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Collagen Benefits for Dogs - An Honest Vet Review

Collagen Benefits for Dogs - An Honest Vet Review

As a veterinarian, my pet parents often ask me about the benefits of collagen for dogs and if collagen is safe for dogs. Collagen is a protein found in the connective tissues of animals, including dogs, and plays a crucial role in maintaining their overall health and well-being. In this article, I will discuss the different types of collagen, their functions, and the best type of collagen for dogs.


What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that the body produces and is a vital component of the connective tissues of animals, including dogs. It provides structure and strength to various body parts, including the skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. 

There are several types of collagen, including type I, II, and III, each with specific functions and locations in the body: 

  • Type I collagen is found in the skin, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Type II collagen is present in cartilage
  • Type III collagen is found in the skin, blood vessels, and other organs.

 3D structure of collagen

Is collagen bad for dogs?

No, collagen is not bad for dogs. On the contrary, it is essential for maintaining their overall health and well-being. Collagen is a natural component of the body and is necessary for proper growth and development.

The best type of collagen for dogs: my opinion as a veterinarian

UC-II®, a patented type II collagen, also called undenatured type II collagen, has been shown in studies: 

  • To be the most effective when it comes to supporting joint health.
  • To be more effective than chondroitin and glucosamine in relieving arthritic dogs from pain and discomfort. 


Key facts about UC-II®

UC-II® = Undenatured Type II Collagen

  • UC-II® reduces dog pain and inflammation.
  • According to scientific studies, UC-II® works better than the combination of chondroitin and glucosamine to relieve your dog's pain and help them regain mobility.
  • UC-II® and Omega 3s are the only supplements that demonstrated benefits in plate-force studies. Chondroitin and glucosamine failed to do so.
  • UC-II® is an undenatured type II collagen derived from chicken sternum cartilage with a patented extraction process.
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As mentioned in this article, type II collagen is a main component of cartilage, which acts as a cushion between bones and helps absorb shock. As dogs age, their cartilage can break down, leading to joint discomfort, stiffness, and even joint pain. Supplementing your dog's diet with type II collagen can help to support joint health and mobility. 

UC-II collagen is 59% more effective than chondroitin and glucosamine


Type I collagen also benefits dogs, particularly in maintaining healthy skin and coat. If you’re looking for a solution for your dog’s coat, Omega-3, and Omega-6 are also good ingredients


What are the benefits of collagen in dogs?

Collagen has many benefits for dogs, including:

  • Supporting joint health and mobility - consider using undenatured type II collagen, UC-II®.
  • Improving skin and coat health- select type I or type III collagen.
  • Promoting healthy nails and bones - choose type I collagen.
  • Enhancing the overall health and well-being of dogs - all collagen types.

Which collagen should I take for my dog?

The current pet supplement market offers many options, and it's not easy to differentiate good supplements from bad ones. If most of the ones available are safe to use, they are not all created equal! Few are effective, and most types of collagen can't be used for everything. Regarding collagen, I recommend staying away from a "one-size-fits-all" approach. 

My collagen joint health choice as a vet: Jope

If you're looking for joint support, I recommend Jope Hip & Joint Dog chews. Jope's formula contains UC-II®, patented undenatured type II collagen: 

  • it is clinically proven to be the best collagen for joint health 
  • it's been shown in studies to be more effective than chondroitin supplements to help dogs with joint issues.
  • UC-II®  is made with chicken cartilage; therefore, it's a natural source of collagen.

Jope Joint chews is a great choice to get the maximum benefits of collagen

Jope dog joint chews also contain high doses of omega 3 (fish oil) and curcumin which synergize with type II collagen for maximum joint relief. 

You can check our article about the Top 5 Collagen chews for dogs or the Best joint supplements for dogs if you want more information. 


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I recommend Jope's joint chews to people who care about nutritional formulas, as they use organic ingredients whenever possible and are cold-pressed to preserve the potency, efficacy, and overall quality of the ingredients, especially the vitamins and nutritional benefits of the carefully chosen ingredients. 

Always consult your veterinarian before choosing a supplements or other medications for your dog.



Author: Dr. Jeremy

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), MS

Meet Jeremy, a passionate veterinarian and co-founder of Jope, with a decade of experience—7 years in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industry and 3 years as a veterinarian. Passionate about enhancing the well-being of pets, Jeremy's mission is to provide practical, evidence-based advice and products that support pet parents and their furry companions. His favorite breed, the Australian Shepherd, holds a special place in his heart for their playfulness, cleverness, and beauty.

Join Jeremy on an insightful journey through the world of pet health and discover how science and compassion come together to improve the lives of pets.

The content presented here is for informational purposes and reflects Jeremy's own opinions, expertise, and experience. It is not intended to replace professional veterinary consultation, diagnosis, or treatment. For personalized advice and care for your pets, always consult with your veterinarian.

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