Healthy Additions: Bone Broth

Bone Broth is the number one healing food for the immune system. This Healthy Addition can help dogs dealing with allergies and leaky gut syndrome. It is also protective for dogs with arthritis and other digestive and inflammatory conditions.



This richly flavored, easily digested food packs a ton of health benefits! From healing a leaky gut to easing joint pain and supporting liver detoxification bone broth is amazing for dogs.

Bone broth is full of nutrients. These include amino acids necessary for repairing cells, as well as minerals and vitamins that support healthy body functions, especially metabolism.

The proteins arginine and glycine are found complete and in high amounts in broths. The body better utilizes these complete proteins than miscellaneous amino acids from multiple sources. Thus, a broth is said to spare protein, because the body requires less protein when it is of such high quality.

A good stock is rich in gelatin, a combination of amino acids, that aids digestion. Collagen, also abundant in a good stock, is a combination of proteins – which supports the mucosal wall of the gut and protects joints.

Check out how bone broth can help dogs!


Digestive Aid

Bone broth is high in glycine, an amino acid that aids digestion. It does so by regulating the production of bile salts and the secretion of gastric acid in the stomach.

This Healthy Addition is perfect for feeding sick dogs because it meets many nutritional requirements and boosts the immune system.

“Studies conducted in the 1800’s showed that when there is plenty of gelatin in the diet, the body’s need for protein from meat sources can be reduced by as much as fifty percent! Bone broth is also an excellent source of important minerals and can bolster the immune system (think chicken soup)!”


Allergic reactions are inflammatory responses of sensitive immune cells allergens. Allergies mimic the same symptoms as Leaky Gut Syndrome, another inflammatory condition of the gut.

Bone broth fights allergies by fighting inflammation with amino acids, collagen, gelatin, and micronutrients that support healthy body functions.

This is important because once inflammation starts damaging cells, the body must have the nutrients available to repair the damage or the body will never heal. Then the cycle of inflammation and reaction will become chronic without this healing.

Dogs with allergic skin disease will benefit from the collagen that helps form elastin, a protein complex that keeps skin healthy.


Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is an inflammatory state that enlarges the microscopic pores of the mucosal lining. The enlarged pores allow undigested food particles and toxins into the bloodstream. There the immune cells find them and react to their presence, working to expel them from the body.

Leaky gut produces a vast range of symptoms and other diseases. These might include allergies, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, thyroid disorders, skin diseases, adrenal disease, and “Kennel Cough.”

“Bone broth is loaded with a gooey substance that can plug up those leaky holes: gelatin!”


Joint Support and Arthritis

If you are looking for a glucosamine supplement for your dog, look no further! Rich in collagen, which are proteins found in bones, cartilage, skin, tendons, ligaments and bone marrow, this broth promotes healthy joints.

“Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans and you might even be familiar with one of them: glucosamine. Not only does bone broth contain super amazing amounts of glucosamine, it’s also packed with other joint protecting compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.”

Dr. Cate Shanahan, the author of Deep Nutrition, says glycosaminoglycans stimulate fibroblast cells to lay collagen in the joints, tendons, and ligaments.

Lack of this protective collagen causes the joints to rub painfully against each other and the tendons and ligaments that support them to weaken and atrophy. That’s why it’s important to supply these glycosaminoglycans in your dog’s diet regularly.


Liver Support

The liver is a major detoxification organ, and its job can be stressful. The limit of the liver’s function is in the availability of the amino acid glycine.

Homemade bone broth also supplies sulfur and glutathione which lowers oxidative stress.

“Stanford University’s Medicine Preventative Research Center has found that glutathione helps with elimination of fat-soluble compounds, especially heavy metals like mercury and lead. It also helps with the absorption of various nutrients, the use of antioxidants and with liver-cleansing functions. (9)”

A prominent concern among commercial pet foods is heavy metal contamination. If you need to feed a commercial pet feed, consider supplementing your dog’s diet with bone broth regularly as well as other natural liver-supporting foods.


How Safe is Bone Broth?

The only trouble you might run into feeding homemade bone broth is big brown, begging puppy eyes. Dogs love the flavor and will eagerly drink this Healthy Addition every time you offer it.

We do not recommend feeding commercial broths since they do not contain the beneficial amino acids and minerals. These broths are also often high in sodium and may contain preservatives and flavorings.

Consult with your veterinarian before feeding this broth to dogs with liver disease. These dogs may be sensitive to very high levels of complex proteins.

Feed sparingly if you are trying to feed a ketogenic diet to your dog since high protein content in the diet will reduce ketosis.

As with all Healthy Additions, feed in moderation and use rotation for optimum benefits.


Real Bone Broth Makes A Difference

To get the healing benefits of bone broth for your dog, you’re going to need real bone broth. This means making your own.

You can tell real bone broth from imitations by its gelatin content. The gelatin in homemade bone broth from the bones and cartilage makes it gel when cold.

The bones that make the best broth are joints, marrow, and whole carcasses. Joint bones contain cartilage that contributes to the collagen, gelatin and glucosamine content of the broth. Marrow bones contribute high amounts of amino acids and minerals. You can also save whole turkey and chicken carcasses from special occasions for making stock.


Feeding Bone Broth for Health!

Making bone broth is really simple and only requires a few things. If you use a crockpot you can turn it on and walk away for the next day, or even two, and let it do its thing!

Remember when making bone broth for your dog to only add safe and healthy herbs and flavorings. Use small amounts of herbs and spices and let the bone broth dilute them to a safe dose.

Here’s a quick recipe you can use to start your dog on the path to healing!


Bone Broth for Dogs

Heal your dog's gut with this simple bone broth recipe using the powers of collagen, gelatin, and turmeric!


  • 1 Full Pot Bones (turkey carcass, wings, and legs, beef marrow, chicken feet, etc.)
  • 1 Full Pot Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (raw 'with the mother' is preferable)
  • 1 Teaspoon Turmeric, freshly ground root or 1/2 Teaspoon powder


  1. Place your bones in the pot, so they fit under the lid.

  2. Add water, so the bones are underwater by two or three inches.

  3. Add the apple cider vinegar and turmeric. 

  4. Turn your pot or crockpot on high for one hour. Then turn down to simmer on low for 24 to 48 hours. 

  5. Turn your pot off and strain the bones out of the broth. 

  6. Optional: As your broth cools you could add fresh kale, broccoli, green beans, and other herbs. 

  7. Once cool, scrape the fat off the top of the broth and discard. 

    Store your broth in jars in your fridge for up to four days. Alternatively, you can freeze the broth in a freezer-safe container or ice cube trays for use later. 

    You'll know the quality of your broth once it cools. If it sets to a jelly-like consistency, you'll know you got plenty of gut healing gelatin! 

Recipe Notes

We recommend adding up to 1/2 cup to your dog's meal once or twice daily. 


To find another recipe visit Dogs Naturally Magazine!


I hope my favorite Healthy Addition will soon be your dog’s favorite and help him be a healthy and Satisfied Dog!


– Cassy Kay


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Gauthier, Kimberly. “Is Bone Broth Safe for Dogs?” Feb. 8, 2017. Web. Accessed Aug. 1, 2018.


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