I am obsessed with bone broth for a few basic reasons. We will get in to the nutritional aspect here in just a bit because there is a lot of good information I can throw at you there. Bone broth is a simple way to add a lot of amazing nutrients including vegetables and herbs in to your dog or cat's diet without having to go through all the drama of changing their food or disguising them in other strange substances. You also don't need to waste a lot of time in the kitchen to make it. You throw everything in to a giant pot, cover with water, simmer for several hours (or days) and voila! Bone broth. No fancy math or scales needed.
I generally use The Art of Dog recipe as a guideline to get started: Bone Broth Recipe. It provides a good guideline for creating a bone broth. What are the benefits you might ask? One of the most common uses for bone broth is in older or health-compromised dogs. Particularly those suffering from osteoarthritis, various joint diseases or dogs that may just have lost their appetite. One of the main components of bone broth is... you guessed it - BONES! Generally while you can include any bones, if you are looking to support joints it is important to include things like knuckle bones, feet or necks that contain contain cartilage.
My life has gone to the dogs. I've worked in shelters, dog daycares, veterinary offices and local pet food retailers. I've seen all aspects of the pet world and I've got a theme that keeps popping up. Let's get back to basics, keep it simple. In my mind, it all starts with good food and using what nature has to offer.