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Green Lipped Mussel For Cats & Dogs


Green lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) is a shellfish. found on the shores of New Zealand and are revered by the indigenous people and locals for their ability to provide a range of nutrients that support both joint and skin health. Green lipped mussels so-called for the distinctive green edge around their shell, are a superfood as the mussels feed on phytoplankton which makes them a food source rich in protein, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, omegas etc. 

They are a great natural supplement and antioxidant to add to your pet's diet both as a preventative or especially for older pets or for those animals that suffer from back, spine, hip, or joint problems, as this superfood supports mobility. If you're looking for a natural source of both glucosamine and chondroitin for your pet then green lipped mussels should be your first choice as the mussels contain the natural form of glycosaminoglycan which the body converts into glucosamine and chondroitin. 

Green lipped mussels are also a great natural alternative to choose for your pet instead of the standard veterinary anti-inflammatory drugs for inflammation and joint issues. Unlike standard anti-inflammatory drugs, green lipped mussels have no side effects on the liver or other organs and can be taken long-term without issue.

One of the great benefits of green lipped mussels is that they contain eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA), which is a fatty acid found only in cold water fish and that supports health whilst reducing the impact of illnesses such as clogged arteries, lung cancer, and some other cancers, Alzheimer's, depression, kidney disease, high blood pressure, certain auto-immune disease, and the list goes on. (1) Its range for helping with chronic disease and illness is vast but ultimately it plays a role in reducing inflammation in the body which is one of the main causes leading to disease and illness. 

As with anything if you are not eliminating the cause of the inflammation and cleaning up your pet's diet by removing toxic foods such as kibble and fake food treats your cat and dog will always be bouncing between bouts of ill health whilst never being able to actually fully eliminate the toxins from the body. If nothing else green lipped mussels should be included in your pet's diet as it is full of marine vitamins and minerals.

Benefits of Green Lipped Mussel

  • Natural anti-inflammatory and helps reduce the effects of chronic inflammation
  • Contains bioavailable components that support overall health
  • Can help reduce the effects of asthma
  • Supports joint health
  • Support cartilage repair and maintenance
  • Helps reduce joint stiffness
  • Supports bone strength
  • Helps reduce the effects of arthritis, rheumatism, hip dysplasia, etc.
  • Helps reduce inflammation of osteoarthritis
  • Rich in omega 6 and 3 fatty acids
  • Full of essential marine amino acids, minerals, and vitamins
  • Natural antioxidant
  • Supports the recovery of a broken bone
  • Great natural dietary source of selenium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc
  • High in protein
  • Low in fat
  • Support heart health
  • Support cognitive health
  • Supports eye health
  • Helps maintain healthy skin and fur
  • Helps protect the gastric system, especially the stomach
  • Helps rebuild collagen
  • Supports connective tissue
  • Supports the synovial fluid found in the ligaments and tendons of the body
  • Contains eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA), a compound found only in cold water fish/shell fish

Is Green Lipped Mussel Safe for Pets? 

Yes. Unless of course your cat or dog is allergic to shellfish. Do not feed to pets that have a seafood or shellfish allergy. It will have a strong fishy smell which some pets find hard to adapt to eating but persevere with your pet as the benefits far outweight the fishly smell.

Side Effects 

There are not any known side effects however as with everything do not overdo it and follow the instructions of the manufacturer or your holistic vet.
  • If your pet's condition worsens or does not improve speak with your integrative vet
  • Do not feed young puppies or kittens less than 6 months
  • Can act as a laxative for some pets, especially if given too much
  • Avoid giving to pregnant or lactating pets
  • May interact with some allopathic medication. Check for any contraindications before giving this to your pet.

How to Give Green Lipped Mussel to Cats & Dogs

Forms of use:
  • Eat the mussels
  • Extract
  • Powder
  • Pill
  • Natural oil

Administration can be via
  • Given orally 

Green Lippped Mussel Dosage for Pets  

Cats & Dogs

If you can get the real food then go this route as it's the superior option. If you can't buy the fresh mussels then consider a powder, oil, or tincture product but make such any manufacturing processes have been cold extracted not heat extracted as the heating destroys all the natural benefits. Please take the time to research and buy a good pure product that does not contain any fillers, artificial colours, preservatives, etc. Ingredients are everything which is why it's so important to buy quality products that are as close to their natural state as is possible. 

You don't need to buy items such as chewable tablets mixed with some artificial beef flavor etc. to feed to your cat or dog. This may give you the impression of being more appealing and convenient but by not sticking to the authenticity of the product you're actually flooding your pet's body with more toxins that cause inflammation so you'll have wasted your good money for nothing. If you buy a quality powder or tincture you can mix it into your pet's real food or wrap it in a piece of real meat and feed it that way to your cat and dog. 

It's best to consult your homeopathy or holistic vet for your pet's individual health needs, especially when using this as an internal supplement/medicine. It's important to rotate supplements in your pet's diet so they can benefit from and obtain a range of nutrients from different food sources. 

Dosages will vary according to the manufacturer's guidelines and will depend on whether you are administering a powder, pill, oil, or tincture. Start with the recommended amounts as per the manufacturer's instructions, which is generally "x" mg per kilo of bodyweight, but also keep an eye on your pet's poo. This will be the first sign of whether green lipped mussel is or is not agreeing with your pet as the stools may become loose. However, unless your cat or dog has an allergic reaction you can reduce the amount by half to ensure your pet's poo is normal again and gradually build-up to the recommended dose. 

Please allow a few weeks for you to visually see a change in your pet. Green lipped mussel is a great natural supplement that supports joint health but it's not magic is sofar as you'll see a change in 24 hours. It's not how it works, as it's not suppressing symptoms, rather, it's reducing inflammation whilst building up and supporting health so it will take a bit of time for you to visually see a difference and this will also depend on the health of each individual cat and dog prior to feeding green lipped mussels. But don't underestimate the power of green lipped mussels or the fact it is a far healthy alternative to give your pet than any synthetic supplements or any anti-inflammatory drug.

You may also need to play with the dose for example give it twice a day for x number of days and then reduce the dose to once a day after x days. You may also need to vary the dose if you're using green lipped mussel to support the recovery from a broken bone, treating osteoarthritis, etc. You'll need to increase or decrease the dose depending on what you're dealing with and the results as each animal is different and responds differently, but keep an eye on your pet for any changes and regularly observe their poo, condition of the fur, etc. as these are your visual guide to what is happening on the inside. In the vast majority of cases, pet owners see great results over the long term and this is what you should be aiming for.

Remember part of helping your pet reduce the inflammation that contributes to mobility and other more chronic health issues in both cats and dogs is to look at diet. Pets need a species appropriate diet which means real raw food and when you apply logic you know that at no point throughout evolution have animals evolved to eat cooked food. Their natural feeding is raw. The more you can incorporate raw food into your pet's diet the better for the long-term health of your pet as it provides real nutrients that can be used in the body's metabolic processes.

This article is not meant for diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your holistic veterinarian for proper diagnosis and your pet's individual treatment plan. 

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