Can Dogs Eat Chicken Broth?

Fall temperatures are here, and with the crisp weather comes the desire to make yourself warm, comforting soups every night. Not to mention that when you’re feeling sniffly, a bowl of yummy chicken broth often does the trick in making you feel better! But what about dogs? When dogs are feeling down, can they enjoy a bowl of chicken broth, too? 

Can Dogs Have Chicken Broth? 

In short, yes, dogs can have chicken broth! However, like any other human foods you give your dog, it’s important to check the ingredients to make sure they’re not accidentally ingesting any harmful seasonings or additives. 

How to Select Chicken Broth For Dogs 

Onion, garlic, high levels of sodium, and additives can all be harmful to dogs and are commonly found in chicken broth. Therefore, when shopping for your dog’s broth, be sure to invest in an organic, non-GMO product with low sodium.

Alternatively, you can easily make chicken broth at home for your pooch! Simply fill a pot with water, toss in non-seasoned chicken meat and/or bones, and simmer for 4-6 hours. Once finished, be sure to strain the liquid and let cool before serving. Dogs should never be given food or liquids that are hot to the touch!

When To Give Dogs Chicken Broth 

There are a few reasons why you may want to give your dog chicken broth:

Your dog is sick and won’t eat: Oftentimes, when dogs are feeling under the weather, they will refuse to eat their kibble. Adding some warm chicken broth to their kibble or serving by itself is a great way to entice them to eat and get some nutrients and hydration. Plain rice is also a great food to give dogs with digestive problems and would be great served alongside some broth! 

You want to add something special to their bowl: Many dogs eat the same kibble for nearly their entire lives, so you may be looking to boost their bowl on a special occasion. Adding a few tablespoons of warm chicken broth is a great, low-cost way enhance the taste of their kibble and make the meal special! Though, we think adding a few tablespoons of PPFC would be even better! 

A special treat: Chicken broth can be frozen in bite-sized pieces for easy treats that can be stored long-term! Get an empty ice cube tray, fill it with chicken broth, and toss in any of your dog’s favorite snacks, such as carrots, pumpkin, watermelon bites, etc., then freeze it. It’s a great treat to tell your dog you love them! 

How Much Chicken Broth To Give Your Dog 

In general, any food/snacks outside of your dog’s daily meal should not be any more than 10% of their daily intake of food. Be sure to connect with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate amount of broth for your furry companion! 

Overall, chicken broth is a safe, healthy way to give dogs a boost of nutrients, keep them hydrated when sick, or to make them feel special every now and then. As long as you’re making or buying a broth that doesn’t contain any of the harmful additives mentioned above, you can rest assured that your dog will love it and be healthy. Like always, be sure to loop in your veterinarian to ensure your pup is staying as happy as can be! 

At Portland Pet Food Company we make healthy, fresh meal toppers to spice up your dog’s bowl, or to entice the pickiest of eaters to enjoy dinnertime. If purchasing a safe chicken broth is intimidating to you, simply pick up one of our five human-grade dog food toppers and use that instead! We promise, your dog’s tail will be wagging no matter which one you pick up! Then, once you know that your dog loves our products, sign up for our dog food toppers subscription service for easy ordering, free shipping, discounts, and to make your dog the happiest on the block.