As a pet parent, you know that movement matters for your four-legged friend. Cats climb. Dogs zoom. Some of your pet’s favorite activities probably center around being active
That means you want to protect their ability to stay mobile through the years. And that means keeping their joints healthy.
Fortunately, you’ve got some options here. And even better, some of the best joint supplements come from natural sources.
Take green lipped mussels, or Perna canaliculus, as an example. These mussels, which grow exclusively in New Zealand, have natural anti-inflammatory properties. When you give them to your pet, studies show that they can support joint health.
If you’ve been looking for a way to keep your cat or dog moving comfortably, look no further.
The gist of this joint boost
These aptly-named mussels (the edges of their shells are a vibrant green) pack a joint health punch thanks to their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Specifically, Perna canaliculus contains:
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA) — this omega-3 is only found in green-lipped mussels
These directly fight inflammation in your pet’s body, fending off issues like osteoarthritis.
In that sense, green-lipped mussels function similarly to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which commonly get prescribed to pets with joint issues. But NSAIDs come with short-term side effects like digestive problems. More problematically, they can damage your dog or cat’s kidney or liver over time. When you choose this route, you have to balance the benefit of lessened joint pain with the risk to your pet’s overall health.
But green-lipped mussels are different. They give you a way to target inflammation without negative side effects for your pet.
Treating and preventing joint problems
Osteoarthritis — or inflammation in a joint because of wear and tear through the years — is common in both cats and dogs. By the time they turn 10, around 90% of cats will deal with osteoarthritis. And the American Kennel Club reports that this condition affects one in five dogs, often starting as early as age one.
You don’t have to sit back and watch your pets be limited by joint degeneration. Green Lipped Mussels give you a way to proactively prevent inflammation in their joints. If you want to add something to your pet’s diet to help keep them mobile through the years, this is it.
Or, if your pet has already started showing signs of joint pain, you can use this natural option to actively fight the inflammation that’s affecting them.
Getting the green-lipped variety into your pet’s bowl
Because this species of mussel is native only to New Zealand, unless you’re a Kiwi, you likely won’t be able to add fresh Perna canaliculus to your cat or dog’s bowl. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with our Joint Support Bone Broth Booster.
It includes just two ingredients: high-quality bone broth from grass-fed cows paired with green-lipped mussels. Whether you sprinkle this powder on top of your pet’s meal or mix it with warm water for them to lap up, it gives you a simple way to work this natural joint-health boost into their diet. Grab your bag of this booster today.