Little did we know, Grandma had it right. Keep those chicken or beef bones and cook them into a healthy broth for your dog or cat. This is a simple way to provide your pet with a great, healthy snack.

Known as a bone broth and typically used as a stock for soups, the health benefits have rarely been considered for pets before. Of course when researching bone broth, that was my first thought. Below are explantions to all the benefits of bone broth taken from “Traditional bone broth in modern health and disease.” Click Here to read full article.

“Basically then, broth will contain the ingredients that are in bone. Covering and adhering to the ends of bones to form a joint, is cartilage. Therefore broth will also contain the ingredients that are in cartilage. Bone and cartilage are both classified as connective tissue. Connective tissue is one of the four basic tissue types that exist in animals. It functions to bind or hold together and to support and strengthen the body. Since the cells are few, it is the valuable nutrients from the matrixes of bone and cartilage, which create the substance called broth.”

“Cartilage has enjoyed fame as a supplement for osteoarthritis in the form of shark cartilage. It has been studied for joint disease, and gastrointestinal disease. Prudden found that cartilage dramatically improved degenerative joint disease, including rheumatoid arthritis. He also found that it improved inflammatory bowel disease.”

“Cartilage has a poor blood supply. It actually produces chemicals known as antiangiogenesis factors (AAFs) that inhibit the growth of blood vessels into it. This seemingly unfortunate quality can actually be used to advantage in the fight against cancer. Cancer cells grow very rapidly. They achieve rapid proliferation by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels to support themselves. AAFs are now being used as a treatment to inhibit the growth of blood vessels into cancer cells. (10) As a medicine, AAFs are given in the form of cartilage.”

“Cartilage (broth) can be considered for use in the following conditions: arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), cancer, decreased immune system states, and malnutrition.”

“One fourth of all the protein in the body is collagen. (15) It is the framework for the extra cellular matrix of bone, cartilage and skin. Another word for collagen is gelatin. Collagen is a scientific term for a particular protein in the body, while gelatin is a food term referring to extracted collagen.”

“Although it seems obscure today, gelatin has been studied and recommended, with great enthusiasm, by the medical community in the past. Gelatin was also reported to increase the digestibility of beans and meat (which gives credence to the practice of serving meat with gravy). It was also found that gelatin increased the utilization of the protein in wheat, oats and barley, all gluten containing grains.”

“Another recent study found that “gelatin as feed supplement protected against ethanol-induced mucosal damages in rats.” This directly supports the traditional thought that broth is healing and coating to the gastrointestinal lining, and gives a scientific explanation for broth’s ability to calm and soothe. Gelatin has also been found to improve body weight as well as bone mineral density in states of protein undernutrition.”

“Also if gelatin is extracted from bone, then marrow, where blood cells are produced is also extracted. Chinese studies have shown gelatin to increase red blood cell and hemoglobin count, increase serum calcium level, increase the absorption and utilization of calcium, and prevent and treat myotonia atrophica (muscle wasting).”

“To summarize, gelatin (broth) can be considered for use in the following conditions: food allergies, dairy maldigestion, colic, bean maldigestion, meat maldigestion, grain maldigestion, hypochlorhydria, hyperacidity (gastroesophageal reflux, gastritis, ulcer, hiatal hernia) inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, malnutrition, weight loss, muscle wasting, cancer, osteoporosis, calcium deficiency and anemia.”

“Minerals have three major functions in the body. First, they provide a structural base for connective tissue like bone. Second, they create electrical potentials allowing for conduction of nerve signals and movement across cell membranes. Third, they act as catalysts for enzymes in physiologic processes, and as Paul Bergner says in The Healing Power of Minerals, “transform the food and air we breathe into energy, vibrant health, and consciousness.”

“Bone contains calcium and phosphorus, and to a lesser degree, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfate and fluoride. Bone is an excellent source of minerals.”

“Deficiencies of minerals can be acquired, similar to vitamin deficiencies. Generally there are two ways this can happen, lack of intake in the diet, or lack of absorption in the intestines. Broth can be an excellent remedy for both of these causes of mineral deficiency because it provides easily absorbed extracted minerals, plus promotes healing of the intestinal tract.”

“It is reasonable to assume that previous to the development of pharmaceutical mineral supplements, bone broth was an important supply of minerals, especially in the winter when fresh fruit and vegetables are less available, and warm food is preferred.”

Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients acquired through foods such as a bone broth are far more digestible and palatable than synthetic versions used in most pet foods. Are you ready to cook?

Ingredients: Bones from poultry, fish, beef, lamb. Raw bones with or without skin and/or meat. (As example, I purchased a 3 pound package of chicken necks and chicken backs. $0.50 per pound. I did not remove the skin or fat

Is it Soup Yet?

, just dumped the contents into the pot. Later, after cooking, I removed the larger pieces with tongs, smaller pieces were removed via straining. Fat was skimmed off the top once the broth cooled.)

Add your choice of bones into a large pot or crock pot. Cover (just cover) the bones with cold water; or 2 cups of water per 1 pound of bones. Add 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar per 1 pound of bones Let stand for one hour.

Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 6 to 48 hours for chicken bones (bones will become soft when touched by a fork); 12 to 72 hours for beef bones. Strain broth through a colander or sieve lined with cheesecloth (or paper towel). Discard bones (do NOT feed these bones to your pet). You can also cook bone broth in a crock-pot. Low heat.

Broth can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for several months.

It is recommended to feed your pet the broth at non-meal times (at least thirty minutes prior to or one hour after). It is not recommended to add the broth to your pets commercial food; adding to raw or home cooked is fine.

My own pets (2 dogs, 3 cats) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this broth. Even the picky eaters! Give it a try, I think you’ll be surprised at your pets reaction. Plus, the broth is providing easily absorbed nutrients to your pets’ diet. Happy and healthy…what could be better?

Wishing you and your pet the best,

Susan Thixton
Truth about Pet Food

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32 Responses to Cook your Pet a Healthy Broth

  1. Carter Bell says:

    Excellent idea!

  2. What a good article! I can’t agree more.

  3. Lana Drexel says:

    Can you use fresh chicken too? Great idea!

  4. Arnie Donaldson says:

    I made this with beef too!

  5. Tara Bartell says:

    Can you freeze this?

  6. Herb Lewis says:

    I added sliced yams to it. My dog loves it like that!

  7. Dilla Anderson says:

    My dog loves this. Thank you!

  8. Liz Stewart says:

    Great show! Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Michael Peconski says:

    Been doing this for years! Thanks!

  10. Kit Walters says:

    Thank you so much!

  11. Cryssie Lattuca says:


  12. Tasha Belle says:

    I love your blog and Susan’s interview. What an informative show! Thanks for posting this!

  13. Jenna Fields says:

    All this information is so helpful. I grow my own vegetables, prepare them, and have been making my own pet food for years. Nice to know others do the same!

  14. Timothy Loomis says:

    Can’t wait for the cookbook to come out!

  15. Leandra Simms says:

    I’m going to send this to everyone I know and really value Susan’s plight! Thank you, SUSAN THIXTON!!!!!!!!

  16. Dog Lover says:

    I would like to thank Sue for the recipe. This was a really nice thing to make available. Keep up the success!

  17. Sherri says:

    God bless Sue Thixton!

  18. Lissie Burns says:

    Love the blog here. Great interview. TY for the recipe! Hope to see more.

  19. orlie reynolds says:

    Good food is all you should feed your pets!

  20. ernie smith says:

    you’re a genius. Keep up the crazy good work!!!!

  21. Rebecca Norris says:

    Great way to use what you have!

  22. Ines David says:

    Great article!

  23. vacheron constantin royal eagle says:

    thank you !

  24. Gina B says:

    Great recipe! Thanks!

  25. Barbie Baynes says:

    Great articles. There’s a lot of nice information here. Thanks for the recipe!

  26. Roger Dey says:

    Buy organic or make your own!

  27. puerto rican recipes says:

    God bless Sue Thixton!

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