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Frequently Asked Questions

Bone broth is a traditional, nutrient rich broth, made from meat bones and sometimes vegetables and seasonings. Unlike soup stock, which is cooked over a couple of hours, bone broth is brought to a boil, then simmered over a long, slow cooking period of up to 48 hours. This ensures that every drop of goodness is leached out of the bones. In fact, they often have fallen apart at the end of the cooking process.

We humans have been consuming bone broth for centuries as we know it’s goodness. It has the same benefits for our dogs. Because it’s gelatin, collagen and protein rich, it’s fantastic for the joints and bones. It’s also wonderful for the gut and digestion. Another great benefit is that it’s very beneficial to sick, recovering or elderly dogs to encourage them to eat and up their hydration.

Our bone broth contains no seasonings, vegetables or botanicals, and can be fed as a liquid, jelly* or in a frozen state. It really depends what your dog, cat or ferret prefers! It can be poured on top of food or mixed in, or even added to water to encourage fluid intake (make sure all water is consumed and change regularly if doing this as it still is a product that needs to be refrigerated and should be treated like other fresh foods). Of course you can also give it as a treat on it’s own if you prefer. If frozen or jellied, you can also gently heat to bring it back to a liquid consistency if this is more to your pet’s liking. *Chicken and Fish broths do not gellify due to the type of collagen contained.

Once opened you will see that our bone broth is a slightly viscous liquid. At this point it must be stored in the fridge, and once this happens the beef and lamb varieties will turn to a jelly. Don’t worry, this is exactly what you want from a quality bone broth with these protein sources, and it shows the high levels of collagen and gelatin in the product. Also, pet’s love it in this form. You can still easily mix it with food, or straight from the spoon for a tasty treat. 

Yes! In fact we encourage you to do this especially in the warmer months. We recommend that the broth can be kept for up to 5 days in the fridge once opened, but often you will need longer to get through it. Freezing is a quick and convenient way to make it last longer and go further and will only take up the space of an ice cube tray. You can then pop out a cube when needed and either feed frozen, let thaw, or warm gently to revert back to a liquid.

Yes it will. Not only is it nutrient and protein rich, it’s very tempting so it can be used to encourage your ill dog to start eating again, or added to some water to encourage hydration. Whilst the broth is not intended to replace a balanced diet, it will provide sustenance if your dog won’t eat for a few days. A nice way to make it smell and taste as tempting as possible is to very slightly heat it to “prey” temperature, or lukewarm. Always test before offering to your pet.

Absolutely. This is a great supplement for all puppies and kittens. It’s a great addition to feeding, and promotes healthy bones and joints and also a healthy digestive system.

In the UK, because of our strict regulations, all food for pets containing animal products must state “ not for human consumption” or “for animal use only” on the packaging. This does not mean that the product is inferior, or hasn’t been made from human grade ingredients or to the highest human standards, it just means we’re following the labelling laws that are required of us. Our broth is made in a production facility that is first and foremost for human consumption. It uses the same ingredients, and the same processes, including all testing, that the products made and labelled for people go through.

Of course you can, and it’s a great thing to do. However in today’s world, where we’re all busy and sometimes it’s hard to fit these things in. Many of our customers will occasionally make their own broth, but use ours for convenience, or make sure to have it in the cupboard as a back up. They’re also assured when they use Karnlea bone broth that it’s got absolutely the highest levels of collagen, protein and amino acids. We encourage our customers to add bone broth to their pet’s diet every day for optimal health benefits. The fact that our broth is in convenient 500ml containers and is designed to be kept in a cupboard at ambient temperatures until opened means that it isn’t taking up too much fridge or freezer space that comes with making a big batch at once.

Yes. Our bone broth works very well alongside other supplements that you might want to give your dog, such as Omega 3 oils like Algae oil. We’ve in fact launched a range of complimentary whole food supplements which work along side it in a bespoke manner to suit the individual.

Simply, no within reason. However we would recommend as a general everyday food additive that you feed as per the instructions, so from 25-100ml per day depending on the size of pet. More can be fed if the animal is sick, recovering or needs a boost and encouragement to eat or drink.

Yes, our broths are regularly independently tested. We adhere to all rules and regulations necessary for the production of human bone broth, so you can rest assured that you’re using the highest quality when you purchase from us. 

Yes it is. It’s also extremely environmentally responsible by way of it’s production, using renewable and sustainable sources for raw materials.

These are questions that were regularly asked. In a nutshell, when your dog is being treated for any condition, we will always recommend speaking with your vet, and /or qualified and insured pet nutritionist. Each case will be different, but in general they will be able to advise. 

Yes absolutely. Our supplements have all been carefully thought through to work in conjunction with each other and also our bone broth. They are all very gut supportive, and can be used every day or as and when needed. If you’ve any questions we’re always here to help, just get in contact.

This is a question that we get asked a lot and there seems to be a lot of general confusion over. In short, no. This is because powdered milks are pasteurised, which is a legal necessity in the UK and Ireland to enable us to sell to our customers. Pasteurised milk doesn’t contain any probiotics, as the very purpose of pasteurisation is to kill bacteria. The good is killed along with the bad. There is no such thing as levels of pasteurisation, or least pasteurised, it either is or it isn’t, however there are different ways to do it, ie lower temperature for longer time, or vice versa. For a goat milk powder to be probiotic, it would need to have had probiotic compounds added in after production, which would then need to be included on the ingredient list

In real terms, liquids can only reduce to so much dried matter when dehydrated, so whilst you can reconstitute our powder to whatever levels you like, to be close to the original milk product you are looking at a ratio of approx 1:10 powder to water. 

At Karnlea, we’re personally fans of home made Kefir, for both ourselves and our pets. When rehydrated to a real milk ratio of 1:10 powder to water our powder makes lovely kefir. 

These are just a few questions that we regularly receive. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll be delighted to help.