The Fountain of Youth for Dogs
There is nothing more comforting than coming in from a cold day outdoors to the smell of chicken cooking on the stove.
Catching a glimpse across the room, we see Fido licking his lips in great anticipation of savoring this aromatic fare.
Broth Isn’t JUST Broth!
As children growing up, we can remember our mothers serving broth to us when we were ill.
The soothing comfort of the warm broth was the best medicine!
We love our canine companions and pass down the comforting tradition of broth to them knowing the benefits are numerous.
The Benefits of Broth:
Broth is packed with the power of glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.
These act like hormones in the dog’s body which then stimulates cells. These cells produce collagen in joints, tendons, and ligaments.
A dog’s liver filters pollutants within the body and is constantly under assault from the environment.
The liver has a difficult time trying to cleanse itself due to the dog’s body lacking amino acid glycine.
Bone broth is chock full of glycine and helps the liver to be able to detoxify as it should.
Your dog’s intestinal lining has little holes which digested nutrients pass through and into the body.
Stress, bacteria, and lack of a nutritional diet cause additional holes to open and enlarge. This is what’s known a “Leaky Gut.”
Toxins enter the body through these additional holes causing the body to tell itself to attack that foreign matter.
Food allergies develop as a result of this condition. Bone broth contains a gelatinous substance that plugs up those extra holes.
There is nothing more miserable for a dog than to have diarrhea and upset stomach. Diarrhea causes severe dehydration.
To rehydrate your dog and give his tummy a rest, feeding him bone broth soothes his stomach and intestines.
By doing this, he will be back to his usual self quickly and back on a solid food diet.
Bone broth contains a potent source of minerals that boost the immune system.
This is probably why your mom always had chicken soup on hand for when you came down sick!
Grab a Pot, Let’s Do Some Cookin!
Making homemade bone broth is quite simple and can be frozen for future use.
A suggestion: when you make chicken for your family meal, use the carcass, bones, and skin to make bone broth.
- Whole chicken (or leftover chicken carcass and bones)
- 4 Tbsp of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice
- Large Pot or Slow Cooker
- Fill your pot with water, add the chicken and vinegar or lemon juice. The best method is to use a slow cooker; however, the stovetop method is fine.
- If using a slow cooker, cook on low for 24 hours.
- If using the stovetop method, simmer on low for 8 hours. Add more water as needed.
- Strain the broth to separate the bones and skin from the broth. Place strained broth in a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
Creative Ways to Give your Dog Broth
- Freeze broth in ice cube trays and serve as a cold treat in the summer.
- Pour broth over dog’s food to supplement and enhance the taste.
- For dogs that have diarrhea or vomiting, mix broth with rice. Feed small amounts to your dog for 24 hours to allow their stomach to rest.
A spoon full of broth is the best medicine for all ailments!