It is well known that dogs have an affinity for bones. Nature doesn't make mistakes and there is a reason why dogs love and crave bones as much as they do. Part of that reason has to do with the tremendous benefits bones can provide. Across many cultures worldwide, bones have been slowly simmered to release their medicinal properties into a broth. This is a tradition that has been passed down generations that has been regarded as a staple in healing the sick, and preventing illness in the healthy. Chicken noodle soup, notably, has its roots in bone broth: which is why it is offered to the ill to speed recovery. The practice of cooking bones releases powerful healing compounds like gelatin, potassium and calcium into a delicious broth, while the slow infusion allows these nutrients to become highly bio-available (easily absorbed by the body). In the form of bone broth, these powerful nutrients that would otherwise be trapped inside of a bone, become instruments of healing and preventative medicine. Bone broth has the power to improve gut health, joints and the immune system; which may be the reason why dogs love and crave this superfood as much as they do.
"In the form of bone broth... powerful nutrients that would otherwise be trapped inside of a bone, become instruments of healing and preventative medicine."
If your dog is recovering from illness, chicken bone broth and beef bone broth aids in the reintroduction of food. Known for its high Vitamin C content, a bone broth diet fights against infections, helping your pup get past any lasting illness. Studies have found that bone’s connective tissue contain the helpful amino acid glycine, excellent for balancing and detoxing the liver. Bone broth can also benefit dogs with allergies and food sensitivities, as it is a phenomenal immune system booster.
According to Dr. Axe, (a well known naturopathic doctor); "Bone broth stock is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system, unlike many other foods, which can be difficult to fully break down." Just one cup of bone broth for dogs a day, supplemented with your dog's favorite food, contains enough fiber and gelatin to aid in leaky gut syndrome and other digestive issues. Studies show that gelatin is beneficial 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 levels of inflammation in the digestive tract. A report published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that gelatin effectively supports intestinal health and integrity. (1)
Bone & Joint Benefits
The collagen in the meat bones is crucial to joint and bone health. However, it can often be difficult to obtain from a modern dog food diet. Though raw bones—often given to dogs for chewing—contain these nutrients, making bone broth for dogs provides more accessible benefits. Collagen, gelatin and glucosamine are proteins found in bone broth that have been shown to improve joint health, boost the immune system and repair the intestinal lining (2)
"Collagen, gelatin and glucosamine are proteins found in bone broth that have been shown to improve joint health, boost the immune system and repair the intestinal lining."
As bone broth is also packed with chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid, it also eases inflammation common in dogs prone to arthritic issues. These minerals are also excellent supplements for dogs experiencing weakness as they get a bit older.
Conclusion & How to Use
Bone broth is an excellent addition to your dog's diet. It comes in many different flavors (like chicken, Different flavors - chicken, beef, turkey pork. It also comes in the form of instant powder for busy owners. Come into your nearest Woofur location to try some today!
- Gelatin tannate reduces the proinflammatory effects of lipopolysaccharide in human intestinal epithelial cells. Giuseppina Frasca-Venera Cardile-Carmelo Puglia-Claudia Bonina-Francesco Bonina - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358810/
- Effects Of Oral Administration Of Type Ii Collagen on Rheumatoid Arthritis. D Trentham-R Dynesius-Trentham-E Orav-D Combitchi-C Lorenzo-K Sewell-D Hafler-H Weiner - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8378772