This one in particular will almost guarantee that your pup will eat any meal that you add it to. Have you guessed yet? Bone Broth is the answer. You can buy it or you can make your own. I make my own. I liked to know what was in anything that I gave my boys. With Max’s numbers fluctuating the way that they were, I couldn’t take any chances.
What are the benefits of Bone Broth:
- Provides nutrients – Bone broth is a great source of protein and minerals and can bolster the immune system not just in pups that aren’t feeling well, but in all pups. If your pup has been sick or is just a picky eater, you may want to try adding some bone broth to his/her meals to entice them to eat. It is packed with great flavor and I haven’t heard of too many pups that turn their noses up at it.
- Good for joint support – In the book Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan, she writes “The health of your joints depends upon the health of the collagen in your ligaments, tendons, and on the ends of our bones. Collagens are a large family of biomolecules, which include the glycosaminoglycan; very special molecules that help keep our joints healthy.” Bone broth is packed with glycosaminoglycans. Many of us give our pups supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin for just this purpose; so adding bone broth to your pup’s meals is a natural addition for joint support. Not only does it contain glucosamine, it also contains other joint compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Two other things that you likely have heard of. The beauty of glycosaminoglycans from bone broth is that they are resistant to digestion and are absorbed in their intact form.
- Liver Detox – The liver is the organ in our bodies (our pups too) that is responsible for detoxification. Our pups’ livers are bombarded daily from toxins everywhere, from the rugs that they lay on, walking on grass that has been sprayed with chemicals, de-wormers, flea and tick meds, vaccines, etc. You get the picture. Glycine boosts the liver’s ability to deal with all of these toxins. Bone broth is very rich in glycine.
- Healthy gut – Here is a little physiology lesson on gut health. The lining of the intestine contains millions of tiny holes that allow digested nutrients to enter the body. Stress, poor diet and bacterial overgrowth can cause those millions of tiny holes to increase in size and allow things to pass through that really shouldn’t. The body will recognize those things as intruders and attack them. This is how allergies and food sensitivities develop. It is called “leaky gut”. So somehow we need to plug up those holes to prevent those nasty things from entering our pups’ bodies. How about some gelatin… yup, you guessed it; bone broth is full of gelatin.
Now we know why… Here’s the how… Dr. Karen Becker did a video on how to make Bone Broth. You can find it here: https://youtu.be/lI-vo8td7ME
Bone Broth isn’t just a superfood for your pup, it’s also one for you! So you can share this with your pup. When I made it, I stored it in Mason Jars in the fridge and freezer. My crock pot is a 10 quart size so it lasted a while. I will say that I will never be without Bone Broth in my freezer.
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