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How to Make Bone Broth for Dogs: 5 Vet-Approved Recipes

Written by: Kathryn Copeland

Last Updated on May 8, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How to Make Bone Broth for Dogs: 5 Vet-Approved Recipes

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Bone broth is quite a popular food topper for dogs. You can purchase it online from the biggest pet food businesses or small fresh food companies. However, making it yourself can be more cost-effective, and you can ensure that your dog only gets the best ingredients.

If you’re here because you want to learn how to make beef bone broth for dogs, you’ve come to the right place! We have five recipes here for bone broth from beef, chicken, or pork that are easy to make and will likely make your dog quite happy!

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The 5 Bone Broth Recipes For Dogs

1. Bone Broth With ACV for the Slow Cooker

Bone Broth in Metal Pan

Bone broth with apple cider vinegar (ACV)

Bone broth with apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a fantastic way to prepare this nutritious topper. The addition of apple cider vinegar helps draw out those nutrients in the bone marrow, adding to the health benefits of bone broth. This recipe can be done in a slow cooker, so it will take a bit of time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Dogs
Servings 4 meals

Equipment

  • Crockpot or slow cooker
  • Strainer
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients
 

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5-2 pounds beef marrow bones
  • 2 knuckle-bones
  • 4 carrots or 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 cup roughly chopped parsley optional
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Water

Instructions
 

  • Place the bones and vegetables in the slow cooker.
  • Add water to the slow cooker, and cover the bones by about 1 inch.
  • Add the chopped carrots and parsley.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar.
  • Cover and set your slow cooker to low.
  • Cook for up to 24 hours at least. Some people prefer to cook for 72 hours.
  • While cooking, add water as needed to keep the bones covered.
  • Remove the bones and discard them (do not give your dogs the bones, as they will splinter and cause damage).
  • Strain the broth to catch the remainder of bone fragments.
  • Allow the broth to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate it. Once the broth has chilled, skim off the fat and keep it refrigerated, or you can freeze it. This way, it will last up to a year. Serve as desired to your happy pup!

Notes

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Keyword bone broth, dog food toppers

2. Bone Broth Recipe for Dogs With Turmeric

cooking bone broth
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Ingredients
  • 4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. white vinegar
  • Raw meat bones to fill ¾ of slow cooker
  • Filtered water
Instructions
  1. Combine spices, vinegar, and bones in a large slow cooker.
  2. Cover with water by 1 inch.
  3. Turn the slow cooker to high until it boils (about 2–3 hours), then turn to low and simmer for 36 hours.
  4. Discard bones.

The broth can be refrigerated for up to 7 days or frozen for up to 6 months.


3. InstantPot or Slow Cooker Beef & Pork Bone Broth

Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lb. beef marrow bones
  • 4 raw pig’s feet (not smoked)
  • 8 celery stalks
  • 4 carrots or 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 cup chopped curly parsley (other parsley varieties are toxic for dogs)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Water
Equipment
  • Large roasting pan
  • Slow cooker, stock pot, or instant pot
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease the roasting pan with the olive oil.
  3. Place the bones in the middle of the pan.
  4. Place the pig’s feet around the bones.
  5. Put the veggies in all the spaces that you can find.
  6. Bake the bones for 1 hour, flipping everything halfway through.
  7. Put the parsley in the bottom of your cooker or pot.
  8. Add in the bones in the middle, with the pig’s feet around the bones.
  9. Fill with the veggies.
  10. Add the apple cider vinegar.
  11. Fill with water, but leave an inch of space under the max fill line.
  12. Set your pressure cooker to 4 hours.
  13. Slow cooker on low for 24–48 hours.
  14. Stock pot simmering for 24–48 hours.
  15. Strain and scrape off fat when cooled.

This recipe has more steps than the others, but if you enjoy cooking, it’s an excellent one! Just remember to use only curly parsley, as other varieties can be toxic to dogs.


4. Slow Cooker Bone Broth for Dogs

a pot of bone broth
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Ingredients
  • Raw animal bones with marrow (chicken feet, beef marrow bones, oxtail, joint bones)
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • Handful of green beans, chopped
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Enough water to cover bones
Instructions
  1. Add the bones and veggies to your pot or slow cooker.
  2. Fill with water until everything is covered at least by an inch.
  3. Add apple cider vinegar and stir.
  4. Cook on low for 24 hours.
  5. Discard bones and allow the broth to cool.
  6. Remove vegetables and put aside.
  7. Strain to remove bone fragments.
  8. Add the vegetables back into the broth, and blend in a blender or use a hand blender.
  9. Once puréed, the broth is ready.

If you prefer, you can strain the bones and vegetables out of the broth instead of blending in the vegetables. The nutrients from the vegetables will have already been infused into the broth, but leaving them in can add extra flavor and texture.


5. Pet Bone Broth

beef bones and a glass of bone broth
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Ingredients
  • 5 lb. beef bones or 3 rotisserie chicken carcasses
  • 2 to 4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 to 3 carrots with greens
  • 3 stalks of celery with leaves
  • 2 cups green beans
  • 1 sweet potato
  • Handful of curly parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups kale
  • 2–3 turmeric roots
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Place beef bones or chicken carcasses in a stockpot or slow cooker.
  2. Add in vegetables.
  3. Cover in water.
  4. Add in apple cider vinegar.
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 6 hours.
  6. Turn the heat to low.
  7. Cook for 48 hours for beef bones and 24 hours for chicken bones.
  8. Remove bones and veggies and strain.

Using leftover chicken carcasses from whole chickens or picking up those convenient rotisserie chickens from the deli in your supermarket are great ways to use those leftovers. Keep in mind that chicken bones are smaller than beef bones, so they do not need to cook as long.

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Do You Need a Slow Cooker?

You can certainly use whatever you have in your household; an instant pot, pressure cooker, or stock pot are all great options. However, slow cookers tend to be particularly ideal for making bone broth. Broths need a long cooking time, and recipes require anywhere from 24 to 48 hours of cooking. A slow cooker is a convenient and safe option for keeping the broth cooking overnight, so it might be worth investing in one if you plan to make bone broth frequently.

Why Should You Use Apple Cider Vinegar?

You may have noticed that most bone broth recipes call for apple cider vinegar, and there is a good reason for this. Apple cider vinegar aids in extracting collagen from connective tissues and all the beneficial minerals and nutrients from the bones. This is what gives the broth its gelatin texture. However, you should use unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that contains the “mother,” which is a batch of live bacteria.

a cup and bottle of apple cider vinegar
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Serving Suggestions for Bone Broth

For example, can you put beef broth in dog food? Yes! Many dog parents make bone broth specifically for this purpose.

You can also:

  • Freeze the broth in ice cube trays, which is perfect for hot summer days.
  • Give your dog a small amount of broth in a bowl.
  • Put kibble and bone broth inside a chew toy like Kong and freeze it.
  • Add a dash of broth to your dog’s water to encourage more water drinking.
  • Warm the broth, and serve it over your dog’s food at mealtime.
  • Serve it straight from the fridge in its jellied form on a spoon.
  • Use the broth in dog treat recipes in place of water—this should make them extra tasty!

Extra Notes

  • Bone broth is meant as a treat and not a meal replacement.
  • Only simmer the broth, which helps draw out the essential nutrients. Boiling will only burn off the liquid.
  • If you can’t find any in the freezer section of your grocery store, ask the butcher for bones to make broth.
  • If you plan to use leftover bones, ensure that they do not contain any seasonings or sauces that might contain toxic ingredients.
  • Don’t add ingredients like garlic or onions to your broth, which are highly toxic to dogs. A small amount of garlic may have a few health benefits, but it’s not worth the risk.
  • Salt is another dangerous ingredient for canines if they consume too much. Dogs don’t need seasonings that the way that we do.
  • Remember to throw the bones away once you’re done with the broth. They are too soft and will splinter if your dog chews them, which can cause gastrointestinal blockage or punctures in the digestive tract and mouth.
  • You can roast the bones before cooking, but this merely enhances the flavor and adds no nutritional value.

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Conclusion

Making your own broth for your dog can be a simple and rewarding activity. When you prepare broth at home, you have complete control over the ingredients that go into it, ensuring that your dog consumes only healthy and safe ingredients.

Your dog is sure to enjoy your homemade broth while also benefiting from the hydration that it provides in a natural and nutritious way.


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