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How to Make Chicken Bone Broth for Dogs

Does your dog’s diet need a healthy and tasty boost? Then you’re in the right spot. Chicken bone broth for dogs is packed with essential nutrients that promote joint health, support the immune system, and nourish a healthy gut.

In this article, I’ll guide you through the easy steps of preparing homemade bone broth and examine how chicken bone broth can be tailored to your dog’s dietary needs. So come along and let’s whip up some canine culinary magic!

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What is Chicken Bone Broth for Dogs?

Chicken bone broth for dogs is a nutritious and flavorful liquid made from boiling chicken bones, connective tissues, and vegetables.

Benefits of Chicken Bone Broth for Dogs

Giving bone broth to your dog is a win-win situation all round, because chicken bone broth offers a wide array of health benefits. This liquid gold is packed with essential nutrients such as collagen, amino acids, and minerals that support joint health.

It’s a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin which are compounds known to help with joint pain and improve the strength and flexibility of your dog’s joints.

Chicken bone broth also promotes digestive health by helping to heal and seal the gut lining, thereby improving nutrient absorption from foods. The rich flavor makes sure that the bone broth entices picky eaters – all while providing hydration, which is especially beneficial for senior dogs that might struggle with food intake.

The high concentration of gelatin in chicken bone broth can help maintain a healthy gut, reducing instances of upset stomachs, diarrhea, or vomiting in your furry friend.

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How to Make Chicken Bone Broth for Dogs

To make chicken bone broth for dogs, gather the ingredients, follow the preparation steps, and choose a cooking method. Let’s get started! Read on below to become an expert in making delicious and healthy dog bone broth for your best pet pal.

Ingredients Needed

Crafting your homemade chicken bone broth for dogs requires some readily available ingredients. The primary requirement is chicken bones. You can use everything from raw chicken bones, such as wings and chicken feet, to cooked remnants – like the carcass of a roasted chicken. If you have it, apple cider vinegar is great in aiding the extraction of essential nutrients from the bones during the cooking process.

  • Raw or cooked chicken bones
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dog-safe vegetables (optional)
  • Beef marrow bones or pork knuckle bones (optional)
  • Connective tissues (optional)
  • Organic ingredients when possible

Prep Steps

  1. Begin by gathering all of your ingredients and utensils.
  2. Choose your primary bones, such as chicken wings or feet, and any additional raw or cooked bones you may have.
  3. Place the bones into a large soup pot, instant pot, or slow cooker.
  4. Add in dog-safe vegetables like green beans for an extra health boost.
  5. Pour enough water into the pot to cover the bones completely.
  6. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to help extract essential nutrients from the bones.
  7. If using a stovetop method, bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to low heat allowing it to simmer.
  8. For slow cooking methods, set your device to its lowest setting and allow it to cook gently for 24-48 hours.
  9. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer and discard all leftover solid materials including bones and veggie scraps.
  10. Let the broth cool at room temperature until you can handle it without discomfort, then transfer it into containers – such as ice cube trays – for easy portioning.

Different Cooking Methods (Crock Pot, Instant Pot, Stovetop)

Cooking methods for making your best pet pal’s chicken bone broth can vary slightly. Pick the one that’s right for you from these traditional options.

Crock Pot:

  • Place all the ingredients in the crock pot, including chicken bones, water, and any additional vegetables or herbs.
  • Set the crock pot on low heat and let it simmer for 24 to 48 hours to extract all the nutrients from the bones.
  • After simmering, strain the broth and discard the bones and solids before serving it to your dog.

Instant Pot:

  • Add chicken bones, water, and any other desired ingredients into the Instant Pot.
  • Set the pressure cooker function on high pressure and cook for 2 hours to ensure thorough extraction of nutrients.
  • Once cooked, release the pressure manually or allow it to naturally release before straining out the solids.


  • In a large soup pot or stockpot, combine chicken bones with water and any desired extras like vegetables or herbs.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a low simmer.
  • Allow it to simmer for at least 6 to 8 hours. The longer you simmer, the richer and more concentrated the broth will become.
  • Skim off any foam that forms on top during cooking and be sure to periodically check that there’s enough liquid in the pot.

Serving and Storing Chicken Bone Broth for Dogs

When serving up chicken bone broth to dogs, it’s important to consider portion sizes.

Portion Sizes for Dogs

Feeding your dog the right amount of chicken bone broth is crucial to ensure they get the nutritional benefits – without overdoing it. The following rough guidelines should help you get the correct daily portion sizes based on your dog’s weight.

  • Dogs weighing up to 10 lbs: 1/4 cup of chicken bone broth daily.
  • Dogs weighing 11 to 20 lbs: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chicken bone broth daily.
  • Dogs weighing 21 to 40 lbs: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of chicken bone broth daily.
  • Dogs weighing 41 to 60 lbs: 3/4 to 1 cup of chicken bone broth daily.
  • Dogs weighing over 60 lbs: 1 to 1 1/2 cups of chicken bone broth daily.

Depending on your dog’s size, age, and overall health, the portion size may vary. Always monitor your dog’s reaction when introducing any new food to their diet. If you notice any adverse reactions, such as upset stomach or diarrhea, it’s wise to consult with your veterinarian.

Proper Storage and Refrigeration Guidelines

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To ensure the safety and freshness of your homemade chicken or beef bone broth for dogs, follow these proper storage and refrigeration guidelines:

  1. Allow the bone broth to cool completely before storing.
  2. Use airtight containers or resealable bags to store the bone broth.
  3. Label each container with the date and contents of the bone broth.
  4. Store the bone broth in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  5. If you have made a large batch of bone broth, consider freezing it in smaller portions for longer storage.
  6. When freezing bone broth, leave some room at the top of the container to allow for expansion during freezing.
  7. Bone broth can be stored for up to 3 months in the freezer.
  8. Thaw frozen bone broth in the refrigerator overnight before serving to your pup.
  9. Avoid thawing and refreezing bone broth multiple times – this can compromise its quality and safety.
  10. Before serving reheated bone broth, make sure it’s heated thoroughly to kill any potential bacteria.

Safety and Considerations for Chicken Bone Broth for Dogs

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When making homemade chicken bone broth for dogs, there are a few important safety considerations to keep in mind. First and foremost, it’s crucial to never feed your dog cooked bones, as they can splinter and cause serious injuries or blockages in their digestive system.

Additionally, be mindful of any ingredients you add to the broth. While certain vegetables like carrots and green beans can be beneficial for dogs, others can be toxic to them. Avoid including onions, garlic, wild mushrooms, or any other potentially harmful ingredients.

Stick to dog-safe vegetables and herbs like parsley or ginger to add flavor.

It’s also essential to properly store and refrigerate bone broth after cooking. Bacterial growth can occur if the bone broth cools or is left out at room temperature for too long. To prevent this, cool the broth completely before transferring it to the freezer.

By following these safety guidelines and using high-quality ingredients while making chicken bone broth for your furry friend, you can ensure that they receive organic bone broth – with all the benefits, and zero risk of any harm while they chow down.

Remember that every dog is unique, so it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian before introducing new foods into their diet.


In this post, we’ve looked at how making chicken bone broth for dogs can be a simple and extremely beneficial addition to their diet. With just a few ingredients and step by step methods, you can create your own bone broth and provide your dog with a nutritious treat that supports their joint health, immune system, and is good for their gut too.

So go ahead and whip up some homemade chicken bone broth today – your pup will thank you!