Introduction: What is a Green Lipped Mussel, and Why is it Important for Dogs?
Green Lipped Mussels are a type of shellfish that live in the waters of New Zealand. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to promote heart health and have anti-inflammatory properties which are good for dogs and humans alike. They are also high in protein, which is important for dogs because they need to maintain healthy weight levels.
The Green Lipped Mussel is also known as a “Sea Pearl” or “Paua” and is used in traditional Maori ceremonies. It is important for dogs because it contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for joints and the health of their skin and coat.
Some of the benefits of green lipped mussel:-
- Contain high levels of vitamin B12 which is essential for healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system.
- Low in fat, cholesterol and calories.
- Contain iron which helps maintain healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body
- A good source of protein.
- Rich in selenium and magnesium, which help maintain healthy bones, teeth and connective tissues.
In the 1960s marine organisms were gaining attention and a study was undertaken to research potential uses. A study group receiving Green Lipped Mussel reported improved joint comfort and Green Lipped Mussel has been shown to be an effective joint support in humans and dogs.
Case Study: How Innopaw Green Lipped Mussel is helping dogs
10 year old german shephard sheeba
Customer Natasha's ten year old German Shepherd Sheeba, had been crippled with arthritis, but is now bounding around like a puppy after taking Innopaw Green Lipped Mussel supplement. Sheeba was struggling with her mobility, but after adding Green Lipped Mussel to her daily routine, she saw almost instant results. Within three days of taking it, morning stiffness in Sheeba’s joints began to ease and within two weeks, she was more active than she’d been for years.
Green Lipped Mussel is commonly used for arthritis relief and to aid joint health in humans. However, green lipped mussel has been proven to relieve symptoms in humans and dogs. According to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, degenerative joint disease is the number one cause of chronic pain in dogs. More than one in five dogs will develop progressively worsening osteoarthritis, joint pain and dysfunction, with some beginning as young as one-year-old.
Now Sheeba is enjoying the benefits after taking the supplement for a few months. Prior to taking it she had no power in her back legs and was struggling on family walks. Now she’s back to loving walks and playing in the garden.
Natasha said that before taking Innopaw Green Lipped Mussel for dogs, Sheeba was really struggling with her mobility. She's had her since she was a puppy and she has had hip problems all her life, which is common in German Shepherds.
In the past Natasha has had dogs with similar joint problems and over the years has tried every remedy and supplement going. Natasha was a little skeptical when she came across our Green Lipped Mussel supplement as nothing had really worked so far - but she was astonished by the results.
Within a matter of days, Sheeba was getting up to greet her as she walked down the stairs in the morning. Prior to the supplements she would struggle to get up in the morning as she was so stiff. Within two weeks she was more active and bouncy than she’d been for a while.
Before taking the supplement she could cope with light exercise due to the lack of power in her back legs. She was unable to get out of any dips so we were only walking on very flat ground. She’s now back loving her walks, bounces around the garden, is moving better and is so much happier in herself.
Pictured: Sheeba, 10 year old German Shephard
6 year old golden retriever elvis
Dog owner David has also seen improvements in mobility with his Golden Retriever 'Elvis' since adding the Green Lipped Mussel supplement to his dogs diet.
David was aware that mobility issues are common ailments in this breed of dog and over the years Elvis had developed a stiffness when he gets up and a slight limp.
During the second month of him taking the supplement he began to notice a real difference. The stiffness in his joints has decreased significantly and he is running much more when we are out.
Pictured: Elvis, 6 year old Golden Retriever