The cold weather is here and nothing tastes quite as good as homemade Chicken Soup on a cold day. Your Snow Dog can benefit from eating Chicken Soup too just make sure that you make a dog safe version for them to eat.
If you have a very picky eater or a Snow Dog who is having digestion issues causing a lack of appetite then here is just the thing to add much needed nutrition to his diet. You can make this nutritious soup and then freeze it into daily portions. Then thaw, and add over food or use this as the occasional meal substitute.
Note: This soup alone is not a complete food that should be fed alone on a long term basis.
Chicken Soup For Your Snow Dog
- 24 cups cold water or enough water to fill a stock pot 1/2 full.
- 3 or more pounds of chicken backs, necks, and giblets.
- 2 or 3 pieces of carrots and celery cut into big chunks.
- 1 medium piece of whole fresh ginger, peeled.
- One small handful each of dog safe dark green leafy vegetables: parsley, kale, spinach, beet tops, dried Nori etc.
* You can add other meat and bone into this soup too. It just won’t be Chicken Soup, then it will be Mixed Meat Soup. Your dog will still love it and benefit from the nutrition.
*2 whole cloves of peeled fresh garlic optional. Remove from soup before pureeing vegetables.
- Put all ingredients in a large stockpot. You want to make sure that you have at least 4 or 5 inches of water covering all of your ingredients so top up with water if necessary after all the ingredients have been added.
- Begin with high heat and once the soup mixture is at a boil then turn the heat down to low. The key to making any good soup is bringing the water up to a boil but then immediately turning down the heat and cooking the soup at slow steady simmer for about 1 to 2 hours.
- When all the ingredients have been allowed to cook together, remove pot from heat and allow to cool in the fridge until cool enough to handle contents safely.
- Remove all chicken parts from the soup. You can remove cooked meat and re-add to soup but DO NOT ADD ANY COOKED CHICKEN BONES. Cooked chicken bones are NOT safe for your dog to eat.
- Cooked vegetables can be removed, pureed, and then re-added to soup.
- Portion cooled soup into meal sized containers or freezer bags and freeze.
This soup will give you a thick nutrition filled gravy-like broth to add to any food or to eat on its own. If your Snow Dog likes to eat or chew ice, this soup can be given to them frozen but make sure to feed on an easy to clean surface or outside to keep the mess contained.
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