Bone Broth and Cancer: Does it Help?

3 min read
Jan 21, 2022

Bone broth is a nutritious addition to any dog’s diet. There are a significant number of vitamins and minerals to support your dog’s health. Plus, dogs love it.

You often find bone broth is recommended for dogs with cancer due to all the health benefits associated with it. In addition to providing a dog with cancer with additional nutrients, it also commonly entices your dog to eat if he or she is struggling with their appetite.

Most people have never made bone broth before. If this is you, don’t worry. We have narrowed it down step by step for you.

Benefits of Bone Broth

  • Immune system boost
  • Improved gut health
  • Improved joint health
  • Liver detox
  • A delicious snack/add-on for dogs who refuse to eat or are not eating a sufficient amount of food
  • Easily digested


  • Chicken feet (enough to fill your slow cooker between the chicken feet and marrow bones)
  • Beef marrow bones
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Filtered water

Directions for Bone Broth

  • Fill your crock pot full of chicken feet, marrow bones, and the clove of unpeeled garlic.
  • Add filtered water until all bones are covered.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
  • Leave it alone for an hour without turning the crock pot on.
  • Take a spoon and remove any “sudsy” looking film. You may need to do this as it’s cooking as well. Those are the impurities and we don’t want those in their food.
  • Cook for 10-20 hours. The longer this cooks, the more nutrients are pulled from the bones (keep it on low).
  • Remove all bones and meat from the broth.
  • Allow the broth to sit then use a ladle to place your broth into the correct containers (your choice regarding the size).
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour then scoop off the fat on the top.
  • Now the bone broth should look like a jelly substance. If it does, perfect (the gelatin helps your dog’s joints). If it doesn’t look like jelly, it’s still good broth but you may want to add more apple cider vinegar in the next batch.

How Much Broth Does my Dog Need?

There’s no ‘magic’ amount of broth to allow your dog to drink or pour onto their food. Provide them with the amount you feel they may consume when eating a meal.

Be Prepared and Visit Your Vet

Visit your veterinarian regularly for checkups to ensure your furry friend is happy and healthy. You should especially visit and check-in with your vet if your furry friend is battling an illness or disease like cancer.

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