HEALTH BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH FOR DOGS

Bone Broth for dogs is getting a lot of attention these days. It's being touted as the latest and greatest "super food" for dogs, loaded with healthy nutrients.  The health benefits of bone broth for dogs have pet parents buying packaged dog bone broth and making homemade bone broth for dogs themselves.

Health Benefits of Bone Broth For Dogs
Health Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH FOR DOGS?


WHAT IS BONE BROTH FOR DOGS


Bone broth for dogs isn't a complete and balanced meal. It can be added to your dog's food, but it shouldn't be treated as a complete meal or replacement for a dog's food. It's great as a meal topper or an added ingredient to offer additional nutrition and taste to your dog's meal.

As for how much bone broth to give a dog each day, follow the guidance on the package. You can also consult with your Vet.  I gave Phoebe, a small dog of 10 lbs, about 1/8 cup of bone broth each morning, mixed in with her regular dog food. At 53 lbs, Icy gets slightly more than that with her food.

Bone broth for dogs is basically made from the bones of beef, pork, poultry or other animals. It also contains other nutritious animal components such as ligaments, tendons, and bone marrow. If you want to make your own dog bone broth instead of buying it, there are a number of YouTube videos and online articles with instructions on how to make bone broth for dogs. 

You may be wondering if you can give your dog store bought bone broth that is intended for people. Most human grade bone broth sold in grocery stores is healthy for people, but check the ingredients list carefully to ensure it doesn't have added salt, garlic, onion or ingredients your dog is allergic to. If you're not sure consult your Veterinarian. 


IS BONE BROTH SAFE FOR DOGS



If you follow me on Facebook, you know that my sweet girl Phoebe, 13 years old, battled a serious infection for 8 months.  Fighting the infection took a big toll on her. I watched her get weaker and weaker each week. It's terrifying to see my dog's energy level drop to a point where she slept all day and night and was barely responsive. I was feeling helpless, I had to do something to help her.

Phoebe was on all the appropriate medication for the infection she was fighting, but I felt I needed to do something to help boost her energy and health, giving her more strength to fight the infection. 

I feed my dogs a very healthy diet, but I felt Phoebe needed something more to be strong enough to fight this deep infection. I wanted to find more health boosting foods and nutrients to supplement my dog's diet. I'd been reading a lot about the health benefits of bone broth for dogs, so I decided to explore the options.

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Health Benefits of Bone Broth For Dogs


A Bone broth for dogs recipe is made largely from the bones of beef, pork, or poultry. The bones from lamb, duck, fish, or bison can also be used. The bones are boiled for long periods of time in order to extract the nutrients from the bones. Similar to soup or stew, other ingredients can also be added such as vegetables and other nutrients. 

If you're wondering where to buy bone broth for dogs, you don't need to look very far. I found that most pet stores that stock premium pet care products carry bone broth for dogs and bone broth for cats. 

I visited a couple of pet supply stores to see what was available in terms of bone broth for dogs. I wanted to see the various types of bone broth being sold and I wanted to study the ingredients lists on packaging. 

I was delighted to find that some of the dog food brands I have high regard for, especially the more natural ingredient brands, make their own brand of bone broth for dogs! 

There were several varieties to choose from; Chicken bone broth for dogs, Beef bone broth for dogs, and Turkey bone broth for dogs were the most common varieties I saw on the shelves.  

Several dog bone broth packages stated they had additional nutrients added to their bone broth recipe like Turmeric, sweet potato, apple, pumpkin and other ingredients that are healthy for dogs.

I bought a few different brands of dog bone broth to try and was delighted that both my dogs loved them all. I had added some to my Siberian Husky dog Icy's food as well to give her a health boost and she loved it!

If you decide to buy bone broth for your dog, read the ingredients on the package carefully to be sure they don't contain anything your dog is allergic to. As always, consult your Veterinarian before adding any foods or supplements to your pet's diet. Your Vet knows your pet best, so let him or her know any time you add a food or supplement to your dog's diet.


BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH FOR DOGS 



With all the essential vitamins and minerals contained in bones, here are some of the many benefits of bone broth for dogs :

๐Ÿพ Beneficial for digestive and gut health due to it's gelatin content

๐Ÿพ Can help with daily liver detox due to it's high Glycine content

๐Ÿพ Contains chondroitin, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid, which support joint health

๐ŸพThe bones contain minerals that help maintain teeth and bones, such as calcium, magnesium and phospherus


I added bone broth to both my dogs food for several weeks. Phoebe's infection was still raging but she definitely gained strength to help her fight it and withstand the intensive treatments she had to go through. I had also added other nutritious food and supplements to her diet. I have to say that I'm very glad I added bone broth to my dogs diet. I believe it helped Phoebe, and I love the healthy ingredients contained in dog bone broth for my other senior dog, Icy. 

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Health Benefits of Bone Broth For Dogs


I'm convinced that dogs don't have to be ill or lacking a nutritious diet to reap the health benefits of bone broth for dogs. After what I've learned, I've decided to incorporate bone broth in my dog's diet regimen permanently.

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8 comments:

Michelle & The Paw Pack said...

Healing thoughts for Phoebe! Kit and Fen love bone broth! I don't give it to them daily, but pretty often. I actually use bone broth in my cooking sometimes. It has health benefits for people too, and is my "secret ingredient" for making amazing homemade Chinese food. I buy broth for people that is also dog safe, then give the doggos whatever I don't use to cook with. :)

Beth said...

I'm glad that Phoebe is feeling better! Bone broth sounds like something my dogs will enjoy too.

Tail Wag Wisdom said...

Oh, poor Phoebe. I'm glad you found bone broth for her. I hope it really helps her.

I hadn't thought about bone broth for my dog, Henry. I will definitely ask his vet about it at his next appointment. It sounds like it would be a great addition to his diet.

Nikki said...

I hope Phoebe will be feeling better soon! Bone broth is such a simple way to add flavor and moisture to food, especially dogs who are sick and need a bit of extra help getting up their appetite.

DawgBlogger said...

I hope Phoebe gets well soon. Bone broth is a super-food, right up there with chicken soup for when humans get ill. It provides plenty of fluids, minerals and other helpful nutrients. It's definitely great stuff.

FiveSibesMom said...

I started giving bone broth to my FiveSibes...I made it at home and then switched to buying it. I made them into "jigglers" for Wolfie with his IBS and toward the end when his legs grew weaker. I'm so sorry about Phoebe...may she and Wolfie have some fun pain-free zoomies together in those beautiful meadows at the Rainbow Bridge. Hugs. xo PS - Pinning this great article to share.

Robin said...

I haven't ever tried bone broth with my kitties. I might just have to give them a topper of it sometime. I'm sure they would enjoy it. The extra calcium wouldn't be a bad addition to their diet.

Britt K said...

We have been avoiding bone broth for the most part in our house due to Daviana's protein allergies. But, I recently discovered a recipe for a fish-based bone broth and now I'm intrigued to give it a try!

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