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Green Lipped Mussel for Dogs and Cats

Safe to use as a dietary supplement, alternative medicine
for most dogs and cats


In this article…
1. Green Lipped Mussel (Perna)
2. Health Benefits

3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
6. Daily Dosage
1.0 New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel
(also known as Perna, New Zealand Green Mollusk, NZGLM, etc.)
New Zealand green lipped mussel is a species of shellfish that can only be found in the waters and on the shores of New Zealand. Green Lipped Mussels are a traditional food of the Maoris – indigenous people of New Zealand. The use of green lipped muscles as an alternative medicine is relatively new to the western world. The benefits of Green Lipped Muscles were noted by the western world upon observation of the Maoris people – specifically that the incidence of arthritis among the Maoris people was very low.
Green Lipped Mussel (NZGLM) Is Typically Available in…
·        Oil gel supplement;
o   In oil form NZGLM is only effective for treating arthritis and inflammation;
·        Ground Powder;
o   Capsule form, or
o   Soft Gel form.
o   Should be effective for treating the full range of benefits noted further below.
Medicinal Properties of NZGLM
Green Lipped Mussels contain mucopolysaccharides – building blocks of the body that are found in every type of body tissue and are an important component of cartilage and synovial (joint) fluid. Components of mucopolysaccharides include:
NZGLM also contain:
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (also an anti-inflammatory);
  •  Minerals, and;
  • Protein.
Like other alternative medicines  it takes a little time (i.e. several weeks) for the effects of green lipped muscle to start evidencing a decrease in inflammation and pain.
2.0 Health Benefits
The following is a partial list of health benefits…
  • Arthritis;
    • Osteoarthritis;
    • Rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Asthma;
  • Atopic dermatitis (skin inflammation);
  • Bone and teeth health;
  • Cancer;
    • Breast;
    • Prostate;
  • Circulatory System health;
  • Connective Tissue Disorders;
  • Gout;
  • Eye disorders;
  • Heart disease;
  • Joint pain and stiffness;
  • Immune System health;
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • Inflammatory Joint Disease (i.e. bursitis);
  • Lyme disease;
  • Lupus – systemic;
  • Mucositis (inflammation of the mucus membranes of the GI tract)
  • Nervous system health
  • Psoriasis;
  • Skin health;
  • Ulcers (NSIAD induced).
3.0 Cautions…
If your dog or cat:
  • Has liver disease;
  • Is allergic to shell fish do not use NZGLM
    • Signs of an allergic reaction include:
      • Abdominal pain;
      • Chest tightness;
      • Difficulty breathing;
      • Itching;
      • Hives;
      • Swelling of the face or hands;
      • Swelling or tingling in the:
        •  Mouth;
        • Throat;
      • Vomiting.
4.0 Side Effects…
  • ·        Safe for most dogs and cats;
  • ·        In some individuals may cause;
o   Abnormal liver;
o   Diarrhea;
o   Heart disease;
o   Intestinal gas;
o   Lung disfunction;
o   Fluid retention;
o   Gout;
o   Skin rash;
o   Respiratory problems;
o   Nausea.        
  • In rare cases it NZGLM mat cause liver problems.
5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Use caution when taking in tandem with anti-inflammatory drugs, herbs or supplements as NZGLM may enhance effects and side effects;
6.0 Daily Dosage… Follow manufacturers directions.

About Karen

Dogs are my life, my work, my passion… I am a Dog Whisperer, Dog Behaviorist and Holistic Canine Wellness Adviser with a wealth of real-time, real-life experience living and working with dogs. For two and a half decades I have worked with and shared my life with dogs. My own dog pack is comprised of eleven dogs, various breeds and ages. I provide a full range of services including Obedience Training for puppies and dogs; canine Behavior Modification; canine Psychological Rehabilitation, specializing in assisting dogs that are experiencing extreme states of insecurity, anxiety and aggressive-reactive behavior; Diet, Nutrition and Wellness Advice and Plans for canines and felines…natural wisdom for you and your companion animal.

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