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:

  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.

These two products provide excellent results for pain control especially when combined….

Ligaplex II and ActivFlex


Dosage

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 is recommendedWORK 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

WARNING!
DO NOT USE JELLO BRAND FLAVORED JELLO OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF DESSERT JELLO THAT CONTAINS XYLITOL OR OTHER ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS OR ARTIFICIAL COLORS.   THIS IS NOT THE SAME AND CAN CAUSE SEIZURES AND DEATH!

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  • Deb
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    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
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      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!

      Janie

  • J Wood
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    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
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      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!

      Janie

  • Brita Bonechi
    Reply

    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
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      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.

      Janie

  • suzi
    Reply

    can i use vital proteins beef gelatin?

  • Lisa Rinaldi
    Reply

    Thank you!

    • janie
      Reply

      My pleasure Lisa!

      Janie

  • Lisa Rinadi
    Reply

    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
      Reply

      Hi Lisa:

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

      Janie

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