Both humans and animals benefit immensely from adding collagen into their diet. Lack of this essential protein can negatively affect skin, cartilage and bones – especially as you get older.
How can you include collagen into your pet’s diet? It can easily be fed through supplementation or bone broths to dogs, cats and even horses. Some benefits of feeding collagen to dogs especially are:
1. Improves age-related joint pain.
2. Stabilises joints and prevents injury.
3. Aids digestion and assists liver function.
4. Promotes a shiny healthy coat and skin.
5. Prevents bone loss.
6. Supports the immune system.
Old dogs with arthritis especially benefit from collagen, they are more mobile, energetic and free from pain. It really changes their quality of life. You may need to double the dose for a few days at first, or even for a full month, in order to see good results – especially for giant breeds.
DID YOU KNOW?
Raw chicken feet are full of collagen! Many people feed these to their dogs (who love them!) and see fantastic results. For those not quite as adventurous, a range of collagen products are kept at Muddy Dog.
Pop in to Muddy Dog, 11 Old Main Road, Kloof, to see a wide range of supplements and natural products to keep your pooch in tip-top health.
By Sarah Duke-Norris