Just like humans, dogs seem to take joy in a warm bowl of bone broth. Adding veggies to turn it into a soup makes it even better! Bone broth for dogs is not only warm and delicious, its beneficial to a dog’s health as well. A good bone broth has nourishing protein and glucosamine, which acts as an anti-inflammatory for the skeletal structure. I learned in a nutrition class that it isn’t digestible so it’s absorbed by the body intact. This means the body gets all the goodness!
Glycine is in bone broth as well and it is a contributor to collagen that helps with joints. Anything naturally promotive of the bones, joints, and connectivity structure of Labradors is a major plus.
Because bone broth smells good, dogs are attracted to it and this can be a good way to keep a dog with an irritated stomach hydrated. It also acts as a tool in liver detoxification. It’s the glycine in the bone broth that does this.
Instead of rewriting a perfectly good piece I found that clearly explains how collagen is high in glycine which helps stomach and liver, please click here to read an in-depth article on fixyourgut.com written by John Brisson.
Bone Broth for Dogs Recipe
This recipe can be done in a crock-pot or a large soup cauldron on the stove-top. We make it both ways!
- 1 package of hand-raised non-hormone chicken feet *These are bendy so think about the collagen in the joints!
- 2 or 3 grass-fed beef marrow bones
- 4 Tbsp of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar *This is my preferred brand. You can use any raw & unfiltered brand
- 2 cups of separated broccoli
- 1 cup of shaved carrots
- 2 sweet potatoes cut into chunks
Put the bones into the crock-pot or soup cauldron and cover with water. Add an extra few to several inches more of water depending on your pot size.
Turn the crock-pot or stove on high and let cook for two hours in crock-pot or one hour on the stove. Checking the bones and stirring them once an hour. Turn the crock-pot to low and let cook for the next 8 hours or turn the stove to low and simmer for 4 hours.
Check the consistency of your broth after the above appropriate hours. It should be looking like a jelling has begun.
Add 2 Tbsp more of Apple Cider Vinegar. Add more water, just enough to recover the bones. Don’t stir.
Leave cooking another 4 hours in the crock-pot or 2 hours on the stove. The bone broth should be done at this point. Turn off the crock-pot or stove, remove the bones and discard them. Don’t give them to your dog. Cooked bone is a safety hazard for many reasons. Plus, these bones have zero nutritional value left in them.
Add the broccoli, carrots, and the sweet potatoes. If there is very little liquid left, add just a bit more water. Let the newly added veggies sit in the broth while it cools. It will continue cooking the veggies. Once the broth is cool enough to refrigerate, put it in an airtight container and store in the fridge overnight.
Remove the layer of hard fat that will have formed over your broth overnight. You’ll find a jelly substance, thick and hearty!
You can store this in the freezer in airtight glass containers for up to 3 months.