Is Chicken Broth Good for Dogs?

In a word, the answer to this question is a resounding YES.

We know very well that chicken soup is good for humans. At least, as it is written, it is good for the soul. The reason is because of the broth. We also know that dogs, like humans, are omnivores, meaning we can eat the same animal and plant food stuffs, but a question remains: Can dogs drink Gatorade?

This is a little tricky as humans can eat some things that are toxic to dogs. Some are obvious while others we might not think about without knowing, such as:

  • Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine – the cacao seeds found in these items contain methylxanthines, which are responsible for causing symptoms such as excessive thirst and urination, panting and hyperactivity, vomiting and diarrhea, tremors and seizures, abnormal heart rate and, in the extreme, can cause death.
  • Grapes and Raisins – can cause kidney failure.
  • Macadamia Nuts – known to cause weakness, tremors, hyperthermia, vomiting and depression.
  • Nuts – such as pecans, almonds, and walnuts can cause vomiting and diarrhea and the potential for pancreatitis due to the high volume of oils and fats they contain.
  • Onions, Garlic, Chives – can irritate the stomach and damage red blood cells.

While this is not an extensive list, it helps to be aware of the triggers that can send our dogs into physical distress. As easy as it is to give in to their incessant begging, even when merely telegraphed by that fixed and dedicated stare, it is wise to avoid going off the routine of your dog’s diet by introducing a variety of things they typically do not eat in their daily meals. When considering the stock from chicken soup, as long as you avoid any onions or garlic that may have been used in preparing it, it is safe for your dog to consume, including the potatoes, carrots or even rice.

All that being said, let’s look at what constitutes chicken broth for a proper understanding of what we have here.

Broth, to the Chef, is a Kitchen Staple

For those of you who cook, specifically chickens or their parts, you may be familiar with the juices that remain after cooking. If you are not aware, this is the golden remnant from cooking chicken; this is chicken goodie. The thrifty chef retains this juicy goodness to make everything from gravy to sauces to soups. As a flavor base, it enhances pasta when added to the water; it can be added to any water base that needs a savory kick; it lends to the flavor of vegetables, and the list goes on. Aside from the hefty nutritious benefit, broth is a handy staple in the kitchen for so many things.

Broth or Stock, Are They not the Same?

There is a familiar conundrum when it comes to chickens: Which came first, the stock or the broth? Many cooks realize the value of the liquid that remains after cooking chicken, and some chefs boil chickens purposely to render the stock. So, is it stock or broth, and what is the difference, if any?

Chicken Broth

You can certainly buy ready-made chicken broth in cans or boxes. That is often a quick answer to recipes calling for broth when you haven’t cooked a chicken recently. However, you cannot be sure of the sodium levels, nor the value of the content of iron, collagen or vitamin-rich marrow from the bones of the chickens in these products. Another advantage to developing your own routine for making homemade broth is the savings. You can spend upwards of $5.00 and more for broth depending on how much you need for your recipes.

Chicken Stock

The simple distinction between broth and stock is the difference between the liquid juices and the gelatinous matter that will only appear after cooling. For instance, if you have poured your broth into a jar and refrigerated it for later use, you will find a layer of jelly on top. If you have not removed the fats or oils, that will be the topmost layer. Once cooled, this can be easily lifted off and disposed of.

Alternatively, you can use a handy measuring cup that is fitted with a spout that serves as a fat separator. When you pour the combined fat and broth from one of these cups, the broth will be delivered, and the fat is left behind for disposal.

Harvesting Broth and Stock

Whether you bake, broil or boil chicken, you can render these valuable juices. Cooking a chicken in the oven gives you the chance to add water to the baking dish or roasting pan once you have removed the chicken. If it is still warm, you can get the goodie to loosen from the bottom of the pan or dish and either use it for the meal to make gravy or sauce or save it in a jar for future use.

Can Dogs Drink Gatorade?

You can save all the chicken bones from meals and return them to a stock pot with water to cover and boil them down to render all the meat, cartilage and marrow that you can get from these before tossing the bones out. You can either chop up the meat along with the cartilage to have some tasty meat to add to your dog’s daily diet or put both the liquid and the meat and cartilage into a blender or food processor. Even for us humans, cartilage is one of the best things you can consume for your joint health, and it does as much good for your dog as it does for you.

A few tablespoons added to Fido’s kibble makes an irresistible meal. Added to a dietary item that your dog is required to eat but may not find appealing is a sure way to get him to consume them. Adding warm broth to dry kibble allows them to become, moist, tender, nutritious and delicious. You can also freeze broth in an ice tray to give your dog frozen broth cubes in the summertime for a tasty treat.

You will find your dog looks forward to breakfast and dinner with greater anticipation when he knows you are adding this tasty treat of broth to his daily meals.

The Benefits of Adding Chicken Broth to Your Dog’s Dinner

You can buy prepared broth at the store to add to your dog’s meals, but you can better control what is in it by making it yourself. You can substitute sodium for herbs such as basil, sage, marjoram, thyme, tarragon and turmeric. These herbs can be easily grown on the counter-top in your kitchen. Having them handy makes it easier to add them to both your own and your dog’s chicken soup. Just be sure to avoid the known toxic elements such as onion, garlic, chives, leeks or shallots. You can establish a routine to gain broth for your dog by cooking a chicken at least once a week. Some of the benefits of making your own broth are:

  • Glycine – an amino acid found in broth that aids in detoxing the liver and kidneys and helps prevent leaky gut syndrome, typically associated with GMOs.
  • Collagen – improves joint health
  • Iron – helps prevent anemia
  • Amino acids – the building blocks of life
  • Bone Marrow – builds immunity, repairs wounds, aids digestion and fights cancer

Chicken broth is a nutrient delivery system for both humans and dogs and eases upset tummies. Establishing a routine that includes the addition of chicken broth in both your own and your dog’s diets is possibly the single greatest thing you can do. BONE appetit!

2 replies
  1. Jonnea
    Jonnea says:

    Thank you for confirming what I been doing….i boil a couple of pounds of chicken livers weekly for my baby..utilizing meat and broth during to feed her to ensure she remains healthy. Inside and out.


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