Amy Rapp, one of the TNR Trust Trustees and owner of Custom Made K-9 Supply, has been making bone broth for a long time for her own dogs. She decided to share her magical recipe:
- 1 kg bones: beef marrow bones, bones with the joints and cartilage or chicken feet all work very well
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar
- Chopped vegetables (anything except for onions)
- Cover bones with water and add the lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. The vinegar will take the gelatin, vitamins and minerals from the bones while they cook.
- Cook on high for at least 1 hour
- Turn to low and cook for at least 24 hours
- Strain out the bones. DANGER: NEVER FEED THESE BONES TO YOUR DOGS as they are too brittle to be fed.
- Strain off the fat and dispose of it (giving the fat to the dogs can lead to pancreatitis)
- Add chopped vegetables
- Turn off the heat and let the veggies cook a bit in the hot broth
- You will know you made a good batch if yours becomes solid and gelatinous when it cools.
You can also refrigerate the broth into containers or even freeze them in smaller sizes for later use. For small dogs, you can use ice cube trays for ideal portions.
BONE BROTH BENEFITS
+ Bone Broth is good for a dog’s joints. It is loaded with glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. In bone broth, these are resistant to digestion, so they are absorbed in their intact form They act like hornmones, stimulating cells called fibroblasts, which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments and even the arteries
+ Bone Broth helps the liver detox. The dog’s liver and its capacity to detox is limited to the availability of the amino acid glycine, and bone broth has tons of glycine.
+ Bone broth promotes a healthy gut. The lining of the intestines contain teeny tiny holes that allow nutrients to pas through. However, stress, poor diet and the overgrowth of bacteria can cause bigger and an increasing amount of holes to open up. This is known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome”. The gelatin in bone broth can help heal these holes.