My family loves bone broth! I started making it years ago after reading about it’s nourishing, healing, (and wrinkle reducing) benefits while studying for a nutrition class. It had me at “wrinkle reducing!” Bone broth is one of the easiest foods you can make, tastes great and it’s good for you (and your pet). It’s high in minerals, collagen <– that’s the wrinkle reducing bit, and other micronutrients, all easily absorbed by the body.
Why Bone Broth for my Yorkie?
Bone broth is a good nutrient dense addition to any yorkies diet and has several benefits:
- Promotes a healthy digestive system
- Great for joints
- It acts as a liver detox
- It’s great for sick dogs, because it provides them nutrition when they’re not eating.
Three basic ingredients:
The recipe contains three basic ingredients
1. * Acidic liquid. This helps draw the minerals out of the bones. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is most commonly used.
2. *Long Cooking Time. This is necessary to get the full nutrition out of the bones. There is no “magic” time, but I recommend cooking on low setting for 20 hours in a crockpot.
3. Bones! It can be made from the raw or cooked bones of beef, bison, lamb, poultry. Be sure to include joint bones with cartilage for collagen and other joint care nutrients.
TIP: You can collect and save bones from your own meals in the freezer to use!
Cover the bones with water & add 3 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar. To amp-up the nutritional value for our yorkies we add 3 cloves of minced garlic, kelp (1 tsp), and parsley (a half a bunch). Cover with an inch or two of water, but not too much more, try to keep the broth dense. Set your crockpot to low. Cook for 20 hours.
When finished strain the bones. Ensure that no small bones get left behind by straining a couple of times. The remainder is your broth. It should have a jelly-like consistency when it’s chilled.
We freeze this broth in ice cube trays and give the cubes to our pups during the summer months for a cool and refreshing treat. You can also store it in your refrigerator for about 7 days and use it as a kibble topper.