Can we reverse ageing in our pets with collagen? - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Collagen is a building block of life and the most abundant protein in the body. Your dog’s joints, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels and connective tissues are made from this protein. About 30% of the total protein in a dog’s body is collagen! As dogs (and people) get older, their collagen production slows and decreases but we can use supplementation to improve your dogs health in many areas.

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The earlier you include both a collagen supplement and feed foods high in collagen, the better. By adding good souces of collagen (eggs, meats and the right type of bones) and including a natural collagen supplement, you're giving your dog a better start at life and supporting your friend in to old age. 

Collagen can be used for:

  • Supporting coat and nail health
    The key sign of good health, collagen will improve the health of the coat and will strengthen claws. The skin is 70% callagen so you'll notice softer, smoother and shinier fur. Claws (nails) will be stronger and less likely to crumble and wear to quickly. 
  • Reduced skin allergies
    Collagen heals the gut lining and helps with food sensitivities and allergies. Collagen helps form connective tissues and creates a protective lining in the gastointestinal tract. 
  • Building (and maintaining) muscle
    The amino acids present in collagen improves muscle building and metabolism. 
  • Strengthen cartilage, bone, tendon and ligaments
    Collagen makes up 70 to 90% of a dog’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen lubricates and protect connective tissues so when these levels drop, dogs become more susceptible to injury. Adding collagen will improve joint health and reduce these chances.
  • Reducing arthritis, inflammation and pain
    Collagen loss plays a role in arthritis, tendonitis and joint pain, so supplementing can help improve these conditions. It turn, this lubricates joints for better mobility. 
  • Improves digestion
    Collagen is now being used in the form of 'bone broths' for peope to heal the gut and it does the same for dogs! It breaks down proteins and soothes the lining of the gut, enbaling healing to take place. 
  • Wound healing and immune health
    The amino acid 'arginine' improves immune system function and wound healing. 

McDowells Forever Young supplement contains a blend of Grass-fed Beef Collagen Hydrolysate and Glucosamine HCL. The combination of these two ingredients will assist your pet to lead a happy and healthy life (2). Our Forever Young Supplement is a preventive health formula as it may help replace collagen that stops being produced with age.
Animal Botanical Forever Young Supplement has no odour, is tasteless and sticks to dry food.


(1) The Effectiveness of Specific Collagen Peptides on Osteoarthritis in Dogs-Impact on Metabolic Processes in Canine Chondrocytes
July 2017. 

(2) Glucosamine and chondroitin use in canines for osteoarthritis: A review. Angel Bhathal et al.  Feb, 2017. 

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