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The Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs with Epilepsy + Recipe

Updated: Mar 15


The Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs with Epilepsy


If you're caring for a dog with epilepsy, you know how important it is to prioritize their health and well-being. Alongside medication and veterinary care, dietary choices can play a significant role in managing seizures and supporting overall health. One nutritious option that benefits any dog is bone broth. In this post, we'll explore the health benefits of bone broth for dogs with epilepsy and provide a simple recipe to try at home.

Understanding Canine Epilepsy

Canine epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, which can vary in severity and frequency. While medication is often prescribed to manage seizures, incorporating supportive dietary options can complement treatment and improve your dog's quality of life.

 

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The Health Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones, typically for an extended period, to extract valuable nutrients such as collagen, gelatin, amino acids, and minerals. These nutrients offer a range of health benefits for dogs, including those with epilepsy:

  1. Joint Health: The collagen and gelatin found in bone broth support joint health, which can be especially beneficial for older dogs or those with mobility issues often associated with epilepsy medications.

  2. Gut Health: Bone broth contains amino acids like glycine and proline, which help support a healthy gut lining and may aid digestion, important for dogs with epilepsy who may have sensitivities or gastrointestinal issues.

  3. Nutrient Absorption: The minerals and nutrients in bone broth are easily absorbed by the body, providing essential nourishment for overall health and potentially helping to counteract any deficiencies that can arise from long-term medication use.

  4. Hydration: Bone broth is hydrating and can be especially useful for encouraging water intake in dogs who may be reluctant drinkers, ensuring they stay properly hydrated, which is crucial for overall health and seizure management.

Recipe: Homemade Bone Broth

Making bone broth for your furry friend is easy and requires just a few simple ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 900g - 1.3kg of raw bones (such as beef, chicken, or turkey)

  • 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

  • Water

  • Optional: vegetables like carrots or celery for added flavour (avoid onions and garlic, which can be toxic to dogs). Also, feel free to add a herb like curly parsley for added nutrients!

Instructions:

  1. Place the raw bones in a large stockpot or slow cooker.

  2. Add the apple cider vinegar and enough water to cover the bones completely.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 12-24 hours, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface.

  4. Add optional vegetables during the last few hours of cooking for added flavor.

  5. Once done, strain the broth to remove any bones or vegetable pieces.

  6. Allow the broth to cool before serving to your dog. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to five days or freeze it in portions for future use.

 

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Conclusion: The Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs with Epilepsy

Incorporating bone broth into your dog's diet can provide a range of health benefits, including supporting joint health, gut health, nutrient absorption, and hydration, which are especially important for dogs with epilepsy. This nutritious treat is easy to make at home and can be a delicious addition to your furry friend's diet. Remember to always consult with your veterinarian before making any significant dietary changes, especially if your dog has special health considerations.

It's essential to consult with a veterinarian before implementing any natural treatment interventions, as individualised care and monitoring are crucial for optimising efficacy and safety. With a comprehensive approach that integrates natural therapies alongside conventional treatments, pet owners can empower themselves to effectively manage their dog's epilepsy and provide them with the best possible care and support.


References:

  • Deparle, L. A., et al. "Efficacy and safety of glycosylated undenatured type‐II collagen (UC‐II) in therapy of arthritic dogs §." Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 28.4 (2005): 385-390.

  • Schunck, Michael, Helen Louton, and Steffen Oesser. "The effectiveness of specific collagen peptides on osteoarthritis in dogs-impact on metabolic processes in canine chondrocytes." Open Journal of Animal Sciences 7.3 (2017): 254-266.

  • Beynen, A. C., et al. "Oral administration of gelatin hydrolysate reduces clinical signs of canine osteoarthritis in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial." American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences 5.2 (2010): 102-106.

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