Have you ever not been able to see the forest for the trees? I have, and just recently, too, except in my case, I wasn’t able to see the powder for the mussels…let me explain.
I came across the superfood Green Lipped Mussels earlier this year when hearing about Boo Boo’s Best, a company who sells them in dehydrated dog treat form. I purchased a bag of their Mighty Mussels (Amazon affiliate link) and was stoked to see that the pups enjoyed their seafood treat!
What’s So Special About Green Lipped Mussels?
Green Lipped Mussels provide joint health support because of their strong anti-inflammatory & lubricating benefits. Green Lipped Mussels also contain vitamins & minerals as well as Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids which contribute to a healthy skin, coat, brain- & cardiovascular health, making them a superfood which boosts the K9 immune system (same goes for our human immune system, by the way).
They are only found in the pristine waters of New Zealand where they are farmed without the use of growth hormones and/or pesticides. I have mentioned them before in my blog post about healing treats:
Since I also kept hearing about using green lipped mussel powder as a supplement in my pups’ food, I became more and more interested in finding a good powder to mix in with our raw food. Turns out it’s hard to find one that consists of ONLY the green lipped mussels, without any additives.
While I kept looking for a green lipped mussel powder that met my expectations, it suddenly struck me the other day when looking at my mortar and pestle – why not crush the dehydrated green lipped mussels I stocked up on during Boo Boo’s Best’s end of summer sale?!
I figured it’d be worth a shot and have to say that I’m pleased with the end result. I had fed one bag of the mussels as treats, but ended up crushing the remaining 8 ounces of green lipped mussels in the mortar and pestle.
I then transferred them over into my food processor for a finer grind and chose an empty glass jar to store the powder in.
How Much Green Lipped Mussel Powder Does My Dog Need?
According to pet nutrition blogger Rodney Habib, dogs can have 15 mg per 1 lb of body weight on a daily basis. Which, by the way, is not much at all after doing the math. It translates to 0.03 oz for Missy who weighs 50 lb, which is just about 1/4 of a 1/4 teaspoon, and 0.04 oz for Buzz who weighs 70 lb.
I did the math by multiplying the pups’ respective body weight by 15 mg, and then converted the result into ounces using an online conversion tool.
Don’t Feed Green Lipped Mussels If Your Dog Is Allergic To Shellfish
This would be the only con – if you know that your dog is allergic to shellfish, don’t feed him any Green Lipped Mussels, neither in treat form nor as a powder.
Green Lipped Mussels Fed As An Overall Health Booster
While neither Missy nor Buzz suffer from joint problems, I feed the mighty mussels as an overall health booster along with their raw diet, and as a preventative to keep their joints lubricated and arthritis as far away as possible!
The mussels can either be fed as a treat or crushed/ground and sprinkled on top of your dog’s food. I will continue my search of a commercial green lipped mussel powder – in the meantime I’m using my homemade powder that’s stored in my pretty glass jar 🙂 #Recycle
Update 2019: I ended up finding a Green Lipped Mussel Powder on Amazon by Super Snouts (Amazon affiliate link). It’s around $32 for 150 grams = 5.3 oz.
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