Looking for a supplement to boost your pet's joint health?
Updated: Jun 18
Many pet owners ask me what they can pro-actively do to help with their pet's joint health. Whether your pet is a senior citizen or just prone to certain genetic issues, a great easy supplement to add to their diet is bone broth!
Always check with your veterinarian on your pet's primary nutritional needs and ask them their opinions on adding this super food. The positive effects of bone broth are numerous, but, it's always a good idea to double check with your vet if your dog has a sensitive stomach.
In this blog post, I wanted to discuss what bone broth is, what benefits it has for your pet, and an easy recipe that you can make at home!
What is bone broth?
Bone broth is a liquid that is made from stewing or simmering animal bones for extended periods of time. Conventionally, most people make bone broth from cow bones, but bone broth can be made from chicken, fish, or other animal bones. (For dogs, I highly recommend beef over other protein sources as it's easily digestible.)
Bone broth made properly is rich in vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory proteins that help humans and pets alike achieve better joint health. The easiest way to make bone broth is in the slow cooker, but you can also make do with a huge pot on the stove with a lid. Most bone broths are cooked 24+ hours as the nutrients are deeply packed in the connective tissues.
Why add bone broth?
1) It reduces inflammation:
Glycine and proline are 2 powerful anti-inflammatories in bone broth that can help ease joint pains.
2) It strengthens the musculoskeletal system:
Glycine, as mentioned before, is important for muscle strength as it helps to prevent muscle breakdown and atrophy in older dogs. Also, the collagen in the bone broth also contains proline, glucosamine, and chondroitin which support cartilage development and provides for extra cushion in the joints.
3) Adds vital minerals:
Bone broth is rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc which are are critical for healthy joints!
4) Improves digestion:
Gelatin, derived from collagen, helps to soothe and repair mucous linings in the GI tract which can help the digestive tract better breakdown proteins and fats.
5) Improves skin and coat:
Collagen is a necessary ingredient in the production of healthy hair, skin, and nails.
6) Supports brain function:
Glycine is an important neurotransmitter in the brain.
1. Get raw beef bones from local butcher or grocery store.
2. Add enough bones to your large 3-5 quart crock pot to fill 1/3 of the way.
3. Feel free to add the vegetables/spices of your choice (if you'd like to to eat some too.) Good things to add can include carrots, celery, parsnip, ginger, and turmeric.
4. Add ~1/4 cup of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. This is a critical ingredient as it will help break down the bones!
5. Fill rest of the crock pot up to the top with water. Leave approximately 1-2", as bubbling may occur.
6. Cook on low heat for 24-36 hours with lid on the crock pot.
7. Turn off the crock pot and discard bones. DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG COOKED BONES as they can splinter.
8. Store your bone broth in the fridge/freezer in a container for 12 hours. (Do note, glass containers can break in the freezer.)
9. Discard the top layer of yellowish fat.
10. Add 2-3 tablespoons to dog's food for small dogs or 1/4-1/2 a cup for large dogs.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. I know your dog will appreciate the delicious and nutritious supplement to their food!
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