What are the Health Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs?
We were at the pet store the other day picking up some cat food (yes, we have four cats in our family, too) and some dog treats. While looking at the dog treats I noticed bone broth on a shelf nearby.
I know bone broth is supposed to be really good for us humans but I had never thought about it for our pets. At that moment, bone broth became our next blogging topic.
… Now that I look my statement “bone broth is supposed to be really good for us humans” I realize I don’t really know why it is supposed to be good for us – and our pets.
Let’s explore what bone broth is; the benefits of bone broth for dogs (and cats); and some great brands that make quality bone broth for your dog.
If you like to cook, I’ll also share how to make a healthy bone broth at home!
What Is Bone Broth?
I think we all know that broth, in general, is a clear flavored liquid, like as in a soup. Bone broth is made by simmering bones in water for an extended period of time. During that time awesome flavors and nutrients, including the marrow seep into the water creating a delicious, flavorful liquid.
Primal Pet Foods make their bone broth for pets by slowly simmering bones, tendons, meat, ligaments, and the feet of an animal. They then transfer the nourishing benefits into a liquid consisting of gelatin, minerals, and essential amino acids.
Other companies may not include the extra elements of the animal but only simmer the bones.
What Are the Benefits?
People swear by the benefits of bone broth. Primal Pet Foods indicates 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 pets’ diet will also increase their fluid intake and can make their food more enticing for them to eat.
Gut health is incredibly important since the majority of a dog’s immune system function is located in the intestine. Just like for us, poor gut health can bring on a ton of elements such as:
- irritable bowel syndrome
- digestive upset
- redness on the skin
- joint pain
- excessive shedding
Great Bone Broth Options for Your Pet
In researching bone broth for this post I learned there are several brands available out on the market. I put together for you a list of four great bone broth options from companies that make their broth from wholesome, natural real meats and such as. There are of course other companies that make some great broth, but these are common brands that you should be able to find easily at pet food stores or online retailers.
Primal Pet Foods
Primal Pet Foods makes bone broth recipes including beef, chicken, pork, and turkey. As mentioned above, their bone broths are simmered not only with the animal bones, but meat, tendons, ligaments, and feet as well. Each recipe is also simmered with delicious organic vegetables and spices such as squash, bok choy, carrots, celery, parsley, cilantro, ginger, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar.
All of Primal’s pet foods are made from editable-grade ingredients; this means the ingredients are good enough for us humans to eat.
Only Natural Pet offers 100% human quality beef, chicken, and turkey bone broth.
The chicken and turkey broths are made from free-range poultry and the beef broth is made from grass-fed beef.
Their broths are also simmered with whole vegetables and fruit such as apples, kale, carrots, parsley, chia, and/or turmeric. Each broth is made in the USA from U.S. sourced ingredients.
The Honest Kitchen has a line of dehydrated bone broth including beef, chicken, and turkey flavors.
Their products are made in the USA; contain no preservatives or by-products, and are made from non-genetically modified ingredients. These dehydrated bone broths are made from (beef, chicken, or turkey) broth and meat of the same source. Recipes may also include dehydrated lentil, kale, parsley, pumpkin, sweet potato, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, and/or cinnamon.
A definite benefit to buying dehydrated bone broth is easier storage conditions and a longer-lasting product life once opened.
These three brands are awesome options for purchasing bone broth made out of high quality, organic, nutritious ingredients but if you are a DIYer you can make your own bone broth at home!
Here’s a great video from a veterinarian describing how you can make your own bone broth for your pet. You can, of course, use a different type of bone and add or take away ingredients as you wish, but this is a really great basic recipe for making nutritious bone broth.
How to Serve It
Bone broth can be served warm or cold (never hot) either by placing some broth in a bowl or by pouring a bit of broth over your dog’s regular food. Follow the feeding guidelines on the bone broth package regarding how much to give your dog.
Please remember that bone broth is only a supplement to your dog’s regular diet and is not meant to replace their regular food.
Have you given your pet bone broth or made it for yourself and seen some health improvements?
Share your experience with us!