BONE BROTH for Pets Who Can't or Won't Eat


...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
Here's a recipe for bone broth for pets who are too sick to eat on their own, or won't eat...

In this video, filmed in Dr. Becker’s kitchen at home, she demonstrates how she makes bone broth for her pets. Bone broth is an excellent source of nourishment for animals recovering from illness, finicky eaters, and senior pets with diminished appetites.

Dr. Becker also uses bone broth for animal hospice patients. When animals are dying and no longer interested in eating or chewing food, often they’ll still lap broth.

You can make bone broth using whatever bones you choose. For this demonstration, Dr. Becker used an organic chicken. As the bones simmer on the stove they release all their minerals and marrow into the water, and the broth that results is a healthy source of extra nourishment for pets.

When making broth you should use clean, filtered water to which you add a bit of vinegar (acetic acid) to help leech the minerals from the bones into the stockpot water.

For this demonstration, Dr. Becker uses Bragg raw apple cider vinegar, but you can use whatever vinegar is in your kitchen.

Dr. Becker demonstrates two rounds of cooking bone broth. Round 1, which takes about 2.5 to 4.5 hours, removes all the skin and meat from the bones. Round 2 cooks all the bones and skin not broken down in round 1, and takes about 24 hours of simmering. Dr. Becker runs the second round of broth through a strainer to separate any remaining pieces of bone, which she discards. Never feed cooked bones to your pets.

Two important things to remember about bone broth: 1) cooked bones are choking and GI hazards; and 2) bone broth alone is not a balanced diet and should be used only as an extra source of nourishment.

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