Collagen packed bone broth is not only on the radar of humans, but also pets. When we search for all-natural multitasking beneficial additions to our own and our pet’s wellness routines bone broth immediately comes to mind.
We often get asked if bone broth is good for cats and dogs – and the answer is yes! Our bone broth recipe for dogs and cats fits the bill since it is rich in minerals that help build and strengthen bones, but it also contains many other healthy nutrients, including vitamins, amino acids and essential fatty acids.
Bone broth is also collagen packed and as we discussed in our article titled 5 Natural Supplements to Ease Dog Anxiety, collagen is a wellness winner since it stimulates our pets natural production of collagen in our dog or cat’s body.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is a stock liquid packed with nutrients made from raw or cooked bones. The delicious taste is achieved by simmering fish, poultry, beef, or pork bones (or all three!) for up to 24 hours. It’s also common to throw in a mix of vegetables for added flavor and nourishment.
For added collagen in our both broth recipe for dogs and cats we use bones with lots of joints and use plentiful vinegar which assists with stripping the collagen off of the bone.
Bone broth is packed with healthy collagen.
The Benefits of Collagen for Pets
The benefits of collagen are many and include bringing back coat luster and shine, reducing protein deficiency, and improving mobility, relieving joint and hip pain, repairing cartilage breakdown, and minimizing swelling.
Since bone broth is a source of collagen and gelatin and collagen helps form connective tissue it is a great tasty and healthy treat for your pet.
Bone broth also has other benefits for pets including:
Liver Detox. Bone broth also detoxes the liver. The Liver is the body part tasked with detoxing the body.
The liver can struggle to complete its task and detoxify the body if a pet’s liver is working in overdrive to battle all of the toxicity dogs and cats may consume.
Pets small bodies encounter things in everyday life that makes their liver work overtime: flooring cleaned and treated with chemicals, grass, and landscaping sprayed with poison or fertilizer, and other toxic compounds found in certain toys and treats
Livers only have a certain amount of the amino acid glycine; since bone broth contains glycine, it helps the liver get back on track by improving liver health and bile composition and prevents complications from liver injury.
As dogs age liver support is even more necessary. (see our article on 11 Health Issues Common to Senior Dogs)
Bone broth also support gut health and digestion. Like in people, a pet’s body is lined with tiny holes that act as a passages for nutrients. Holes can open wider with an unhealthy lifestyle to create a condition called leaky gut.
Leaky gut allows undigested food and toxins to enter the blood stream which can lead to food sensitivities and inflammation. The gelatin in bone broth can repair the gut.
Bone Broth and Hemp CBD
Hemp concentrate is full of the plentiful cannabinoids such as CBD. By adding hemp spray for dog or hemp spray for cats to your bone broth recipe for dogs, with Calm or Relieve Plus hemp spray your pet will experience all of the benefits of bone broth for dogs and cats plus plant powered hemp for a plant powered natural care.
1) Bone broth is a healthy addition to your pets wellness routine
2) Add Our Pet CBD Hemp Sprays to increase the wellness benefit of Bone Broth.
3) Bone broth is perfect to add to wet or dry food to increase the palatability of your pets food.
4) Add bone broth to water to make flavored pet water to encourage dogs to drink in the hotter months.
Bone broth is a healthy and simple way to add collagen to your pets diet. Collagen has so many health benefits for pets.