The Benefits of Collagen for Dogs

31st October 2022 5 min read

Guest Blog: Dale Nash from Pawable

What is Collagen and why is it beneficial for your dog? Dale from Pawable explains all.

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What is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein that makes up 30% of all the protein in your dog’s body. It is found in connective tissues like joints, tendons, cartilage and ligaments. But, as time goes by and our dogs grow older, collagen production is slowed and naturally lost, this leaves our dogs more prone to injuries and conditions affecting their bones and joints.

Although the loss of collagen is natural, with supplementation, it is possible to rebuild lost collagen naturally.

The Main Benefits of Collagen

As we mentioned earlier, collagen is the main protein and the building block of bones, joints, cartilage and connective tissues. It can lead to better mobility and decrease the chances of arthritis and joint breakdown later in your dog's life. Like all things when it comes to health, there’s no need to wait until issues arise to start “treatment”. By giving your dog a collagen supplement with their daily meal you can help prevent issues arising later in life. Prevention is better than cure.

Bones & joints are not the only things that benefit from the addition of collagen to your dog’s diet, it can also have a positive effect on your dogs digestion. It can help soothe and repair tissues in your dog's digestive tract that can contribute to poor digestion and nutrient absorption.

Collagen may even help with issues like leaky gut syndrome by helping heal and seal a damaged intestinal lining.

The human collagen market is booming, chances are you’ve seen a very well known actress from ‘Friends’ heading up one of the worlds leading collagen brands and there’s a good reason it’s so popular. Many people take collagen supplements for the benefits it offers for skin and hair.

Adding collagen to your dog’s bowl can help them shed less hair, reduce itchiness, and lead to a softer, shinier coat.

Collagen Types and Their Benefits

There are many different types of collagen (too many to go into in one blog, 28 to be exact) and each one provides different support to different elements of the body. Let’s take a look at the 5 main types:

Type I - Provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue, and teeth.

Type II - Found in elastic cartilage, which cushions your joints.

Type III - Helps support the structure of muscles, organs, and arteries.

Type IV - This type is found in the layers of your skin.

Type V - This type is found in the cornea of your eyes, some layers of skin, hair and tissue of the placenta.

How to Boost Collagen Levels

There are a few ways to get collagen into your dogs system, this includes making bone broth, which can be a long a laborious process that can take up to 24 hours of boiling bones on the stove. But luckily, there’s an easier way, by adding a bioavailable supplement to their food.

Hydrolysed collagen is highly bioavailable meaning it is easily absorbed, and it’s as simple as just adding a scoop or two (depending on your dog’s size) to your dog’s daily meal.

So, if a collagen supplement hasn’t already made it into your dog's bowl of Paleo Ridge, now could be a good time to start. And remember what I said earlier, prevention is better than cure.

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