Homemade Bone broth and bone marrow soup

I’ve been using bone broth for some time now. There are some great ones on the market so I never really intended on making my own until today. Today I got to visit a real working farm and it was incredible! In my effort to be efficient I grabbed a little bit of everything. In doing so I ended up with a package full of recreational knuckle bones that were WAY too small for my dog to eat. Rather than let them go to waste I decided to turn them into broth. Because these bones were full of marrow, this is sometimes called ‘marrow soup’ however the process is the same. I chose to add in some chicken feet because I had a lot of them and they are a great broth source because of their high glucosamine and chondroitin concentration. The process takes a while (about 24 hours for chicken, 48 for beef) in a crock pot or on the stove top but the recipe is super easy.

Fill a pot with the bones you want to use and cover with filtered water. Add 2-4 tbs of raw apple cider vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hr for chicken, 2 for beef. Reduce to low and leave on heat for 24-48 hours and that’s IT! The same goes for the crock pot (high medium and low settings). You can add dog-safe vegetables if you want but that’s the basic process. I’d say it’s important to keep an eye on the water level because I had to add some half way through but other than that I ignored it.

For my first batch, I kept it very simple. I don’t have a crock pot yet but I found one on Amazon that claimed to be lead free (the problem with many crock pots is chemical leaching). It’s stone ware so I think they are considered safest. When that comes maybe I’ll get more creative, but Jersey definitely gave her stamp of approval! It’s a great supplement to help her eat her vitamins and an all around great dietary addition no matter what (for both of us) so it’s one of the best mistakes I ever made!

Here are just a FEW awesome benefits that bone broth provide:

It helps maintain a healthy gut, especially for dogs with digestive issues.

It supports your dog’s immune system and detoxes the liver.

It helps protect his joints and is a wonderful source of collagen and glycosaminoglycans including glucosamine and other joint protecting compounds.

Also the “glycosaminoglycans from bone broth are resistant to digestion and are absorbed in their intact form. According to Dr Shanahan, they act like hormones, stimulating cells called fibroblasts, which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments, and even the arteries.”

It’s full of minerals, including calcium, silicon, sulphur, magnesium and phosphorus.

The list goes on but these are the highlights and why so many people love it for themselves and their dogs!

NOTE: Excess bone broth should be frozen because the shelf-life of this is very short. 3-4 days in the fridge max

Raw feeding part 4

It’s been a busy week so far but we’re still truckin! I’ve spent the last several nights researching green lipid muscle supplements because I am adamant about verifying quality sources before I give anything to my dog, this somehow led to me also researching natural ear infection treatments lol so I will hopefully have posts about both later in the week.

We had a furry house guest these past 6 days so it was a littler harder trying to transition to the new foods without giving Jersey other options so I guess I had a little set back there. I still gave her all organic raw meat along with raw goats milk mixed with her supplements, I just didn’t focus as much on the new stuff as I probably should have.

Due to the length of time this transition may take I followed up with the local humane farm resource that I found last week. I figured if she eats that no problem, I might as well look further into how to get her the best meat. The woman I spoke to was awesome, unfortunately not able to really help us at the moment. It’s a small farm so any order would have to wait until late November and organs might not be easy to obtain. There is one more farm in reasonable distance that I’m going to try tomorrow, if that doesn’t work out, I’ll have to stick with the best I can find at local markets. I wasn’t ready to make my own food yet anyway but I’m glad to be finding this all out now before I do. After that I put a call in to a recommended holistic vet. That’s another thing I wanted to work out before Jersey’s next check up. We’re still waiting to hear back but there’s a database online that we will look on if this one is too busy. She’s still not eating Answers or Steve’s but we are still making some progress… with some things anyway! 🙂

I guess not every path is meant to be straight and we are learning a lot on this one. For that, I am grateful!

The products in the picture are some of Jersey’s favorite. They get her to eat her long list of supplements with no problem! They haven’t quite gotten her to eat the food but I’m hoping they will help. I love these along with honest kitchen bone broth with turmeric and raw goats milk by Steve’s and Answers because they add flavor with so many health benefits!!

**Side note- I’m still perfecting making my own toothpaste but only 1 week using my own vs the best I could find on the market, showed SO much improvement, I’m really psyched about that! I’ll update my previous post and share a new one with a recipe this week also!

UPDATE: This week is turning into a study week. I was finally able to track down a local grass-fed, free-range organic etc farm that had meat ready to purchase by Saturday. They are big enough to purchase organs from too which is a big deal because otherwise I was at the mercy of butchers and grocery stores with questionable supply origins. If I’m going to give Jersey anything prepared by myself human Grade doesn’t cut it. I need the organs to be as healthy as the meat. Finding this source opportunity has me investigating recipes now as well so hopefully by the weekend I’ll have some helpful tips there also!

Ethical Raw Feeding

There are two main reasons ethical meat sources matter. The first is obviously because animals deserve to be treated humanely and the second is health. There have been countless studies that provide hard evidence that humanely raised animals yield healthier meat. When so much of a dog’s diet is comprised of meat this becomes even more important. One example of this is vitamin D. Unlike us dogs are unable to produce this vital vitamin on their own. They need to get it 100% from their diet. Chickens that never go outside don’t contain vitamin D and chicken is the most common meat in dog food. It’s even been said that the well being of the animal matters. Well fed but caged up isn’t really good enough. If I want to go as far as raw feeding I absolutely believe it’s important to do it right so I’ve been painstakingly looking up how to access meat from ethical farmers. To start with I wanted to find a prepared food from a company I trusted. I chose this because while I wanted to learn how to prepare food myself I know that it takes time. It’s a lot to learn and I don’t want to cut corners or make my dog wait to switch her food over. (I found Answers pet food to be a trustworthy source as well as one called Steve’s that someone just told me about. These were available locally so I just started there.) I knew the transition wasn’t going to happen over night but I was still surprised at how reluctant my dog was to the new food since she hasn’t had kibble in over two years and has been eating a mix of freeze dried raw and cooked meat ever since. I tried everything and the only thing that seemed to work was plain organic raw chicken breast. This prompted me to advance on finding better meat sources a little sooner that I had originally planed because even though I’m not going to start making it yet, I needed better meat to ease the transition than they sell at my local grocery store. I was thrilled that I was actually able to find some! This link is a good tool but I know there are many others. You just type in where you live and it shows farm options. I had two in my area and decided to start with the one that looked like it was run the best way. I’m mostly sharing this to give hope to anyone out there who has never seen this option made available locally (I never have). It’s a wonderful resource for meat for everyone really! I don’t eat meat so I’m fortunate I only have to buy for my dog. Where money is a factor the prepared sources were actually the most cost effective for us. It’s just nice to have options. Companies and products change all the time so to have this as a backup for source for us is a great advantage. I am so grateful there are these ethical farms out there, if I support the meat industry with my business, I absolutely want it to go here!

http://www.eatwild.com/products/

Some Homemade Raw Info

So although I’m not going there yet, I know many people are going the homemade route for raw food. Reading this article helped me a lot! I had no idea that fat was bad for vitamins etc. I do hope to eventually get to a place where I can make my own foods confidently but as a vegan I’m at a bit of a disadvantage because I have no idea where to get good meat! I’m working on it though little by little and collecting information as I go along.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/09/01/amp/serious-mistake-with-pets-raw-food.aspx

Raw Feeding Part 3

We’ve still got a ways to go on this but i just wanted to share the one thing that seems to be working. Adding just plain old raw organic chicken breast on top of the other foods we’re trying to upgrade to (Answers and Steve’s). She’s not digging into the new stuff yet but it seems to be the most enticing tactic so far! She at least ate all the chicken along with her supplements that I mixed in with raw goats milk that she LOVES (Answers makes a great one and Steve’s does too) She’s a bit gassy tonight lol but that happens any way every now and then. Time takes time, we’re not giving up!

(Not my photo I should say but its super fitting 😉

Going Raw part 2

Although I am still a huge supporter of Answers pet food (using that is still our goal) my super picky eater is still not warming up to the idea. Mixing it with her old food and stuff she likes isn’t working. I’m trying to be strong and trust that she’ll try it eventually and not give in to giving up and going backwards in our diet goals. Today I decided to try another brand I really think is good but her reaction was the same. I think it will just take time. These companies are both an awesome solution to the food dilemma. As of now they are very transparent and high quality. Sometimes these companies get bought out but so far so good with these two and I know there are many others. These foods can be difficult to get because they need to stay frozen but if you are interested in trying this method of raw feeding, a local specialty pet shop should be able to get you an order! And the best part is at least these two I know are extremely affordable! I’ll keep a log of the foods we try so if one pops up that seems to work the best I’ll try to save someone the trouble of the same trial and error, but every dog likes what they like so I’ll also stay on top of the companies that stay transparent because as we all unfortunately know that can change and no one wants to support that!

Pet Fooled and Prescription diets

I wasn’t going to write about this now because it’s such a vast and detailed topic but I just finished speaking to someone who was convinced by their vet to buy the Hill’s prescription food and it made me so incredibly sad. This stuff is snake oil. Many well meaning vets who were taught certain things in school do not even know how detrimental these foods can be. They are treating things with a simple method that keeps patients coming back. I know that for a majority of their clients it’s actually a far as they are willing to go to help their pets stay healthy, but I also know that there is a LOT of pet parents who would want to do more if the information was made available to them. They should at least be given the option and not told just the one way that profits the vets office and the corporations that fund them.

If you haven’t seen it yet and feed kibble or any kind of prescription diet please consider watching the Netflix documentary “Pet Fooled” If you love your animals you will be so grateful you took the time to! I know raw foods not for everyone but there are SO many better alternatives to what they often tell you at the vet. Hill’s, Royal Canin etc are all the same. Finding alternatives can add years and quality and this alone makes the effort SO worth it!!

https://www.netflix.com/title/80164393