What Is MSM And Does Your Dog Need It?
Dogs need a lot of nutrients to acquire a healthy body. While some nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Iron can easily be found in lots of dog food, other less popular minerals can actually greatly boost your dog’s health.
One of these lesser known nutrients is MSM. Introducing this nutrient to your dog’s eating routine can really make a difference!
What is MSM?
MSM is a natural antioxidant that can be found in plants and both animals, and the human body. However, it can only be naturally produced by the body in a regulated amount. This is why to attain all of its benefits, it’s highly recommended that it be consumed through food and multivitamins.
What are the benefits of MSM?
MSM is most commonly known to aid arthritis. But that’s not just it. The benefits of MSM can range from physiological and neurological functions.
MSM can reduce inflammation brought by arthritis and its other side effects such as swelling and redness. Consumption of MSM can trigger the activity of cortisol, which is the body’s natural hormone in fighting inflammation.
Aside from this, it can relieve various body pains. These body pains include muscle, bone, and joint pain. It serves as natural anesthesia that targets the nerve fibers throughout the body.
In relation to its benefits to the nerves, MSM can also resolve diabetic neuropathy. This is characterized by nerve damages throughout the legs and feet caused by the overproduction of glucose.
MSM is also considered a natural antioxidant that can ease digestion. Proper digestion can reduce the risk of gastrointestinal illnesses, increase energy, and boost immunity in dogs.
The risk of allergies can be reduced by MSM. It includes skin allergies that may lead to extreme itchiness, pimples, lacerations, wounds, and alopecia. Respiratory allergies characterized by a runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes can also be prevented by regular consumption of MSM.
The last benefit, and perhaps the most important one, MSM can reduce the risk of cancer. Especially the kinds of cancer that target bones and joints, such as osteosarcoma and synovial sarcoma.
Where can dogs get MSM?
MSM can easily be found in various foods such as leafy vegetables, legumes, whole grains, apples, and raspberries.
However, not all of these foods are compatible with dogs. Dogs cannot eat them on a regular basis as they can cause indigestion and other gastrointestinal problems.
This is why it’s highly recommended that MSM is consumed through supplements. Through this, it can be formulated in such a way that a dog’s body can easily absorb it.
MSM is one of the major ingredients of hip and joint supplements. To maximize its full potential, it’s best consumed with glucosamine, chondroitin, omega 3, and omega 6. The combination of all these nutrients is verified to promote cartilage repair, lubricate joints, enhance tendon elasticity, and protect your dogs from arthritis.
As a responsible dog owner, you should never stop learning about what can improve your dogs’ health. And now that you already know the wonders of MSM, it’s time to include it in your dog’s daily meals!
Laura Robinson, DMV
Dr Laura practices at the Antonio Animal Hospital in California, where she was born and raised. She is an advisor to Wuffes, ensuring all our products and content is of the highest standard