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Green-Lipped Mussels: The Secret Ingredient to Get Dogs with Joint Pain Up and Moving

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Green-lipped mussels aren’t much to look at. These mollusks, native to New Zealand, appear much like others of their kind. 

The big difference? The green rim on their shells that gives them their name.

Of course, that’s just the external difference. Because these otherwise unimpressive creatures have been found to have robust medical and health benefits in studies. But what about green-lipped mussels for dogs? Particularly for dogs suffering from arthritis and other types of joint pain.

Why? How do they work? Are they really that great?

Table of Contents:

  • Why are green-lipped mussels so good at relieving joint pain in dogs?
  • Do green-lipped mussels work for dogs?
  • But does your dog need green-lipped mussels?

Why are green-lipped mussels so good at relieving joint pain in dogs?

Green-lipped mussels help reduce inflammation and offer joint support

Like fish oil, green-lipped mussels are chock-full of inflammation-reducing omega-3s. Their natural anti-inflammatory nature is what really sets them apart from other forms of joint support.

But green-lipped mussels work even better. That’s because they contain additional compounds that work with the omega-3s to combat pain and inflammation in joints.

Green-lipped mussels help improve joint metabolism

Chondroitin. Glucosamine. Magnesium. Zinc. What do all of those compounds have in common?

They bolster the metabolism of joints. And that makes them work better longer.

Oh, and they’re all found in green-lipped mussels. Every. Single. One.

Green-lipped mussels help protect joints

According to experts, green-lipped mussels protect joints and alleviate joint pain because they contain compounds such as glycosaminoglycans, in addition to other vitamins and minerals. 

Green-lipped mussels help build cartilage and create joint fluid

Green-lipped mussels contain polysulfated glycosaminoglycans (PSGAGs), which have been called “the building blocks for cartilage and joint fluid.”

Do green-lipped mussels work for dogs?

The science says yes!

In this study, 45 dogs who had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis were divided into groups. One group was given a placebo for eight weeks. Another was given green-lipped mussels. 

Researchers noticed a significant reduction in chronic pain for the dogs fed GLM.

Another group of studies added GLM into dogs’ diets in three different ways - as a powder, in a treat, and as part of the regular meal. All three methods were found to greatly reduce joint swelling, joint pain, and joint crepitus.

But does your dog need green-lipped mussels?

Here’s what we know...

  1. If your dog suffers from arthritis or other types of hip and joint pain, science says that green-lipped mussels can help significantly.
  2. If your dog isn’t currently suffering from joint problems, it’s probably just a matter of time. 

According to research by Dr. Karyl Hurley, a veterinarian at England’s Waltham’s research center, “over 50% of dogs over the age of eight start to develop arthritis in various joints… usually their hips, knees and elbows.”

In other words: even if your dog isn’t struggling with their joint health right now, they probably will as they get older. 

Supplements with green-lipped mussels can help to delay and minimize these issues and prolong the health and well-being of your furry friend. So your pup can stay active, energetic, and free of pain for as long as possible.

Who wouldn’t want that for their best friend? 

Have you tried green-lipped mussels for your dog? How did you give it to them? How did your pup respond?



Camille Arneberg and her dog
Camille is a co-founder of PetHonesty and VP of Pup Parent Education. After watching her own family dog suffer from joint issues for years she became passionate about improving dogs' quality of life. With the help of a team of veterinarians and dog nutritionists she now helps educate other dog owners about the small but powerful things they can do to positively impact their dogs' health and wellness! She lives in Austin, TX and loves cuddling puppies, being outside and reading.