Aneesh Bhat who runs Pune K9 Kitchen, a speciality dog food enterprise shares his recipes of hearty winter broths. Try them!
Nutritious Bone Broth
The nutrients in the broth support your dog’s immune system and maintain healthy digestion, apart from soothing tummy issues. It is a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin, both of which are excellent for bones and joints making this a recipe for a nutrition packed bone broth that’s beneficial for dogs – particularly aging or sick canines. Plus, it’s easy to make, for even the most inexperienced cook.
- Bones 250 gms – You can use any bones for this broth, be it chicken, mutton, or any other animal. In case you use bones from your curry or biryani, make sure that the bones are washed well to remove all traces of masala or seasoning.
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or freshly squeezed juice of 2 limes
Place all the bones and apple cider vinegar/lime juice in a vessel with a heavy bottom. Add water to fill up the vessel.
Place the vessel on the lowest possible flame and let the mixture simmer for 12 hours. The apple cider vinegar/lime juice helps to extract all the nutrients from the bones into the broth. Keep adding water as the level reduces.
At the end of 12 hours, strain the bones out of the broth. Once the broth has cooled down, you can feed it to your dogs.
Helpful tips for interesting variations:
1) You can break the bones with a hammer before cooking as it releases more flavour and nutrients into the broth.
2) You can add chicken feet to the broth as they pack in lots of flavor and gelatin.
3) Carrots and spinach are healthy additions that are easy for dogs to digest – add towards the end of cooking time to soften.
Winter is the perfect time to offer your four-legged friend this warm, tasty treat.
Vegetable Chicken And Egg Broth
- Beaten Eggs: 10 (retain the eggshells)
- Cooked boneless chicken: 500 gms
- Carrots: 200 gms
- Sweet Potato: 100 gms
- Pumpkin: 200 gms
We begin by putting a few eggshells in a food processor. Eggshells are the most affordable source of calcium that you can provide for your dogs. If you try feeding them eggshells alone, many dogs won’t eat. So, I powder shells and add to their food. Eggshells must be washed well and boiled to eliminate the chance of Salmonella contamination.
Add a mixture of the boiled vegetables, a good source of water-soluble carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants that help to build up the body’s immunity. Most dogs will simply refuse to eat the veggies even if they are mixed in the food. So we puree the veggies to make it impossible to segregate from the rest of the food. This also makes it easier for the dogs digestive system to break down the veggies and absorb the maximum possible nutrition.
We then beat some eggs. When you feed dogs boiled eggs, you may have noticed that some dogs don’t eat the egg whites, but just eat the yolk. Of course the yolk is tastier, but most of the protein is in the white. By beating the eggs, we ensure that the dogs can’t segregate the yolks and the whites.
Lastly we take boneless chicken cut up into small thin pieces. This has multiple benefits. The small pieces ensure that the chicken is evenly distributed across the broth. This comes in handy especially when feeding multiple dogs.
If you are feeding street dogs, it’s not always possible to make separate food for puppies and adults. While adults can handle bones, puppies cannot, and may cause choking or lacerations inside their throat and stomach. Again, the small pieces make it easier for the digestive system to break it down and extract maximum nutrition.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large vessel, add water, and bring to a boil.
Your super-nutritious broth is now ready. Just wait for it to cool and serve.
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