Pet Nutrition

Liquid Broth Recipe for a Sick Dog or Cat

How to make a nutritional broth that will supply easy to assimilate nutrients and fluids that are necessary to animals who are too sick to eat solid food.


As a substitute for the regular diet during a fast or during periods of convalescing after gastric or intestinal surgery or upsets, pancreatitis or weakness and inability to eat solid food. To encourage anorexic, post-surgical, geriatric, or very ill animals to eat. Force-feeding critical patients. Pour over food as a flavor enhancer or caloric boost. For malnourished or underweight animals only! Not for finicky eaters.

Avoid using bouillon cubes, canned broth, or canned soup due to excessive chemical content and lack of nutrients.


Chicken: bones, necks, backs, wings, and giblets.
Turkey: bones, necks, wings, and backs.
Beef: bones or stew meat.
Liver: diced into cubes.
Fish: heads, canned fish, or smelt.
Vegetables: diced or finely chopped carrots, potatoes, squash, greens, peas, etc.


Make one quart to one gallon per batch.
Cover and simmer over low heat until meat falls off the bone.
Cool and strain off liquid. Discard vegetables.
Save any edible meat and freeze for pet food. Scrape any marrow from bones and return to the stock.
If fat collects on the surface it is okay to serve unless the patient is overweight or has a pancreas problem.
Add 1 Tbsp. of sea salt (or kelp/kombu a type of seaweed containing healing micro nutrients and minerals) to each gallon of broth. Omit if the animal has a heart problem or is being treated for fluid retention (edema).
After The liquid has cooled, add 1-3 Tbsp. of Vitamin C powder per gallon. OR, you may add vitamin C in proportional doses right before serving. Vitamin C is heat sensitive so the broth should be served just slightly warm.

How Much to Feed:

Dogs; Small - 1/4 - 1/2 cup every 4-24 hours. Large dogs, - 1/2 to 1.5 cup every 4 - 24 hours.

Cats; 1/4, 1/2 to 1.5 cup per meal depending on the size of the cat.

Sick animals can have a tiny quantity fed by eyedropper or syringe up to every 30 minutes. Reduce the amount and or frequency if vomiting occurs. If vomiting, gastrointestinal disease or appetite loss is the initial problem, for quick relief, use the homeopathic remedy suggestions and dosing schedule found on the Homeopathy to the Rescue Treatment Chart for dogs or cats.


The broth will keep at least one week in the refrigerator if stored in a sealed container.
It will keep for months if frozen. Store in ice cube trays, plastic containers or zip-lock freezer bags.
Warm the broth in a hot water bath before serving. Do not boil. Do not reheat in a microwave oven.

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