Is Green-lipped mussel safe to give your dogs? And what are the potential benefits and downsides?
What exactly is a Green-lipped mussel?
Mussels are molluscs or shellfish that live in both freshwater and saltwater environments. The Green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) is native to New Zealand.
Sometimes it’s simply called the New Zealand mussel. These mussels are farmed in the aquaculture industry in New Zealand.
It gets its common name from the green color around the edge of its shells.
Along with farming for seafood, another potential use for this mussel relates to the potential anti-inflammatory benefits it is thought to have which could help relieve rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.
While some people eat these mussels, when we talk about their possible benefits for dogs we are talking about green-lipped mussel in supplement form (humans also take them in supplements). This will be either as a chewable or a powder.
More research is needed to determine just how, or if, this mussel could be beneficial for reliving some inflammatory conditions in either people or animals like dogs.
New Zealand New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel is widely sold as capsule and powder supplements for human use and is quite a popular product.
Green-lipped mussel supplements have also gained in popularity for dogs.
The NZ safety standards for producing this product are known as some of the strictest in the world. So buying Green-lipped mussel from any trusted source ensures you’re getting a high quality, uncontaminated product. The Green-lipped mussel sold for dogs is the same human grade quality that we can buy for ourselves.
Beware: Chilean mussels are often sold as NZ Green-lipped mussels at a much cheaper cost. Make sure you only buy genuine NZ mussels to get the most pure, top quality formula with maximum benefit.
But is it safe and useful for your dog?
What are the benefits of green-lipped mussel for your dog?
NZ Green-lipped Mussel is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
The possible benefits mainly revolve around reducing inflammation.
This includes potentially improving joint health. Enhancing mobility in dogs that are older or suffer with conditions that makes it painful or uncomfortable to walk around normally.
The supplements can support health of connective tissue and joint cartilage.
Which dogs can benefit from Green-lipped mussel?
Dogs with mild forms of arthritis, inflammatory conditions and joint pain could benefit from regular green-lipped mussel supplementation.
Green-lipped mussel vs Glucosamine and MSM for dogs
Traditionally dogs have been given glucosamine and/or Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) to help with arthritic symptoms. Some people will now use those along with mussel powder (always speak to your vet to get specific advice about using any supplements).
A combination of Green-lipped mussel and Glucosamine supplements has been effective for many dog owners who are seeing noticeable improvement in their dog’s mobility.
This combination has now been widely recognized and some supplement makers have developed all in one formulas, so you don’t need to supplement each one separately.
One example is the very popular and well regarded Glyde Mobility Chews which is a Green-lipped mussel, Chondroitin and Glucosamine combination for dogs in chewable form.