Collagen Peptides and Collagen Powder for Dogs | Collagen for Dogs Benefits
Have you ever wondered if collagen can benefit your dog? Let’s first take a step back and discuss what collagen is and how it might be a great supplement for dogs or even puppies.
What is Collagen?
I like to keep things simple and just hit on the basics. Collagen strengthens your bones, improves skin, hair/fur, and mobility. Collagen is the foundation of connective tissues in the body. These connective tissues include tendons, skin, muscles, and ligaments. Collagen helps to maintain the structure of cartilage surrounding your dog’s joints. It plays a major role in maintaining the flexibility of these joints.
A dog’s body naturally creates his own collagen by converting his protein-rich food into amino acids. If you feed your dog a fresh, wholesome diet, particularly a raw diet or home-cooked diet, you are aiding in his production of naturally occurring collagen.
Collagen is naturally found in fresh proteins. Bovine collagen comes from the bones, cartilage, and skin of cattle. The same can be said from pork, fowl, and other proteins. Marine collagen is derived from the skins, bones, fins, and scales of fish. Citrus fruits, berries, leafy-green vegetables, and yellow vegetables also contain collagen in smaller amounts.
Natural dog chews such as tendons, feet, and backstrap and fish skins contain collagen. Think about the joints and skins. Bone broth is another healthy source of collagen for dogs.
Collagen and Aging Dogs
As dogs age, their collagen depletes and is harder to maintain and produce. This can lead to achy joints, arthritis, and other dog mobility issues. Providing your dog, and even puppy, natural sources of collagen throughout his life is a great idea.
Starting your dog or puppy on a fresh, species-appropriate diet is the first line in keeping your dog healthy and agile. By providing your dog a DIY home-raw, DIY home-cooked, or a prepared-raw diet high in meat proteins, you are providing him with his best chance at a healthy and mobile lifestyle. To this end, you can provide healthy dog chews that are rich in collagen. To keep up with his good health, toss in a variety of dog bone broths.
Collagen Powder Supplement for Dogs
Adding a collagen powder supplement into your dog’s rotation might be a great idea if you have a dog prone to joint issues. As always, please speak with your holistic veterinarian prior to starting any medical supplementation. Each dog is different in their needs and conditions; only your dog’s vet can offer you the best advice for his care.
Natural collagen peptides or hydrolyzed peptides simply mean the collagen has been extracted from the source, and the amino acid chains have been broken down into smaller parts, making it easier to digest. This is a good thing. 😉
If your vet suggests starting a collagen supplement for your dog, it’s time to dig into a little research. My suggestion is to start with finding a quality source of collagen. In other words, if you are looking to start your dog on a bovine collagen for dogs, I would look for organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised. Or, at least antibiotic and hormone-free cattle. The same would hold true for other protein collagen— look into how the animal was raised and fed.
Next, flip over that container and read the entire ingredient panel. What else is inside? Are there any additives? For the sake of this article, let’s focus on 100% collagen for dogs. Nothing else. 😉
Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides Dosage for Dogs
Once again, I would suggest speaking to your dog’s veterinarian on the proper dose for your dog. As a general guideline, collagen is a safe dog supplement, assuming you are reading that ingredient panel and providing a 100% collagen-only product. Two to fifteen grams of collagen peptides is a good starting point for most dogs. Two for small breeds, fifteen for large breeds.
If you are purchasing a collagen supplement for dogs, go with their instructions. It’s never a bad idea to start small and build to the proper dose. In other words, if you plan on giving your large breed dogs 15 grams, start with five, ten then fifteen grams over a couple of weeks.
I’m sure I’ll sound like a broken record, but I do recommend rotation. I don’t like the idea of giving a dog the same supplement day in and day out. If you are providing your dog collagen for his joint care, rotate other natural joint supplements and remedies into his routine. If you are using X brand, rotate another brand the next time. You get the idea.
If collagen supplements sound intriguing to add to your dog’s joint health, give your vet a call and research a good brand for your dog.
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