Bone Broth for Dogs
Bone broth is a great option for providing hydration & temptation to eat in sick dogs.
Don't want to make it?
You can purchase human-grade bone broth (Australian domestic shipping) at the My Doggie Nutritional Booster website.
How to make - Bone Broth is crazy simple to make! Simply take 2 kilos of bones and pop them in the 5.5 litre slow cooker or pressure cooker with 4 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and cover with water.
Joint bones are what you're after and my favourite for a fool proof outcome is Chicken feet. Soft bones such as Chicken take just 2 hours in the pressure cooker or 24 hours on low in the slow cooker. For denser bones such as beef, they'll need 3-4 hours in the pressure cooker and around 36 hours in the slow cooker. The pain about 36 hours in the slow cooker is that you'll not be left which much broth at the end. Some people will top it up as they go on, however this will dilute your end result.
At the end of the cooking process, remove the bones, allow to cool then pop in the fridge to set over night, it should turn to a moderate to dense jelly texture if it is a successful broth. Scrape the fat off the top and discard. Keep in the fridge what you will use in a week and freeze the rest.
How much you give your dog is completely up to you, some pet parents feed only bone broth to their dogs one day a week as a light day rather than fasting. Bone broth is a good option to swap out a meal if you feed more than once a day in overweight dogs. Some pet parents feed broth every day, however we recommend to give (if you're giving it) every 2nd day or just a couple of times a week due to the heavy metals that accumulate in the bones.
Here's a general guideline if you feel you need specifics:
X-Small Dogs and Cats - 1 tbs
Small Dogs and Cats – 1/8 cup
Medium size dogs – ¼ cup
Large dogs – 1/3 to ½ cup
Giant - 1-2 cups a day (same as an adult human)
Serve cold or warmed up. Warmed up is a great option for dogs who need encouragement to eat. Bone Broth is high in histamines so if you have an allergic dog, it might not be a great match for them - see more on this topic under 'Allergies'
If you're keen to start exploring different bones, you might like to check The Balanced Canine's $9.95 AUD eBook "The Great Bone Broth Experiment" which looks at the results of using different bones. It is available in an original and non-gore format.
Chicken Feet Mousse - Is a no-waste product. You take the chicken feet from the broth whilst they are still hot and you blend them down either in a blender or with a stick mixer.
Mix down to a fine gritty paste so there are no recognisable bones. You can pour these into moulds and freeze or pour into a silicone cake container, allow to set in the fridge and then cut up into small pieces and freeze.
Chicken feet mousse is a high fat occasional treat - feed with a common sense approach.