With a winter frost settling over the country, serving warm comfort foods is the perfect way to add a touch of coziness to an otherwise chilly season for pets and their people. For humans, there’s nothing quite like coming in from a bracing winter walk, then snuggling up with a good book and a cup of tea. For dogs, a healthy bowl of warm, nourishing bone broth can have that same cozy, comforting effect.
For centuries, bone broth has been believed to have powerful healing properties. Most of us eat chicken soup when we’re sick. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, recommended bone broth as a digestive aid. Even our hunter-gatherer ancestors made bone broth as a way to use the parts of the animal that were too tough to eat otherwise. Today, we recognize that bone broth is not just a healthy addition to our own diet, but also a fantastic addition to the diets of our pets.
Bone Broth is Great for Canine Joints
Quick biology refresher for those of us who haven’t sat in a classroom for a number of years: Tendons connect muscles to the bones, and ligaments connect bones to one another. Your pet needs both of these connective tissues to be strong and healthy in order to feel their best. The trouble is, these tissues break down over time, and we see our pets slow down. Healthy, easy-to-make bone broth can help provide the proteins needed to allow our pets to support and rebuild these tissues.
When you boil a bone, the marrow breaks down into gelatin. That gelatin contains collagen full of amino acids like proline and glycine, both of which are essential to canine joint health. Glycine, which is produced in limited amounts by the liver, is also a key factor in your pet’s detoxification process. Limited glycine means a limited ability to detoxify. Bolstering the amount of glycine in your pet’s diet can help support the liver.
Bone Broth Helps Ease Arthritis in Senior Pets
Pets are living longer than ever, but arthritis is a concern for senior pets. As our pets age, the protective layer of cartilage between their bones can thin. This thinning leads to increased wear and tear on the joint, which causes inflammation, fluid buildup, and, worst of all, pain. Bone broth is a natural source of the glucosamine-chondroitin one-two punch that is proven to help keep cartilage healthy and joint pain at bay.
Bone Broth is a Fantastic Nutritional Support for Sick Pups
From time to time, every pet gets sick. No one likes to see their pet suffering from vomiting or diarrhea. Offering bone broth will not only increase fluid consumption, but it also offers much-needed nutrients at a time when your pet most needs a boost.
Bone Broth is Easy and Inexpensive to Make at Home
It’s the ultimate lazy way to spoil your pet because all it takes is a bit of chopping and some patience. Anyone can make bone broth. It doesn’t require any special skills or tools. You can do it in a slow cooker (my favorite), on the stove, or in a pressure cooker. If you can boil water, you can make healthy, nourishing bone broth for pets.