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Bone Broth is labelled as a nutrient packed superfood and is trending in popularity.  So let’s explore if bone broth is as beneficial as it is made out to be!

Firstly, what is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is the liquid strained after heating bones and  water together over a low heat for an extended period of time such as 12-24 hours.  Typically, vinegar is added to help soften the bone during the cooking process and often vegetables are used as well.  For a recipe for bone broth follow this link.

The bare bone breakdown:

Analysis has shown that the vitamin and mineral profile of bone broth is not as high, as originally thought.  This is because some of the more sensitive vitamins are broken down during the heating process and the minerals are not necessarily extracted from the bone, as they bind to the bone matrix during cooking.

Bone broth does however pack in some beneficial amino acids, glucosamine, chondroitin, gelatine, collagen and hyaluronic acid.  These support the joints and connective tissue as well as the gut lining!  It is a good support if your dog does not or cannot consume raw meaty bones; and is especially beneficial for kibble fed dogs.

Benefits of Bone Broth:

  • As a supplement for joint health and for dogs with joint diseases such as Arthritis.
  • Aiding gut health, including leaky gut.  It is worth adding in if your dog is prone to digestive upset and sensitives.
  • A good go to if your pup has had an upset stomach and you are easing them back on to a gentle food or if they are recovering from surgery. 
  • It can also help with increasing appetite by adding over the top or mixing into your dog’s meals.
  • Use as a part of a liquid fast for your dog.  (The benefits of fasting is worth a whole post in itself!)
  • From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, Bone Broth boosts the Kidney Qi and Jing.

Necessities:

Be sure to use to use high quality bones, ideally pasture fed organic, as this will influence the quality of your broth. Bones with connective tissue can be particularly good additions to use, such as chicken feet or knuckles. While store bought ones can be good and convenient, be mindful of human commercial bone broths as they often contain onion, which is toxic for your dog. 

Once cooked, bone broth can last in the fridge for 5-7 days, or frozen for up to 12 months.  Therefore, freezing a big batch into containers or splitting in ice cube trays is a good way for creating easy to use serves. It is a good idea to allow the frozen cubes to melt or mix with hot water to warm before serving to your dog.

Bone Broth is not a completely balanced meal and should be used in addition to a varied diet.  A standard serving size would be up to 30ml for every 5 kg and up to 2 serves a day could be given.  This will vary on the individual needs of your dog, including their weight and base diet.  A few tablespoonfuls for a large dog will still provide benefits so you don’t have to feed the maximum suggestions. 

We give bone broth 2 paws up and remember it is beneficial for humans too, so why not try it for the whole family today.   

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