Golden Broth for Dogs
Golden Broth for Dogs
One of the most powerful ingredients in my golden broth for dogs is the mighty spice, turmeric. Turmeric is a root which can be ground into a powder – its most common form and what I use in this recipe.
It is the powerful antioxidant, curcumin that makes turmeric a spice of choice for ailments such as arthritis, asthma, cancer, infections and liver disease.
Turmeric has been shown to provide anti-cancer benefits by scavenging free radicals, inhibiting the formation of nitrosamine which is a chemical compound most often found to be carcinogenic, and increasing glutathione levels which aids in detoxification.
If your dog currently has cancer and is under the care of a veterinarian and/or oncologist and taking medications, speak with them first before giving any new food or treat to ensure there will be no interactions with their current cancer treatment plan.
Turmeric has been shown to be comparable to cortisone and phenylbutazone (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)) which is why if your dog is currently taking any medications, you must speak with your veterinarian before giving turmeric.
Unlike most anti-inflammatory drugs, turmeric does not seem to have adverse effects on the stomach though each animal is a bioindividual and some may experience symptoms others wouldn’t.
1.5 Cups Homemade Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup Ground Organic Turmeric
1/4 Cup Organic Coconut Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Organic Ground Ginger
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Spirulina
Other Powerful Ingredients
A fresh-water blue-green alge, spirulina is an antioxidant believed to act as a cancer inhibitor. It contains B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc and copper – just to name a few! It’s packed with nutrients!
Ginger is well known for its antioxidant and antibiotic effects as well as increasing blood circulation which can help with arthritis. Most notably, ginger is great for anti-nausea.
Ginger should not be used in pregnant animals or ones with clotting disorders or receiving hypoglycemic therapy. If your dog should not eat ginger for any reason, you can easily omit it from this recipe.
How I Make Golden Broth for my Dogs
The first step is to make a broth. I used organic chicken free of any growth hormones or antibiotics. You can keep the bone in and then remove after cooking (NEVER feed cooked bone to your dog – it can splinter.). I removed most of the skin so the broth wouldn’t be too fatty. I also added in parsley and carrot to my broth.
I avoid using store bought broths because they often contain onions which should not be fed to dogs. Plus, my dogs love eating the chicken used for the broth!
Once you have your broth made, let it cool.
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and whisk until blended.
Pour 1/4 teaspoon portions into an ice cube tray or BPA-Free silicone mold and freeze. You can also store the golden broth in a glass jar in the fridge if you will use it up within a week.
Play With Your Dog Food
The ingredients alone are enough to make you feel great about feeding this to your dog though shapes make it fun! I love using BPA-free silicone molds to shape my dog treats. For this particular treat, I selected a small mold so I could portion control and measure out 1/4 teaspoon per serving.
Is it Safe?
Generally, dogs can have between 1/4 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of golden broth per day, depending on size. It is always best to start small and gradually increase, especially since the ingredients are so powerful.
Turmeric and this recipe should not be given to pets with bile duct obstructions, gallbladder stones, gastrointestinal upset or if they are taking anti-inflammatory drugs and/or medication for diabetes.
Ginger should be omitted from this recipe if your dog is pregnant, receiving hypoglycemic therapy or has a clotting disorder. Additionally, experts advise avoiding ginger for at least one week prior to any scheduled surgery as it could have effects on blood clotting.
ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING YOUR DOG ANY NEW INGREDIENT, ESPECIALLY ONES SUCH AS TURMERIC AND GINGER WHICH COULD INTERFERE WITH CERTAIN MEDICATIONS.
While I am a devoted dog mom, I am not a veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist. The information in this post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical or nutritional advice. Always check with your veterinarian before feeding recipes or using any of the information found on this website.
The information for the ingredients in this post came from the book Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats by Shawn Messonnier, DVM.
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