Bone Broth for Dogs

Bone broth recipes for dogs should be very different than those for humans! Dog's cannot eat certain ingredients that are typically used in bone broth for humans like onions.

This recipe is full of dog-friendly ingredients like apples, ginger, and mushrooms and can be made on the stove, in the Instant Pot, or slow cooker! 

You can boost your dog's immune system, improve liver health, support healthy digestion, and help to relieve joint pain by adding homemade bone broth to your dog's daily meals. 



2 tablespoons olive oil

3 inches unpeeled fresh ginger, sliced into coins

3 1/2 pounds raw bones with marrow. I use oxtail. You could also use chicken, turkey, rabbit, beef, or pork bones that have marrow.

6 stalks celery, sliced

6 carrots, sliced

1 apple, cored and sliced

1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

8 ounces sliced button or portabella mushrooms

2 quarts water 


Place all of the prepared ingredients into a large stockpot, slow cooker, or Instant Pot.

Instant Pot

Be sure the liquid and ingredients do not surpass the fill line in your particular model. If you have a small Instant Pot, you may have to cook the bone broth in two separate batches. Place the lid on and lock it into place. Flip the knob to "sealing" Cook on high pressure for 4 hours. Allow the pressure to release naturally before removing the lid. 


Bring the ingredients to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 12 hours, stirring occasionally.

Slow Cooker 

Place the lid on the slow cooker and set the heat to low. Cook undisturbed for 24 hours.

How to store bone broth for dogs:

Allow the bone broth to cool completely. Remove and discard the bones and any solid materials by placing a fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl or storage container and straining the broth through it. Discard the solids. 

Place the strained broth in the refrigerator and allow the fat to rise to the top as it cools. The fat will turn white and more solid at the top once completely chilled. Skim off the fat and discard. 

How to feed bone broth for dogs:

  • You can freeze bone broth into ice cubes for cold treats on hot days.
  • When heated until just warm it can be served as a warm drink for your pup.
  • Or you can pour it over your dog's dinner as a savory topper for homemade or dry food.

How much bone broth to feed your dog:

For dogs (and cats) under 20 pounds, serve them 1 oz of bone broth a day.
For dogs between 20-40 pounds, serve them 2 oz of bone broth a day.
For dogs between 50-80 pounds, feed them 4 oz of bone broth a day.
For dogs 80+ pounds, feed them up to  6 oz of bone broth a day.


Can dogs eat mushrooms? 

While wild mushrooms can be toxic and even deadly, mushrooms sold in grocery stores are generally safe for dogs to eat.

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