Bone broth is for more than just warming you up—it's considered a superfood, and it has super benefits for your dog. Nutrient-packed and easy to make, we’ve got plenty of reasons why you should give your pooch a bowl of delicious bone broth.
The Ultimate Liver Detox
Detoxing is a huge trend with humans. But did you know that bone broth will help your dog’s liver detox? Yep, it’s true! Your dog’s liver has to process out all of the bad stuff Fido comes in contact with—whether it’s something that he injects or something he comes in contact within his environment. Bone broth comes packed with glycine, which is what the liver uses in order to detox.
Do you have an older or larger-breed dog? If so, you may have wrestled with your dog’s joint problems. Here’s something you should know about bone broth. Packed with glycosaminoglycans and glucosamine, bone broth also contains other joint protecting compounds such as chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.
As well, bone broth glycosaminoglycans are resistant to digestion and are absorbed in their intact form. Acting like hormones, glycosaminoglycans stimulate fibroblast cells, which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments, and arteries.
Chondroitin is known to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. This is beneficial for senior dogs with joint deterioration, small breed dogs that suffer from a condition known as luxating patella (floating kneecap) or large breed dogs with hip conditions. On top of that, glucosamine and chondroitin moisturize and elasticize your dog’s skin and coat.
Awesome Nutrition for Sick Dogs
Got a sick pupper on your hands? Bone broth is a great option to rehydrate and provide important nutrition for a pooch with an upset stomach who’s not eating solid food, or if he’s recovering for surgery and doesn’t have much of an appetite.
A Healthy Gut Equals a Healthy Dog
Have you ever heard of leaky gut? Not only does it happen in humans, but it can also occur in dogs. Here’s what happens: the lining of the intestines contains millions of tiny holes that allow digested nutrients to make its way the body. Leaky gut occurs when these holes become bigger due to stress, poor diet, and/or bacterial overgrowth. The bigger the holes get, the bigger the problem—undigested food and toxins can get through the holes. Your dog’s body sees these substances as foreign invaders and attack them, which in turn causes allergies and food sensitivities.
How does bone broth fit into the leaky gut equation? Glad you asked! The answer is gelatin, and bone broth is loaded with it, and it plugs up those leaky holes.
Amazing Source of Essential Minerals
Bone broths have essential minerals that your pet’s body can easily absorb. Just a taste of the minerals your pet will enjoy: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and sulphur. These minerals have important jobs to do, such as help with important functions like heart health, nerve signaling, hydration, muscle contractions, and sleep.
If you think some bone broth treats might be a better fit for your dog, we've got you covered! Check out our Beef Bone Broth Frozen Dog Treats and Blueberry and Bone Broth Frozen Dog Treats. And if you want to add a tasty topper to your dog's kibble, our Bone Broth Pour Overs are a tasty option.
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