Is Bone Broth Good for Senior Dogs (with Arthritis): Benefits

What is bone broth? Well, bone broth is a nutrient-rich stock liquid made from simmering raw or cooked bones at low heat over a long period of time. Bone broth has been traditionally used to treat leaky gut and digestive issues in dogs while also supporting good joint health. It also thought to be good for dogs with allergies and other food related sensitivities. In this article, get to understand how broth is beneficial to your dog, how it is prepared and some interesting arguments against broth as a source of vitamins.

Is bone Broth Good for Dog with Arthritis?

Bone broth for dogs has increasingly been gaining popularity lately, following claims that it is a mineral rich food that can help to caution your dog against environmental allergies, improve your dog’s immune system and joint health among many other things.

Arthritis in dogs happens when the protective cartilages around bones in the legs wears out and bones begin rubbing directly against each other. A well prepared Bone broth is full of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate which helps to keep cartilage healthy and joint pain at bay. Glucosamine is also known the production of fibroblast cells in the joints. These cells help to heal damaged joints, tendons, ligaments and other tissues.

Why Bone Broth Is a Healthy Diet Choice for Your Dog & Other Pets

Other than being a powerhouse of nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, amino acids and proteins, broth is ideal for both sick and senior dogs as it is easy to digest and is soothing for the gut. Many among other benefits associated with broth include:

  1. Supports Digestive Health

Bone broth has large quantities of amino acids like glycine and proline which have the ability to protect the gut lining against inflammation from the intestinal chemicals.  Many dogs are highly susceptible to wheat and dairy food sensitivities, and therefore, a healthy gut lining is very important in fighting against  food sensitivities, regulation of gastric secretions and helping with the growth of  “health bacteria’’ known as probiotics.

  • Support the Immune system

The amino acids present in both broth helps to detoxify the liver and kidneys and more importantly help to prevent leaky gut syndrome. Bone broth can also help your pet to better deal with exposure to environmental or household pollutants that can be irritating for example things like dust and molds, chemicals found on carpets, furniture, and additives in their food.

Also, the rich supply of nutrients from bone broth may help reduce symptoms like fatigue, weakness, swelling, bumps and dehydration.

  • Keeps the Joints Healthy

Bone broth contains glucosamine and other joint protecting compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. These compounds also help support joints’ elasticity, strength and flexibility. You also need to know that, bone broth is the best source of collagen (gelatin), a complex protein that helps form connective tissue (ligaments, tendons and skin bone). Ligaments being elastic and strong can prevent the leg joint from extending backward.  It also provides similar range of motion control for other joints and more importantly, collagens stabilize joints, so that bones stay properly aligned during movement.

  • Best Source of Essential Minerals

 Bone broth is a great source of essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, sulfur, niacin, iron, thiamine, gelatin, riboflavin, phosphorus and many vitamins. This minerals help with important functions like heart health, nerve signaling, muscle contraction, sleep, and support of immune system, vision and growth.

Bone broth can be used to provide the necessary nutrients in your pet’s diet and help deal with common health challenges like joint aches, dehydration, diarrhea, allergies and upset stomach.

  • Appetite Encouragement

Bone broth is a delicious and nutritious meal for pets that have had digestive trouble, have trouble eating, are picky eaters, or simply don’t have appetite. For encouraging your dog’s appetite, try offering some bone broth as is or soak your canine’s kibble in the liquid before giving it to her. Chances are your dog will happily and immediately start lapping the broth.

How Do I Make Bone Broth for My Dog & Other Pets

Making bone broth is a simple process, but one that requires plenty of time and patience. It is made by simmering animal bones and tissue for more than 10 hours with vegetables, herbs and spices such as thyme, garlic and bay leaves. To get high quality bone broth you will need to use quality ingredients like using bones from organic or grass-fed animals and organic vegetables; and most importantly, plan to be at home during the entire cooking process. Here is the procedure to make broth:

  1. Place your bones into a large stock pot.
  2. Pour cool filtered water and the vinegar over the bones. Let it sit for 20 minutes in the cool water. The acid helps to concentrate the nutrients in the bones.
  3. Rough chop and add the onion, carrots and celery to the spot.
  4. Add some salt, pepper, spices or herbs.
  5. Heat the stock pot with hot flames until the content start to boil; and then reduce heat to simmer for at least 6 hours. Remove scum as it arises. A low and slow cook time is necessary in order to fully extract the nutrients in and around the bone.
  6. You may also add in vegetables such as carrot, fennel and celery, to help increase the nutritional content of the broth.
  7. After the broth is ready to be served to your canine, it will cool and a layer of fat will harden on top. Remove this layer of fat because it can affect your pet negatively.
  8. Give your dog the fat-free broth and store the rest in a refrigerator for some days for later use.

How Much Bone Broth Can I give My Dog?

This is a common question that passes through the mind of many dog owners after they have prepared bone broth for their dogs. Well, first you will need to start with a small amount while staying keen to observe how your dog reacts, before increasing it slowly.

Begin with about two to three ounces of bone broth at least two times per day, for one week. If within the one week period your pet does not show signs such as diarrhea or vomiting, then you can increase the amount of broth from four to seven ounces per day. Alternatively, you can add the broth in your pet’s foods.

However, other than giving your dog two to seven ounces of broth per day, some broth manufacturers recommends serving your dog about two ounce per 20 pounds of your dog’s weight.

Argument against Bone Broth as a Source of Vitamin for Dogs

While many dog owners and online articles proclaim that bone broth is a mineral-dense diet, there is no know research published on the mineral content of bone broth. However, because raw meat is already a nutrient and protein-rich source, it could be the reason why many people have no doubt that bone broth is a mineral-dense diet that’s good for dogs.

However, the argument against bone broth is that vitamins such as Vitamin C, cynocobalamin (B12) thiamine (B1), pantothenic acid (B5), folate (B9), biotin, riboflavin and pyridoxine (B6) are highly vulnerable to excess cooking. Bone broth takes at least 7 hours of cooking, and in the process the vitamins get denatured, a factor that makes it a poor source of such vitamins.


There is no doubt that feeding bone broth to your dog comes with very many health benefits due to presence of a full spectrum of minerals. Bone broth is also delicious and even dogs with little appetite enjoy bone broth because it is easy to digest and soothing to the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore as a dog owner, you need to regularly feed your dog with broth and your dog’s health status will entirely be perfect.

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