The Benefits of Green-Lipped Mussels for Dogs

The Benefits of Green-Lipped Mussels for Dogs

Many veterinarians and dog owners are searching for alternative ways to maintain their pet's health. Green-Lipped Mussel is one of these non-synthetic nutraceuticals with health advantages. It is a sort of nutraceutical in which food is processed to manufacture healthcare supplements. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Green-Lipped Mussel for dogs.

What is Green-lipped Mussel?

Green-Lipped Mussel is a type of mussel found off the New Zealand coastline. It has a green stripe around its shell and a distinctive green lip on the inside of the shell. In addition, its shell has a bright green tone. It consists of two hard outer shells that are connected by a ligament. A mussel’s body is soft and smooth. This body contains several organs, muscle groups, gills, and ‘feet.’ They use their ‘beard’, or Byssus, to attach to rocks with collagen fibers.

Benefits of Green-Lipped Mussel for dogs

  1. Anti-inflammatory

Green-Lipped Mussel is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA. These anti-inflammatory fats are also present in oily fish. Omega-3s are well-known for their anti-inflammatory abilities. This means that they can help reduce swelling and pain. They can also block pain signals in the body. The New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel contains an omega-3 acid, ETA, that only appears in the animal. ETA has anti-inflammatory abilities similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but it does not have the same side effects. It seems to have a stronger anti-inflammatory impact than other omega-3 fatty acids, such as those in fish oils.

  1. Hip & joint support

Green-Lipped Mussel contains glucosamine and chondroitin, which are glycosaminoglycans. That’s why these mussels are excellent for treating arthritis in dogs. Additionally, they help maintain joint health. Vitamins and minerals in green-lipped mussels, such as vitamins C and E, zinc, magnesium, copper, and selenium with some antioxidant properties can also help reduce some types of damage to cells in the body.  

How to give green-lipped mussels to dogs?

You can find Green-lipped mussel in some pet foods as in the hip and joint care supplements. Because of its health benefits, we included it in our Longevity Hip & Joint supplement for dogs, which is our strongest, comprehensive multi-functional supplement with a focus on hips and joints, supporting allover health of your dog.

There are no significant concerns surrounding the use of green-lipped mussels as a supplement for dogs. Before including supplements in your dog’s diet or health care plan, it is important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the safety and the right dosage. Furthermore, canine shellfish allergies should be ruled out before consuming green-lipped mussel supplements.