Bone broth has long been considered a superfood by many ancient cultures. Even today, many of us sip chicken soup when we're feeling under the weather, but did you know that there's good reason for that?! The nutritious liquid that was in traditional chicken soup (aka bone broth) contains many powerful nutrients that have huge healing power! Even Hippocrates (the father of medicine!) recommended bone broth for digestive ailments. But did you know that this same powerful liquid is just as helpful for dogs and cats? Keep reading to learn more about how bone broth can help your furry friend with their health!
1) Gut Health
Speaking of our buddy Hippocrates... he once said that "all disease stems from the gut". And while perhaps not ALL disease is related to gut health, the gut does have a surprisingly large impact on the rest of the body. When our pets have poor gut health, it can cause many issues including allergies, stomach upset, dull coat, frequent infections and even stress! Their guts contain lots of good bacteria, but if the bacteria in the gut become unbalanced, this can cause inflammation and even leaky gut syndrome. Yikes!
In short, leaky gut syndrome occurs when the lining of the gut becomes permeable and toxins are able to pass through the gut lining. These toxins then wreak havoc on the rest of our pets' overall health!
The good news- bone broth is a great tool to repair the lining of the gut thanks to the high amounts of collagen in contains! The collagen helps to fight inflammation while sealing that leaky gut, which in turn will have a positive impact on many other areas of your pet's health.
2) Joint Health
Just like us, our pets have many tendons and ligaments that keep their joints in good working order. But over time these extremely important connective tissues break down due to wear and tear or due to injury or genetic predisposition. When our pet's joints are in less than ideal shape, our pets become less active which ultimately can cause further health problems such as obesity, diabetes or heart problems. They can also end up with joint pain.
This is why it's so important to feed bone broth! The collagen in bone broth is full of amino acids like glycine and proline. These two amino acids are vital in the repair of connective tissues in dogs and cats and can even help prevent joint wear and tear from occurring!
Because of this, it's never too early or too late to add bone broth to your pets diet- either for prevention or joint repair, bone broth is a fantastic way of helping your pet stay active and free from pain.
Staying hydrated is essential to overall health. Water is a vital aspect of almost every function and system in our bodies and the same is true for our pets. Just like us, our pets can find it difficult to stay adequately hydrated. There may be many reasons that your pet isn't getting hydration. Dogs and cats who are geriatric, pregnant or recovering from illness are at high risk of being dehydrated. Further to this, cats have a low thirst drive and should be getting a good portion of their hydration from their food!
Bone broth is a fantastic way to increase this thirst drive and will not only hydrate your pet but will also provide fantastic nutrition at the same time!
Whether you're coming inside after a long walk, helping your pet recover from illness or surgery, or wanting to entice your pet into drinking more water, bone broth is a fantastic tool to ensure that your pets' whole body is operating at it's optimal health.
4) Liver Support
First, a quick review of some biology: the liver is an organ that helps the body with all things detoxification. This means that whenever something enters our pet's bodies that shouldn't be there, our liver is often responsible for serving the eviction notice! Sometimes this can be a big job- our pets roll around in chemically treated grass (and often they eat this grass too!), they breath smoggy air and sometimes despite our best efforts they eat things they shouldn't eat. All of these activities invite toxins into our pet's bodies and the liver has to find a way to remove them.
In order to remove these harmful toxins, the liver relies on the amino acid glycine, which is plentiful in bone broth! So, in order to support your pets' liver to the best of your ability, add bone broth in to their daily routine!
As mentioned earlier, the gut is at the centre of much of the body's systems. Our pets' immunity is one of the systems that hugely relies on gut health in order to be at optimal capacity and keep the body healthy! As much as 70% of the immunity that our pets rely on to fight off infection and pathogens is located in the gut. Further to this, if our pet has optimal gut health, these pathogens have less opportunity to enter through the large and small intestinal walls!
The collagen in bone broth helps to seal the gut, keeping the environment within the gut healthy and happy. In turn this allows for the immune system (largely located in the gut) to be at it's best- keeping our best friends healthy all year round.
There you have it! Five very good reasons to include bone broth into your pet's every day routine. It's as easy as pouring it over their food or just pouring it straight into a bowl! Not sure where to buy bone broth? Have a look here to find a fantastic retailer near you.