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Understanding The Benefits of MSM for Your Dog

MSM and your Dog
  • 29 March 2017
  • Pet Wants

MSM, or Methylsulfonylmethane, is a naturally occurring sulfur compound with health and pain relieving benefits for both dogs and humans. It is already probably part of your diet, at least in small amounts. It occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables, kelp, nuts, meat and cow’s milk. Sulfur is found in nearly every cell in the body, with the highest concentrations found in joints, hair, skin and nails. Supplementing MSM in your dog’s diet can help alleviate joint pain and offer a list of other benefits.

MSM is thought to enhance the structural integrity of connective tissue, which can help reduce scar tissue and strengthen joints. This compound can also act as a natural pain reliever. In addition to aiding joint pain and stiffness, MSM’s anti-inflammatory properties make it popular for treating digestive disorders, arthritis, eye problems and chronic inflammatory diseases.

Health Benefits of MSM

Alleviating joint pain is perhaps the most common use of MSM. MSM is a natural analgesic that can be used by both humans and dogs. It acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and is thought to help block the perception of pain in certain types of nerve fibers before pain signals reach the brain. It is nearly as popular as glucosamine and chondroitin as an anti-inflammatory dietary supplement.

Additionally, MSM supports the body by acting as a potentiator for uptake of other crucial vitamins and minerals. This ensures that your dog will be able to fully absorb all of the nutrients needed to thrive. MSM can also help alleviate allergies. Allergies may be less noticeable in dogs than in humans, but for dogs who suffer, MSM can offer relief from symptoms.

Finally, there is some evidence that MSM may help combat parasites in dogs. MSM should not be used in place of medications prescribed by your vet, but it can provide an additional level of defense to keep your dog healthy.

Why Supplement?

Although MSM occurs naturally in food, like many vitamins and minerals, therapeutic benefits occur at levels much greater than what’s found in a regular diet. The recommended daily amount of MSM for dogs is 50 to 100 mg MSM per 10 pounds of body weight. If your dog’s diet does not contain adequate amounts of MSM, supplementing is a simple way to solve this issue.

As with any major changes in supplementation, it’s a good idea to talk to your vet first. While MSM is generally regarded as being completely safe, some dogs are sensitive or intolerant to sulfur compounds. Be sure to keep an eye on your dog to monitor effects and benefits. You can also ask your vet exactly how much MSM is appropriate for your dog.

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