Why is MSM important for your pet?
Humans suffer joint and muscle complications as well as animals. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects one in every five dogs in the United States. This makes it one of the leading causes of chronic pain conditions that veterinarians handle. The good news is that MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) can help ease joint pain and connective tissue complications in pets.
Today, we will be exposing the benefits of MSM - a pet nutrition supplement. We will talk about its impact on your pets' health, why it should be used as a supplement in your pets' food, and how it functions with other supplements to give your pets a healthy life, prevent degenerative diseases and increase their longevity.
This post includes:
- The natural sources and constituents of MSM and
- Its importance in promoting pet health
So if you really love your pets, and you're absolutely sure you want them to stay healthy and strong, read on!
Natural sources and Constituents of MSM.
MSM, fully known as Methylsulfonylmethane, encompasses organic sulfur compounds which are essential to your pet health. Though it is often used by humans to treat arthritis and joint related problems, it is also very beneficial in promoting strong joints in pets.
MSM and its precursors return to the earth in rainwater. And because fruits and vegetables will absorb this rainwater, MSM is found in most plants, with a content ranging from 1 to 4 mg/kg.
When animals eat these plants, they also assimilate MSM. For example, raw cow’s milk from pastured animals contains a considerable amount of MSM which is about 2 to 5 mg/kg. However, due to the volatile nature of MSM, it is rapidly lost when consumables are heated during food preparation or pasteurization. Pasteurized milk therefore contains less than 0.25 mg/kg MSM, roughly the same amount found in milk from cows that are fed from dried, artificial food. Also, milk from goats and other animals contains a lesser amount.
We observed that cooking and heating destroy most MSM in plants and meats. It is also lost when vegetables and fruit are frozen for a lengthy period of time, or when they are irradiated. Consequently, it’s no wonder that dogs and humans both suffer from a chronic shortage of MSM, because the realities of the modern food industry make it impossible for our pets to be fed without heating, irradiating or freezing their food for a period of time.
If you prefer to rely on food rich in MSM, make sure your pet’s diet is raw and organic to keep as much of this nutrient preserved and intact. Smaller amounts of naturally occurring MSM would be needed, so it is possible for your pet to get enough MSM from diet alone.
Likewise, adding foods rich in sulfur to your dog’s diet might also help since MSM is an organic sulfur. Sulfur is known to play an important role in the production of glutathione - another important antioxidant.
Notwithstanding, MSM can also be produced in a lab, where it is sometimes combined with other nutrients such as organic chondroitin.
Why is MSM important to pets?
The importance of MSM in promoting pet optimal wellness cannot be overemphasized. Along with other beneficial supplements such as glucosamine, MSM as a supplement in pet food helps them in the following ways:
1. It reduces chronic pain faced by dogs. MSM which serves as a natural analgesic can block the diffusion of pain impulses through the nerve fibers.
2. It also serves as a synergist. It increases the power of other vitamins and nutrients such as Magnesium, Calcium, and Glucosamine. MSM improves the cellular uptake of these nutrients and prolongs their lives.
3. MSM is necessary for maintaining healthy dog fur and skin because it helps the body form keratin - a protein that constitutes the major components in the outermost layers or hair and fur. This is in addition to decreasing pressure inside cells allowing nutrients and water to flow inside cells and nourish the body. As a result, it maintains the skin’s elasticity allowing it to stretch without causing pain. The coat becomes stronger and more resistant to shedding throughout the year.
Dosage and Administration
MSM products usually come in the form of powder, although you may come across capsule and tablet variants.
The rule of thumb is to give your pet a dose of 50-100 mg for every 10 pounds of body weight. You can mix it with your pet’s food as well. Your vet may prescribe a higher dose if he or she discovers that your pet has an extreme MSM deficiency. However, irregular dosage only lasts for about one to two weeks. After this compensatory period, you can revert to giving your dog the normal dose.
It is pertinent to note that the daily dosage also depends on the health of your pet. For example, gastrointestinal tolerance may affect the amount of Methylsulfonylmethane that your dog can take.
Furthermore, giving your pet this chemical for a day will hardly produce noteworthy results. Your pet should be administered these supplements from the space of a week to a month in order to see any improvement in your pet’s health.
It is recommended that MSM is administered together with vitamins B and C. Vitamin E may be necessary because it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Notwithstanding, additional prescriptions depend on the observations your pet’s vet makes. He or she may also advise you to give your dog plenty of water to help flush toxins.
Another complementary supplement with anti-inflammatory properties is omega 3. It also helps promote healthy growth of skin, fur, and muscles. These additional supplements may or may not be necessary.
PureForm Pet Health focuses on manufacturing pure supplements to help your pets live a longer, healthier life. Our supplements contain only active required ingredients for a healthy life such as Glucosamine Hydrochloride, MSM, Amino-Acids, Antioxidants, Vitamins, and Minerals. With no added sugars, flavors, fillers, known allergens or preservatives, we only include the essentials. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, so you can trust our supplements as the best bet for your pet.
Health problems such as arthritis can be debilitating to both humans and animals such as dogs. One way of alleviating this pain is by giving your dog MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).
It's benefits are: promoting healthy cartilage growth, diffusing nutrients all over the body, and ensuring the healthy growth of fur.
MSM does not produce serious health complications. Studies published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal Cartilage Osteoarthritis, show that MSM can help reduce joint inflammation.
This natural form of sulfur is relatively safe so that you do not have to worry about jeopardizing the health of your dog. A study carried out and published in the Journal Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2007 revealed that MSM for dogs did not produce toxic chemical or biomechanical signs in clinical trials.
In addition, seek professional help if your pet develops any health complications or unusual behavior after taking MSM supplement. You wouldn't want to risk the health of your dog by trusting your discretion alone. In conclusion, MSM remains a worthy endorsement because its advantages far outweigh its deficiencies.