Is Chicken Stock OK for Dogs?

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Chicken stock is more than just okay for dogs; it's good for dogs. Chicken stock is a type of bone broth, and bone broths provide a source of nourishment and offer several other health benefits.

Nutrition for Sick Dogs and Elderly Dogs

Bone broth is gentle on a dog's stomach. Giving a dog bone broth can provide nutrients when a dog has been vomiting and having diarrhea due to gastrointestinal upset. One of the nutrients found in bone broth is glycine, which helps with digestion because it assists in regulating the synthesis of bile salts and the secretion of gastric acid. Additionally, bone broth contains essential minerals that bolster a dog's immune system.

When dogs are in their late stages of life, they often lose their appetites and don't like chewing. Giving an elderly dog bone broth is a healthy method of delivering nutrients to a dog because most dogs will still drink broth even when they no longer want to chew food.

Additional Health Benefits

Bone broth is good for a dog's joints. It contains glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid, all of which are joint protecting compounds. Plus, the glycosaminoglycans in bone broth are absorbed in their solid form, and they stimulate fibroblasts, cells that produce collagen in joints, tendons, ligaments and arteries.

A dog's liver relies on the availability of glycine to remove chemicals, poisons and other toxins from his body. As previously mentioned, bone broth contains glycine. It actually contains large amounts of glycine and helps the liver perform its detoxifying function.

Bone broth can even help prevent allergies and food sensitivities from developing. Bone broth is packed with gelatin, which plugs leaky holes in the lining of the intestines. When these holes aren't plugged, undigested food, toxins and yeast can pass through the intestines, and the dog's body will attack these items because they are perceived as foreign invaders. This process is what causes the development of allergies and food sensitivities.

Warning

  • Bone broth alone does not contain all of the nutrients a dog needs for a balanced diet. Only provide bone broth in addition to your dog's regular diet, as a treat or when your dog is sick. If you are adding chicken stock to your dog's diet, it contains approximately 13 calories per cup, which you should count toward your dog's daily caloric intake.

How to Make Chicken Stock

  1. Place chicken bones, including joint bones with cartilage, into a regular size slow cooker. 

  2. Fill the slow cooker with enough water to cover the bones with 2 inches of water.

  3. Add 4 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar to the slow cooker. This assists in drawing the minerals out of the bones and into the water.

  4. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on the high setting for 1 hour.

  5. Switch to the low setting after 1 hour, and cook for 24 hours.

  6. Strain the bones from the stock and allow it to cool before feeding.

Tip

    • Freeze chicken stock in ice cube trays for convenience.

    • Mix chicken broth with a handful of your dog's food and freeze it in a Kong or similar toy for a long-lasting treat.

    • For finicky eaters, drizzle chicken stock on the regular food.
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