Why your dog needs Collagen in their diet

You may have heard of the importance of Collagen for humans, but did you know that it also has plenty of health benefits for our furry friends? Let's recap what Collagen actually is and why your dog needs Collagen in their diet.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is found in the muscles, bones, tendons, skin, blood vessels and digestive system. It also benefits the skin, which explains its popularity as a cosmetic ingredient.

30% of the total protein in a dog’s body is Collagen. It is responsible for the strength and elasticity of their hair, bones, nails, and teeth. Just like humans, dogs slowly lose their ability to product collagen as they age, making them more prone to injuries, poor skin & coat condition or joint & bone issues. 

However, it is possible to replenish the collagen stores through your dog's diet. 

What are the benefits of Collagen for dogs?

Joint health

Collagen plays a part in maintaining optimal bone and joint health as it strengthens your dog's bones, joints, cartilage, connective tissues and blood vessels. 

Sufficient Collagen levels will reduce the risk of injuries & conditions such as torn ligaments or dysplasia. 

Plus, ensuring your senior dog gets Collagen through their diet will help prevent the risk of arthritis and other age-related joint issues.

Digestive health

One of the roles of Collagen is to break down proteins and protect the gastrointestinal tract by repairing the gut lining. Which is why Collagen can provide many benefits for dogs with gut issues or sensitive tummies.

Hair, coat and nails

Collagen represents over 2/3 of your dog's skin. It's what makes it healthy-looking, soft and moisturised. It's also what guarantees strong and resistant nails. 

How can your dog get Collagen?

Collagen in found in protein-rich animal ingredients such as beef, chicken, duck and fish. Look for dog foods that contain high-quality proteins that are prepared in a way that doesn't damage the nutrients. 

Our Superfood 65 high-protein range includes a selection of 3 premium recipes with the finest freshly prepared raw meat/fish. 

Using our unique Freshtrusion™ process, the animal protein is gently cooked to protect the valuable protein and nutrients and it is blended with a selection of vitamin & mineral-rich superfoods. 

Each of our Superfood 65 recipes boasts a minimum 35% freshly prepared protein and 65% total protein. 

Read more about our Superfood 65 range here.