Bone Broth For Dogs: Recipe & How to Feed

Bone Broth For Dogs: Recipe & How To Feed

Bone broth for dogs is a favorite supplement in our pack because it’s both tasty and packs a ton of health benefits.

It’s a warming, soothing food during the colder months, and can also be served cold as a refreshing summer treat. 

In this post, I’m sharing:

  • A recipe for homemade bone broth
  • How to feed it to your dogs, and
  • Also where to buy it pre-made
Bone Broth for Dogs Recipe

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Bone Broth For Dogs: The Benefits

Bone broth has a ton of health benefits for dogs and ourselves, too:

1. Overall immune system booster because of all the minerals that are released from the bones into the broth.

2. Gentle on the digestive system and helps with an upset stomach. 

3. Does wonders for achy bones because of all the chondroitin and glucosamine that seeps out of the bones and into the broth. 

4. Detoxifies the liver

5. Great meal topper for picky eaters.

How To Make Bone Broth For Dogs (& Yourself!) – My Favorite Recipe

It’ll take a little over 24 hours to make a batch of bone broth, so it does require a little planning. All you need besides time is:

  • Crock-Pot or Instant Pot
  • Joint bones (chicken or duck feet, turkey necks, oxtails, beef soup bones)
  • (Filtered) water
  • Apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • Some spices and/or veggies (optional)
  • Optional: Garlic. Yes, it’s safe for dogs. Read more on garlic for dogs here.
K9sOverCoffee | Preparing Our Bone Broth
K9sOverCoffee.com | Ingredients for homemade bone broth for dogs and yourself

1. Put all the bones and garlic into a crockpot, then add enough filtered water to cover everything by 1-2 inches. Add 4-5 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar. Cook it on “high” for 1 hour.

2. Reduce the heat to “low” and let it cook for 24 hours.

3. Remove the bones. It’s important to strain the broth well. That way, you can remove any tiny bone fragments, both for your own and your dog’s sake.

Good to know: Never feed your dogs cooked bones as they can do a lot of damage to your dog’s internal system. The only bones that are safe to feed are non weight-bearing raw, meaty bones.

4. Optional: Add frozen kale and turmeric powder to the broth, stir well.

5. Once you strained it, let it cool off, then put it into the fridge for 3-4 hours. Next, remove the layer of fat that will have formed.

Tip: If there’s no layer of fat, you didn’t use enough apple cider vinegar!

6. Now it’s ready to use!

K9sOverCoffee | Remove the layer of fat that forms on the bone broth in the fridge
Remove the layer of fat that forms on the bone broth

Alternative – Where To Buy Bone Broth For Dogs

If you don’t have the time or energy to make your own bone broth, you can also buy it.

The pre-made options are available both as a liquid as well as a bone broth powder.

Raw Feeding Miami sells bone broth in liquid form(turkey, chicken, beef, veal, pork), and so does The Honest Kitchen (turkey and beef).

Local grocery stores carry it too, and you can also find liquid bone broth on Amazon.

Native Pet Bone Broth is a powder bone broth option, and so is this grass-fed bone broth powder as well as The Honest Kitchen’s Instant beef bone broth powder.

How To Feed Your Dog Bone Broth

For feeding it to Missy & Buzz, I simply add a few tablespoons on top of their raw dog food and then mix everything together.

They love the taste! They also got some cooked sweet potato that I mashed with a fork and then topped off with bone broth.

You can definitely warm it up a little if you feel like your furry friend might like it better that way, but it’s not a must. 

Update 2020: My new pup Wally loves his bone broth, too!

For anyone coming across this recipe in warmer temps – you can also pour the broth into ice cube trays and offer it as a refreshing treat.

How to drink it yourself!

Of course you can share the bone broth with your furries – if they’ll let you, ha!

You can pour the bone broth into a cup and drink it first thing in the morning, or whenever you feel like it, really.

It tastes great warmed up, especially on a cold winter day, but you can also enjoy a cold cup during the heat of the summer.

I personally prefer to use it for cooking purposes and boil my rice in it.

I also like to pour it over mashed (sweet) potatoes that I serve along with meat, like sautéed chicken breasts.

Yummy!

How To Store Bone Broth for Dogs

Once you’ve discarded the top layer of fat, you can pour the broth into mason jars or any other type of food storage container. 

Whenever I make a fresh batch of bone broth, I put one or two bone broth containers into the fridge to use within the next few days.

The others go into the freezer as a back up for upset doggie stomachs.

Pouring Bone Broth Into Mason Jars For Storage
Pour the bone broth into mason jars or similar food storage containers

Bone Broth For Dogs: Final Thoughts

It’s totally up to you and your dog’s potential food sensitivities as far as which kind of joint bones you use to make your bone broth.

I decided to use duck feet, turkey necks, beef oxtails and beef soup bones because that’s what I had in the freezer.

You can also stick to just one protein and make a chicken, duck, beef, or whatever else-only broth. 

I bought the duck feet from Raw Feeding Miami, found the oxtails and beef soup bones at Walmart, and the turkey necks are from my local grocery store. 

What I like about bone broth is that it’s a superfood for both myself AND my pups (cats can eat it, too). 

Leave your comments or questions in the comment section below this blog post!

Making homemade bone broth for dogs

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.


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4 responses to “Bone Broth For Dogs: Recipe & How To Feed”

  1. Anna Avatar
    Anna

    Thank you for sharing, Barbara! We’ll be repeating allergy test and I hope I can make some broth for Rocky. I use pressure cooker though.

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Hi Anna, sure thing! Yes, a pressure cooker is a good alternative, thanks for mentioning that. I personally don’t have one, but my mom does.

      1. Anna Avatar
        Anna

        I’ve got two…they are very handy to 2 and 4 legged animals:-) I’ve been cooking food after we got an infection…

        1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

          Definitely, especially with two! You’ll be able to make a huge batch! What infection?

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