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Beef Bone Broth Recipe For Pets

Easy Recipes For Pets 4 min read
Bone broth recipe for pets. Bone broth before boiling on the stove. Rat terrier mix dog drinking the bone broth from a green bowl

If you’ve ever called or talked to one of our pet experts, you’ll probably hear us exalting the benefits of bone broth, and it’s for good reason. This bone broth recipe for pets is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and other great nutrients. It’s not a complete meal on its own, but it makes a great treat, snack or topper, and can help with a variety of conditions, from providing extra nutrients for energy, to helping with arthritis, to stimulating appetite and more.

Bone broth can be especially helpful for aging pets, pets with arthritis, liver issues, and IBD.

Bone broth can be especially helpful for aging pets, pets with arthritis, liver issues, and IBD. It goes well with our supplements that provide additional support for these conditions as the liquid formula makes them easy to hide in the broth for finicky pets.

We often recommend making your own bone broth at home as it is often cost-effective, it can easily be stored in the fridge or freezer for later use, and because you can control the ingredients being added. Bone broths and stocks that are intended for human use are not ideal for pets as they often contain harmful foods like onions, garlic, and excessive salt.

If you choose a premade bone broth for your furkiddo, make sure it is one that is specifically formulated for pets or is low sodium without onions, garlic, and additional seasonings.

Large stock pot filled with bone broth on a stove top while beginning to boil

Benefits & Nutrients

Beef bones are full of amino acids, are good for gut health and digestion, support joint health and the immune system, and helps with hydration. The bone marrow is also rich in vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A and K, and fatty acids. Carrots contain beta carotene, vitamins K and B6 and are a good source of fiber. Celery is high in vitamins such as vitamins A, C, and K, and is a good source of antioxidants. Thyme helps support the immune system and is high in vitamins A and C. Rosemary is high in antioxidants, helps reduce inflammation, and is good for the health of the brain and digestive system. Ginger helps with digestion, reducing nausea, and the immune system. Ginger contains the active ingredient Gingerol which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Apple cider vinegar is essential to making bone broth, as the acidity of the vinegar helps to breakdown the bones to release the nutrients from the bone marrow. It also is known to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Turmeric and black peppercorns are optional ingredients we recommend to add to the bone broth for their added benefits. Turmeric is a superfood with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and is good for the brain, heart, and joints. Black peppercorns help to make the active ingredients in turmeric more absorbable to the body and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

NHV's founder and president, Patra standing in her kitchen smiling with the ingredients for the beef bone broth

NHV’s founder and president, Patra, explains step-by-step how to make this beef bone broth and how it can be useful to your pet in the video below.

DIY Beef Bone Broth Recipe For Cats & Dogs

Serves: 8-9 cups
Cooking Time: 12-14 hours on stovetop, 7 hours in Instant Pot

Ingredients

• 4 lbs of beef bones, rinsed

• 2 carrots

• 2 stalks of celery

• 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

• 2 sprigs of fresh thyme

• 2 sprigs of fresh parsley

• 1 medium-sized fresh ginger root, sliced

• 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

• 1 tsp of whole peppercorns (optional)

• 1 tsp of turmeric powder (optional)

• water (approx. 8-12 cups)

Steps

1. Measure and prepare ingredients. Add all the ingredients into a large stockpot. Fill the pot with water to cover all the ingredients by about 2 inches (approximately 8-12 cups depending on the pot).

2. For stovetop, bring to a boil. Then cover with a lid and reduce heat to low. Allow the broth to simmer for 12-14 hours. This slow cooking allows the nutrients to be released from the ingredients.

3. Once finished cooking, allow cooling then remove the bones and strain. Please do not give the cooked bones to your pet once you remove them from the broth. The bones become quite soft and brittle after being cooked for so long and can splitter and be harmful to your pet. Once strained and cool, remove the fat of the top by scooping it off.

4. Ensure the broth is a safe temperature for your pet, then add your favorite supplements like NHV Multi Essentials, and serve. The extra broth can be easily stored in the freezer and thawed for serving.

Large stock pot on marble counter-top with cooked beef bones scooped in a large spoonSmall rat terrier mix dog wearing a black and white knitted sweater drinking bone broth from a small green bowl on a marble floor

We’d love to hear how your pet liked the bone broth! Please let us know your furkiddo’s reaction or ways you made this recipe your own. Tag #NHVpets on social media of you and your furkiddo making it together or enjoying.

Happy cooking!


Published: June 17, 2020

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