Unleash the power of NZ Green Lipped Mussels - Pet Arthritis
The older your pet is, the greater the chances that his sudden lack of appetite, slow movement or fatigue are due to arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 20% of all adult dogs have arthritis, when dogs reached over the age of 7 years old this number increases to 65%. As for cats, a study looking at radiographs of older cats published in 2002 found that 90% of cats over 12 years of age had evidence of degenerative joint disease.
Most pet owners have an idea of how vital omega-3 fatty acids are to their pet’s health and especially the joints, which is why they use fish oil. While fish oil has only two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), green-lipped mussels have a third one called ETA. This is a rare form of omega-3 fatty acids which lowers the production of cyclooxygenase, an enzyme which causes inflammation. This results in less pain, less inflammation, and improved mobility for your pet.
Green-lipped mussels, whose scientific name is Perna Canaliculus, are mussel species endemic to the New Zealand’s coast. The name comes from the fact that the mussels have a green edge around the shells. While New Zealand natives have known of the mollusks’ health benefits and have been using them for centuries, they have been introduced to the west only recently in the form of supplements.
Benefits of green-lipped mussels for pets:
- Support for long-term joint health and repair
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Reduce osteoarthritis associated pain
- Promote a healthy skin and coat
- Relieve skin itching
- Rich in Omega-3,Omega-6 glucosamine and chondroitin