It’s no secret that dogs love the taste of chicken broth. This simple liquid can be a great tool for pet owners in times of need. Adding a little bit of chicken broth to your dog’s food or water can help get him to eat or drink if he’s being picky. It is also a great way to help hydrate your dog if he is sick and refusing to drink.
Homemade Chicken Broth for Dogs vs. Store Bought Chicken Stock
Unfortunately, most chicken broths available at the grocery store are not very healthy for our dogs because they contain unnecessary additives. Your dog does not need MSG, extra sodium, or any form of garlic or onion which can be harmful to your pet’s red blood cells.
Rather than reading label after label, why not make your own chicken broth? Making homemade chicken broth for your dog will ensure that you know every last ingredient that went into it.
- One whole chicken, cooked
- Two large carrots
- Two large potatoes
- Remove the skin from the chicken and cut it into pieces. Place it in a large stock pot.
- Peel and cut carrots and potatoes and add them with the chicken.
- Pour enough water into the pot to cover all of the ingredients.
- Cook on high until it comes to a rolling boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for two hours. Add water if necessary to prevent soup from boiling dry.
- Remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool. Once completely cooled, skim any fat off the top.
- Remove chicken and vegetables and strain the broth to remove any debris.
Voila! You have a healthy, dog-friendly chicken broth! Be sure to refrigerate any unused broth for future use.
Have you ever made homemade chicken broth for dogs? We welcome any additional tips you may have! If your dog is sick and dehydrated, consult your veterinarian right away. To help reduce veterinary costs in the future, consider medical pet insurance as an option and get a quote.