YES! The Omega-3s and other fatty acids commonly found in mussels are the source for many of the health benefits that these shellfish offer. The high concentration of of Omega fatty acids give mussels pain reducing properties and the glucosamine and chondroitin found in these shellfish help reduce inflammation. Mussels can also be used as a preventative to help prevent your dog from experiencing these joint problems later in life.
Your dog’s joints will not be the only thing that improves or is supported with mussels. These same fatty acids help promote a shiny coat and healthy skin. A healthy skin and coat will keep your dog feeling soft while also reducing any irritations or itching that they may experience. What’s not to love there?!
If you are looking for an easy way to introduce mussels into your dog’s diet or if you think your dog would like them as more of a treat, freeze-dried mussels might be the way you want to go. The Honest Kitchen has all natural, freeze-dried mussels for dogs. Nice Mussels are an even mix of freeze-dried blue and green lipped mussels that originate on the shores of New Zealand. The Honest Kitchen perused these new single ingredient treats because they are a natural protein-rich source of Omega-3s, which means they will help support your dog’s healthy skin and coat. And just like all The Honest Kitchen products, these treats are human grade!
With all the health benefits that mussels can offer dogs, the simple answer is yes. Dogs can eat mussels and one might argue that they should.