Recently Barli had a bout of giardia so he spent a couple of days on a bland chicken and rice diet. To make it a little more flavorful, I used homemade chicken broth when cooking the rice–and even had enough left over to create some frozen treats for when he started feeling better a couple of days later.
Homemade chicken broth is super easy to make–and a better choice for your dog than commercial chicken broth, which often contains onion, of course a no-no for dogs.
How to Use Homemade Chicken Broth for Your Dog
You’ll find many ways to use the homemade chicken broth in your dog’s meals including as a way to soften dry food, a “gravy” over your dog’s normal meal, or frozen in a Kong.
Homemade chicken broth is also an excellent addition to chicken and rice, a dish recommended by many veterinarians when your dog is having tummy troubles.
How to Store Homemade Chicken Broth
Homemade chicken broth can be stored in your refrigerator for three or four days but if you have extra broth, ice trays are a handy way to freeze homemade chicken broth.
Once frozen, store cubes in zippered plastic bags for easy use in future recipes–or even as a quick frozen treat by themselves.
Can’t Make Homemade?
Don’t have time for homemade? You can purchase chicken broth for your dog at the store–but take the time to read the label!
Look for preferably unsalted or at least low sodium broth–and don’t buy any broth that contains onions or garlic.
Easy Recipe to Make Your Own Broth
- One 3-pound chicken
- Place chicken in a large stockpot and cover with three inches of water.
- Bring to a boil then simmer for 1 hour.
- Remove chicken from the water and reserve for another recipe.
- Discard all cooked chicken bones because cooked bones are a splintering and choking hazard for dogs.
- Refrigerate broth to skim off fat before freezing.