Bone broth is known to be a healthy food for humans and animals alike.
Bone broth is familiar to us because it is often used in soups. It is made by simmering bones (turkey, chicken, or beef bones are common) in water for an extended amount of time. This releases all of the great flavor and nutrients, including marrow, into the liquid creating a super tasty and delicious broth.
I am totally psyched because as part of the Chewy.com Influencer program we had the opportunity to select Castor & Pollux Pristine free-range turkey broth dog food topper to tell you about! Now we get to share the great healing benefits of bone broth with you!
We always do our reviews just from Maui and Emma's point of view but today you get a two-for-one! One of my cats also gets turkey broth every day for his health. We've been using a different brand broth for Wiley, so we will let you know what he thinks of the Pristine bone broth, too!
Pristine Free-range Grain-free Bone Broth
The Pristine line of foods is made by Castor & Pullox, a reputable manufacturer and one of the first producers of organic dog foods.
Pristine is their grain-free line of foods and toppers. The grain-free bone broths come in four flavor recipes:
- Free-range chicken
- Free-range turkey
- Grass-fed beef
- Grass-fed beef with turmeric
Maui and Emma were not picky about which flavor we chose so I went for the turkey. I figured dogs love any meat and if I selected the turkey recipe, we could use it in Wiley's food as well. Wiley is on a limited ingredient diet and has a lot of digestive issues due to his Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Turkey seems to be less upsetting to his system and bone broth is really good for gut health. Getting the turkey broth recipe, I figured we could give you two reviews for the price of one (oh yeah, these reviews are free)!
What Does It Look like?
We have now used two different brands of turkey broth in our household. Up to this point, we have used Only Natural Pet free-range turkey broth for Wiley. Now we have also tried the Pristine free-range turkey broth.
The Only Natural Pet broth is a much clearer liquid. A little bit more towards what you would see as a broth if you opened up a can of chicken soup for yourself.
The Castor & Pollux Pristine turkey bone broth is a denser looking broth. It is cloudy with what I feel is turkey and bone nutrients. Here's a picture of the broth poured into a separate container. I couldn't quite get the picture to do the color justice. Looking at this bone broth next to my daughter's bottle of Starbucks light vanilla cappuccino, they are very similar in color.
Not saying one is better than the other. Each has their own individual recipes and ingredients and I personally believe both to be high-quality and nutritious.
What is in it?
The turkey bone broth has a very limited and wholesome ingredient list.
This is important to me for both Maui and Wiley as they both have food sensitivities. I need to watch what Wiley eat with a high magnification microscope!
Ingredients in the Pristine turkey bone broth are:
- Turkey broth
- Turkey fat
- Organic sage
- Organic rosemary
So, not much added to this wholesome turkey broth besides a little bit of seasoning. I love that!
Animals on limited ingredient diets don't need a whole bunch of extra stuff added to their foods. It just means more things that could potentially irritate your pets stomach or digestive system.
What are the Benefits of Bone Broth?
Bone broth can aid in detoxifying the liver and ridding the body of toxins; adds collagen to a pet’s diet, and can heal and seal a pet’s gut.
Bone broth is known for creating a better environment for healthy gut flora and increasing absorption of nutrients. This makes sense, as collagen just on its own is known to decrease inflammation and support digestive health.
Adding bone broth to your pet's diet will also increase their fluid intake (which is especially great for cats) and can make their food more enticing to eat.
Good for Good Health
Gut health is incredibly important since the majority of a dog’s immune system function is located in the intestine.
- irritable bowel syndrome
- digestive upset
- redness on the skin
- joint pain
- excessive shedding
Incorporating bone broth into your pet's diet can help alleviate these issues, or at least make the symptoms less severe.
Wiley gets bone broth at least twice a day mixed in with his wet food to help alleviate his irritable bowel disease symptoms. While his case is pretty severe, I will definitely say that putting him on a limited ingredient diet as well as giving him turkey bone broth has improved his diarrhea and vomiting dramatically.
What Does Wiley Think?
We normally mix bone broth in with his wet food so he gets the health benefits from the bone broth as well as additional moisture (extra moisture is always great for cats as they are not avid drinkers).
I was a little leery about trying Wiley on a new brand of turkey broth because he is such a picky eater. To be honest, I anticipated that he would not eat his food with this new broth.
I was pleasantly surprised!
Wiley didn't seem to notice the change from the broth we had been using. Or, if he did notice the difference he definitely still liked it because he cobbled his food right up!
If you have a cat you know they can change their mind at any point in time about what they like and don't like. We have been giving Wiley the Pristine free-range turkey bone broth for about three weeks now and he is still gobbling it up!
This is even more of a surprise to me than his liking it in the first place!
Where to Get It
Chewy.com provided this product to us free of charge in exchange for an honest review so I'm definitely going to let you know their price for this high-quality bone broth, but I shopped around the prices for you as well.
The Castor & Pollux Pristine grain-free free-range bone broth it is usually sold by the case. Each case contains 24 - 8.4-ounce containers of broth.
Chewy.com currently sells a case of any of the flavor recipes for $64.56 (save an additional 5% if you put it on AutoShip).
Amazon.com carries the Pristine bone broth for $53 - $64 per case.
You can also find it on Petco.com but the prices are significantly more at about $84 per case.
(Prices subject to change at any time)
How to Serve Bone Broth
You can work bone broth into your pet's diet in a few different ways. You can:
- serve it to all them as is. Just pour some bone broth into a bowl and let them lap it up!
- mix the broth in with your pet's wet food so they are getting the health benefits of bone broth as well as extra moisture in with their wet food.
- pour the broth over your pet's dry kibble. You can let the kibble soak for a while if you'd like or serve it with the crunchy kibble in the pawsome bone broth.
Maui and Emma's Final Review
Bone broth can be a healthy, nutritious, and delicious addition to your dog or cat's diet. Maui and Emma love it poured over their dry kibble or alone as a special treat.
The health benefits of bone broth can help alleviate or improve many conditions your pet may have. Primarily it is known to help improve gut health!
Maui, Emma, and Wiley would love to know if you give this bone broth or any other brand bone broth a try!
Did you find the bone broth to help your pet?
Is there a brand you would suggest or maybe a homemade recipe?