How to Make Instant Pot Bone Broth for Dogs

Have you ever wondered how to make your own bone broth for your dog?

If so, then this blog post is just what you need! We’ll walk through the process step-by-step so that by the end of it, you’ll have a delicious bowl of homemade bone broth ready to go.

It’s an easy way to give your dog some extra nutrients and keep them happy and healthy.

Making bone broth can be achieved in many different ways, but we recommend using an Instant Pot because they are quick and easy.

With our recipe, you place all the ingredients into the Instant Pot and let it do its magic.

We’ve also included a bonus recipe at the bottom to show you how to make dog food in the Instant Pot!

So What is Bone Broth?

What is Bone Broth

Bone broth is a thick, gelatinous liquid that results from cooking down animal bones.

It’s a form of stock you can make yourself or buy in the store; it’s made by boiling bones, herbs, and spices rather than just meat and vegetables.

Bone broth has some extra nutrients due to the natural breakdown of collagen, cartilage, and amino acids found in bones.

It is one of the most nutritious liquids you can make, and it’s a great way to give your pet some extra nourishment.

This recipe is easy and healthy for dogs, especially older dogs who might need some help getting extra nutrients and minerals.

It’s also perfect for puppies who are still growing.

You can give your pet bone broth as a treat or side dish to help boost their everyday diet. It’s pretty straightforward!

We use the Instant Pot, but if you don’t have one, you can make it on the stovetop, but it will take a lot longer.

What are the Benefits to Dog of Bone Broth?

What are the Benefits to Dog of Bone Broth?

The benefits of giving your dog bone broth are myriad – it helps strengthen their bones, joints, and teeth; reduces allergies; improves skin and paw health; relieves joint pain; soothes the stomach lining; heals wounds faster; boosts metabolism.

It’s also suitable for older dogs to keep them healthy – it can help with arthritis or hip dysplasia, give them an energy boost to help with that senior doggy feeling, and help their joints from getting stiff, specifically for old dogs.

Senior dogs are no different from any other age group of dogs when it comes to needing nutrients. However, some specific concerns come up in this category.

Senior dogs need a healthy, balanced diet to avoid health problems.

Just like humans, when things go out of whack in the senior years, it can lead to problems later on in life.

So feeding your dog a healthy diet is essential.

Bone broth is a simple and easy way to add some extra nutrition into their diet. You can either mix it into your dog’s regular food or give them bone broth as a treat by itself.

If you have an older dog, we recommend giving them a cup to a cup and a half of bone broth per day, split up into 2 to 3 feedings throughout the day.

If your dog doesn’t drink that much in one day, then you can refrigerate or freeze the broth and feed it throughout the week.

Can Humans Consume this Bone Broth?

Can Humans Consume this Bone Broth?

Yes, humans can also consume bone broth to get the same benefits.

Any recipe you can think of that calls for stock or beef broth; you can swap out with your Instant Pot bone broth.

The sodium levels in homemade bone broths are low, so it’s perfectly safe to eat – if you are on a low sodium diet, you can still use bone broth in your recipes without affecting your daily intake.

What You'll Need for Bone Broth

Some specific ingredients are needed when making a good bone broth so let’s go over them before we start.

Bones

The main ingredient is, of course, bones. You can use the bones of any animal you want – chicken, turkey, beef, pork, lamb.

Depending on what bones are used, the consistency of the final broth may be different (e.g., it may not be as gel-like).

Please keep in mind that most human bone broth recipes call for onions and garlic, which are not safe for dogs. 

Store-bought bone broths may also contain onion and garlic but will probably be high in sodium, so read the labels. 

That is why creating your own is so appealing—you control every aspect of the recipe.

Chicken Bones

Chicken Bones

Chicken bones are the most straightforward bones to use for bone broth.

Chicken bones are ideal for making a batch of chicken bone broth. Look for an excellent organic chicken when going grocery shopping.

Prepare dinner and enjoy the meat and save the bones for the broth. Chicken feet are also a great addition to bone broth as they are full of gelatin.

Turkey Bones

Turkey Bones

Turkey bones are a great source of nutrients as well.

Any turkey will do, whether it’s a typical roasted turkey or even Thanksgiving leftovers! Just break up the Turkey carcass and use it as instructed below.

Beef & Pork Bones

Beef Pork Bones

Beef and pork bones are also excellent choices for making bone broth. They can sometimes be harder to find depending on where you live.

Visit your local grocery store’s butcher. They’ve been able to give me some fantastic bones in the past.

In the meat department of your local grocery store, you may find pre-packaged and cut bones.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is also beneficial to bone broth since it aids in the removal of minerals from the bones and creates a more nutritious broth.

A fantastic choice is Bragg’s raw Apple Cider Vinegar.

How to Make Instant Pot Bone Broth for Dogs

Instant Pot Bone Broth for Dogs

Ingredients

To make this bone broth for your dog, you will need:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs beef marrow bones
  • Four raw pig’s feet (not smoked)
  • Eight celery stalks
  • Four carrots or 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • water

Instructions

  • Place a rack in the middle of your oven.
  • Preheat oven to a hot-n-spicy 450º.  
  • Grease a large roasting pan with olive oil, place your bones in the center, pig’s feet around the edges, and fill with celery and carrots in the empty spaces.
  • Bake the bones for an hour, flipping the bones and feet halfway through. If things are getting too brown too fast, turn down the oven
  • Add the parsley to the Instant Pot first.
  • Then add the bones, placing the marrow bones in the middle and the pig’s feet around the sides.
  • Add as many of the vegetables that will fit. Placing vegetables in the cracks if need be.
  • Next, add the apple cider vinegar, then pour in some cold water until there is an inch of room below the maximum fill line.
  • Close and seal the pressure cooker, then set it to manual for a total of 4 hours (240 minutes). If your pressure cooker only reaches 120 mins, run it twice.
  • When the timer runs out, please turn off the heat and allow it to cool naturally.
  • You can strain the broth when it’s cool enough to handle. To remove the more significant pieces, use a tiny strainer. Then strain the broth through a fine-mesh colander to extract any loose bone fragments.
  • Place the broth in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. It should set nicely into a gel.
  • Serve to your dog and watch them enjoy!

Making Dog Food In Instant Pot

Making Dog Food In Instant Pot

Why make your dog food?

Making your dog food is not only beneficial for your canine, but it’s also cost-effective.

Have you ever checked the price tag on top-quality foods? They are not cheap!

You will likely be spending more money than you think.

We have found that manufacturers have an incentive to sell us products that are both unhealthy and pricey.

Dogs who eat a healthy diet have a reduced risk of many health issues, such as obesity and cancer.

That’s why it’s crucial to find ways to incorporate fresh, nutritious food into your dog’s daily nutritional plan.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups brown rice
  • One large sweet potato, peeled and cut up
  • Six large carrots, washed, trimmed, and sliced
  • 2 cups frozen peas or green beans
  • 1 – 1½ lbs boneless chicken thighs
  • 32 oz no seasonings chicken broth
  • 8 oz water

Instructions

  • Add the rice
  • Next, add the sweet potato
  • Add the carrots
  • Next, add the peas/green beans on top of carrots
  • Add meat on top (in a single layer)
  • Pour broth over the ingredients
  • Close lid, set valve to seal
  • Select meat setting and set the time for 1 hour
  • Once time is up, let the pressure cooker naturally release for 30 mins then manually release the rest of the pressure
  • Open the lid
  • Shred the chicken with two forks
  • Use a nonmetallic spoon to mix everything
  • Let it cool and serve to your dog

Storage and Serving

When the dog food has cooled down, store it in an air-tight container so that you have easy access when needed.

The size of your dog will determine what size each portion will be.

Seal the lids of the containers and store them in the fridge until you are ready to use them.

When serving the food to your dog, please bring it to room temperature by putting it in the microwave for about 1 minute.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bone broth is high in nutrients that are beneficial to dogs. It's rich in vitamins and minerals, including protein, glycine, collagen, and glucosamine. It's also hydrating. Dogs enjoy the flavor and find it simple to digest.

Yes. Collagen, which is good for joint health, and glycine, an amino acid that aids in the detoxification of your dog's kidneys and liver are both found in bone broths.

To avoid added salt and preservatives, choose an organic, non-GMO store bone broth. Also, make sure there is no onion or garlic in the broth you serve to dogs.

Bone broths are especially beneficial for aging dogs. As their bones' cartilage deteriorates with age, the cartilage in their joints erodes and breaks down. The nutrients found in bone broth, such as glucosamine and hyaluronic acid, help to heal joint damage. Sick dogs might also benefit from consuming bone broth.

Cooking bone broth in a pressure cooker is considerably faster than slow cooking. Slow cooking of bone broth takes much longer with no real added benefits.

Apple cider vinegar should be a must-have in bone broths since unpasteurized ACV is a valuable component. The vinegar acts as a solvent, helping to extract calcium and other minerals from the bones while maintaining a low pH level.

The most nutritious broth is produced by utilizing a combination of bones, including marrow bones, oxtail, knuckles, and feet. You can even combine bones from different animals.

Butcher shops are a fantastic location to get your bones. Around the holidays, they frequently have buy one, get one free offers, making it an excellent time to stock up. At the grocery store, you may be able to purchase bones as well.

Look for subtle changes in color or odor to determine whether it's spoiled. Discard the broth if it begins to have a sour smell or the taste has changed significantly. If you notice any indications of mold or greenish particles on the liquid, it's best to discard it as well.

It is a good idea to roast the bones prior to putting them in the pressure cooker. This will help extract more nutrients, more flavor, and richness.

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