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Is Bone Broth Good For Dogs?

Is broth good for dogs? Yes! Learn here why you should be feeding this delicious, nutritious and affordable superfood to your canine.

Is Bone Broth Good For Dogs?

Some people believe that a bowl of chicken soup can cure a cold. Others dismiss this‚ÄĮidea as an old wives'‚ÄĮtale. The truth?¬†Scientists¬†have discovered that many soups, especially broths, are rich in nutrients that are¬†good¬†not just for humans, but also for our beloved canines.¬†

What is bone broth? 

Bone broth¬†is made by‚ÄĮcooking bones¬†and¬†connective tissue¬†‚ÄĒ¬†preferably chicken or beef¬†‚ÄĒ‚ÄĮvery slowly‚ÄĮin a pot of‚ÄĮwater. The longer you cook¬†the¬†bones, the more nutrients will infuse¬†the¬†broth. That is why most recipes recommend simmering the¬†liquid¬†in a crockpot for approximately¬†24 hours.¬†

Prior to cooking, it's important that¬†the bones‚ÄĮsit in water with¬†some¬†apple cider vinegar or lemon juice‚ÄĮfor approximately¬†30 minutes. These acidic liquids‚ÄĮcould¬†help‚ÄĮcoax‚ÄĮthe collagen, gelatin and nutrients out of the bones. For added flavor, you can also throw in some dog-friendly vegetables¬†such as kale,‚ÄĮcarrots or celery.¬†

One word of warning:‚ÄĮDo not feed your canine the cooked bones, as they can splinter into sharp shards, which could‚ÄĮpose a choking hazard or cause damage your‚ÄĮdog's digestive tract.¬†

The health benefits of bone broth for dogs 

So, why is broth good for dogs? Whether you decide to feed the dog beef broth or chicken broth, liquids can provide your canine with a treasure trove of health benefits, including: 

  • Collagen:¬†Your dog's joints are lined with a thin layer of cartilage, which¬†can¬†wear away¬†over time.¬†Providing‚ÄĮfood¬†that is¬†high in¬†collagen¬†could¬†boost¬†joint health in older canines and strengthen the joints of‚ÄĮyoung dogs. Collagen can also improve your dog's coat and nails.¬†

  • Gelatin:¬†This substance is believed to help restore and‚ÄĮprotect your dog's intestines and aid in digestion. It is also said to help¬†combat leaky gut syndrome. In a¬†healthy‚ÄĮdog, the lining of the intestinal wall works to keep¬†harmful¬†materials¬†‚ÄĒ¬†such as allergens and bacteria¬†‚ÄĒ¬†from entering your pet's bloodstream.¬†If¬†a‚ÄĮdog has a leaky gut, this safety net fails to¬†function¬†properly. Signs that your dog may have leaky gut syndrome include‚ÄĮvomiting, soft stools and skin diseases. The good news? The gelatin found in¬†meat¬†broth can help repair your pup's intestinal lining.¬†

  • Glycine:¬†From fertilizers to household cleaners, your canine is exposed to many toxic items throughout the day. Fortunately,¬†bone broth¬†contains glycine, which is an‚ÄĮamino acid that can‚ÄĮhelp detoxify your dog's hard-working kidneys and liver.¬†

Bone broth¬†can also help you with picky eaters. If your dog is notorious for turning¬†up¬†its nose at kibble, try mixing some delicious broth to‚ÄĮgive¬†the food¬†a flavor boost. Another reason to feed a dog¬†chicken broth¬†or‚ÄĮbeef broth? If¬†they‚Äôre¬†sick and not¬†able to¬†consume‚ÄĮsolid foods,¬†the¬†benefits of¬†bone broth¬†for dogs¬†include¬†the nutrients their bodies need.¬†

Bone broth for the win 

Is¬†bone broth¬†a superfood? We think so. It's simple and inexpensive to make at home, packs a powerful punch of nutrients and is delicious. However, before adding broth or any new item to your¬†canine‚Äôs¬†diet, make sure to‚ÄĮconsult with your veterinarian first. Many dogs can be sensitive to new foods, so a vet can suggest the best way to add‚ÄĮbone broth¬†to your pet's meals.

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