Green Lipped Mussels for Dogs & Cats

Green Lipped Mussels for Dogs & Cats

Green lipped mussels are one of those wonderful foods for joint health and prevention/treatment of osteoarthritis. It’s an ingredient we find in a few top quality foods, and often in foods from New Zealand where they’re generally sourced. The Maori tribe of New Zealand have a diet rich in green lipped mussels, and are known for having the strongest bones and joints in the world.

Green lipped mussels are a fantastic foodstuff for people with arthritis, and the same applies to our pets. In this article we’ll take a look at the benefits of green lipped mussels for dogs & cats, how to feed them, and where to buy them.

Why are green lipped mussels good for dogs & cats?

Green lipped mussels contain glycosaminoglycans which serve to maintain supple and strong joints and help the body repair cartilage. Large breed dogs are particularly prone to joint damage and conditions such as hip or elbow dysplasia. It’s not just large breed dogs, as active or working dogs by nature put a lot of stress on their joints, and even less active dogs can suffer from poor joint health as they age.

Many commercial pet foods, particularly those formulated with high carbohydrates from grains or other starchy ingredients can also lead to poor joint health.

Another component of green lipped mussels is eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA) which is a form of omega 3. ETA helps prevent inflammation in joints.

It doesn’t end there either, as lyprinols and anti oxidants are also found in green lipped mussels which further aid joint health in dogs & cats.

No matter what breed of dog or cat, or how old they are, green lipped mussels are always a worthy addition to their diet.

Let’s take a look the best ways to feed your pet green lipped mussels:

How should I feed green lipped mussels to my pet?

There are four common ways of feeding green lipped mussels. These are:

  • Within some pet foods as an ingredient (see below).
  • As freeze dried treats (see below).
  • As capsules (see below).
  • Fresh (if you can buy them locally!).

Which commercial pet foods contain green lipped mussels?

Green lipped mussels are commonly found in pet foods manufactured in New Zealand. The following foods, rated highly by us, contain green lipped mussels as an ingredient:

The wet foods by ZiwiPeak and K9 Natural/Feline Natural also contain green lipped mussels.

Where can I buy green lipped mussels?

Until recently it’s been hard to find green lipped mussels. Thankfully they’ve become more common as freeze dried treats and can be bought from pet stores or online. Freeze drying is a process which removes all water content and leaves the nutrition intact, being a great way of preserving the food and reducing weight. A 50g bag of freeze dried mussels is the equivalent of over 250g of mussels in fresh form (as a guesstimate).

The website Sniff Out is an excellent tool to find green-lipped mussels (and any pet products) from Aussie retailers. I’ll include some links for a few products below:

👉 Click here to find retailers for Green-Lipped Mussels in Australia.

As a general rule you could feed one mussel a day, or every couple of days, as a treat. For a more specific formula (see below).

Capsules might be a more convenient option, with PAW Osteosupport Joint Care Capsules from Blackmores being the most common. These are available as 500mg daily capsules for dogs or 500mg daily capsules for cats. You can buy these at most retailers including Pet Circle and My Pet Warehouse.

Sashas Blend is another good option, being a combination of green lipped mussel, abalone, and marine cartilage (shark cartilage). Abalone is a preventive of arthritis and reduces joint pain as well as other health benefits. Shark cartilage is said to aid cartilage repair, but there’s little research on this.

When feeding capsules it’s best to spread the powder over your pet’s food. This works better if you feed wet and can mix it in.

👉 Click here to find prices for PAW Osteosupport.

👉 Click here to find prices for Sashas Blend.

How many green lipped mussels should I feed my pet per day?

There are a few formulas based on studies. The following formula was published in a study in the Journal of Nutrition 2002 and applies to dogs and cats:

15mg of green lipped mussel powder per 1lb (1 pound) of body weight

Powder is essentially green lipped mussels with all moisture removed, with the same being the case for freeze dried offerings from manufacturers such as K9 Natural and Sunday Pets.

Here are some calculations using that formula, and converted to kilos and grams:

5kg (adult cat) – 0.165g/day

10kg (small dog) – 0.33g/day

20kg (medium dog) – 0.66g/day

When you consider a small pack of K9 Natural Green Lipped Mussels are 50g, that would mean the pack would be sufficient for a 20kg dog for 75 days!

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Petfood Critiques
4 years ago

Alot of pet food manufactures claim with added green lipped mussell. However this ingredient is very unstable and has to be added at a certain part of the processing and also below a certain temperature. If a pet food claims to have added GLMP ask them what amount is in the finished product? There is no point adding it if it’s is destroyed through the cooking process.

4 years ago

Someone pointed out to me the other day that these mussels have recently become even easier to obtain, and are now mainstream enough that you can pick them up at coles/woolies supermarkets. (Far cheaper than the mussel options from pet food suppliers as well, as long as you don’t mind handling raw mussels). These links might not age very well, but just do a quick search for ‘mussel’ on the supermarket site if need be.–green-lip-frozen

Pet Food Reviews
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Fantastic info Alan! Thanks.

$5.50/kilo can’t be sniffed at.

5 years ago

One of the multi billion dollar companies has decided to add green lipped mussels to their joint formula, not sure who it was though.
Not even sure why it took them so long to realise how good they are and to start using them, same with Purina and the coconut oil MCT’s even though I don’t think they derive it from coconut but rather vegetable oil? Hmm can’t remember, anyways took them forever to realise the amazing benefits for cats and dogs and than wrote something about realising it and I was like but it’s nothing new? Your just trying to make yourselves sound cooler but to me it makes you look dumber.

6 years ago

no wonder my pup keeps trying to chew the mussel shells we have in the garden!

6 years ago

If in Brisbane you can buy the dried Green Lipped Mussels at:
‘Animal Wellness’ vets in Greenslopes.

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