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The bone broth craze has quickly gone to the dogs... and to the cats. And why not? If it's good enough to keep the the L.A. Lakers in shape, it's good enough for our pets. It's great for their bones, joints, tummy problems, sleep, and it's particularly effective on the immune system. And did you know that bones are a natural source of collagen and condroitin, so essential for your pets' health?
This is what bone broth does for humans! Just a few ounces every day can do the same for your cat and dog!
You may want to make your own bone broth with plenty of raw marrow bones, knuckle bones, chicken wings, veggies, and a bit of acid like apple vinegar or lemon to draw out all the flavor from the bones.... But a good bone broth can take a whole day or more to cook. (Veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker takes three days to complete her broth!) So, if you don't have the time and don't want to take a chance on the packaged bone broth made for humans (I wouldn't!), there are a few packaged brands of bone broth just made for dogs and cats, with only the spices that are healthy for pets. Also these pet broth sodium levels are super low, as no sodium is added.
Just like humans do to improve their health, dogs and cats can drink these straight - out of a bowl, of course - or you can serve it as a topper on their foods. These broths add taste and moisture to any type of pet food, but they are especially desirable on dehydrated or freeze-dried raw foods, like these best foods for dogs and these best foods for cats, because they need liquid to make them palatable and water is... well, water is just water.
But you need to put a limit on how much broth you feed your dogs and cats. As with humans, bone broth is not a nutritionally complete diet. Of course, but if your cat or dog is ill and won't eat his regular food, you might consider giving him extra bone broth to give him more strength.
(Disclosure: One of my favorite pups, a Welsh Terrier, was named Caru. Caru means 'to love' in Welsh.)
What ingredients! Caru Free Range Chicken Broth not only has free-range and antibiotic and hormone-free chickens as the number one ingredient in its bone broth, but fresh organic vegetables and spices. Very few ingredients. Caru broths are not made to substitute for any food, so a limited amount of the broths are recommended. One box could conceivable last for seven days if refrigerated, but no longer, as once opened the broth must be used within that time.
No grains, no preservatives, not even salt (Yay!) is in Caru's broths. The Caru Chicken Bone Broth is made from filtered water, chicken bones, carrots, celery, parsley, apple cider vinegar, black peppercorns, bay leaves, and thyme. These can also be purchased in a case of 12 packets of chicken bone broth.
Alternatively, you can try...
The Caru Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth is made from the same ingredients as the chicken broth above, except for the chicken bones which in this recipe are beef bones - grass-fed beef bones. Depending on what you pet prefers, go for it. If you plan to rotate the two types of broth, note that both recipes have 7-day refrigerated limits, once opened. This recipe is also available in one carton or in cartons of 12 packets.
And there's a third broth, highly recommended by pet parents....
Beef broth, beef, parsley, pumpkin, turmeric extract. That's it! Those are the ingredients in The Honest Kitchen Bone Broth with Turmeric. And the ingredients are all human grade. Like The Honest Kitchen's other pet foods, the Bone Broth with Tumeric is dehydrated, so you have to add hot water to the powder-like substance to make the broth potable.
The Honest Kitchen is more pocketbook friendly than the Caru bone broth, it keeps well, and some may consider it more convenient. Even though The Honest Kitchen uses human grade products, the Caru brand uses organic vegetables, free-range chickens, and grass-fed beef, so the ingredients can be considered higher quality than The Honest Kitchen.
I like the fact that The Honest Kitchen Bone Broth includes tumeric. Curcumin, an extract of tumeric, is considered very beneficial for physical health and mental alertness. It is used as a natural anti-inflammatory and is generally good for all systems in the body.
Now, if you insist on making your own bone broth for your pets, there are a few recipes on the Web, but definitely take a look at expert Dr. Karen Becker's recipe for pet bone broth, as well as one at Dogs Naturally.
That's the buzz for today!