Many of you who follow us on Instagram will know that Luna went in for surgery yesterday to be spayed.
Usually after surgery your vets will either proscribe a ‘special’ kibble or suggest Boiled Chicken and Rice to help get your dog back on track. Well im sure if you are a raw feeder you already know that this is not what you should do but if the vet is telling you its best for your dog and you have no other knowledge of another way to do it you will probably follow their advice. Which will give your dog a funny tummy and most likely prolong their recovery time.
Why does the diet need to be different?
Well some people will tell you it doesn’t. However giving bones immediately after surgery may put unnecessary strain on your dogs body. Yes dogs need the calcium and glucosamine to help promote recovery however there is another way to give them everything they need Bone Broth!!
Bone Broth is a nutritional power house for you dog and is made from simmering bones on a low heat for a long period of time either in a slow cooker or in a pot on a very low heat. This nutrient dense stock is protein rich and contains vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K, iron, thiamin, potassium, calcium, silicon, sulfer, magnesium, glucosamine, phosphorus, trace minerals, and glucosamine chondroitin sulfates!
Bone broth is a massive immune system booster which is perfect for helping get your beloved pooch back on track. It also help allergy and food sensitive dogs. Then there is the massive joint and bone heath properties it has… this stuff is amazing!
So how do I make it?
What you will need:
- Raw Bones (which you can get from your local butchers) most of the time you will see a bucket of bones at the front door but if not just politely ask if they have any spare bones which you can use. All the bones are great, Marrow Bones, Frame bones, Chicken Feet, Rib bones, Joint Bones. If they have a bit of meat on then that’s great, more nutrients.
- Slow Cooker or Pot to simmer on the Hob
- Apple Cider Vinegar (4 Table Spoons). ACV helps to draw out the nutrients from the bone! This too is also a wonderful product to give to your dog and offers the following benefits.• Relieves or prevents arthritis
• Improves digestion
• Acts as a urinary system tonic, clears urinary tract infections, and prevents the formation of kidney and bladder stones
• Improves the growth and condition of fur and hair
• Clears the skin of bacterial and fungal infections
• Reduces skin flaking and dander
• Makes one less attractive to biting insects
• Helps prevent food poisoning
• Acts as a natural antibiotic by interrupt- ing the development of infectious bacterial and viral diseases
• Relieves muscle fatigue
• Alleviates itching
• Improves ability to adapt to cold temperatures
• Reduces hock and elbow calluses
• When applied to the ears, clears and prevents ear infections.
To give this already nutrient dense broth even more healing potential you can add the following:
- Turmeric (3 Table Spoons) I will do an entire post on the benefits of Turmeric soon!
- Garlic (4 Cloves)
- Add your Raw bones to the Slow Cooker or Pot and cover with hot water.
- Add the Turmeric, Garlic, ACV
- Keep on a low heat for 24 hours
- Remove all the bones and throw them away, DO NOT GIVE TO YOUR DOG! Cooked bones can cause all sorts of problems to your dog and may even result in death.
- Pour the broth into containers or Ice Cube trays and leave on the side (out of reach of your dog) to cool down before placing into your freezer to give to your dog later.
You don’t have to keep it in the freezer. You could place into a jar and keep in the fridge if you like and then pour into your dogs bowl. I chose to freeze mine in ice cube trays and feed frozen but you could also defrost if you wish.
If you have not already checked out my post on green tripe I would advise you to check it out. Type Green Tripe into the search box on the right near the top and you will find my post ‘The Stink on Tripe’.
In short Green Tripe offers the following benefits
- Treats and prevents vaginal infections
- Treats diarrhea and GI infections
- Aids digestion
- Treats chronic constipation
- Treats symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Enhances the immune system
- Lowers the risk of pollen allergies
- Helps weight management (both for adding lean muscle and losing weight)
- Cleans teeth
It is full of live probiotics and digestive enzymes helping to aid your dogs digestion at this sensitive time. It will work absolute wonders to getting your dog fighting fit again! .
If you don’t already know what Manuka honey is, it’s produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it treats wound infections and other conditions.
This too has so many healing benefits to your dog and to yourself! It is a Super Super Food in terms of healing and antibacterial benefits and has been used throughout the world for centuries to help heal wounds and speed up the healing process.
This can be fed to your dog daily and even placed directly on wounds which will produce dramatic improvements.
This is a very expensive product and the more potent the product the more expensive it is. The strength is measured on a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.
Obviously the more potent the better healing benefits to you and your dog. I am using 15+ which was on offer £15 for a tub in Holland and Barrats. I could have probably found it cheaper online but at the time it was on my list to pick up so when I seen it I grabbed it.
How long to feed Broth and Tripe?
This really depends on the type of surgery you have had done. As Luna’s spay was Laparoscopic (Key Hole) it was not as invasive as the normal Spay so she will be fed solely this for two days and then she will have half this mixed with other meats including bone for the rest of the week and then back to her normal diet after that.
For other surgeries which are more invasive Its recommend to continue feeding for 7 days before feeding half which normal foods for the following week.
That being said this can still make up part of your dogs diet when ever you feel like feeding it. It has so many health, joints and immune system benefits which will your dog will thrive with for the rest of its life.
I will take a photo of her dinner bowl later for you to see 😀