Have you ever thought of a Bone Broth for your dog?
A healthy Bone Broth is something I recommend to all of my clients with Senior Dogs … and for good reason.
Bone Broth is an excellent form of nourishment to support your aging dog’s joints.
It’s been around for hundreds of years … and it’s easy to make.
So why would I give my dog Bone Broth?
Bone broth is high in glucosamine and chondroitin.
As the bones start to simmer in the broth, they release Glucosamine, Chondroitin that help to naturally protect and support your dog’s joints and relieve joint and muscle stiffness.
Glucosamine helps to form and repair body tissues such as cartilage.
Your dog naturally produces glucosamine but as they age, the natural production of glucosamine in their body slows.
This means their body’s natural repair process for their joints also starts to slow down.
Over time, this can often lead to the misery and pain of Arthritis.
The glucosamine from the bone broth …
Reduces pain and inflammation
Improves your Senior Dog’s joint health
Improves their mobility and
Boosts their quality of life
The chondroitin from the bone broth helps to support the cartilage in your Senior Dog’s joints.
It slows down deterioration in the joints and reduces the inflammation associated with Arthritis.
So you can see how giving your Senior Dog bone broth can help to reduce any pain and discomfort they have … plus keep them mobile and active for longer.
What are the other benefits of Bone Broth?
Another great benefit of bone broth is that it helps improve your Senior Dog’s gut function.
So what does that really mean?
The natural gelatine found in the bone broth helps repair small holes that can form in your Senior Dog’s digestive system (this is referred to as ‘leaky gut syndrome’).
As your Senior Dog’s gut health improves, it can dramatically improve their digestive health.
This can lead to a reduction in the symptoms of food sensitivities and allergies … and crucially strengthen their immune system.
There is even thought to be a connection between ‘leaky gut’ and joint pain.
If your Senior Dog’s gut is damaged, toxins can enter easily into their bloodstream, causing a strong response from their immune system.
It sends a signal to their body to start producing inflammation everywhere as a way of killing the toxins.
So it could be that the inflammation in your Senior Dog’s joints might be due to issues with their gut health (and not just wear and tear) which is causing their pain and discomfort.
So can you really afford not to give your Senior Dog bone broth?
Now you know how good a bone broth can be for your Senior Dog, you’ll want to know how to make it!
HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT …
Beef, lamb bones or chicken frames … you could even add in chicken feet or pigs trotters
Veggies eg. carrots, broccoli, kale, celery and green beans are good options
Apple cider vinegar. This is important as it increases the amount of crucial minerals that are released from the bones into the broth.
Add your bones to the pot, then add enough water to the pot to cover the bones (plus a little extra too).
Add the Apple Cider Vinegar (approximately 1 tablespoon for every 4 litres of water)
Add your chopped veggies.
Bring it all to the boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer.
The longer, the better to get as many of the nutrients from the bones as possible.
If you have a slow cooker, 12 to 24 hours is good or gently cook on the stove top for 8 to 12 hours.
Let it cool down and you’re ready to go.
You’ll notice a fatty jelly like layer on top of the broth.
Keep this as it’s great for your dog’s gut health (which we talked about earlier).
You can put the bone broth in the fridge to keep it fresh.
It should be good for about 3 to 5 days.
A great way to help your bone broth last longer is to FREEZE it into ice cube blocks.
You can give them to your dog as a treat, which they’ll love! Great on a hot day or melted on a cooler day with their dinner!
One cube for a smaller dog and two cubes for a medium to large breed dog is a healthy treat for your dog, please DO NOT give your dog the bones.
This is just one way to help your Senior Dog have a longer, healthier, happier life and crucially more precious time with you.