How To Relieve Your Pets Arthritis Using This Supplement From The Sea
Arthritis isn’t a health issue affecting only people. But our animals can get arthritis too. Whether it’s our horse, dog, cat or even some other animas.
Like with people. Arthritis can cause issues with mobility for our animals, and also cause pain.
So it’s important to do our best to identify the signs. And take action to stop our horses, dogs and other animals from suffering from this painful condition.
Of course if you’re concerned that your animal has arthritis. Then get a veterinary surgeon to examine your animal as soon as possible.
There are many ways to treat arthritis affecting animals. Including many complementary animal therapies and using different supplements. You can get more information here.
One popular supplement is green-lipped mussel. In this post you can find out more about what green lipped mussel is, and why it may be useful for your animal’s health.
So first of all what is green-lipped mussel? It’s also sometimes known as the New Zealand mussel, as it’s a shellfish native to New Zealand.
This mussel has its name due to having green edges. It became known as having potential medicinal properties. Due to it being a food of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand. And the Maori people living near the coast, seemed to be less affected by arthritis than those living inland.
Mussels are an important part of the marine environment. And they act as a sea-water filter. Which as the green-lipped mussels grow in the southern oceans. Means they keep many beneficial nutrients.
What do green lipped mussels contain that may help your animal with arthritis?
These mussels contain Chondroitin Sulphate. This is an ingredient common in many arthritis symptom relieving supplements.
They also contain a omega-3 fatty acids. Which are also a common component of many joint health supplements.
Green lipped mussels also contain other minerals and vitamins. Such as zinc, iron, selenium and B-vitamins.
How to choose the best green-lipped mussel supplement for your animal?
As with any supplement, it can be difficult to choose the best one. Despite many marketing and advertisements for different supplements, they can be quite different. Which can mean the body doesn't absorb the ingredients well. Or they may have different strengths of the active ingredient. Some many contain other ingredients, which may or may not be necessary.
Also, it’s important to choose products that are sustainable, and ethically produced. And that the manufacturing process preserves the active ingredients. With no damage to it.
Has there been any veterinary research to prove that green lipped mussels work for animals with arthritis?
Yes there has been several veterinary research studies. This includes the following:
- Eason CT, Adams SL, Puddick J, et al. Greenshell™ Mussels: A Review of Veterinary Trials and Future Research Directions. Vet Sci. 2018;5(2):36. Published 2018 Mar 27. doi:10.3390/vetsci5020036
- Tiffany Linn Bierer, Linh M. Bui, Improvement of Arthritic Signs in Dogs Fed Green-Lipped Mussel (Perna canaliculus), The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 132, Issue 6, June 2002, Pages 1634S–1636S, https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/132.6.1634S
- Bui LM, Bierer RL. Influence of green lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) in alleviating signs of arthritis in dogs. Veterinary Therapeutics : Research in Applied Veterinary Medicine. 2001 ;2(2):101-111. PMID: 19753702.
- Clinical efficacy and tolerance of an extract of green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) in dogs presumptively diagnosed with degenerative joint disease, July 2006 New Zealand Veterinary Journal 54(3):114-8 DOI:10.1080/00480169.2006.36622
Would you like to know more about how to help stop your animal being affected by arthritis?
- Take a look through the Taranet directory of complementary animal therapies, where you'll find dozens of pages of information on how to help.
- This blog post looks at canine arthritis and complementary therapies
- How homeopathy can be used to help pets with arthritis
- Find a lot more information on many holistic animal health approaches in this Natural Pet Health blog, please scroll through!
Remember.. There can be many reasons for your animal to be showing the symptoms of arthritis - when actually it isn't! Always speak to your veterinary surgeon without delay, if your animal is having mobility issues or is in any sign of pain. Do you want to know what signs to look for to see if your dog is in pain? Take a look here at my advice page.
It's possible your animal could harm him or herself. Or there maybe an underlying health reason that needs diagnosis and treatment.
Lastly… Do you know someone who'd find this helpful? Please share, the more we can spread awareness of the benefits of natural therapies the better! :)
Find out more about other natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore!
About the Author
Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at www.taranet.co.uk, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.