Friday, March 5, 2021

Pet Talk: News & Notes

Pet Talk: News & Notes

Photos by Michael M. Neal

A resident of Marco Island told me a story about her aging Labradoodle who had trouble getting around from joint pain. He struggled getting up or navigating steps in and out of the house. After some research, she decided to try Bone Broth. The results were miraculous. Within days, her labradoodle’s mobility improved dramatically, and his tail wagging increased a lot. Bone Broth is a delicious and nutritious pot of minerals, healthy fats, gelatin and other nutrients.  

What does Bone Broth do for your dog? 

  • Protects and can even improve joint health especially in older dogs. The health of your joints depends upon the health of the collagen in your ligaments, tendons, and on the ends of your bones. Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans and other joint protecting compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.  
  • Helps the Liver Detox. The liver is the master organ of detoxification. The dog’s liver is under assault daily as the dog lies on carpets and floors treated with chemicals, walks on grass that’s been treated and sprayed with poisons, as well as flea and tick preventives, etc. 
  • Helps maintain a healthy gut for dogs with Digestive issues and Allergies. The lining of the intestines contains millions of tiny holes that allow the passage of digested nutrients to enter the body. Stress, poor diet and bacterial overgrowth can cause more holes to open or to become bigger. Big holes allow things to pass through that aren’t meant to. Bone broth is loaded with gelatithat can plug up those holes! 
  • Helpful for sick dogs. Have you ever had a dog with terrible diarrhea and had trouble getting him back on solid food? Or a dog who is convalescing and doesn’t have an appetite, but you know he needs more nutrition? Bone broth is an excellent source of important minerals such as calcium, silicon, sulfur, magnesium, and phosphorus. They can bolster the immune system!  

Bone broth isn’t nutritionally complete, but you can use it as a base for a complete meal or as a supplement for your dog’s regular diet. Bone broth is a healthy way to moisten dry food and hydrate your dog when he’s sick 

Made at home, your dog knows it’s full of love and the aroma of you making it for them may lead to begging. It’s easy to make—especially if you have a large crockpot! 

Here is the Marco residents Bone Broth recipe: 

  1. Fill a crockpot with bones. Chicken feet and marrow bones tend to be easy to find and a large number of joints in the feet adds more gelatin. You can use bones from your own leftovers too. Organic is best. If you don’t have a crock you can use a pot on the stove, but it has to cook overnight. 
  2. Top with water to cover the bones by 2-3 inches. 
  3. Add Apple Cider vinegar or Lemon Juice (4+ Tablespoons). This is required in order to release the healthy gelatin and nutritious minerals out of the bones. 
  4. Cook on high for at least one hour. Then turn it down to low and continue to cook for 24 hours. You can let it go a bit longer, but it can begin to cook down the jelly-like consistency. 
  5. Strain the bones. 
  6. Get creative. You can add nutritious extras like leftover green beans, broccoli, carrots, herbs. I add them to the broth when it’s hot and let them cool it down. 
  7. Cool it off in the fridge in order to solidify the fat on the top, making it easy to peel off and discard. Underneath it should look jellylike with the gelatin. This gelatin is what helps stop/plug leaky guts that can cause allergies and upset digestive systems. If your broth doesn’t look like jelly just add more vinegar to your next batch.  
  8. Store it. I like mine in ice cubes. Once frozen I pop the cubes into a freezer bag. I pull out five or more cubes per meal to heat and put on whatever food I’m feeding. Sometimes I keep some in a jar in the fridge as well. It’s also I nice moistening agent if you make your dog’s own meatballs at home. A recipe for another day! 

Answer to last issues question: What does December have that other months don’t have? Answer: The letter “D” 

Send me your stories, I would love to hear them.  

Michael M. Neal is graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Biological Sciences. He is an avid pet owner and nature lover. He is the owner of The Critter Café pet salon that offers grooming, boarding, daycare, obedience training and pet supplies on Marco Island. 

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