The Benefits of Bone Broth For Pets
There are four reasons that you may want to consider giving your dog bone broth.
1) JOINT HEALTH
Our pets have tendons that connect to muscles, and then the ligaments connect bones to one another. These connective tissues need to be strong healthy in order for your pet to feel their best. However, these tissues break down over time and we then see our pets slow down.
This is where bone broth may have some benefit. When a bone is boiled the marrow breaks down into gelatin. The gelatin contains collagen that is full of amino acids like proline and glycine, both of which are essential for canine joint health.
Bone broth has been beneficial for joint health which has been noted in Dr. Cate Shanahan’s book “Deep Nutrition”. She writes “The health of your joints depends upon the health of the collagen in your ligaments, tendons, and on the ends of bones. Collagens are a large family of biomolecules, which include the glycosaminoglycans, very special molecules that help keep our joints healthy.”
There are many glycosaminoglycans with one that many of us know: glucosamine. Bone broth not only contains a large amount of this but it also has an abundance of joint protecting compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.
It is interesting to note that the glycosaminoglycans from bone broth are resistant to digestion and are absorbed in their intact form. According to Dr. Shanahan, they act like hormones, stimulating cells called fibroblasts, which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments, and even the arteries.
2) LIVER SUPPORT
The liver is the organ responsible for detoxification. A pet’s liver is constantly being attacked with different chemicals that are on carpets and floors, grass that has been treated with poisons, foods that contain toxic and synthetic ingredients and in addition to this, pets are also exposed to dewormers, flea and tick preventatives, drugs, antibiotics, vaccines to name a few.
The entourage of all of this is limited by the availability of the amino acid glycine. This is where it is advantageous to give bone broth which has an abundance of this.
3) PROMOTES A HEALTHY GUT
There are millions of tiny holes in the lining of the small intestine, which allows the digested nutrients to enter the body. Leaky gut is caused when stress, poor diet and bacterial growth cause these holes to become larger.
This becomes a problem when things pass through that aren’t meant to such as food matter, toxins and yeast. It becomes a difficulty when the body recognizes them as foreign invaders and attack them. At this point there is the distinct possibility that an allergy or food sensitivity has been started.
Bone broth has the perfect solution to plug up these holes: gelatin.
4) BONE BROTH IS GREAT NUTRITION FOR SICK DOGS
Bone broth works great for dogs that are suffering from diarrhea. With the gelatin that exists in the bone broth the need for protein from meat sources is reduced by as much as fifty percent. There is also the added benefit of the minerals that they contain which is excellent for boosting the immune system.
Bone broth has an abundance of glycine in it that aids with digestion by helping to regulate the synthesis of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid.
Overall, bone broth is an excellent addition to your pet’s diet. It can easily be made at home, and frozen but there are also many varieties of pre-packaged bone broth for your convenience. We currently carry Open Farm, and are looking at some other options that are more affordable for large dogs as well!