Looking for a natural food supplement to boost your dog’s immune system? This homemade bone broth recipe is a great addition to your greyhound’s diet, as it is high in minerals, amino acids, glucosamine and many more valuable nutrients. Bone Broth is a truly inexpensive superfood that is also easy to make. And the best thing about it: It’s tasty for both you and your greyhound alike!
Health Effects of Bone Broth
Bone broth is a tried and trusted remedy for many ailments. Thanks to its nutrient rich nature, it can do wonders for achy joints, stiff tendons and upset tummies.
This being said, you can feed bone broth at any time – it is a great immune boosting supplement for an otherwise healthy or young greyhound.
How to make bone broth for your greyhound
The base ingredients are cheap and accessible: You will need to get bones. This can include legs, feet, spine, and any other joint bones from livestock animals. Make sure to include a couple of marrow bones for some extra gelatin. This will congeal your broth once it’s done and chilled, which can be an indicator that you cooked your soup long enough. We usually opt for beef and/or chicken soup bones from our local supermarket.
The key to making this powerful antidote is adding citric acid, such as apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, and cooking everything for a very long time – your broth must simmer for a minimum of 20 hours. This process releases the gelatin, collagen and glucosamine from the bones, as well as amino acids and minerals. Only this will turn your ingredients into a true health elixir.
Homemade bone broth recipe for dogs
Bone Broth Recipe for Greyhounds
- Big pot
- Silicone freezing tray (as for muffins)
- 2 l water
- 0.5-1 kg (marrow) bones
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 pinch salt
- 5 pcs carrot optional
- 1 pcs celeriac root optional
- Cube carrots and celeriac root, place in pot
- Add (marrow) bones to pot
- Fill pot with water, add vinegar and salt
- Bring pot to a boil, cover with a lid, then simmer at low heat for at least 20hrs
- Remove soup from heat, strain contents with a colander and make sure to catch the yummy soup in a big bowl. The bones and veggies you can now discard of
- Let the soup cool down to room temperature. Then, portion out the broth into a silicone freezing tray to make pucks to store in the freezer. Defrost as needed
How to store your homemade bone broth
We usually keep about half a liter of bone broth in our fridge. Just make sure you use it within the next few days. Believe me, that won’t be a problem. I have yet to meet a dog that isn’t crazy over bone broth – or human, for what it’s worth!
As for the rest, we usually freeze the left over bone broth in a muffin silicone tray to form pucks. After a couple of hours, you can remove the bone broth pucks from the silicone tray, and store them in a zip lock bag in your freezer. Just defrost the soup pucks as needed.
How much bone broth should you feed your dog?
In principle, you could feed your dog a little bit of homemade bone broth daily. There is no fixed amount of bone broth you should or shouldn’t feed your greyhound. Most dogs go crazy over it and would happily finish a full pot all at once. This being said, be aware that huge amounts of liquids will inevitably have to leave the body again sooner or later – in this case, mostly sooner!
Traditionally, we’ve made bone broth for our greyhound during the cold winter months. This doesn’t mean that the frozen broth wouldn’t make for a tasty summer popsicle treat as well.
We usually feed Sky about 1-2 soup ladles of bone broth together with his regular food, twice a day.
Do you want to learn more about greyhound nutrition, different feeding styles and other helpful supplements? Check out our other Nutrition Blog Posts!