With the winter season upon us, many of us start making dietary changes. Soup often sounds appealing on a cold day. But what about your dog? Have you thought about making your dog a warm bowl of goodness? While a traditional soup may not be on the menu for your dog, have you considered making your dog some bone broth?
The Benefits of Bone Broth
There are so many health benefits that bone broth offers for your dog. Below are just a few:
- Helps dogs joints
- Can detox the liver
- Maintains and helps a dog have a healthy gut
Gut health is often overlooked, but can be the root of many food sensitivities and allergies. If you have an already healthy dog, bone broth can act as a powerful supplement to enrich your dog’s overall well-being.
Today, there are more and more companies beginning to produce bone broths in powder and liquid forms for your dog. While this is the more convenient way to go, making your own bone broth allows you to have complete control over the ingredients and cooking time, as the key to a good bone broth is a long cooking time. Ideally, you should let your bone broth cook in a slowcooker for 24 hours.
Ready to Cook? Let’s get Started!
Bone broth is cooked much like a stock you may have made before. Once you put the ingredients in the slowcooker, you set it on low and forget it.
The wonderful thing about bone broth is you can add as much or as little as you would like. There are 3 main staple ingredients that are needed, but otherwise you are free add in other ingredients as you wish.
To get started, you will need: water, raw cider vinegar and bones! Personally, I use bone marrow bones. You may have to do a little digging, but they are surprisingly sold at many grocery stores and organic shops. Another good bone to include is chicken feet, as they are good bones with a lot of joints.
Put your bones into the slowcooker and fill with water until the bones are completely underwater.
Next, you’ll want to add your raw cider vinegar. Why vinegar? Vinegar will draw the gelatin out of all the bones you put in. For a large slowcooker, add between 3 – 4 tablespoons. If you do not want to add any extra ingredients, just set it on low and let it cook for 24 hours.
If you’re like me and always looking for ways to improve your dog’s health, try adding these healthy ingredients in for an extra supplement boost.
- Turmeric – serves as an anti-inflammatory
- Ginger – another anti-inflammatory and also has been linked to fighting off cancer
- Kelp – promotes a balanced thyroid and glandular system
- Rosemary – serves as an antioxidant and digestion supporter
- Medicinal mushrooms – easiest one to find and use is Shiitake; promotes a healthy immune system
Once your bone brother has reached 24 hours of cooking, you can turn off your slowcooker. Carefully, strain your broth to remove any bones and anything else you may have added. Now, let your bone broth sit and cool. After your bone broth has cooled, you can skim off the excess fat. If your bone broth is of a jelly texture, you’ve made an excellent batch and can give yourself a paw five! 😉
Your bone broth can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you made a large batch and you have a small dog, you can separate your bone broth into smaller portions and freeze it until you are ready to use it.
So, when you pull out that slowcooker to make yourself some homemade chili or soup this winter, don’t forget to make a batch of bone broth for your dog! Let us know what ingredients you add to your bone broth in the comments down below. Happy cooking!