In this article:
- How collagen benefits the health of your pet
- Benefits of collagen for canines
- What type of collagen is best for pets?
- Puppy-friendly, easy-to-prepare collagen recipes
The benefits of collagen are not limited to the human body. In fact, just like humans, collagen accounts for 30% of a dog's total protein, making it the most abundant protein in your dog’s body! The same is true of cats, horses, and whatever other mammalian pets you might have. Collagen is crucial to maintaining the structure and elasticity of your pets' skin, ligaments, joints, muscles, and connective tissues. In short, mammals are no strangers to the importance of collagen for their overall health.
Just like their owners, dogs tend to produce less and less collagen as they age which can bring about skin irritations and conditions, as well as problems with bones and joint health. Unflavored collagen supplements are a completely safe way to boost your dog's overall health and wellness from puppy through until old age.
Our pets may share many of the same benefits as humans when it comes to collagen supplementation. It can help them to look and feel as healthy as they did when they were pups!
Collagen has very minimal side effects with little to no risk of toxicity. For the below recipes, we'll help you find the right dosage for your pet of any size.
If you're already taking an unflavored non-GMO collagen supplement, you can share a couple of scoops with your pet! There's no need to buy a special supplement just for them, human-grade collagen is also safe for animals.
There are many different types of collagen on the market and they come from various sources, which include: marine, chicken, eggs, and bovine collagen peptides from cows. We recommend our unflavored marine collagen over other sources because it is the most bioavailable source on the market. Additionally, it is also a sustainable choice as it is made from wild-caught cod in the pristine waters of the North Atlantic. Beef gelatin powder is another versatile source of collagen protein that you can add to your dog’s nutrition and it can act as a thickener in high protein and homemade dog treats and snacks!
You can kill two birds with one stone by cooking a bone broth that humans and dogs alike will love! Sound a little weird? Don’t worry. Bone broth naturally contains bovine collagen because it is cooked using the bones and cartilage of cows. We like this recipe! Bone broth can be served on its own or incorporated into the below recipes.
This recipe uses bone broth, beef gelatin, and turmeric to boost your dog's internal collagen production. It's easy to make and your pet will love it! You can pour the gel into silicone molds or into a shallow pan. Once it sets, either pop them out of the mold or use a butter knife to slice them up into bite-sized treats. These are likely to become your dog's new favorite treat.
3/4 cup bone broth (recipe above)
2 tbsp Amandean Beef Gelatin Powder
1/8 tsp turmeric
Peanut Butter Collagen Treats
I've never met a dog who didn't love peanut butter! Amandean's marine collagen powder is tasteless so you can entice your pet with healthy, peanut butter flavored treats! These are also gluten-free!
As a dog owner, I'm learning that prioritizing your dog's health should start as a puppy - they grow up so fast! Collagen is crucial to their bone, dental, joint, and skin health at any age. Sharing a little collagen can promote a long healthy life for the owner and pet.
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