Chicken Feet and the Benefits of Living Rural

With Loki’s knee not progressing as well as I would have liked, Marley starting the spring with swollen front paws, and a soft tissue injury, I have been doing lots of research on canine conditioning, joints, supplements, liver detox and anything else that might be related to and helpful for the conditions that both my dogs are experiencing.

Marley turned 10 this year and initially I thought that perhaps arthritis was setting into his hind end (after X-rays, I am happy to say he is arthritis free…what a relief!).  I was also reading about the potential for arthritis that a dog with a torn ACL could experience.

I was sharing my tales of dog woe with my sister and she suggested that I check out bone broth.   Dog’s Naturally Magazine  is my go to resource for natural methods of healing and when I searched Bone Broth, they didn’t disappoint.  There were two good articles, ‘Bone Broth For Dogs? Here’s Why It’s A Great Idea!’   and ‘How to Make Bone Broth for Your Dog’   The benefits of bone broth are many but the two areas that caught my attention were the benefits for joints, and the liver detox properties (to help reduce the swelling in Marley’s paws).  The article stated:

“Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans and you might even be familiar with one of them: glucosamine. Not only does bone broth contain super amazing amounts of glucosamine, it’s also packed with other joint protecting compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.

Moreover, the glycosaminoglycans from bone broth are resistant to digestion and are absorbed in their intact form. According to Dr Shanahan, they act like hormones, stimulating cells called fibroblasts, which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments, and even the arteries.”

Given the benefits and the ease of making bone broth, I went out and bought a crock pot and made my first batch.  The dogs loved it but I was missing one ingredient:  chicken feet!  Various internet articles indicated that chicken feet add a variety of health benefits to broth so I checked with our local supermarket to see if they could bring in a case of chicken feet for me.  Alas, chicken feet were not available for purchase.  Then I had a great idea!  My neighbour (as in directly across the road) raises chickens and butchers them for meat every fall.  I walked over and had a neighbourly chat and though he thought my request was a bit strange he was more than happy to give me the feet when he was done.  I now have 24 chicken feet washed and in the freezer ready to use each time I make broth for the dogs.

Here’s to healthy joints and happy dogs!

Thanks for reading.

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