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Dogs fed dry or canned dog food do not get the proper amount of enzymes for digestion. Ever watched your dog eating grass? Grass is a helpful digestive aid and anti-inflammatory due to the chlorophyll. It may not sound like a good reason to eat it, but dogs and cats, even rodents enjoy a bit of salad with their meal.
Chlorophyll is one atomic bond away from hemoglobin, making it more the blood of the plant. It is the chemical responsible for carrying the nutrients of the sun and earth through the body of all plants.
Processed pet food, no matter how organic and natural the claims, contribute to the disease of our pets. Much the same as the processed foods humans eat. The process destroys everything beneficial. Enzymes are important to a healthy gut and elimination. Without the proper amount of enzymes to aid in digestion the body becomes toxic and a breeding ground for disease.
Raw diets are not always beneficial either. Animals that provide meat are fed hormones and antibiotics. The muscles of humans and animals alike, retain these elements in the fat cells. They do not process out of the body. Regretfully animal and human bodies are not capable of degrading the chemicals and passing them from the body, at least not without help.
Don't worry your dog will not turn down this bone broth, and neither will you. Cats, maybe since they are a bit fussier about what they eat. Try a little with their canned food or over a small amount of dry food, say a few pieces. If they do not eat you do not waste food.
Fennel use dates back to Hypocrites, who recommended it to nursing mothers as an aid in the production of milk. Fennel helps improve digestion, expel worms, and a tea may be used as a gargle and mouth wash. Fennel is anti-inflammatory, appetite suppressant, can help lower bad cholesterol, and is used to expel gas. To flush the liver and gall bladder use fennel either as a tea or added to salad.
Because fennel expels worms, it is a great addition to the bone broth or other foods you may prepare for your pets. Dogs will eat the seeds when sprinkled on dry food. Grind the seeds and sprinkle over food with a bit of warm water.
Parsley is used as a garnish, sitting on top of your steak or other foods by restaurants. Chew fresh parsley to sweeten the breath. Again, you have the benefit of chlorophyll. It is a beneficial herb for the bladder, liver, and kidneys. A tea of the leaves will help clear bladder and kidney infections. Parsley purifies the blood helping the kidneys to do their job. The many benefits include healing and cleansing, aiding in adrenal function, allergies, blood builder and cleanser, cancer prevention, gallstones, and a host of other disorders.
Red Clover is known as a beneficial female tonic, aiding in the menses and menopause stages in a woman's life. It is used as fodder for farm animals, especially grazing cattle. Honey bees make a delicious honey from the flowers. The roots of red clover reach deep into the earth to extract the minerals and nitrogen.
Medicinal use of red clover includes its primary action of removing mucus from the body. As an anti-carcinogenic it is a beneficial aid when treating cancer. From the many other benefits of using red clover comes the expelling of nitrogen from the body. Each of these benefits will aid your pets in regaining health and strengthening the immune system.
Garden sage is not the same as the wild white sage used as ceremonial smudge sticks. Sage has the reputation of being "man's" savior, hence the name salvia meaning Saviour. The American Indians used it as a salve, mixing it with bear grease, to treat wounds. It is a beneficial herb to assist in drying up mother's milk and cleanses the bladder. Sage assists to expel worms and improve digestion.
Note: This is a short version of benefits for these herbs. The sage and fennel act to expel worms, while the red clover strengthens and expels mucus. Mucus is a component of worms. Pets with worms are robbed of the beneficial nutrients in their blood. Bloating and weakness are an added problem when dogs are left with worms for too long. Making this broth a regular part of the diet can help to keep their immune system strong and stop an infestation of worms.
Beef shank, knuckles, turkey and chicken bones are the base of your bone broth. Bone is calcium. Bone marrow is rich in iron.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The many curative and healthy benefits of apple cider vinegar have filled books. It is used to clean hair, as an anti-fungal for finger and toe nails, a tonic for cholesterol and diabetes, and as a bug bite and poison ivy treatment.
Paul Bragg is known as the Vinegar Man and a strong proponent for apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar helps the digestion and as a tonic for chronic fatigue by Bragg's father, who drank it daily with honey and water.
Apple cider vinegar aids in digestion and the absorption of nutrients from plant and bone matter. Place an egg in apple cider vinegar overnight and the shell dissolves. Drink the vinegar for a beneficial calcium tonic.
- 2 tablespoons Garden Sage, Be sure this is garden sage, organic
- 2 tablesppons Fennel seed, whole, organic
- 2 tablespoons Parsley, organic
- 2 tablespoons Red Clover, organic
- 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar, organic
- Beef bones - six shanks or two knuckle, Do not use hormone/antibiotic fed beef
- Chicken or Turkey bones - Any bones, optional
- Water - filtered or spring, to cover bones
- Place the bones in a 2-4 quart pan or a large crock pot. The amount and size of the bones will determine the size of the pan.
- Pour filtered water to cover the bones.
- Add herbs and vinegar. Give the herbs a bit of a stir to dampen.
- Place on low heat to simmer, at least 4 hours. Do not use medium or high heat. You do not want the broth to boil. Simmering helps to distribute and steep the herbs and bones. Boiling kills the nutrients. DO NOT BOIL. Boiling water destroys the nutrients of the herbs, bones, and marrow.
- Scoop some of the broth out and let cool to touch. Pour the warm broth over your dog's meal. Feed immediately.
- You can scoop the bones out, divide the broth into small mason jars, freeze all but what you will use in the next couple of days. The bones can be used again, so freeze them until ready to use. The broth will be good for about 6 weeks frozen.
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Feeding your dog properly is important to their health. This book offers one way of feeding your dog. There are others.