Second Nature: Better Bone Broth
Ancient Wisdom. Modern Convenience.
Our grandparent’s knew best when they said that ‘chicken soup cures everything’. It really can. And the same holds true for dogs and cats. It’s why bone broth is one of Dr. Karen Becker’s favorite recommendations!
Aside from increasing hydration, which is critically important for dogs and cats, especially those eating a dry, processed diet, bone broth can have the following benefits for pets:
- Digestive Aid – The collagen, vitamins and minerals help with any digestive issue. The collagen is even known to help heal a leaky gut (gut dysbiosis), which helps mitigate allergies.
- Skin & Coat – The collagen, vitamins and minerals help build a strong, healthy, shiny and soft, skin and coat. And it can help with everything from excessive shedding to hot spots too.
- Joints & Mobility – The collagen, hyaluronic acids, vitamins and minerals help build and maintain healthy joints, making it especially good for senior pets and those dealing with arthritis and other joint problems.
- Immunity – Used for generations to stimulate our natural immunity, to help with everything from seasonal colds and flu, to cancer, bone broth is often referred to as a Panacea (a cure-all). There are a lot of studies currently underway that are offering clinical evidence of the power of quality bone broth to treat disease.
It’s called ‘Better Bone Broth’ for good reason: we believe it really is better than anything else on the market. We didn’t skimp on the bones – you’ll notice the difference when you serve it. It contains high levels of natural collagen, gelatin and minerals.
In and of itself, bone broth is an amazing tonic for the above listed indications. In addition to this, we have added squash, apples and herbs to focus on supporting the digestive system.
Who should use bone broth?
Everyone! Better Bone Broth can benefit every pet.
Try it yourself too! It’s 100% human grade! It’s delicious* and nutritious – use it as a soup base. *Okay, it’s delicious only after you add onions, garlic, veggies and meat. 😉
Is it good for dogs and cats?
Absolutely! Some pets may be a little finicky, so start with mixing in a small amount with their regular diet and then gradually increase.
How much can I feed my pet?
Bone Broth, despite being a superfood, is not complete and balanced and is not designed to be an exclusive diet. Having said that, it’s difficult to ‘overdo’ it. It’s the perfect way to add moisture to your pet’s diet, and it’s nearly impossible to get too much moisture in the diet.
How long is it good for once defrosted?
Providing it’s refrigerated, it should be good for two weeks or so. It can also be re-frozen once thawed. Many customers may benefit from freezing it in cubes and offering a couple with every meal.
Can I just make my own bone broth?
Absolutely! We encourage everyone to make their own! (just be sure to not add onion). Dr. Becker has a great video on bone broth (including instructions) on her YouTube channel.
Will the herbs affect the taste/aroma for pets?
The herbs are added in very small amounts. They should actually help with the palatability.
Where is it made?
It is made right here in SK!! We designed the formula and recipe. The animals raised are free-range and pasture-raised. All practices on this farm are with animal welfare and environment in mind.
Will picky pets eat it?
Typically, yes! It’s perfect for convalescing and ‘palliative care’ animals, seniors, etc. It can be one of the best things to stimulate appetite. On occasion, some dogs and cats will by wary of new flavours and aromas added to their diet – start slow by mixing a small amount with their favorite foods. Be patient.
How do I serve it?
It can be added to any food (raw, canned, dehydrated/freeze-dried, kibble, etc). It can also be served on its own. Many people choose to use bone broth to reconstitute dehydrated/FD foods – this way they are adding a ‘functional moisture’ rather than just diluting the food with water. It can also be a base to make and serve all sorts of frozen treats!
Every bottle looks a little different. Why?
That’s because it’s a natural product and can be slightly different from batch to batch and bottle to bottle. The fat will sometimes form in small chunks or layers. This is totally fine. There will also be slight differences from season to season, as fat/protein levels will fluctuate (ie. Feed animals will have higher fat levels in fall and winter). This isn’t a highly processed, manufactured product, and that’s the beauty of it.
This is one of the biggest differentiators of this product – there is no ‘skimping’ on the bones! You can tell when you use it – it’s quite viscous – and that’s because it’s full of collagen and gelatin – the ‘magic’ in bone broth.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
This is used to help ‘pull’ the trace minerals out of the bones.
Like pumpkin, squash contains vitamins, minerals, and fiber, to help with digestion and regulate stools.
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’, and the same holds true for dogs and cats! Apples are a great source of vitamins and minerals and pectin (a soluble fiber known to help with digestion and upset stomach – it’s what ‘KaoPECTATE’ is made from).
Parsley is one of the most versatile medicinal plants around. It contains high levels of vitamins (A, C, B, and K) as well as fiber, macro minerals (calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and magnesium). It’s been used throughout history as a digestive aid, but it is known to be a powerful tonic for kidney and liver function and is often prescribed in the diet of people and pets suffering from renal failure. It also has mild antimicrobial properties.
Fennel is not only delicious (most dogs love it), it’s a powerful tonic for digestion. It stimulates digestion, expels gas and relieves stomach cramps. It also has mild antimicrobial properties.
Ginger has been used for generations to relive upset stomachs (that’s why Ginger Ale, when made with real ginger is a popular suggestion when suffering from the flu, and general upset stomach or motion sickness.
Another popular herb used as a remedy for digestion. It’s a common recommendation to treat infections and ulcers in the digestive tract. It’s equally popular for indications of skin and coat issues.
Used medicinally for millennia, honey is known for its antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is used to soothe and heal the intestinal tract as well as the throat. It’s natural sweetness also helps with palatability. It is worth noting that there is a very small amount added to this formula (essentially about one drop per bottle), so it will not cause any issues with diabetic animals.
This is added in a very, very small amount. Sea salt contains trace minerals.