All of us want to do what is best for our “fur kids”! We provide them with a well balanced raw diet and supplements that include a daily vitamin of some sort. Is this really what is best for our dogs? Most “daily vitamins” provide synthetic vitamins rather than natural vitamins. In my opinion, synthetic is not something that I want to be putting into my dog’s body. Most of us have chosen the natural raw diet because it is what nature intended for our beloved pets and what is best for them. It is a species appropriate diet. Well, if we are feeding a natural, healthy raw diet why would we put a synthetic daily vitamin in their diet when there is an alternative that is not only better for them but cheaper?
Many may be asking what that alternative is, how expensive is it and how hard is it to accomplish. It is not only super easy but is is also vey inexpensive. So, if it is this easy and very inexpensive, what is it?? The answer is Bone Broth.
What is Bone Broth? Bone broth is a highly nutritious “stock” made from simmering raw or cooked bones for an extended period of time. My personal preference is to use raw bones to get the most dense nutrition possible.
Often Bone Broth is considered something that is used for ill dogs, much like chicken noodle soup for humans, but in reality it can be used as a natural daily supplement.
Bone Broth is only as good as the ingredients used in the making — high quality, hormone free, anti-biotic free bones are what makes the Bone Broth that is most beneficial for our pets. If we use sub-standard bones in the making of the Bone Broth then the Bone Broth will be sub-standard as well and will not provide the nutrients we want for our pets.
What kind of bones should be used: any bones (neck, carcasses, let, etc). As I said earlier — I prefer to use raw, uncooked bones.
Some of the benefits of Bone Broth are that is has been noted to help with itchy skin, allergies, joint health and boost the immune system. This is not a complete list of the benefits but does touch on the high points.
I personally have never given my dogs a “daily vitamin” but I do give them bone broth in their meals. I do not give it daily…..but I do make it a regular part of their diet.
Just as it is important to feed a variety of proteins, it is important to use variety of animal proteins to make Bone Broth — Beef Neck Bones on time, duck necks the next, etc. Each animal offers a variety of different vitamins and minerals.
Many people get stuck with using Chicken for bone broth because we all remember Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup. I have a “Hot Dog” so Chicken is out of the question for me. I use beef neck bones, duck neck bones, carcasses and wings, Turkey neck bones and carcasses and even an occasional quail carcass or rabbit carcass. Variety ensure that our pets are getting everything they need over time.
While Bone Broth is the natural vitamin I chose for my pets I still do supplement other things; Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Fish Oil, etc. I just do not supplement any form of “vitamins”.
Here is the recipe I use for Bone Broth when I make it:
I put the bones in the crockpot. Fill the crockpot with water to the brim. Add a small amount of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Cook on high for 12 hours, reduce the temp to low and cook another 12 hours. Strain the meat and bones from the bone broth making sure to get ALL the cooked bone out of he broth. Let sit and chill. Remove the layer of at from the top. This will leave you with a Vitamin Powerhouse packed full of nutrients. It will be a gelatinous mixture when chilled but will liquify when heated. Package and freeze.
When I serve it to my dogs I heat it up, place in the bottom of their food bowl, add supplements, food and feed and you have some VERY happy pets!
As with anything new that is being introduced into a pets diet please start slowly and increase as tolerated.
There you go — Easy as 1-2-3 and very inexpensive.
My personal rule of thumb for feeding is as follows:
Small dog 10-25 lbs; 1/4 cub daily
Medium dog 25 – 60 lbs; 1/3 cup daily
Large dog 60 – 90 lbs; 1/2 – 3/4 cup daily
Giant Breed 90+ lbs; 1 cup daily
These are just “guides” – each dog is an individual and will need to seek their own perfect balance.
So there you go – an easy way to provide a Natural Daily Vitamin that is super good for your pet, easy and inexpensive and one that they will LOVE!
As always, I welcome questions or comments.