Here at Spring Forth, we are huge fans of The Honest Kitchen! All of their products are human-grade and made in the USA. So when the kind folks at THK asked if we’d like to review their new Beef Bone Broth, I jumped at the chance! (Full disclosure: we received free product in exchange for a review.)
Bone broth is very “trendy” right now for people, so I’m not surprised to see pet food manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon. Bone broth naturally contains a lot of the things that dog owners want to supplement in their dogs’ diets. Glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid are all found in bone broth, and those are the active ingredients in almost all joint supplements!
The Honest Kitchen’s Beef Bone Broth also contains turmeric. As their website explains, “Besides the broth itself, turmeric is the star player in this new concoction. And it’s not just any old turmeric either, it’s the really potent kind, with 95% curcuminoids, the active compound in turmeric that’s been studied for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties.”
How do you use it?
The product is dehydrated, but it’s a snap to prepare. You just mix the desired amount of dry product with hot (not boiling water). I was mixing it up for all four of my Shetland Sheepdogs – Strata, Spark, Match, and Anthem – so I mixed a tablespoon of product with a cup of the hottest water that came out of the tap, then mixed it for about 30 seconds with a fork. Easy-peasy!
Once you’ve mixed it up, you have 3 choices for feeding it. You can use the Beef Bone Broth to rehydrate The Honest Kitchen’s dehydrated foods, you can pour it over kibble or other commercial dry food, or you can feed it straight-up in a bowl for them to lap up. We went with the latter.
The product has almost no odor when dry, but takes on a subtle beef stew scent when mixed with hot water.
So how did they like it?
Strata was definitely the most enthusiastic about the Beef Bone Broth. This wasn’t surprising, because he is a total chow hound and will eat almost anything! He drank it all right away, without stopping. The rest of my dogs can be a bit more particular about food.
Match and Anthem, our ten- and eleven-month-old puppies respectively, initially seemed confused about receiving a bowl of liquid! After their initial hesitation, Match drank almost all of hers, and Anthem took a few sips, walked away, returned for a few more sips, and then left it for good.
Spark’s reaction was just like Anthem’s. He took a few sips, walked away, took a couple more, and decided he was done with it. He is definitely the pickiest of the bunch. (My Springer Spaniel, Finch, had to sit out this product review because he’s allergic to beef.)
I confirmed with the company that Beef Bone Broth can be refrigerated for 2-3 days, just like their pet food products. So I put the leftover bone broth in the refrigerator, and will use it to rehydrate their Honest Kitchen breakfast tomorrow to see how they like that.
Because of the health benefits, I plan to continue using Beef Bone Broth a few times a week to rehydrate my dogs’ Honest Kitchen meals. I’m also going to see how the dogs like drinking it cold next summer. I worry sometimes that Spark does not drink enough water after exercising in the heat, so this might be a good way to entice him to drink.
If you’ve given your dogs bone broth, I’d love to hear how frequently you give it and how you use it! Let me know in the comments below.