Green lipped mussels are one of New Zealand’s unique underwater treasures. We Kiwis love them, not only because they’re delicious, but because of their many health benefits: mussels were touted as New Zealand’s first superfood. At K9 Natural we thought it was only fair to share the love with our four-legged customers, so we’ve created a seafood sensation they’ll be sniffing out as soon as you sneak them through the door.
But first, why are mussels such a health hit?
Three cheers for Omega-3
Mussels are bursting at the shells with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven to alleviate inflammatory conditions like joint pains, heart disease, and diabetes.
We know every parent of a fur baby thinks theirs is the cutest in the world. Well, here’s more good news for you: omega-3 is also known to help improve skin condition and keep coats shiny, so your pup is always ready for their close-up. Click!
A joint effort
Mussels pack in lots of glucosamine and chondroitin (what we like to call the GCs), which keep dogs’ joints in tip-top condition. The GCs are naturally present in cartilage and ligaments, but they begin to break down with age, causing arthritis and limiting mobility. Suddenly ‘walkies’ might not seem quite so exciting!
The research stacks up too. Studies have shown that feeding green mussels to arthritic dogs significantly improved their joint pain and swelling, as compared to a group of dogs without green mussels in their bowls.
To keep your bestie bounding after the tennis ball even in their later years, make their next treat a K9 Natural Green Mussel Healthy Snack – one you can feel good about giving.
Pantry staples for your pup
Seafood is usually best eaten on the day it’s caught, but we’ve designed a way for you to keep these treats just like you do your own treats jar: on the pantry shelf. K9 Natural Healthy Snacks are freeze-dried, a process which results in a dry product while locking in all the nutrients and great taste your dog loves lapping up.
There’s a lot to be said for a mouthful of mussel – and once it’s finished, your dog will be barking for more.
Written in conjunction with our in-house Nutritionist Mark Roberts.