Disclaimer: This recipe is from Kiki Kane of The Dog People
Bone broth for dogs? Sounds tasty!
Bone broth is a nutritious and tasty addition to any dog's diet, providing a range of health benefits. Slow-cooking beef and pork bones in water for several hours breaks down the collagen, releasing essential nutrients and minerals that promote good health. This nutrient-rich broth is easy to prepare, and dogs love the taste.
This kind of broth is a healthy and nutritious addition to your pet's diet. It is easy to make, affordable, and provides numerous benefits such as improved joint health, boosted immune system, and better gut health. By incorporating bone broth into your dog's diet, you can ensure that they are getting the necessary nutrients to maintain optimal health and well-being.
This is an ideal way to make a soup as it allows for a long cooking time, which helps to extract all the nutrients from the bones. Simply add beef and pork bones to the slow cooker along with water and a few vegetables such as carrots, celery, and onions. You can also add a splash of apple cider vinegar to help extract the minerals from the bones.
Once the ingredients are in the slow cooker, set it on low and let it cook for at least 12 hours, or up to 24 hours. The longer the bones are cooked, the more nutrients and minerals will be extracted, resulting in a more flavorful and nutritious broth.
After the broth has finished cooking, strain it to remove any remaining solids, then let it cool before serving it to your dog. You can store the broth in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze it in small portions for future use.
There are many health benefits of bone broth for dogs. The collagen found in bones helps to improve joint health, making it an ideal addition to the diet of older dogs or dogs with arthritis. Bone broth is also high in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which are essential for healthy bones and teeth.
The gelatin found in bone broth can help to improve digestive health, particularly in dogs with sensitive stomachs. The broth also contains glucosamine and chondroitin, which are commonly found in joint supplements for dogs.
Bone broth is also an excellent source of protein, making it an ideal addition to a dog's diet. It can be served as a stand-alone treat or added to a dog's regular meals to enhance the flavor and nutrition.
In summary, slow-cooker beef and pork bone broth is an easy and nutritious addition to any dog's diet. The long cooking time allows for the extraction of essential nutrients and minerals from the bones, making it a great source of joint-supporting collagen, digestive-supporting gelatin, and protein. It's also easy to make, and dogs love the taste. If you haven't tried making bone broth for your dog, give it a try today and see the health benefits for yourself.
Slow Cooker Beef and Pork Bone Broth for Dogs
- Large roasting pan
- Instant pot, crock pot, or stock pot
- 3 tbsp Olive oil
- 2 lbs Beef marrow bones
- 4 Raw pig’s feet (not smoked)
- 8 Celery stalks
- 4 Carrots or 2 cups baby carrots
- 1 cup Roughly chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup Raw apple cider vinegar (some recipes suggest lemon juice but we do not recommend giving citrus to dogs)
- Place a rack in the middle of your oven.
- Preheat oven to a hot-n-spicy 450º.
- Grease a large roasting pan with the olive oil and place your bone in the center, pig’s feet around the edges, and fill with the celery and carrots in the empty spaces.
- Bake the bones for an hour, flipping the bones and feet halfway through. If things are getting too brown too fast, turn down the oven or just skip straight to loading the Instant Pot.
- Put the roughly chopped parsley in the bottom of the Instant Pot or Crock Pot. Add the bones next, placing the marrow bones in the center and pushing the pig’s feet around. Top off with as much of the veggies as will fit, filling in some of the cracks. Add the apple cider vinegar, then add cold water, leaving an inch of space under the max fill line.
- Close and seal, cooking in manual mode for the max time of 240 minutes (4 hours). If your pressure cooker only goes to 120, just run it twice.
- If you’re using a slow cooker, set it on low for 24-48 hours to get the maximum benefits of the recipe.
- If you’re using a stock pot on the stove, get the broth up to a simmer, stirring occasionally, then cover and simmer on low 24-48 hours, checking the pot regularly to make sure the temperature is maintained and nothing is burning or sticking.
- Use a natural release, then turn off the heat. When the pot is cool enough to touch, you can use a small strainer to remove the larger piece from the broth. Then strain the broth through a fine mesh colander to catch any loose bone bits.
- Chill the broth in the fridge for a few hours or overnight until it (hopefully) sets into a gel.
- Scrape the fat off the top of the gelatinized broth, pausing to appreciate how wiggly and jiggly it is.
- Serve it up! You can freeze the broth, heat it up a little and pour 1/4-1/2 cup over your dog’s kibble at mealtimes, or serve alone as a nutritious snack.
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