It’s heartbreaking to hear the stories about older dogs suffering with arthritis and joint pain. We’re hoping this post will help those of you whose old friend is having a hard time due to stiffness & lameness.
We know how difficult it can be to find natural pain relief for dogs that actually works, especially since every dog is individual and every dog’s nutritional circumstances can be different.
Gelatin protein fits the category of possibly working for your own older dog. Whether fed alone or with another supplement, it can help. Starting young dogs on Gelatin Protein early in life can eliminate the symptoms of arthritis as they get older.
But, it can also help older dogs if started during their twilight years as well.
Why Gelatin Protein MAY Indeed Be Helpful For Your Dog’s Arthritis
Lets start with what gelatin is. According to Knox Basics, it’s a blend of peptides and proteins produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the skin, bones and connective tissues of animals such as cattle, chicken and pigs.
And this is why it works. Much like bone broth, it works by adding back missing peptides and proteins that cause collagen loss and cartilage damage in the first place. It also helps to maintain a nitrogen balance.
While we love the idea of including a good, homemade bone broth to any dog’s diet, we realize that many dog owners aren’t going to do this. So, with this in mind, gelatin protein can be just as beneficial:
- Especially helpful for dogs with sedentary lifestyles who suffer from reoccurring joint pain and discomfort.
- Helps by maintaining the synovial fluid around the joint for pain free mobility.
- Gelatin Protein repairs existing cartilage and builds new cartilage.
- It strengthens your dog’s ligaments, tendons AND muscles that have been weakened by impact and stress.
- It’s also helpful for the skin and coat as well as the growth of blood cells.
There are two forms of protein gelatin recommended. Either one is fed as a powder and simply mixed into the food.
You can easily use PLAIN KNOX Gelatin that can be found in most grocery stores. It’s just plain, unflavored gelatin. Knox is fine for small dogs, but for big dogs, it’s just not going to be cost effective.
For larger dogs, Great Lakes Armworks is recommended. WORK UP SLOW TO THE MAXIMUM DOSAGE BECAUSE IT WILL CAUSE DIARRHEA!
Regardless, here’s the dosage for Knox if you want to use that, and don’t worry about giving too much if you happen to feed more than you should; it won’t hurt:
Knox Gelatin Dosage Per Meal Twice Daily
10-25 pounds ½ teaspoon
25-50 pounds 1 teaspoon
50-75 pounds 2 teaspoons
75-100 pounds 1 tablespoon
100+ pounds 1 ¼ tablespoon