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I can't tell you when I learned about green lipped mussels, but it was definitely in a raw feeding group. I was told that it's great for dogs with arthritis and with Rodrigo and Sydney's history, I knew that I needed to get this magical, all natural supplement.
What are Green Lipped Mussels?
Green-lipped mussels are exactly what you'd imagine – mussels with a green tint around the edge of what is the lip of the shells. I had no clue until I saw a picture of them for the first time.
Benefits of Green Lipped Mussels for Dogs
I add green-lipped mussels to the dog food mixture because it's a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory. I've been buying it for nearly two years, and I've seen a huge improvement in the mobility of our dogs. And when Rodrigo or Sydney are having a rough day because they overdid it during our play time, I just add a little more to their meal for a day, and they're feeling better.
- natural anti-inflammatory with no known side effects (unless your dog is allergic to shellfish)
- supports the circulatory system
- offers a boost to the immune system
- strengthens teeth and bones
- has omega-3 fatty acids
- supports nerve cell functioning while improving muscle, tissue, and organ stimulation.
Green Lipped Mussel Dosage for Dogs
According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, we should add “15mg of powdered extract per 1 pound of pet’s body weight.”
I looked it up and 15 mg = 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon; that is what I add to our dogs' meals when they're having a rough day (1 tbsp). When I'm mixing up raw meals for the week for all four of our dogs, I add five tablespoons to an 8-quart bowl of raw dog food; I don't add more, because our dogs get joint and immunity support from other food and supplement.
However, when I dug a little deeper, I found that the above calculator may not be accurate because the measurements depend on the density of the substance. Mg is a measure of mass while Tsp is a measure of volume. The above conversion is based on table salt, which I thought was similar to green lipped mussel powder. Other measures, for Benedryl, for example, convert 15 mg to approximately 1.2 tsp. However, that's a pill versus a salt or a powder.
Please note that this is to give you an idea. In my experience, I've been able to give my dogs a couple of tablespoons of green lipped mussel powder without harm.
Where I Buy Green Lipped Mussels for My Dogs
I order a pound of green lipped mussel powder (sourced from New Zealand) through our local raw food co-op, and it'll last about four months. I store it in a glass container with a sealed lid.
There are tons of supplements for dogs that have green-lipped mussel (GLM) in them, but I don't buy those because it's not always clear how much of the supplement has GLM and where the GLM was sourced. I recommend buying the powder at your local supplement store where you can ask a salesperson about the sourcing and quality.
- Super Snouts Joint Powder (100% green lipped mussel powders)
Or you can just give your dogs green lipped mussel treats! Yeah, it comes in treat form too! Easy peasy!!!!
Boo Boo's Best Mighty Mussels
I received a bag of Boo Boo's Best Might Mussels and a couple bags of their protein meal toppers for an honest review. Spoiler alert: I loved it all (or the dogs did). The mussels are sourced from New Zealand and air-dried so that all of the nutrients remain intact. Mighty Mussels are a perfect (and natural) source of glucosamine, chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, vitamin, and minerals. I've read on many sites that GLM is a superfood, which is great news because our dogs love these treats.
For a week, the dogs enjoyed the Might Mussels and I added the Renewing Rabbit and KangaBoo to their food, and they were in heaven. I love the food toppers because they're dehydrated proteins that all of our dogs can enjoy – even my sensitive boy, Rodrigo.
The food toppers aren't the tiny crumbles I'm used to; instead, they're big crunchy bites that I should have photographed for this post. So they double as training treats too. Everything from Boo Boo's Best is amazing. I'm truly impressed with this brand. The clear winner for our pack was the Mighty Mussels, because…
- they're an all-natural treat that packs a punch nutritionally and supports our dogs' joint health
- they don't leave our dogs with fishy breath, smelly farts, or soft poop
- a 14-ounce bag goes a long way with four dogs
I plan to order a few more bags of the green lipped mussel dog treats this weekend.
Update on Adding GLM Powder to My Dogs' Diet
I eventually stopped adding GLM powder to my dogs' diet because my senior dogs reached an age where they needed more support and GLM powder wasn't cutting it.