I am a big advocate of nutrient boosting grass fed bone broth. It helps to heal and seal the gut, helps to bullet-proof your immune system, rebuilds and repairs joints, skin, hair, tissue and collagen. But, sometimes you might not be able to drink bone broth or may not have any on hand. Therefore, my go-to is grass fed gelatin! This powder is so easy to use, convenient, versatile and bursting with rebuilding power.
What are the benefits of grass fed gelatin for your pet?
In these modern times and fast paced world, many pets are not getting much – if any – amounts of grass fed meats, skin or broth made from the bones. Gelatin is one of my GSD's daily supplements in some form, whether in a nutritious treat or broth.
Quality matters and grass fed is of the utmost importance. Store bought factory farmed gelatin can be quite toxic and will not yield the health benefits.
According to Nourishing Traditions cookbook, grass fed gelatin:
- Has been linked to decreased joint pain and inflammation (probably one of the top reasons to supplement with gelatin and bone broth for our pets!)
- Supports joints and can help joint recovery
- Helps supports fur, coat, skin, and nail growth
- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track
- Great source of dietary collagen
- Grass fed gelatin is a source of protein, but its specific amino acids can help build muscle
- Is anti-inflammatory. Many dogs and cats have some sort of inflammation in their body. Glycine, which makes up about 33% of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing. Glycine in gelatin can also help improve sleep quality and sleep ease.
- Gelatin is a source of 18 different amino acids
- 1 cup water divided
- 6 tablespoons gelatin powder
- 1/2 cup of any of the following: nut butter, peanut butter, liver, other organ meat, any meat/protein, vegetable, small amount of fruit, etc… The easiest method I’ve found is to food process these all together.
* The great thing about gelatin gummies, is that you can add anything that your pet likes.
- Bone mold and paw print mold.
- Note: Be sure to have all ingredients ready and set before beginning as you’ll need to work quickly once you start.
- Puree ingredients to create a puree the consistency of thin applesauce. You might have to add a splash of water depending on what ingredients you use. Set aside.
- Boil ½ cup water.
- Place ½ cup room temp water in a medium sized bowl.
- Add ½ cup gelatin powder to room temp water and stir quickly to create a paste.
- Quickly add the ½ cup boiling water and stir again briskly.
- This should form a thick stirable paste-liquid.
- You can also use an immersion blender to make it really easy.
- Note: Have your mold setting on a plate, baking sheet or other hard surface first. Very quickly pour the mixture in to molds and then carefully move to fridge to allow to cool for 2-3 hours or freezer for about 1 hour.
- Then let your four legged child enjoy! These are great for wonderful and healthy for us too.
- Store in fridge in an airtight container for 7-14 days.
- I also stuff the gummies (cut in half) in Tucker's kong along with coconut oil. Works great, because it takes him a while to work out the gummy.