What if we told you that one of the easiest dishes you could ever prepare for your dog or cat, could easily be one of THE MOST beneficial for them? Would you make it for them? Read on and learn the benefits of bone broth for you and your pet. We’ll even tell you how to make it with less that five minutes of prep time!
The Benefits of Bone Broth
It’s fantastic for healthy joints – Bone broth contains massive amounts of glycosaminoglycans (including glucosamine as well as other beneficial compounds such as chondroitin & hyaluronic acid) which are essential for healthy ligaments and tendons. When consumed in bone broth, these glycosaminoglycans are extremely bio-available (easy to digest and absorb). This means that what your pet eats, it’s using. How fantastic is that? No waste!
It helps promote a healthy gut – A healthy intestinal lining is filled with millions of teeny tiny holes. However, when a person or animal is exposed to poor nutrition, stress and unwelcome bacterial overgrowth, these holes can become enlarged and can multiply. When this occurs the gut can release food particles, toxins and yeast into the body. When the body sees these invaders, it fights back! If you have a dog with a lot of allergies or sensitivities, it could very well be due to this phenomenon better known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome”.
So, what does this have to do with bone broth? Have you ever seen jello? Of course you have! That wonderfully tasty dessert contains gelatin which gives it that wiggly, gooey texture. Gelatin is also present in bone broth, and it can actually plug up those holes in the intestines and act as a barrier to prevent those inappropriate “invaders” from leaving and entering the blood stream! Coolness overload!
It assists the liver – It’s no secret in today’s modern society that we are all overloaded with more toxins than the liver was ever expected to deal with. Household cleaners; cigarette smoke; artificial preservatives, colours and flavours; herbicides and pesticides; the list goes on. Now think of our dogs and cats; in addition to that liver assault, they also have yearly vaccinations, dewormers, and flea and tick preventatives to deal with. What is a liver to do? There are lots of lifestyle choices you can make to help protect your pet’s liver – but that is for another day, today we are talking about bone broth so onward…
Bone broth is filled with an amino acid called glycine. Glycine assists the liver in the detoxification process. Glycine’s motto is, “he ain’t heavy, he’s my liver.”
“So this info is all great, but how the heck do I make this stuff?” I hear you, read on…
How to Make Bone Broth
The first thing you need to do is gather your ingredients and equipment. Are you ready for it? You will need raw or cooked bones of any kind, water, and a slow cooker. Did we lose you? No really, it’s THAT easy!
Place the raw or cooked bones into your slow cooker. You can fill it up to 2/3 full of bones. Cover with water (preferably filtered) and add 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the mixture. Put the lid on your slow cooker, and turn it on. Now, let it simmer for 24-48 hours. Simmering with apple cider vinegar for this long will ensure all the goodness is extracted from the bones.
After 24-48 hours have passed, remove the large bone pieces from mixture with tongs. Set aside in a bowl or pot to cool before discarding them. If you have an overweight dog, or a dog sensitive to fat (eg. Pancreatitis), skim the fat off the mixture with a spoon. Now, strain the mixture carefully (it’s hot!) into a large bowl. Refrigerate or freeze. I like to freeze in smaller batches so I can thaw and use as needed.
You can use the resulting liquid to add luke warm onto your pet’s food, or freeze it in ice cube trays or as other tasty frozen treats. Our pets are just like us! They love warm food on cold days, and cool foods on hot days!
TIP: My husband loves broth. He says that bone broth made with roasted bones tastes better, so keep that in mind when making broth for yourself!
Have you ever made bone broth for your pets? Tell us about it in the comments below, or tag us on Instagram @tailblazerscopperfield and show us a photo of your pet enjoying their broth!