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How to Make Homemade Chicken Broth for Dogs

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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.

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
  • Water


  1. Remove the skin from the chicken and cut it into pieces. Place it in a large stock pot.
  2. Peel and cut carrots and potatoes and add them with the chicken.
  3. Pour enough water into the pot to cover all of the ingredients.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool. Once completely cooled, skim any fat off the top.
  6. 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 your dog? We welcome any additional tips you may have!

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

6 Responses to How to Make Homemade Chicken Broth for Dogs

  1. elizabeth lowenstein says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe…will have Keiko have it tomorrow morning.

  2. sharron says:

    hi – i add store bought organic chicken broth that has 5% sodium. Is that too much? thanks

  3. Julie says:

    Have you had any success freezing the broth? If so for how long?

  4. Eileen says:

    I have a dog (Mango) with quite a few allergies. I found a recipe for a treat that I can make for him which required chicken broth. I went to the store and looked at the list of ingredients on a carton of “organic chicken broth” and found several things listed in the ingredient label that he cannot have! I have been making chicken stock for our use (cutting out processed foods). But my recipe wouldn’t be good for Mango either. I am so glad I found your recipe!! I was wondering if your recipe would work in the Crock Pot? Thank you!!

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