Dogs and bones have gone together for as long as humans have known dogs. So why has bone broth become such an afterthought for many dog owners?
Broths became widespread across cultures and more recently health-conscious communities for good reason, bone broth is really good for you. It’s also really good for your dog as they share many of the same benefits we do from broth. Many dog owners use dry dog food, meaning amino acids are lost when those foods are made through high heat processing (source). Giving your dog bone broth is a great way to supply their bodies with those essential amino acids.
Gelatin produced from the simmering process supports healthy joints. The gelatin has high glycine and is perhaps the most valuable component of bone broth. It acts as a cushion between bones and helps them slide together without friction. That friction will otherwise cause pain for your dog.
Bone broth also contains glucosamine and chondroitin which have become very popular dog joint supplements today. Together these two act as a natural anti-inflammatory, help decrease pain, and promote joint repair. Bone broth has even shown to help dogs with arthritis symptoms.
Amino acids are a key component of building protein blocks in a dog’s body. Ten amino acids are considered essential for dogs. Large quantities of amino acid are found in bones. Boiling them down into a broth is a great way to get these amino acids into your dog’s diet to build up their immune system.
If your dog is already sick, bone broth can help get them eating again both from taste and the positive impact to their gut.
Giving dogs bone broth is easy. You can add it on top of the meals you already give your dog, or you can give it to them in a bowl separately as the taste will help them hydrate if you have a dog that doesn't drink as much on their own.
Most experts don’t recommend giving your dog the store bought broth that is made for humans because of the excessive amounts of sodium included.
Some dog owners make their own broth buying the bones from a store, and simmering them for 24+ hours to give themselves. There are many recipes online for this if you are up for some home cooking.
December 17, 2020 4 min read