At Ruff Diamonds we are all about the dogs. That’s why in April we had our very first seminar about Natural Health for dogs. This seminar, held at the Hand in Hand in Wimbledon, discussed several important topics: natural feeding, gastro-intestinal health and arthritis prevention – all the natural doggy way.

We took an open look at one of the most common debates in canine health – processed v raw. We looked at how dogs’ diets have evolved over the years from the prey model of feeding to today’s one shop fits all approach to feeding. We were introduced to bone broth – a simple make your own approach. Bone broth is full of nutrients that dogs need, especially for arthritis prevention.

BONE BROTH RECIPE
2 kg of grass fed / organic bones – (beef and lamb knuckle bones or marrow bones, chicken necks or carcass, wild fish),8 litres of filtered water, whole bulb of garlic; cloves, separated, peeled and crushed
3 TBS apple cider vinegar (organic, unfiltered)

Method
Place all ingredients in a large crockpot and set the heat to high.Bring the stock to a boil, then reduce the heat setting to low. Allow the stock to cook for a minimum of 6 hours and up to 24 hours (depends on size of bones, chicken less, beef more).
The longer the bones brew the better! Remember to keep topping up the water as you do not want it to go dry.
Turn off the crockpot and allow the stock to cool slightly. Strain the stock through a fine mesh metal strainer and throw away all the debris.
Place the cooled stock into glass jars for storage in the fridge (for up to a few days) or pour into freezer-safe containers. When the broth is fully cooled, look for a gelatinous consistency.

Dogs, like us can suffer from leaky gut syndrome and this can manifest as allergies.  We explored nutrients such as turmeric, fish oils, vitamin E, C,  slippery elm powder and colostrum.  We looked at the importance of good bacterias such as those found in fermented foods.  We plan on doing more seminars like this one, so watch this space for more.

Our dogs are athletes and they need looking after!

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