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. Gelatin protein for dogs can be a solution.

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.

Is Gelatin Safe For Dogs?

Gelatin protein for dogs 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.

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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:

  1.  Especially helpful for dogs with sedentary lifestyles who suffer from reoccurring joint pain and discomfort.
  2. Helps by maintaining the synovial fluid around the joint for pain free mobility.
  3. Gelatin Protein repairs existing cartilage and builds new cartilage.
  4. It strengthens your dog’s ligaments, tendons AND muscles that have been weakened by impact and stress.
  5. It’s also helpful for the skin and coat as well as the growth of blood cells.

gelatin protein for dogs for painHow Much Gelatin to Give a Dog?

There are two forms of protein gelatin for dogs are recommended.  Either one is fed as a powder and simply mixed into the food.

You can easily use PLAIN KNOX Gelatin for dogs 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.

Knox Gelatin For Dogs 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

For larger dogs, Great Lakes Armworks is recommendedWORK UP SLOW TO THE MAXIMUM DOSAGE BECAUSE IT WILL CAUSE DIARRHEA!

Dosage for Armworks brand or other brands of gelatin protein: It’s recommended that you multiply .33 x the bodyweight of your dog (you can use this method for Knox Gelatin as well).



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  • Wennie

    Hi Janie, thank you for this great information 🙂 just quick question, can i use vital proteins beef gelatin ( unflavored ) for my dogs? Thank you and I appreciate your help.

    • janie knetzer

      Hey Wennie:

      You absolutely can use this brand. I actually prefer it over the one I have listed on my site. The one you shared is organic coming from grass fed and finished cattle. Nice!

      I’ll make the switch on my site.

      Warmest regards,

  • Rochelle Sutherland

    My Labrador Misty is 11 years old and had Cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) under her tongue. My wonderful Vet removed it the first of last November 2017. The growth came back 5 months later and he removed it again and said it was not Cancer this time. The area around it shows Cancer but not the Squamous Cell! She was put on a Cancer drug by an Oncologist and took it for 2 weeks. Her Liver Enzymes went up to almost 1000. We took her off of that drug and decided to love her as long as God lets us have her. She is taking Dameris for her liver and it is slightly helping her. I have put her on 3000 mgs of Turmeric with Ginger and her enzymes have came down to around 495 and we are hoping they will continue to come down. I also give her Fish Oil capsules, ProDen Plaque Off and Cranberry. She sees her Vet at least once a month and he does her Blood work about every other month. Do you know of anything else i could give her to help her liver? She is my miracle and is in really good health otherwise. Her Vet said that she has surpassed his expectations and is now considering a liver biopsy to see if there is anything else he can do to help her. She is extra special as she is my Service Dog also. Anything you could suggest would be deeply appreciated. Thank you. Rochelle

    • Heidi

      Reading your post about Misty hits so close to home – my 12 year old Golden Retriever was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma this summer, end of July 2019, also under her tongue. I haven’t come across anyone else who has experienced this in the same place. We’ve opted not to peruse surgery, chemo or radiation but rather attack it from a holistic stand point and keep her as comfortable and happy as possible for as long as Gods willing to keep her in our lives!! Had a check up Vet appointment this week and he was amazed at how well she’s doing given the severity of her case. I’ve started making bone broth+gelatin+mushroom powder, cold gelatin treats for her as everything she eats needs to be soft now plus the added nutrients have been great. Chlorella and mushroom powders are a must in their diets as a major cancer defender and immune support. Also, I believe the use of cannabis has been a huge defender against my girl’s cancer. Lots of love from one pup mom to the next.

  • Elena

    I cook up chicken weekly for my dog. Would that broth be adequate?
    Just starting a new riad as my 8 yr old shepherd recently developed weakness in back legas.
    Took him to vet and he is on pai killers.
    I started a supplement for jt pain, etc which may help in the lonh run.
    Also ordered turmeric for dogs as it is an anti inflamatory option.
    Hate the idea of NSAIDs on a daily basis. I dont normally blog, but was curious.

  • Deb

    I take Great Lakes Hydrolysate Collagen – the green can for myself because I was in constant pain in my hips, legs, feet – I had a terrible time getting out of chairs, I started this last November 2017 and now have no pain and can easily move in and out of chairs. I started giving it to my daughters dog who is a dachshund 17 years old and in a very short time she is up and running – she loves her walks and it is so good to see her running again:)

    • janie

      Hi Deb:

      Thanks so much for sharing your story about yourself and your daughter’s 17 year old dog. Wow, I’m so happy to hear that the gelatin protein worked for both of you.

      Amazing isn’t it? Thanks again Deb. Your story will help others without a doubt!


  • J Wood

    I fed my senior Aussie Great Lakes Gelatin the last two years of her life. It made a huge difference that could be seen in how much easier she was getting up and down! I now take their human product for my knees and I think it’s helping that too….

    • janie

      Hi J:

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience with using Great Lakes Gelatin for your Aussie. I’m so glad to hear that it helped your old girl.

      It’s also great to know that the human product is helping your knees. So easy and so effective!

      Thanks J!


  • Brita Bonechi

    Hello, I found a one pound jar of Knox on Amazon that seemed very reasonable. Please, tell me how slowly we should build up to full dosage. Our dog weighs over 100 pounds. We have started at a teaspoon, but what’s next and how quickly do we augment the dosage? Thank you!

    • janie

      Hi Brita:

      I would start at 1/2 teaspoon and work up by 1/4 teaspoon every 5 days until you reach the maximum dosage. Watch the stool and see how your dog reacts. If the stool keeps getting sloppier every time you increase it, then back it down go slower by increasing over a longer period of time.

      See what works for him. All dogs are individual. Maybe the maximum dosage is too much for him and he only needs 3/4 of the recommended dosage. Observe your dog Brita.

      Hope this helps.


  • suzi

    can i use vital proteins beef gelatin?

  • Lisa Rinaldi

    Thank you!

    • janie

      My pleasure Lisa!


  • Lisa Rinadi

    I make fresh bone broth each week for my seniors. Is that enough or should I consider added the gelatin as well? I also make golden paste for them.

    • janie

      Hi Lisa:

      If you’re making bone broth each week, that’s enough. Your seniors will get the gelatin protein from the broth.


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