Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs & Cats

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If you haven’t yet heard of the wonders of bone broth for pets, your furkids are in for a treat.  A wonderful meal accompaniment for both dogs and cats, bone broth is full of beneficial nutrients to support your pet’s immune system, joint health, digestion, liver and gut health, skin and fur, as well as being a great bribe to get fussy pets to eat their food. 

Fussy Cats and Dogs

Cats are biologically programmed to be fussy about their food, and even some dogs are a little skeptical of dietary changes at first.  Did you know that bone broth is one of the most popular and effective bribes to help switch cats and fussy dogs to raw feeding?  Made of delicious free-range beef bones, a few fresh veggies, and no preservatives or hormones, our broth adds such a rich and delactable smell to their bowl that most pets can’t resist it. 

Many cats in particular don’t like to eat their food cold from the fridge, preferring it warm like fresh prey.  Warming the meal with defrosted bone broth is much better than heating up the food itself (as cooking denatures a lot of the calcium and other nutrients in the food, which robs your pets of some of the nutrition). A warm ladle of bone broth used as gravy has convinced many a skeptical pet to try raw for the first time, or reignited their appetite if they had to get bored of their food. 

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Collagen Promotes Healthy Joints

Our bone broth is made of pasture beef bones, simmered in water with organic herbs and veggies.  As the bones are cooked, collagen and gelatin are naturally released and formed.  Collagen, an essential protein, is critical to connective tissues such as cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and bone, and also contains glucosamine and chondroitin, which promote joint health.  As your pet drinks their luscious bone broth, the collagen breaks down into amino acids which help build tissue where the body needs it.  Bone broth is excellent for all pet’s joints, but is especially beneficial if your pet has arthritis or other joint issues or pain.

Great for Gut Health

Rich in collagen, gelatin, and glycine, bone broth helps to maintain a healthy gut lining, which is essential for your pet's digestion and optimising their nutrient absorption.

Collagen has been shown to form a protective layer in the gut and reduce inflammation. Gelatin promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, contributing to a balanced and thriving gut microbiome. Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in bone broth help to soothe and protect the digestive tract. The easily digestible nutrients in bone broth can be particularly good for pets with sensitive stomachs or those recovering from an upset digestive system.

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Liver and Immune System Support

Detoxing is the liver’s primary function, but it can be limited if there isn't enough glycine in one's diet. Bone broth is packed with glycine and glutamine, two amino acids which play pivotal roles in supporting the liver's ability to eliminate toxins from the body.  Glycine also aids in reducing inflammation and supporting overall liver function.

Because bone broth is a nutrient-packed liquid, making it super easy to digest, your dog or cat’s liver can efficiently absorb the nutrients it needs without putting undue stress on the digestive system.  The nutrients in bone broth also contribute to a stronger immune system.  This makes it a wonderful and nourishing comfort food for pets who are recovering from illness or surgery!

cat with bone broth for pets

Important Pointers About Bone Broth for Pets

It’s important to note that bone broth made for humans may have a lot of salt, spices, onions, garlic, or other things that are unnecessary or potentially even harmful for pets.  Make sure you’re serving bone broth made specifically for pets, or if you're making your own at home, skip the seasoning.

While our bone broth comes frozen in an 800ml bag, it is safe to defrost and refreeze it once, into smaller portions (we don't recommend defrosting and refreezing multiple times, but once should be just fine as long as you refreeze within a day of defrosting).  We recommend refreezing in an ice tray, so you can defrost a portion whenever you need it, or even give your pets a frozen treat on a hot day!

Bone broth is a delicious and nutritious addition to your pets’ diet, but is not a complete and balanced meal on its own.  Our favourite option is to serve it over raw food (of course), but it can also be added to dry food, where it’s additional moisture content will be highly appreciated by your pets’ kidneys!

Try out some yummy bone broth today and let us know what your pets think.

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