Bone Marrow Broth For Dogs

Bone Marrow Broth For Dogs

Last Updated: August 18, 2023
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Bone marrow broth is prepared by simmering marrow bones in water for hours. The bone marrow is a soft tissue that is found at the center of all bones. However, the bigger the bones, the more marrow they contain.

The purpose of this article is to explain the “Bone Marrow Broth For Dogs“.

There are a lot of people who might be interested in making a bone broth for their dog.

Bone Marrow Broth For Dogs

Possibly you are one of those people who has a very holistic and natural approach to life and you are fascinated by how something so simple as a broth can be so nourishing.

You might be someone who has a very sick dog at the moment who cannot get it to eat solid food so in desperation you have found bone marrow broth.

Please join us to learn more no matter what your reasons may be.

Lets get started with a very simple definition.

What is a broth?

It is a savory liquid made from water in which bones meat or vegetables are simmered.

There isnot much difference between soups stocks and broths!

What is bone marrow broth for dogs?

Bone marrow broth is prepared by simmering marrow bones in water for hours.

The bone marrow is a soft tissue that is found at the center of all bones. 

However the bigger the bones the more marrow they contain.

 Therefore dogs tend to use bone marrow from larger bones.

When it comes to beef marrow bones it is most often the bones in a cows leg that are used such as the femur. 

How do you make bone marrow broth?

Its not surprising that there are many different recipes (like here and here) but there are several base ingredients that are the same.

The following are their names:

Bones of beef marrow

Feet of chickens or pigs

Vinegar made from apple cider


Here is a quick overview of a few of the not-so-obvious ingredients and what they do before I show you how to cook them.

Gelatin can be added to the broth by adding chicken feet or pigs feet. Chicken or pig feet have a lot of small bones so they dissolve more quickly than marrow bones.

In addition to adding minerals to the broth the gelatin gives it a heavier and creamier texture.

To “dissolve” the collagen in the bones into gelatin apple cider vinegar is added as an acid.

It is also imperative to have a slow cooker or crockpot

It is a simple method. Place all the ingredients in a pot and add enough water to cover them by about two inches. 

Simply set your slow cooker to 24 hours or more and leave it on.

Make sure it has enough water by checking it a couple of times a day. 

After it has simmered for a while strain it and separate the liquids from the solids.

It is now ready for storage. 

How can you store bone marrow broth?

The two most common ways to store bone marrow broth are in the refrigerator and in the freezer. 

Obviously the first step is to wait for it to cool.

Putting it into an airtight container such as a mason jar will allow it to last for up to five days. 

Placing it into sealed containers in the freezer should allow you to store it for up to six months.

It is also a great idea to store bone marrow broth in the freezer as ice cubes. 

How should you serve bone marrow broth?

Using bone marrow broth with your dog can be done in three different ways.

  1. In order to make dry food more palatable for dogs a small serving is added
  2. A serving is placed in a bowl on its own
  3. On hot days the broth is frozen as ice cubes and served as a drink

How much bone broth should a dog drink per day?

Of course it all depends on the size of your dog.

Thebonesandco recommends the following:

Size of dog Serving suggestions
Less than 20 pounds1 oz 
20- 40 pounds2 oz
50- 80 pounds4 oz 
80+ pounds6 oz 

What are the benefits of bone marrow broth? 

Bone broth has been made for thousands of years as you can imagine. 

In fact its roots are believed to date back over 2500 years to ancient China when it was first used for medicinal purposes. One of its original purposes was to aid digestion and cure tummy troubles. 

Following that I will outline bone marrow broths main health benefits; however before then I want to list some of its other benefits.

There are only a few ingredients that are readily available

The recipe is easy to follow

The cost of production is low

Because you are using as much of an animal as possible it isnot wasteful

What are the health benefits of a dog? 

Even though this could be a long list I am going to focus on three.

  1. It aids digestion- it contains glycine which helps to detoxify a dogs liver as well as gelatin which binds to water to help move food through the intestine. 
  2. This food is packed with essential minerals and vitamins that are great for your joints
  3. Joints
  4. Joints. It contains lots of amino acids that are essential for fighting amino acids. 

Following my analysis of some general health benefits of bone marrow broth I want to consider some specific claims about bone broths ability to ease or cure specific conditions.

The first issue is upset stomachs

Bone broth is already known to help our dogs digestive system in many ways but can it help to soothe an upset stomach?

Beef broth for dogs with an upset stomach?

Yes it seems to be possible. 

Because it is in liquid form beef broth is very gentle for dogs to ingest. 

If it is feeling poorly it is easier for a dog to drink something than to eat.

A dog who is under the weather will find it very appealing not only because it is easy to eat but also because it smells and tastes great. 

Dogs with diarrhea may suffer from dehydration due to bone broth which is mostly water. Water is a large part of bone broth so it can dehydrate the dog.

I would like to add a couple of cautionary notes.

In the case of a dog that continues to have an upset stomach and is lethargic a day after having been given bone broth you should take them to the vet as soon as possible.

Furthermore bone broth takes too long to make if your dog already has an upset stomach so it is not a practical cure – unless you have some in the freezer.

Bone broth for dogs with cancer

Lets get straight to the point.

A course of treatment that has been approved by your veterinarian can be used alongside bone broth to help dogs with cancer.

Bone broth cannot cure cancer on its own- not even bone marrow cancer.

Bone broth isnot a miracle cure so touting it would be nonsense. 

Dogs with cancer can benefit from it in a similar way to those with upset stomachs.

For dogs who lose their appetite and are reluctant to eat solid food this can be used as a “protein shake.”

Additionally it can help rehydrate a dehydrated dog since it is far more appealing and tasty than plain water. 

What are the other main types of bone broth used for dogs?

All bones have marrow in them as I mentioned earlier. 

The most popular bone broths for dogs seem to reflect the most popular meats consumed by humans so there are recipes and questions about chicken bone broth pork bone broth and lamb bone broth. 


There you go. As long as you have some basic ingredients on hand and some patience you can easily create bone marrow broth for your dog. Think of it not as a superfood but as a super soup! 

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