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What Is This Weird Food & Why Is It So Good For Your Dog's Joints?

Green Lipped Mussels

As a puppy parent, you’re more than likely very aware of the difficulties many dogs have when it comes to their joint health. Just like us humans, dogs can suffer from illnesses like arthritis and joint dysplasia, with 1 in 5 dogs in America experiencing joint problems in their lives – and the likelihood of them developing an illness only grows the older they get.

It may shock you to know that when your dog reaches the age of 7, their chances of suffering from arthritis leap to 65%, with many finding it hard to do normal daily activities.

So, finding ways to support your dog’s joint health is key as their puppy parent. You need to know the triggers, the warning signs and it also helps to know a lot about the breed of your pup, as many can be more susceptible to these joint illnesses than others. For example, Labradors are more prone to hip and joint difficulties, so it is important to support this potential difficulty from an early age – the sooner you find preventions, the easier life your dog will have.

Here at Petlab Co., we always want to make sure that we’re giving all you doggy lovers out there as much knowledge as possible to help keep your pooch healthy and strong, which is why we wanted to tell you all about this amazing crustacean that is the KEY to supporting your dog’s joint health…

What Are Green Lipped Mussels?

If you haven’t heard of Green Lipped Mussels before – they’re exactly what they say they are. A breed of mussel that sport a striking green edge to their shell. These unique mollusks have some pretty amazing qualities that have been hiding for centuries.

This species of mussel is one of the largest and is native to New Zealand - believed to be the only place you can find them in the wild. Their name is giving to them due to the green hue around the edge of their shell – or their "lips". New Zealand natives, Maoris, have been utilizing the health benefits these wonderful sea creatures give for years, but now more and more people are learning and understanding the amazing properties these mollusks can give – for both humans and dogs.

What Are The Benefits For Dogs?

When these coruscations are harvested in prime condition, they’re an extremely rich source of omega fatty acids and important, beneficial minerals. These incredible qualities are not found in any other marine or plant life, which is why the GLM is so special when it comes to supporting and aiding joint pain and difficulties.

Studies have shown that the GLM has been used to reduce pain, however, their most impressive property is the high levels of chondroitin and glucosamine – meaning they are wonderful natural anti-inflammatories. So, unless your dog has an allergy to shellfish, these crustaceans have no known negative side effects.

Along with acting as an anti-inflammatory, GLM can;

  • Support the circulatory system
  • Boost immune system
  • Strengthen bones
  • Support teeth health and strength
  • Improves muscle, tissue and organ stimulation
  • Boosts nerve cell functions

Not only can this superfood do wonders for your pup’s joints, but it can also give vital support to many other important systems in the body – improving their overall health. With such a high content of Omega-3 fatty acids, the natural fish oil can help reduce inflammation - which could be the cause of your pup’s joint discomfort and mobility difficulties.

Our Suggestion

Once we found out the incredible qualities of these marvelous sea creatures, we knew we needed to make them available and accessible - getting these benefits into our pups. As these special shellfish are used for both human and canine medicine, you can quite easily get your hands on them in a capsule form – but this won’t be very helpful when it comes to your furry friend.

Here at Petlab Co., to help make things a little easier for both you and your pup, we have added these sea creatures in our best-selling Joint Care Chews. Along with glucosamine and salmon oil, we have taken advantage of these wonderful and natural joint health-boosting properties and added them to the rich ingredients of these tasty treats.

Depending on how you chose to get GLM into your pet’s diet, we would suggest our delicious goodies – not only will they help with their overall health, but it means that you have complete control over the dosage and how you want to feed it to your pup.

Why not use our Joint Care Chews as a daily treat or an addition to their dinner, breaking it up and sprinkling it over their food? Either way, this will give you the confidence that you're able to provide your pup with these incredible courtesans without having to dramatically change their routine or diet - it's the perfect solution!

Final Thoughts

So, whether you've heard of these mussels before or not, you now know a little more about their incredible anti-inflammatory qualities - a wonderful preventative and support for your fur baby's joint health. We know how difficult and overwhelming it can be when you're trying to make important health decisions for your pup - but that's where we come into the rescue. Introducing GLM to your pup's diet can not only support their joints but can also give them important support to other functions of their body and overall health.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Becca Trigg

An all round animal lover, who absolutely adores writing and researching anything puppy! Over the past few years, I have been able to gain ample pet knowledge; specifically joint health and dental hygiene. When I'm not typing away in the office, I can be found sitting in a country pub or growing chillies



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