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Due to changing nutritional habits, gelatine has been used more and more in recent years for the prevention and therapy of diseases of the skeletal system and joints. Therapeutic success and the absence of side effects are motivating smart animal owners to use gelatine in their animals’ feeds, not only for feet and joints but for growing healthy young stock with good bone.
Gelatine is a protein that is extracted from collagen, the most frequently occurring protein (30%) in the body of humans and animals. Collagen is found primarily in connective and support tissue.
The reason for feeding gelatine is to limit potential damage and to support repair mechanisms, providing the proteins and amino acids necessary for the proper nutrition of joints, cartilage, tendons and tendon sheaths does this, which are not always present in adequate amounts in normal feeds. It helps to prevent and alleviate degenerative symptoms of arthritis and non-infectious joint complaints. Gelatine improves hooves, helps repair damaged cartilage, helps with joint problems and also reduces stiffness.