Turkey Bone Broth for Dogs Couldn’t Be Easier Thanks to the Instant Pot [Recipe]

Wondering what to do with your leftover turkey bones from your holiday dinner? Why not whip up a hearty bone broth for your dogs? Bone broth provides iron, protein, healthy fats, and minerals for pets. The gelatin from the connective tissue and cartilage are a great source of collagen and glucosamine for joint support, too. In this bone broth recipe, the long cooking time plus the acid in the vinegar helps release these elements. We used our Instant Pot, but it’s easy to modify for any slow cooker.

Turkey Bone Broth for Dogs
 

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For our turkey bone broth recipe, we used the leftover carcass from our holiday dinner, plus some turkey necks from the butcher counter for more gelatin in our broth.

You could also use turkey or chicken feet if you can find them. We added carrots, celery, and parsley for flavor. Smells good? Yup, you can eat this too.

A word of caution: Most human bone broth recipes call for onions and garlic, which just aren’t good for dogs, so when buying commercial bone broths, read labels. And that’s why making your own is so great—you call the shots on every ingredient.turkey bone broth recipePRINT

Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth for Dogs

  • Author: Kiki Kane
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 quarts 1x
  • Category: Meal mixers

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Ingredients

  • OPTIONAL 3 Turkey Necks or 6 Feet
  • 1 Turkey Carcass
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 2 Carrots or 1 Cups Baby Carrots
  • 1 Cup Roughly Chopped Fresh Parsley or 1/4 Cup Dried
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Sage
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water

Instructions

If using the turkey necks or feet, you’ll need to roast them first.

Preheat oven to 400º

  • Grease a roasting pan with olive oil and add the necks and/or feet. Add the veggies too, if you like.
  • Bake for 40-60 minutes, until you get some nice color on the meat.
  • Place the meat and bones in the Instant Pot, layering the veggies and herbs on top.
  • Pour the vinegar over, then top up the bowl with water to the max fill line.
  • Set the Instant Pot for 4 hours (240 minutes).
  • After a natural release, remove solids from the broth with tongs.
  • Pour the broth through a mesh colander into a bowl.

Place broth in the fridge until the fat rises to the top and the broth thickens. Overnight works great. Lastly, scrape the fat off the top of the broth and discard.

Serve broth warmed or cold over your dog’s favorite meal, or just by itself. You can freeze it, too!

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Tasting Notes: Dog-Friendly Bone Broth

Bea gives this wiggly and wonderful goodness four paws up. Check her out eating in super-slow motion.

How to Introduce a Cat to a Dog Household: A Step-by-Step Guide

To explain how to introduce a cat to a dog, let me tell you about Phoebe.

Phoebe was about one-and-a-half years old when I first learned about her. A friend of my friend found Phoebe in a garage covered in grease as a kitten but needed to rehome her because of some serious changes in his life. Although my San Francisco apartment was already filled with fluff, I’d been thinking about adding a cat to my two-dog family. Phoebe was in the right place at the right time.

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A few days later, the blue-eyed beauty showed up wrapped in a fleece blanket in her dad’s arms. I’d locked away the dogs so she could enter the house safely but after the goodbyes, it was time to switch gears.

To introduce this sweet cat into a dog household, we’d have to start off on the right foot…er, paw.

How to Introduce a Cat to a Dog Household

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1: Introduce the cat to the dog by sound and scent

(3-7 days)

  • Set up a “safe room” (a bathroom, bedroom, or office with a door) for the cat.
  • Exchange items like beds and toys used by the dogs with those used by the new cat so they can become familiar with one another’s scents.
  • Don’t allow them to see one another (yet).

The first night Phoebe arrived, she was terrified. Cats are creatures of habit. They don’t deal well with change and everything in this little girl’s life had just gone topsy-turvy.

To help her feel secure in this new situation, I set up a safe room with everything she would need to be comfortable, such as a cat tree, hiding places, soft bedding, toys, water, food, and a litter box.

For at least three days, if not a full week, I planned to keep the door closed to prevent any of the four-legged residents from getting a look at each other.

While they couldn’t see their new family member, the dogs knew she was there. They could smell her and hear her movements. One even posted up a foot from the door for nearly an hour, peering under the door crack hoping to get a glimpse.

To help the animals acclimate more quickly to one another’s scent, I exchanged blankets and beds twice a day, putting Phoebe’s in the living room and bedroom and vice versa. If one of the dogs became too pushy about seeing what was behind the closed door, I redirected them elsewhere with toys, affection, or training games.

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2: Visual introductions

(3-7 days)

  • Allow the new kitty and dogs to see each other by placing a baby gate in the doorway of the safe room (instead of closing the door).
  • Begin bringing the new cat out of the safe room for short periods of time. During these exploration sessions, dogs should be on a leash, out of the house, or in a separate room.
  • Be a Pez dispenser with treats, rewarding the dog(s) and cat for calm behavior.

By the end of the week, Phoebe was feeling more settled. She no longer hid when I entered her room and seemed curious about the world beyond. Time to move on to phase two!

First, I set up a baby gate in the doorway of the safe room, so Phoebe had a window to the world that the dogs couldn’t breach. Phoebe was still anxious—a personality trait she keeps to this day—so I didn’t expect her to jump over the gate, but if you have a curious cat, you’ll want to only use the baby gate when you’re supervising.

Next, it was time to introduce Phoebe to the rest of the house in the least stressful way possible. On her first outing, I made sure that the dogs were completely out of the way and gave her a solid 30 minutes to explore.

After a few days, when she seemed more confident moving around outside the safe room, it was time to let her see her new sisters.

At this stage, I didn’t want the dogs to interact with Phoebe. Instead, the plan was to allow them to watch each other move around in a no-pressure, positive way. On our first attempt, I leashed both dogs at my side, armed myself with a bag full of treats, and turned on a movie.

My goal was to spend the entire movie rewarding my pups for remaining calm when Phoebe moved around. Each time they turned toward her, I told the dogs “Yes!” and gave them a treat.

If they were staring, I did this rapidly like a Pez dispenser: “Yes!” and reward, “Yes!” and reward, “Yes!” and reward until they turned away. When a dog stood or began to whine or bark, I resettled them with cues (“sit”, “down”, or “quiet”) or offered them a toy to focus their energy on.

On other trials, I flipped the script. Instead of putting the dogs on leash and letting Phoebe explore, I placed Phoebe in a mesh cat carrier at my side and let the dogs do their thing. When they were curious enough to come within five feet of Phoebe, I rewarded her with the “Yes!” followed by a treat.

When one got within a foot or two, I rewarded her rapidly for tolerating their presence.

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3: Introducing a cat to a dog face-to-face

(1-4 weeks)

  • Begin facilitating quick, positive greetings to introduce your new cat and dog(s) on leash.

When Phoebe and the doggos seemed less interested in each other’s presence, I started removing barriers. In this phase, I kept the dogs on a leash at my side, but Phoebe was no longer behind a barrier.

Instead, as she sauntered around the living room, I rewarded the dogs for remaining calm, giving them a “Yes!” followed by a food reward when they turned her way.

Anytime the dogs got more aroused by her presence, I calmly asked them to return to me and played a brief game of tug or asked them to put their energy into a fun behavior like “spin” or “touch.”

In the beginning, when the dogs were still a little over-eager, we kept these sessions to a short 10-15 minutes, but once they got more used to Phoebe’s movements, we kept the interaction going for up to two hours.

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4: Transition to no barriers

  • Allow all animals to have full access to the house when supervised.
  • Continue to use baby gates or closed doors to separate the animals when you can’t supervise them.
  • Make sure that the kitty has options to get up high, out of reach of the dogs when they feel anxious.

Introducing a cat to a dog household can take time. For us, after three weeks (!), I put the animals to the final test by letting them all share the same space with no leashes, baby gates, or cat carriers. I added some high shelves and a tall cat tree to my home to make sure that Phoebe could easily get to safety if things got too dicey.

Although I felt confident that all three could coexist without too much trouble, I gave the situation a couple more weeks to develop before leaving them alone in the same space when I was out of the house.

From Phoebe’s first day in my home to where I trusted the animals to share the same space without supervision took about four weeks. I was lucky that my dogs were fairly mellow with Phoebe but her anxiety prevented us from moving faster.

Depending on the age and energy level of your dogs and whether they’ve had any cat exposure before, this process could take longer. With a confident kitty and calm dogs, you may speed up the process to two weeks.

No matter what the personality and experience of your pets, be sure to introduce a cat to a dog at the speed that’s right for everyone—it’s worth it to ensure a long and happy future together.

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Tricks and Toys to Keep Dogs Busy When They’re Alone

Our dogs can’t always come with us, sadly, and we’ve all gotta leave the house sometimes. So what does your dog get up to when you leave her home alone? Counter surfing? Couch surfing? Singing the blues? While some dogs may be content to snooze away the day, many dogs will need some extra stimulation to keep them happy during your absence. We’ve got some great suggestions for tactics and toys to keep dogs busy while you’re away.

Does your dog need company? Hint: it’s easy to find great pet care from doggy daycare to dog walking on Rover.

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Helping a Dog Feel Relaxed

Nicole Ellis, dog trainer and member of Rover’s Dog People Panel, recommends managing your dog’s space while they’re alone. That means reducing their potential for getting into trouble, as well as removing triggers. This can be as simple as blocking off a corner of your living room or keeping doors closed to no-go areas.

The key is to create a special dog zone for your pet with a few safe toys, treats, and comfort items. A baby gate can help section off a portion of the house if you don’t use a crate or can’t spare an entire room just for your dog.

Shut the blinds or curtains in order to reduce barking triggers.

Leaving on a fan or a white noise machine can also help cover up other noises, which can help reduce agitation.

Distractions for a Lonely Dog

Chews are a good bet.

Just be careful not to give your dog anything that will splinter. The classic Nylabone is a good option with plenty of dog-friendly flavors. We hear it promotes healthy teeth, too. 

Splurge on extra-cozy dog beds.

The more comfy, the more enticing it will be for daytime rest. You can also move or add beds for the novelty factor. Cave beds are great for diggers, while orthopedic options are ideal for senior pets.

Leave the radio or TV on when you go out.

Change up the station, too! This can help distract your dog from focusing on noises outside the house.

pet cam can be helpful and fun.

The PetCube is a fun splurge that provides a lot of entertainment mileage for both of you; be warned that it gets addictive! It lets you watch and communicate with your dog from afar with pet camera, laser pointer toy, and 2-way audio. Whaaaat.

Other popular wireless pet cams include the Nest and the treat-tossing Furbo.

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The Best Toys to Keep Dogs Busy

Pro tip: rotate toys in and out to keep things fresh and interesting.

1. KONG toys are a classic choice.

You fill the hollow toy with peanut butter and dog treats, and for a challenge, put it in the freezer. It will take more time to remove the goodies that way, which is great if your dog needs stimulation for an extended period.

You can also purchase pre-made KONG stuffings in lots of flavors that spray in like cheese whiz—yum.

KONG video: an inside peek

We recently visited the KONG headquarters and got a rare, exclusive look inside their dog-friendly operation. Watch and you’ll see why KONG continues to be a bestseller.

If your dog finds the KONG too easy, read on.

2. An interactive toy like the shuffle bone dog puzzle is extra-credit.

This takes a little training for some pups, but it’s a lot of fun once they get it down. Hide dog food under the sliders for a quick game of “Where’s the Scooby snack?” For more toys like this, see the great Swedish puzzle toy line by Nina Ottosson.

3. IQ-testers like this colorful ball toy are very popular.

This treat-dispensing sphere will keep your dog entertained for longer than you’d think. The similar Bob-A-Lot gets a thumbs-up from our larger dogs.

4. DIY enthusiasts, you can build your own puzzle toy if you’re feeling handy.

Toys to keep dogs busy usually involve some kind of hide-and-seek factor. Think: empty milk jugs, a mat with lots of felt pieces, or a muffin tin filled with treats and covered in tennis balls to block easy access to the snacks.

A Tired Dog Is a Good Dog

Exercise your dog before you leave for the day with a vigorous walk or a game of fetch. This sets your dog up for a nice long snooze. Did we mention walks? They’re key! Get some help if your schedule makes it tough.

Mental exercise can wear your dog out, too. Frequent training sessions can help calm the canine mind—and strengthen your bond.

The 14 Cutest Cat Breeds You’ll Want to Snuggle ASAP

While all cats have a way of charming us with their cuteness, some breeds are a cut above the rest.

These cats have that something extra. Something that elicits a collective “awwww” and an unmatched desire to cuddle. We’re talking swoon-worthy coats. Expressive eyes. Delightfully rounded figures.

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You get the picture.

It was no easy task trimming this list down to a reasonable 14. Every kitty deserves a spot on this countdown! Nevertheless, we managed to pick out the absolute cutest cat breeds for your viewing enjoyment. Prepare for a cuteness overload.

1. Ragdoll

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Meltingly sweet, the Ragdoll earned his name for his relaxed floppiness while being cuddled. It’s a good thing they enjoy being held so much—their colorpoint, semi-long coat is irresistible. This breed’s bewitching blue eyes definitely have us under a spell.

2. Munchkin cat

With a name like “Munchkin,” how could these cats not be cute? These diminutive felines are energetic extroverts who enjoy playing with everyone, dogs and cats included. The Munchkin’s short stature and whimsical personality will have you wrapped around his tiny finger in no time.

3. Siberian

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The Siberian sports a magnificent double-coat with a fluffy neck ruff that protected him against the harsh winters of his homeland, Russia. This spunky breed has an adventurous spirit that makes him all the cuter. His adorable tufted ears earn this breed the highest marks for cuteness.

4. Cymric

A cat without a tail? Strangely adorable. This long-haired version of the tailless Manx cat is gentle and affectionate. The Cymric’s spherical body is beyond adorable—they have round heads, round eyes, and even rounded rear ends. This skilled jumper comes in a variety of colors, and we love them all!

5. Birman

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Once called “The Sacred Cat of Burma,” the dignified Birman exudes elegance. This cutie will win you over with his beguiling eyes and silky coat. Birmans are people-oriented cats who make friends easily. They enjoy spending time with their families, and they love it when you lavish them with attention. Not that they need to twist your arm to do so.

6. Ragamuffin

Cousin to the sweet Ragdoll, the Ragamuffin is a large, fluffy furball who’s inclined to follow his humans wherever they go. He’s calm, patient, and playful, making him the ideal cat for families with young children. Seriously, what’s not to love about this charming kitty? Even his name is cute!

7. Abyssinian

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There’s something about the Abyssinian’s inquisitive eyes and exotic, wildcat appearance that has us hooked. Known for their mischievous antics, this “clown of the cat kingdom” is endlessly curious and loves to explore. The spirited Aby is a persistent attention-seeker. Not that his people mind.

8. Bengal

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This isn’t a low-maintenance feline, but it sure is a cute one! The Bengal’s wild appearance was achieved by crossing Asian leopards with domestic cats. Always on the go, Bengals enjoy climbing, playing fetch, and going for walks on a leash. One feature that brings this breed’s cuteness up a notch: the iridescent sheen that makes his coat look like it’s been dusted with glitter.

9. Egyptian Mau

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One of the few domestic cat breeds with naturally occurring spots on its coat, the Egyptian Mau has us dazzled with his striking good looks and sweetly shy demeanor. This breed is sensitive and reserved—but earn his trust, and he’ll be your friend for life.

10. American Bobtail

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The American Bobtail ticks all the cute boxes. Abundantly fluffy coat? Check. Cherubic expression? Check. Gorgeous coloring and a precious little “bobbed” tail? Check and check! This dog-like cat is easygoing and interactive. An American Bobtail will bond closely with his human family.

11. Chartreux

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Affectionately referred to as “the smiling blue cat of France,” the Chartreux is a beloved rarity in the United States. We’re smitten with this cat’s rotund body, bright eyes, and plush blue-gray fur. His personable and loving nature makes him the ultimate lap-cat. Get ready for all the cuddles!

12. LaPerm

This breed’s kinky curls are reminiscent of the popular 80’s hairstyle, the perm. And while this outdated hairstyle may have met its demise decades ago, we think he’s seriously rocking the look. LaPerms have a habit of getting into mischief. But they’re so cute, we can forgive a little playful misbehavior.

13. British Longhair

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On the quieter side, the British Longhair is a calm and dignified cat. This breed has a stocky build and a luxurious coat. His rounded eyes and chubby cheeks make the British Longhair one of the cutest cat breeds out there.

14. Turkish Angora

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With ballerina-esque grace and strength, the lovely Turkish Angora is considered a national treasure in his homeland, Turkey. We can’t get enough of his long, silky coat and fluffy tail. But don’t let his elegant look fool you. These disarming felines are not as prim and proper as they appear. Turkish Angoras are active, humorous, and clever kitties—three traits we think make them all the cuter.

So there you have it. The cutest of the cute. Which of these endearing cats gets your vote?