What are Beef Collagen Sticks for dogs?

Acme Canine was asked to test and review Pawstruck’s new Beef Collagen chews with our canine testers.  Here’s what we learned about collagen chews.

What are collagen chews?

Pawstruck explains that “Beef Collagen Sticks are high protein, low-fat chews made from the soft, deepest layer of beef skin, which is packed with healthy, natural collagen. Collagen is rich in Chondroitin and Glucosamine, which helps support healthy joints, skin, and a beautiful, shiny coat.  Collagen Sticks are a healthy alternative to traditional rawhide, free from additives and chemicals, and easy for the dog to digest.”

Many companies producing this product state the benefits of collagen sticks and their differences from bully sticks and other rawhides.

There is some controversy as to whether the “deepest layer of beef skin” is unique or another form of rawhide.  AAFCO doesn’t define the word “rawhide,” Merriam Webster defines it, in this context, as “untanned cattle skin.”  So is it a better type of rawhide?

Are collagen chews safe for my dog?

It appears that collagen chews are safer for dogs than rawhide chews.  They are processed differently, and they are more digestible since a dog’s body can quickly and easily convert collagen chews into peptides and amino acids.

How are collagen chews processed differently than rawhides?

Unlike rawhides, the chews are prepared using an all-natural process that cuts and sterilizes the product, similar to how cow ears are prepared.

Why should dogs eat collagen chews?

According to Homes Alive Pets, as dog ages, collagen production slows down.  By eating collagen, the dog gains a way to combat arthritis and other inflammatory infections.

Problems with eating a rawhide alternative

Although collagen sticks are promoted as a rawhide alternative, they still have some of the rawhide issues.  These include:

  • Contamination
  • Digestive irritation
  • Choking or blockages

Final thoughts

Collagen chews such as those produced by Pawstruck offer more nutritional value than rawhides. They are processed more naturally without as many chemicals or additives as typical rawhide.  They do have many of the problems associated with eating rawhide (as mentioned above).

As long as you are aware of these issues and are diligent in watching your dog as they eat these alternatives, collagen chews are a much better alternative to giving your dog rawhide.

Acme Canine does not believe that any rawhide, collagen or not, is a good choice for your dog.

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