Bone broth for dogs is a time-honoured canine superfood. I like to refer to it as the superfood for dogs that time forgot. Because bone broth is actually as old as time itself. It’s not new. It’s just that dog lovers are once again beginning to appreciate its enormous benefits.

And not only is it being resurrected for dogs. It’s also becoming increasingly popular with health conscious humans too!

What is bone broth?

Bone broth is the liquid that results from cooking or simmering bones. Most people who make bone broth for their dogs will use beef stock bones which make beef bone broth. Or, as I do a lot, make it from a chicken carcass and chicken feet to make chicken bone broth.

Tendons, ligaments, marrow and skin can also be used. This may not sound particularly appealing to many people, but the benefits for our dogs are simply enormous. And all from animal parts that might otherwise go to waste!

Bone broth helps protect joints

Bone broth is chock-full of wonderful things like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. It’s also got masses of collagen.

All of which help protect your dog’s joints, cartilage and ligaments. It also contains the amino acid glycine. Glycine possesses the ability to suppress inflammation, which is why it’s used in many supplements designed for both animals and humans to combat the discomfort associated with arthritis and general joint pain.

Bone broth is particularly beneficial for active dogs, and most particularly, for older dogs who may be suffering from the onset of canine arthritis.

Because bone broth helps protect, strengthen and repair a dog’s joints, it’s never too early to start giving a dog bone broth.

For my own two dogs, a tub of bone broth is part of their daily ‘protect & repair’ supplementation plan. Now aged seven and three, bone broth has featured in their diet for most of their lives and always will.

Bone broth helps detox liver & kidneys

The glycine in bone broth also helps detox both liver and kidneys. It improves your dog’s liver function which makes for more speedy release of harmful toxins from your dog’s body.

Bone broth supports digestive health

And on top of all that, bone broth’s gelatine helps with inflamed intestines. This is also known as leaky gut syndrome, which in dogs can result in bloating, diarrhoea and wind.

It can help support a healthy gut by promoting good gut bacteria. And it can even repair damaged intestinal tissue.

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Bone broth boosts the immune system

Because it’s rich in essential vitamins and minerals, bone broth can boost your dog’s immune system. Making he or she better able to fight allergies and other canine ailments.

Bone broth is deal for fussy eaters

Bone broth is also ideal for fussy eaters and dogs who are feeling a little under the weather. If you feel your dog may be dehydrated, simply add a little bone broth to his or her water and see the difference it makes. If your best pal is off his or her food, a little bone broth may be all the encouragement he or she needs to start eating again. And if your dog is completely off his or her food, bone broth has sufficient nutrients to get your best friend back on the road to good health.

Importantly, you should not give your dog store-bought bone broth for humans. Even shop-bought bone broth for dogs generally contains harmful additives and preservatives. In terms of bone broth for dogs, nothing beats homemade!

Bone broth – a natural health supplement

All in all, bone broth could be considered the most natural health supplement you could possibly give your dog. Not only is it good to give your dog a little of this nutrient-rich elixir every day, it’s always handy as a dressing for quick meals. A definite must for the homemade dog food pantry!

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.


  1. Lisa strike

    Would bone broth be ok for a dog with early kidney disease. I live in county Durham and I am looking for some was hoping to get it in powder form to save on waste. My dog is 11 1/2 jack Russell. Would appreciate any help thanks you Mrs strike


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