Home Made Broth Recipe for Cats & Dogs

home made broth recipe for cats dogs boulder holistic vet angie krause

Today I am going to give you a simple and easy-to-make food that can drastically improve the health of your pet’s gut. Chicken broth has been used for centuries to help heal the sick. It’s no coincidence that chicken noodle soup is the universal food for those affected with a cold or flu.

Why is chicken broth so healing? It is rich in vitamins, minerals and collagen. These components can help improve your pet’s digestion and overall immune function. Joints and skin are rich in collagen, a protein that heals and coats the lining of the intestines, and bones are a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:


  • stock pot
  • ice cube trays or mason jars


  • water
  • 2 chicken legs with skin and bone.

Check out the video here. Instructions are also listed below.

Cooking Instructions:

Put two chicken legs in stock pot with bone and skin. Fill with water. Bring to boil and let simmer for 90 minutes. This creates a gentle broth. Keep in the refrigerator for 7 days and in the freezer for up to 6 months. Freeze in ice cube trays for easy way to thaw one serving at a time.

Feeding instructions:

Start slow here. If your dog or cat has a history of pancreatitis, please work with your veterinarian.

  • Cats and small dogs: 1 tsp on food twice daily
  • Medium sized dogs: ½ tbsp on food twice daily
  • Large dogs: 1 tbsp on food twice daily

Of course, always consult with your vet and please comment below or post on Facebook if you have any questions. I’d also love to hear about how you have improved your pet’s health with broth.

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You can make homemade bone broth in a crockpot, too!


Is this tablespoon measurement of the liquid? My pup has to have her leg amputated. Is this something that would help her heal. What else could I give her?

Jacquie Edie, Veterinary Nurse for BHV
Jacquie Edie, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Yes it is a measurement of the prepared liquid broth. I’m sorry to hear about your pup’s leg. Bone broth would be great to give her to promote healing and is a nutritious treat to give her any time. We find that chiropractic and acupuncture therapies are a great addition to help amputees adjust to their new way of getting around. Amazingly most dogs do great with 3 legs. Wishing your girl a speedy recovery.


I just started feeding my dog a raw diet I am very worried because it contains sunflower oil and after researching I found that it can cause mycotoxin toxic mold .I buy this in a shop that sells top of the line dry food but I don’t want my little girl eating all the carbs and other things they put in dry food.Now have I gone from one bad thing to another by giving her a pre made raw food with sunflower oil in it?

Jacquie Edie, Veterinary Nurse for BHV
Jacquie Edie, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Carolyn,

Thanks for your comment! I certainly understand your worry about mycotoxin mold! It seems like there is always something that we need to be concerned about in our pets’ food doesn’t it? Fortunately, many reputable pet food companies are on top of preventing contamination from such toxins. I suggest contacting the food company and inquiring about their quality testing protocols. Keep us posted as to what you find out.



Jacqui I had a Vet Appt .today for my 8 yr.old Morkie.Just recently I started her on raw food.Ingredients Beef Muscle Chicken with bone,Beef Kidney,Beef Liver,Eggs,Kale,-Cranberries,Sunflower Oil,Kelp and Eggshell. I was told the chicken could have contamination and that there wasn’t enough nourishment to keep her healthy. I am just sick over this.I thought I was giving my little girl something that was good for her.I am trying a kibble that will keep her healthy but when I find one then it has something that I think is bad for her.She also said to much protein from meat can cause… Read more »

Jacquie Edie, Veterinary Nurse for BHV
Jacquie Edie, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

Hi Carolyn, I understand how frustrated you must be trying to find a food that is balanced, safe to feed and that your Morkie will like. With all of the brands of food out there, and with so much information circling around as to what is good for dogs and what is bad, it can certainly be overwhelming to know what to feed your best friend. If you haven’t already read Dr. Angie’s blog “What Should I Feed My Dog,” I highly recommend this as a good place to start. She discusses the difference between commercial diets and home cooked… Read more »

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