The Amazing Health Benefits of Bone Broth for Your Pet
You may know that bone broths can have tremendous health benefits for us humans. But did you know that it has amazing health benefits for your pets too?
It’s like a whole-food multivitamin for your dog or cat! Check out the infographic below for just a few of the reasons you should try adding bone broths to your dog or cat’s diet.
What is bone broth?
A true bone broth is different from soup stock or regular broth because it is cooked over a long period of time and uses meaty joint bones, typically beef or chicken, in order to extract the collagen from the joints and many other nutrients when cooking. Additional ingredients are added, such as carrots, celery, potatoes and then water and a small amount of apple cider vinegar, which aids in drawing the collagen and nutrients out of the meaty bones.
Tom&Sawyer uses meaty bones from our local meat purveyor who sources from small Ontario farms that humanely raise only hormone-free, antibiotic-free animals.
What are the nutritional benefits of bone broth?
Bone broth has so many overall benefits that it truly is a holistic health food. We summarize the major categories known to benefit both humans and animals from introducing bone broth to the diet.
Digestive Health and Immune System Support: Studies show that gelatin (derived from collagen) is beneficl for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities, helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract. With stronger gut health, there is no poor digestion causing the cells of the immune system to attack foods as foreign invaders in the body.
Dogs that are sick or older dogs benefit from the easily digestible nutrients in bone broth that will assist in making them feel better, entice them to eat and replenish lost nutrients from their body.
Joint, Skin & Coat Health: Two of the really important nutrients that makes bone broth so special is chondroitin and glucosamine as they are well known for reducing inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. This can be especially beneficial for senior dogs with joint deterioration, small breed dogs suffering from a condition known and luxating patella (floating kneecap) or large breed dogs with hip conditions. Glucosamine and chondroitin work in combination with the gelatin and hyaluronic acid present in bone broth to lubricate and nourish and strengthen your pet’s bones and joints as well as moisturize and elasticize the skin.
How is our bone broth made?
Our bone broth is brought to a boil quickly and then reduced to a low simmer to cook slowly over a period of at least 24 hours in our state-of-the-art Rational oven. Slow cooking over at least 24 hours is required in order to draw out the healthy nutrients contained within the bones and joints. The top layer of fat that is brought to the surface of the broth is removed to reveal the liquid below. When cool, the gelatin (collagen in its broken down form) makes the broth a thicker consistency, which returns to liquid form if heated. We portion the bone broth into stand-up re-sealable pouches and flash-freeze them to preserve the freshness until ready to consume.