Thursday, 3 June 2021

Homemade Short Cooked Broth Recipe for Dogs and Cats


Homemade short cooked broth recipe for dogs and cats

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This homemade short cooked broth recipe is fast and simple to make. An alternative to bone broth for dogs and cats who cannot consume bone broth.

To make this short cooked broth recipe you'll need a slow cooker or non-coated stainless steel stock pot.

Ensure your time and effort results in a nutritious, health supporting broth. Use meat and bones sourced from free-range, pastured or organic pasture raised animals. Don't use factory farm sourced ingredients. 

Short Cooked Broth Recipe


Animal protein and bones, select from:

  • Raw meaty bones, frames or whole carcass: chicken or other poultry, small prey such as rabbit.
  • Raw meaty bones: cow, goat, sheep, venison or other ruminants, pork or wild boar.

Spring or filtered water

Herbs (herbs are optional), select from:

* Not for dogs prone to seizures. Not for Shetland sheepdogs (Shelties), flat or mooth coat Collies.

Vegetables (vegetables are optional, select from):


Place the raw meaty bones, frame or whole carcass in your slow cooker or stock pot.

Add enough spring water or filtered water to fill the slow cooker or stock pot up to 2" (2.54 cm) to 3" (7.62 cm) below the top of the cooker or pot.

Add 1 tsp to 2 tbs of each dry or fresh herb you've selected to include (optional ingredient).

Add a stalk of celery, one or two carrots or parsnips if including in the broth (optional ingredient).

Add the mushrooms 30 minutes prior to end of cooking time (optional ingredient).

Place the stock pot on the stove top, turn on heat and simmer for 4 up to 8 hours. If using a slow cooker on the low setting cook for 10 to 12 hours.

Remove from heat. 

Allow the hot short cooked broth to cool until warm.

Skim off excess fat.

Remove all bones.

Remove the cooked mushrooms.

You can remove the veggies or leave-in. If leaving in make sure you cut the veggies up into small pieces.

You can strain the herbs or leave them in.

Leave the juniper berries in the broth.

Boost the dental and digestive benefits of your short cooked broth (optional)

  • Sprinkle a little (1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp) of Ceylon cinnamon into the bottle before you pour the short cooked broth into the bottle. Ceylon cinnamon helps dissolve food particles and acts as a digestive aid. Find out more about Ceylon cinnamon for dogs and cats here.

Pour the broth into glass bottles and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Short Cooked Broth Serving Suggestions

X-Small Dogs and Cats:
1 tablespoon (15 ml) to 1/8 cup (60 ml), 1x to 3x per day.

Small Dogs:
1/8 cup (60 ml) to 1/4 cup (120 ml), 1x to 3x per day.

Medium Dogs:
1/4 cup (120 ml) to 1/2 cup (240 ml), 1x to 3x per day.

Large Dogs:
1/2 cup (240 ml) to 3/4 cup (300 ml), 1x to 3x per day.

X-Large Dogs:
3/4 cup (300 ml) up to 2 cups (500 ml), 1x to 3x per day.

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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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