Native to the pristine waters off the coast of New Zealand, green-lipped mussels have been a food staple of the indigenous Māori people for centuries. When researchers discovered that Māori people who ate a steady diet of green-lipped mussels had extremely low incidences of arthritis, they began investigating how the mollusk could enhance the health of people and pets.
What Are Green-Lipped Mussels for Dogs?
Green-lipped mussels for dogs are a bivalve mollusk, Perna canaliculus, in the family of Mytilidae with a naturally green-colored shell. Native to New Zealand, they've been eaten as food for centuries. Today, green-lipped mussels are used as a supplement for dogs, offering a variety of health benefits.
Green-lipped mussel oil for dogs is extracted from the green-lipped mussel and usually comes in capsules or in liquid supplements. The green-lipped mussel powder used in EverRoot dog supplements is made by drying and then milling whole mussels to preserve the naturally rich nutrient content.
Do Dogs Need Green-Lipped Mussels?
Are green-lipped mussels good for dogs? Yes, dogs can benefit from the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA) found in green-lipped mussels. Plus, green-lipped mussels contain other potent nutrients, including:
- Vitamins A, C, and B12
- Minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, copper, iodine, and manganese
- Amino acids
What Are the Benefits of Green-Lipped Mussels for Dogs?
In a study at Clemson University, researchers evaluated green-lipped mussels benefits for dogs and found the high levels of omega-3 and other fatty acids, along with naturally occurring compounds, can help dogs by:
- Lubricating joints
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing stiffness and joint paint
- Supporting mobility and range of motion
In addition, researchers discovered green-lipped mussels are a great source of taurine for dogs, as well as other vitamins and minerals that can help with heart, skin, and immune health. Taurine is an essential amino acid that can aid in cardiac function, eye health, and immune support.
Do green-lipped mussels contain glucosamine? A study by American Society for Nutritional Sciences determined they contain glucosamine and chondroitin and showed green-lipped mussel supplementation is effective in reducing signs of arthritis in dogs.
Signs Your Dog May Benefit from Green-Lipped Mussel
There are several signs your dog could benefit from a dog joint supplement with green-lipped mussel:
- Slowing down
- Less active, loss of stamina
- Reluctance to go up or down stairs
- Difficulty jumping
- Stiff walk when waking
Dogs need a diet with the proper amounts of animal protein to make taurine naturally. If they do not get enough of the sulfur-based amino acids in animal proteins to make taurine, it can lead to heart issues. While heart issues are not always linked to taurine deficiency, typical signs of heart disease in dogs include:
- Enlarged heart
- Decreased energy
- Difficulty breathing
- Episodes of collapse
These signs indicate serious health conditions that require veterinary care. If your dog is exhibiting any of these conditions, please take him to a vet as soon as possible.
What Is a Good Source of Green-Lipped Mussel for Dogs?
Be sure the green-lipped mussels in your supplement comes from the pristine waters of New Zealand and are cultivated by responsible fisheries.
The NASC certification is your assurance that the green-lipped mussels used in EverRoot dog supplements are sustainably sourced from clean, unpolluted waters.
How Much Green-Lipped Mussel Should You Give Your Dog?
Green-lipped mussels are safe for dogs, but don't overdo it as it is still possible to give your dog too much, which may cause digestive upsets.
To be sure of the correct green-lipped mussel dosage for your dog, choose EverRoot dog supplements. Developed by expert Purina animal nutritionists, EverRoot ingredients are carefully balanced to give your dog just what they need and nothing that they don't.
How much green-lipped mussel for dogs should be given as a daily supplement depends on your dog's size. Each EverRoot formula's label provides the number of daily recommended servings based on your dog's weight. Keep in mind, EverRoot supplements are not treats. Do not give your dog more than the amount recommended on the package for your dog's size.
Side Effects of Green-Lipped Mussel
Before starting any supplement, talk to your vet about possible benefits, interactions, or side effects. Green-lipped mussels for dogs side effects, such as gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, and flatulence, can occur.
EverRoot supplements are for use in dogs only. If your dog's condition worsens or does not improve, stop using the product and contact your vet. If your dog shows any signs of allergies with green-lipped mussels, such as itching or scratching, discontinue use and talk to your vet. If your dog is allergic to seafood, check with your vet before giving him any seafood-based supplement.
Choosing a Green-Lipped Mussel Supplement for Dogs
To choose the best green-lipped mussel supplement for your dog, consider how your dog may benefit. Does your pup need a little help with mobility? Is he a senior dog that needs support for heart health?
Consider the supplement form that works best for your dog, as well. Green-lipped mussel tablets for dogs is one formula option, but EverRoot also offers green-lipped mussel as an ingredient in oil supplements.
For heart health:
For hip and joint health:
At EverRoot, every ingredient is carefully chosen for a purpose to provide what dogs need and nothing that they don't. Learn more about the ingredients in EverRoot dog supplements on our Ingredients page.