I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about collagen in pet foods lately, and as a pet food nutritionist, I decided to look into collagen a little more to see if it is something support wellness and vitality in our 4-legged family members.

It seems like collagen is the cure all for many different conditions in our beloved pets, but do we know why and how it works?

Collagen is a protein, one of the most abundant proteins found in the body. As our pets get older, their ability to produce collagen is decreased.  Collagen is all over, in muscles, bones, skin, tendons, blood vessels and even the digestive system, but, most importantly, collagen is a main component of cartilage.

There are 3 types of collagen found in the different areas of the body. All three are important, but work for different parts of the body. Type I & III are excellent for maintenance in skin, muscles and bones. Type II is found in joint & cartilage function.

In tendons and joints, collagen acts as a “glue” that holds the body together. Increasing collagen intake helps provide more “glue” to joints and tendons therefore can support mobility, bone strength and joint flexibility.

In skin and coat, collagen works to “renew” dead cells, creating constant new growth of skin cells and hair follicles to support a healthy, shiny, lustrous and full coat and healthy skin. Collagen also helps to lock in moisture in the skin to keep skin soft and moist.

A dog’s digestive system can also benefit from collagen supplementation, as this complex protein helps to repair cells in the digestive tract. Digestion is key to wellbeing, as that is where almost all the body’s nutrients are absorbed.

Adding an excellent source of collagen to your dog’s daily food intake will not only help increase their vitality and movement but will also help support healthy skin and a shiny coat and may just be that extra protein your pet needs to thrive for many years to come!

Warmly,

Carolyn

To learn about The Missing Link’s Collagen soft chew, see our blog post: https://missinglinkproducts.com/2019/10/25/collagen-care-learn-about/

Carolyn Kennedy is the Director of CK Nutrition, a pet food consultancy dedicated to helping pet food companies around the world. With a passion for pet food and health, Carolyn is always looking at new ingredients and ways to enhance wellbeing; not only for Eddie (3) but for all pets everywhere.

Comments (3)

  1. Teresa says:

    I’m seeing more reports of the CBS oils being bad for animals. Is this a true fact? Or is this particular product good for an under nourished 4 yr old female pit that has energy but has lost a lot of weight and the 2 different vets did blood work and cant figure out why shes so underweight ( we buy her the different types of vet recommended foods , we love her very much . Shes also a very picky eater

    • Sean says:

      Hi Teresa, we haven’t heard that about CBD and pets. Products from trusted pet product manufacturers will be more likely to use tested and appropriate ingredients. It would be easy to get into trouble when using an off-brand with uncertain dosing and purity. On her weight, barring the usual suspects like intestinal parasites and food, we wouldn’t be able to lend any ideas on her weight. My female pit mix Frankie is also a picky eater. I have her on one of the dehydrated “complete meal” foods plus her The Missing Link Collagen Care Skin & Coat every day and is doing really well. We are sure you will get her sorted out! Sean & The Missing Link

  2. Teresa says:

    I ment CBD oils not CBS oils. The last vet mentioned something about possible muscle mass loss in her back legs. Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated and welcomed.

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