In recent years, we have seen the increase in popularity for products containing collagen, specifically in human products such as shampoos, body lotions and other cosmetics.

As with many human trends this is now becoming more popular for the pet food industry. But what is collagen?

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. For humans and dogs, you can find collagen in the muscles, bones, tendons, skin, blood vessels and digestive system. 

This is essentially the “glue” that helps to hold the body together, with this being essential to joint and tendon health. 

It also provides the skin with strength, this is why it is popular in human skincare products, whilst being used for dogs to help enhance their pets skin and coat.

The impact of collagen on dogs

Collagen has a number of benefits which can really help to boost the health of dogs.

Like all proteins, collagen does not last forever. Natural breakdown occurs and this can be heightened by things such as daily wear and tear and ageing.

As dogs age, their capacity to produce collagen diminishes making them susceptible to injuries and painful conditions.

By introducing collagen into their diet, you can help to maintain general bone and joint health, due to the help that it provides to build up a pet’s bones, joints, cartilage, connective tissues and blood vessels. 

Another way collagen impacts dogs is it promotes a healthy coat and skin. This is because the layer of a dog’s skin called the dermis is made up mainly of collagen.

Ingredients that naturally contain collagen in pet food will be digested and absorbed by pets, providing the building blocks (particularly amino acids glycine and proline) for the body to make more collagen which can help maintain healthy joints and skin.

Dogs can also benefit from collagen’s ability to boost digestive health. If a dog has poor gut health it can put them at risk of health problems such as disease, allergies and behaviour issues. Collagen can help to soothe and repair the gut lining and other problems with a dog’s digestive system.

Birchgrove’s three Just Dog Superfood 65 recipes each contain fantastic ingredients such as freshly prepared meat (35% in total) and amino acids that have naturally occurring collagen to help maintain healthy joints and skin in dogs.