How To Make Homemade Bone Broth

The Health Benefits of Bone Broth or Meat Stock:

Why would you want to make bone broth for your dog and/or cat? Not only is bone broth a pot full of delicious and nutritious minerals and nutrients that dogs & cats love, but it has many potential health benefits, including:

  • Digestive Health, Immune System Health, Joint Health, Recovery Support, Support for Debilitated Pets, and Preventative Care

But best of all, bone broth is super easy to make!

Dr. Kathy Backus demonstrates the steps in making a homemade bone broth:

IF you would like more step-by-step visual instructions on how to make homemade both broth, we encourage you to watch Dr. Karen Becker Steps in Making a Homemade Bone Broth.

One Crockpot: Four Easy Ingredients by Sue Howell, DVM, CVFT

Food Energetics

Warming: Chicken, Lamb, Pheasant and Venison
Neutral: Beef, Salmon, Bison and Goose
Cooling: White Fish, Turkey, Duck, Pork and Rabbit

  1. Use Whole Chicken and/or Meety Beef Bones: Organic grass fed bones; about 3-4 bones & meat for chicken and about 5 marrow bones for beef.
    • Roast beef bones in the oven at 375 degrees for an hour then add to the cockpot.
  2. Vegetables: 2-3 carrots cut up, 2-3 celery stalks, 1 parsnip
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar: 1/3 cup
  4. Enough water to cover
  5. Herbs (Optional):
    • 1/2 to 1 tbsp of Black Peppercorns: Used as a digestive aid and increases absorption of nutrients, especially curcumin
    • 1/2 to 1 tbsp of Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, and Hepato-protective effects
    • 1 to 2 tsp grated or sliced Ginger: Reduces nausea, Stimulates gastric secretions, Supports healthy bowel transit time, and May block pain
    • Handful of Parsley and/or Cilantro: Helps to pull additional minerals from bones, but can also help with gas

Put the ingredients in a crockpot and cover with filtered or spring water. Cook for 6-8 hours on LOW then remove chicken meat and save the meat. Put the bones back in the broth and crockpot on LOW for another 20-40 hours, stirring occasionally.

During the last hour of cooking, add a bunch or parsley (to pull additional minerals from the bones) and add other herbs if you like (ginger: 1 to 2 tsp graded for example).

Using a strainer, remove the bones and vegetables and pour into glass ball jars for easy storage. Can refrigerate up to a week or store in the freezer. (If you decide to freeze then make sure to leave enough space in jar for expansion, 1-2 inches).

Don't give the cooked bones to your pets! Cooked bones can splinter and cause problems. 

When ready to reheat, DON'T use microwave, but reheat on stove top.


  • Small 1/8 cup per day
  • Medium 1/4 cup per day
  • Large 1/2 cup per day
  • Everyday maintenance and/or preventative 2-3 tbsp with each meal