Bone broth is a nutritious snack that can provide important immune support for people in all stages of life. Did you know that it could do the same thing for your dog? Bone broth offers many of the same nutrients that dogs would eat in the wild and, as such, it’s a great way to supplement Fido’s diet. Here are our best tips for how to make this nutrient-dense and delicious snack:
Pick Your Ingredients
The basic two ingredients are bones and water. Beef bones, chicken or turkey bones or rabbit bones will all work perfectly well. Most of these can be purchased at a supermarket or specialty meat shop at discount prices. Remember that, since the bone broth will leach all minerals and nutrients from the bones, it is important to get the highest-quality bones you can afford. Avoid choosing low quality bones that may have traces of pesticides or medications in them.
Once you have chosen your bones, you will want to add apple cider vinegar to the mixture to help draw out the nutrients from the bones and produces a better-tasting broth. You can also add any number of additional ingredients to the broth, such as leafy greens, potatoes, carrots, celery or even small pieces of meat. Get creative - bone broth is a great medium for delivering a whole host of tasty nutrients to your dog’s diet.
Make the Broth
Once you have selected your ingredients, place them all in a large stockpot and add enough water to submerge all ingredients fully. Generally, you should include 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar for each gallon of water. Once you have mixed everything in the stockpot, bring the entire mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and allow the pot to simmer for several hours. Bone broth gets better the longer it simmers and should cook for a minimum of four hours and a maximum of twelve hours.
Once your broth is finished on the stovetop, allow it to cool and strain out the bones. The broth will keep for three weeks in the refrigerator and up to eight weeks in the freezer.
Feed to Fido
Once your bone broth is finished, offer your dog 1 cup of the mixture drizzled over regular dry food. The broth can be given as a daily vitamin supplement or as a first meal after an illness. However you choose to use it, bone broth can be fed over food or all by itself in a bowl. Most dogs love it and will happily lap it up.Making homemade bone broth is a great way to boost your dog’s diet and offer a tasty, nutrient-dense treat. Easy and inexpensive to make, this treat is a healthy addition to any dog’s daily routine.