can also just use a pot on the stove, but the crock-pot is the simplest way since you won’t have to worry about leaving it unattended. Add enough water to cover the bones by about an inch, then add two to four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar helps pull all of the minerals and nutrients out of the bones and into your broth. Set your crock-pot to low and let everything cook for 24 hours – though some (patient) people prefer cooking it for up to 72 hours. Keep an eye on your super-delicious creation adding water as needed to keep the bones covered.

Step Three: When Can My Pooch Enjoy the Broth?

Your broth is almost ready to use. Strain the bones from the broth and cool before serving. Your dogs may have trouble containing their excitement since they’ve been smelling the broth simmering for hours. Bone broth can be kept frozen (try using ice cube trays for easy portioning) for up to a year. Broth kept in the fridge must be used in 3-4 days.

Extra Ways to Spruce Up Your Bone Broth

  • Chicken feet, joints, and knuckles add lots of flavor and gelatin.
  • Substitute apple cider vinegar with lemon juice – it’ll work just as well.
  • Add in some healthy dog-friendly veggies.
  • Make “pup-sicles” from the broth as a cool treat in the summer.

Winter is the perfect time to offer your four-legged friend this warm, tasty treat. So get cookin’ and your dog will reap the benefits of the nutrients and love that delicious homemade flavor. Happy simmering!

 *Adapted from a blog by Heather Logue

 

BONUS: Healthy Gummies for Dogs

You can use any bone broth recipe and bone combo you like, just make sure that any seasonings are dog-safe. These are the most basic gummies I make, and our dogs love them. So simple!

Ingredients:

-1 cup plain homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken, beef or venison stock

-3 tbsp high-quality powdered gelatin

Directions:

Measure cold broth into a small pan. Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.  Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat, as this can reduce the setting strength of your gelatin.   Remove from heat and pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone molds (shapes). Chill to set.

*Adapted from Dalmatian DIY

 

All Natural Pet Healing Balm for Dogs and Cats

Herbs, Roots and essential oils OH MY!!

On the topic of topical first aid, can natural remedies actually heal? Can they cure?

Unfortunately, the FDA does not permit medicinal claims on natural remedy product labeling, but that doesn’t mean natural remedies can’t cure even the most serious of conditions.  Natural remedy manufacturers are just not allowed to claim any medicinal effects on the label because of lack of regulations on the quality and strength of natural ingredients used in OTC health and wellness products, especially first aid or other ailments such as joint pain or fungal issues.

So how do you know what natural products will have positive medicinal effects and which will not?

This is an age old problem since most companies are not listing the strength and quality of the herbs and essential oils in their topical product, and there is very little, to no policing of the ones who do.

Natural products certified as organic is always a good thing but don’t discount topical products that are not certified as organic. Handpicked and Wild crafted are often organic without the expense and cartwheels of paying for the certification.

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The odds are that small manufacturers, who specialize in a few products in the health and wellness category, are more apt to have the real deal, though most would have assumed it was the other way around. This is not to say that big companies cannot have   a good natural product but there are things stacking against it being so.

Big companies mass produce at big contract manufacturing plants who are all slapping different brand labels on basically the same product. Big contract manufacturers often use lots of synthetics chemicals and emulsifier to create pretty colors and smells with flawless consistency and long expiration dates. Unfortunately, “pretty “does not necessarily mean “quality”.

Think grocery store boxed cookies vs freshly baked cookies from a bakery. It’s the same with natural remedies.

Knowing your ingredients and their medicinal properties are important. Seeing these ingredients in a product means very little if they are not high quality or in medicinal strengths. You also want to make sure you don’t see a bunch of chemicals, additives (such as color), emulsifying agents and a long list of ingredients. A good handful of natural ingredients is all you need for a good remedy that is directed to treat a specific issue. Which brings me to the word “treat”, this is a big bad word to the FDA and also not allowed on natural product labeling.

So back to the original question; how can you find the “good stuff” and treat your pets’ ailments naturally if the manufacturer can’t make any medical claims on their product labeling?

The answer is, being a savvy pet parent and consumer. Many manufacturer websites, such as PawFlex.com carefully explains their ingredients and manufacturing process. You, as the pet parent can further research the ingredients to determine if this is a company, and product line that you feel good about.

Companies that love animals, and believe that our pets are our children, and live that belief and value system are always a good place to start.