Green Lipped Mussel for Dogs | Dogs Joint Care (Added Ingredient for Homeopathic Product Selection)


Wonder Dog Superfoods™ is focused on supporting your dog’s health, including healthy joints. We know supporting health is preventative care, so we want to offer natural choices when it comes to supporting your dog’s joints. Studies show inflammation is a known cause of disease for all of us, including animals. Green lipped mussel (GLM), scientifically named Perna canaliculus, thrives in the pristine waters of New Zealand. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which is important for maintaining healthy joints. Green lipped mussels are a good source of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, which can help in the formation and repair of cartilage and provide joint support for dogs. Based upon referenced studies supporting the benefits GLM, we have added GLM to our existing superfood powder, with the added benefit of helping boost your dog’s mealtime nutrition, one convenient scoop at a time.

Why include Green Lipped Mussel powder for your dog’s joint care?

After reading the studies, we had to share them with you, so please take a moment when you have time. We think our customers will agree that this superfood is a great addition for supporting healthy joints. For example, a green-lipped mussel (GLM) preparation was evaluated in a randomized, double-controlled and double-blinded clinical trial. (4) The study was funded by the Finnish Foundation of Veterinary Research, Helvi Knuuttila Foundation. As far as side-effects from these products, they were neither severe nor related to any group. Palatability was not a concern. In addition, GLM has a slower onset but a longer effect. The preliminary human study by Gibson et al. indicated that the beneficial effects of GLM treatment, could last for two to three weeks after cessation of therapy, if given for at least two months. Their follow-up evaluation was at week twelve, four weeks after discontinuation of the trial, and the beneficial effects were still evident as could be seen e.g. by a smaller intake of extra carprofen in the GLM group compared to the two other groups. Many studies show GLM to be particularly helpful in relieving pain in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis (OA). Nearly 50% of all dogs are 6+ years of age. A common ailment in many aging dogs is osteoarthritis, a painful, debilitating disease of degenerating joints. In fact, research suggests that GLM may have chondroprotective properties due to its Glycosaminoglycans (GAG) , especially chondroitin sulfate, content (4). Chondroitin is a major component of cartilage.

1. Effect of a diet enriched with green-lipped mussel on pain behavior and functioning in dogs with clinical osteoarthritis; Pascale Rialland,1 Sylvain Bichot,1 Bertrand Lussier, Maxim Moreau, Francis Beaudry, Jérôme RE del Castillo,Dominique Gauvin, and Eric Troncy;  Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research.
2. The influence of green-lipped mussel powder (Perna Caniculus) on alleviating arthritic signs in dogs. Bui LM, Pawlowski K, Bierer TL. FASEB J. 2000;14(4):A218 [Abstract 160.9].
3. Clinical efficacy and tolerance of an extract of green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) in dogs presumptively diagnosed with degenerative joint disease; Pollard B1, Guilford WG, Ankenbauer-Perkins KL, Hedderley D.; Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North, New Zealand; N Z Vet J. 2006 Jun;54(3):114-8.
4. Evaluating Complementary Therapies for Canine Osteoarthritis Part I: Green-lipped Mussel (Perna canaliculus); Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2009 Sep; 6(3): 365-373.  Anna Hielm-Björkman, Riitta-Mari Tulamo, Hanna Salonen, and Marja Raekallio; Published online 2007 Oct 29. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nem136; Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2009 Sep; 6(3): 365-373.
5. American Veterinary Medical Association; U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook 2012 Edition; Veterinary services/products provided during the most recent veterinary visit by dog-owning households, 1996-2011; page 73.