Are you beginning to understand why your sweet dog doesn’t want to go for a walk? If so, you may be asking what you can do to relieve your dog’s pain.
It won’t come as a shock that we need to lessen the inflammation in order to reduce the pain. We do this with anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), a host of physiotherapy techniques, and super-charged supplements with ingredients like deer velvet supplement for dogs and green lipped mussel. It’s that third option, supplements that contain green lipped mussel, we now turn our attention to.
How does green lipped mussel help dogs?
Naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, green lipped mussel is a dream for senior dogs with joint pain. These omega-3 fatty acids support immune health and are a natural anti-inflammatory. And best of all? Green lipped mussel contains the most critical omega-3s: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
EPA and DHA omega-3s in green lipped mussel for dogs
The superheroes of green lipped mussel are EPA and DHA. They work by blocking the enzyme COX (cyclooxygenase). This villainous enzyme triggers the production of prostaglandins and other chemicals that cause inflammation in the body. With the enzyme blocked, there’s less pain, less swelling, less stiffness, and more mobility for your dog!
NSAIDs vs. green lipped mussel for dogs
As a side note, this is the same way NSAIDs reduce inflammation. However, NSAIDs sometimes cause troublesome side effects. Their inhibition of COX enzymes may also block helpful enzymes that protect some organs, in particular the liver and stomach lining. This does not appear to be as much of a concern with the COX inhibition provided by EPA and DHA.
Green lipped mussel also packs an extra punch compared to other EPA and DHA sources, such as fish oils. Remember the old infomercials that would promise, “But wait…there’s more!” That’s exactly what I would say about the fatty acids in green lipped mussel.
Scientists studying green lipped mussels identified an extra omega-3 fatty acid not seen in any other marine fish oils called eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA). It is a rare form of omega-3 that blocks a separate pro-inflammatory pathway called the LOX pathway.
Thus, green lipped mussel can block the formation of damaging prostaglandins and other inflammatory chemicals from two angles (inhibition of COX and LOX) while also protecting the liver and stomach. This may make green lipped mussel a safer choice when compared to NSAIDs in many senior dogs.
What are some other benefits of green lipped mussel for dogs?
Stay with me because green lipped mussels do much more than reduce inflammation! They also contain the building blocks of the joint cartilage and fluid that I mentioned earlier to help create a healthy joint.