Turkey carcass is the perfect base for a great bone broth recipe for dogs. It’s packed full of minerals and nutrients that not only tastes great but also:
Bone broth is also super-easy to make. It takes just a few simple ingredients thrown into a large pot or slow cooker … then just set it and forget it!
Turkey Carcass Bone Broth Recipe For Dogs
Use this easy bone broth recipe to turn your turkey carcass into a super nutritious treat your dog will love!
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Put your turkey carcass and your bones in your pot. The main thing is the turkey carcass, but if you have them it’s great to add beef marrow bones and chicken feet. The more joints you can add the better. These bones add extra protective gelatin that comes from the cartilage in the bone joints.
You can add a little garlic for flavor … and because it’s really good for your dog. Despite what you often read, garlic is safe and healthy fod dogs. Read more about its benefits …
Now fill the pot with filtered water until the carcass and the bones are completely covered by at least 2-3 inches. Then top it off with 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
If you’re cooking on the stove, turn the heat to medium-high for an hour. Or you can use a slow cooker on high for an hour. After an hour, turn the stove or slow cooker to low and let the bone broth cook for 24 hours.
Once your turkey carcass bone broth is fully cooked, strain, strain, strain. You want to get all the pieces of bone out of the broth, so make sure to strain it well. A fine sieve or a sheet of muslin is a good tool for this job.
At this point, you can also add some extras to boost the health factor. Some choices are fresh broccoli, kale or green beans, as well as kelp or herbs. Add these when the broth is hot to soften them up a bit.
Or, if you just want to keep it as simple as possible, don’t add anything at all!
Let the bone broth cool and put it in the fridge for a few hours. Take it out and scrape the hard layer of fat off the top and toss it … your dog doesn’t need that part!
Under the fat, your bone broth should look like a big pot of jelly. That’s what it’s supposed to look like! This jelly is what’s going to protect your dog’s joints and gut.
Don’t worry if the jelly just isn’t there … this batch is still chock-full of healthy, delicious stuff, so feed it too! The reason it doesn’t look like jelly is that you didn’t add enough vinegar … or you didn’t cook it down enough. Next time you make it, you can add another tablespoon.
You can kick up the power of your dog’s bone broth by adding some healthy extras to the recipe.
Active/sporting dog: Add a scoop of Red Rover. This will help provide support for endurance, stamina, and recovery for your active dog.
Old/sore dog: Add Green Eggs to help relieve his joint pain. It works as a natural anti-inflammatory for your dog.
Storage depends on how big your batch is and how much room you’ve got in your fridge. You can either keep it in the pot and serve it to your dog over the next few days, or separate it into smaller containers.
Don’t keep it in the fridge for more than a few days. So if you’ve made a ton, just separate it into mason jars and put it in the freezer. At mealtimes, just spoon 2 or 3 good spoonfuls over your dog’s dinner and watch him go crazy for the taste!
Happy cooking! And, by the way, you can share this bone broth too. You might want to heat it up for yourself though.