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Making Bone Broth for Pets

Webinar Presentation and Recipe by Dr. Sue Howell DVM, CVFT

The Health Benefits of Bone Broth Include:

- Digestive Health

- Immune System Health

- Joint Health

- Recovery Support

- Support for Debilitated


- Preventative Care

Learn how to make your own bone broth below. However, another great alternative to a homemade broth is one made by the brand The Honest Kitchen and is specific for pets! (We also sell this at our hospital!)

Dr. Howell's Recipe for Making the Bone Broth:

(All you need is a crockpot, meat, vegetables, apple cider vinegar, and spring water)

1. Meat

- Use whole chicken or meaty beef bones (Use soup bones, don't only use marrow bones.

- You can bake the meat in the oven before adding it to the crockpot for more flavor, however, this step is not needed.

- Use 4 lbs of chicken or 4-5 lbs of meaty bones for this recipe

2. Vegetables

- She recommends using carrots, celery, and parsnips

- DON'T use onions, as they are toxic to pets!

3. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

- Use 1/3 cup

- Helps pull minerals from the bones

4. Spring Water

- Use only enough to cover the bones (too much can make the broth too watery)

- Spring water is used because tap water may contain contaminates

Optional Ingredients

- Black peppercorns (1/2 to 1 tbsp)

- Digestive aid, warming

- Turmeric (1/2 to 1 tbsp)

- Relative of ginger, warming, contains curcumin (anti-inflammatory)

- Ginger

- Reduces nausea, stimulates gastric secretions, supports healthy bowel transit time, good for diarrhea, and may block pain

Cooking the Broth

- After adding all ingredients, turn crockpot on low for 24-48 hours

- Remove meat after 6-8 hours and return bones to pot

- In last hour, you can add parsley or cilantro (about 1 handful)

- Adding sea salt is also optional prior to serving

Strain, Store, and then Serve

- Best to keep broth in a glass container instead of plastic

- Keep for up to 1 week in the fridge or keep in the freezer for longer storage

- DON'T give cooked bones to pets!

- If reheating, do so on the stove top and NOT in the microwave

- Can also be served right out of the fridge or put the broth in an ice cube tray and freeze and give to your pet!

- Dr. Howell's suggested dosage:

- Small dog: 1/8 cup per day

- Medium dog: 1/4 cup per day

- Large dog: 1/2 cup per day

- Bone broth is NOT a meal but can be added to food or on its own

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