How to make Bone Broth for your Dog (Recipe)
Ok so not the first thing that pops into my brain when I think "irresistible food" but to your dog, trust me they wont be able to resist!
Bone broth is super simple to make but does take a bit of time and planning.
Why should you make bone broth for your dog?
This recipe is so simple and yet so amazingly nutritious for your dog - and for you as it goes. Yup that's right bone broth is quite common for humans and you can use this recipe to make it for yourself as well - although I would leave out the tripe bit!
If your four legged furry friend is perhaps not quite feeling their food this is a great way to tantalise their taste buds and get that tail wagging. Here's some other benefits:
- If you dog is suffering any digestive issues this can really help them maintain a healthy gut balance
- It has amazing benefits for your dogs immune system and can help to detrox thier liver
- Brone broth is jam packed full of essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus and calcium
- It really helps to protect their bones and joints especially in later years
Haven't got time to slave over the stove?
Well that's good because making bone broth is super easy and really doesn't require too much effort on your part.
Best thing to start doing is collecting bones - I bet you don't eat all the bones when you have a roast... well you can put them to good use now (just make sure you've washed off any sauces).
When you've finished with them either cooked or uncooked, put them in a bag in the freezer. I even get family and friends who don't have dogs to do this for me so I get a bumper collection of bones ready to go into my pot!
You will need a slow cooker for this one - you can do it on the stove but it will take hours to cook and you be forever turning the stove on and off as you go out, go to bed, etc. So get on eBay or pop to your local store and grab one for £20 - you wont regret it.
- Raw/cooked bones (include joint bones with cartilage if you're after collagen and other joint related nutrients)
- 3 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of Italian herb mix (optional)
- Get all of your bones into the slow cooker - you can mix up the different meat types or stick to one depending on what you have and what you want to make. Fill up your slow cooker to about 3/4 of the way
- Pour in water so it's about an inch over the top of the bones
- Add in the raw apple cider vinegar - this helps to release the nutrients in the bones
- Add the herb mix if you want to give the broth some extra flavour and a few more nutrients
- Cover and leave for 24 hours at least on low. Tempting as it may be to open and look at it, just leave it be
- Strain the bones from the broth - don't give these to your dog they are now fit for the compost heap
- Your broth should be beautifully clear now with an amber glow to it. If you had bones with meat on you can now strip the bones of the meat putting the meat back into the broth. Remember to do this by hand to ensure you don't get any bone shards into the broth as these can be very dangerous.
- Let the broth cool and the fat rise to the surface
- Skim the fat and discard it
Now all you need to do is some portioning of the broth into suitable containers to go into your freezer.
If you are making this ready for a meal now is the time to add in some green trip such as the ones we sell here and serve to your hungry pooch. Tripe has a rather offensive smell to humans but dogs love it especially swimming around in some beautifully home made bone broth!
Top Tip: Put some of the broth in an ice cube tray to serve as a tasty treat when it's hot outside! You dogs own ice lolly!
Big thank you to the The Art of Dog site for their bone broth guidance!