This bone broth recipe can be a lifesaver for a sick dog or simply add a boost of nutrients. It's super easy but it's the time that makes it healthy.
It's the long slow cooking that makes it healthy because adding a bit of vinegar during step 2 will actually pull all those important minerals your dog needs from the bones.
That's why we're using chicken by the way. The bones are less dense so retrieving the minerals is easier.
When I first made this I thought it was a pain in the butt, but the rewards were so worth it. I'll tell you at the bottom of the page what happened to me.
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 large pots makes (transferring easier)
colander or strainer
Note: I sometimes use a large crock pot which is more convenient except when taking out the bones and meat.
Get a whole, organic ( if possible ) chicken or cut up chicken, and place in a large pot and cover with pure ( filtered ) water. Bring it to a boil and then turn heat down to low. Simmer this way for about 4 hours or until all the meat and skin fall off the bones.
Put colander over second pot to strain out all the meat and bones. Let cool.
When cool, separate the meat and skin from the bones. Save this to use as an easily digested soft food, when your dog is starting to feel better. Old dogs like this too, if their teeth are not the best.
Put the bones back in the large pot with the saved liquid
and add more water to cover.
Add a tablespoon of raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar ( any vinegar will do ) to the bones and liquid. The acidic vinegar will help to extract the healthy, rich minerals from the bones, into the bone broth. This the long part of the simmering. It takes a long time to get the minerals out of the bones. So don't be impatient. Bring to a boil and simmer again for about 24 hours, adding small amounts of water when necessary.
When your bone broth recipe is finished cooking, strain the bones from the liquid and discard. Keep this lovely nutritious broth liquid and feed in small amounts, slowly to your sick or old pet.
Even though all the bones have been removed and discarded, I like to put the liquid into a blender and whiz for a few seconds, just to make sure there are no cooked bone shards.
Reminder: Never feed cooked bones to your pet. Feed only raw bones.
The above recipe can and should be used as a base for our meals as well.
Once I experienced REAL bone broth I couldn't buy the fake stuff for making human soups and dishes at the store anymore. Last winter I went bone broth crazy after learning I could use bones from that 26 pound Thanksgiving turkey I'd already roasted. I ended up saving every bone imaginable from organic, pasture raised animals in the freezer and then did a 3 day bone broth marathon.
In ours I added a lot of vegetables and included garlic and onion.
I have no problem letting Lulu have garlic but I've never given her or any of my dogs onions so she doesn't always get to share mine.