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MSM for Dogs: All Your Top Questions Answered!

Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, offers amazing benefits to our adult and senior dogs. This essential mineral supports overall health and nutrient absorption while also providing natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits. Giving your dog a supplement containing MSM is a great way to ensure they see the benefits of this necessary nutrient. 4 minute read

Methylsulfonylmethane (also known as MSM) doesn’t get as much attention as other vitamins and minerals. But that doesn’t mean it can’t do amazing things for your dog. That’s why we’ve put together a list of your top questions about MSM so you and your pup can start seeing its amazing benefits today.

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What Is MSM?

MSM is a naturally occurring chemical found in humans, animals, and plants.It’s an organic form of sulfur, which is one of the three most common minerals in the human body along with calcium and phosphorus.
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What Does MSM Do for Dogs?

Like us, our dogs also need sulfur to make proteins, build and repair DNA, and metabolize food. Their bodies can’t make it, so they need to get the sulfur they need from the food they eat. To make sure our dogs get the sulfur they need in their diet, it’s not enough just to have any old sulfur. It needs to be biologically active and available. That means it needs to be in a form that our dogs’ bodies can easily absorb and use.
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That’s where MSM comes in. MSM is a biologically active form of sulfur that our dogs can easily absorb. It also helps cleanse the bloodstream and has natural pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

These benefits are why MSM is widely used to treat arthritis in dogs. MSM is also great for maintaining nerve and soft tissue for younger dogs to lower their chance of getting arthritis as they get older.

Foods rich in MSM include alfalfa sprouts, beetroot, asparagus, ripe tomatoes, and leafy green vegetables. However, it can be difficult to ensure your dog is getting all the MSM they need from their food. Which is why some pet parents choose to give their dogs MSM supplements.

Should I Give My Dog MSM?

MSM is a great supplement for adult and senior dogs. It helps senior dogs by alleviating arthritis and joint pain while increasing flexibility. It helps adult dogs keep their joints working smoothly to reduce the risk of arthritis later in life.
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In both age groups, it enhances the absorption of vitamins and minerals, alleviates allergies, and helps to build nerve tissue, hair, skin, and nails.That’s why we recommend MSM for both adult and senior dogs. Together with glucosamine and chondroitin, these three nutrients create a powerful blend that’s even more effective in promoting your dog’s joint health and reducing stiffness. 

Is MSM Safe for Dogs?

While MSM is found naturally in certain foods, many pup parents choose to add an MSM supplement to their dog’s diet to ensure they receive the amount of MSM they need. When given in the correct dosage, MSM supplements are safe and effective for dogs.

However, not all supplements are created equal. Animal-grade supplements are not held to the same standards as human supplements. For example, heavy metal contamination has been found in some animal-grade MSM supplements.That’s why it’s so important that you know and trust the company that’s making your dog’s supplements!

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We take your dog’s health very seriously. That’s why all of our ingredients come from the highest quality raw materials and have to pass a comprehensive testing protocol to make sure there has been no contamination and that they meet the highest standards of quality, safety, and consistency.

Our supplements are also made in an FDA-approved and CGMP-compliant facility.

While MSM has no major known side effects, it’s always a good idea to monitor your dog’s behavior with any new supplement. If you notice changes in your dog’s behavior or stool after starting a new supplement (like lethargy or diarrhea, for example), stop the supplement and contact your veterinarian.

How Much MSM Do You Give Dogs?

The dosage of MSM that is best for your dog depends mainly on their size and weight. Always make sure to read the labels of your supplements carefully to make sure you’re giving your dog the correct dosage.

The Final Woof

MSM supports our adult and senior dogs’ health by helping with nutrient absorption, supporting healthy joints and other soft tissues, alleviating allergies, and providing natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. By providing your adult or senior dog with a responsibly made supplement containing MSM, you’re giving them an amazing boost of nutritional support to help them live their best, most active lives.
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