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New Zealand Green Mussels make up 3% of the Boys new food by Ziwi Peak. #doodle*licious

We are presently in our third week eating an “alternative to raw” – species appropriate diet of beef – its liver, kidney, heart, tripe, bone and lung. In addition to – green lipped mussels!

Prior to spending all my spare time reading about foods that are good for them, I’d never heard of green mussels. Never knew about all the benefits, and had no idea the green lipped mussel was exclusive to New Zealand.

They get their name from the green edges or “lips” of the shell.


The best known components of green lipped mussels are Omega-3 fatty acids, including the fatty acids EPA and DHA. Omega-3s work by reducing the level of inflammation associated with diseases such as osteoarthritis. Although this is the same compound found in fish oil, in the case of green lipped mussels, this is combined with other compounds that also fight joint inflammation and pain. Source and photo compliments of PetMD


Natural source of Glucosamine & Chondroitin –

  • These 2 ingredients act as a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • May help reduce joint paint and help improve joint mobility.
  • Could promote healthy cartilage between the joints.

Natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids –

  • Can help lead to a healthy skin and shinier coat.
  • Could help reduce shedding, support cardiac health and boost immune system.

Environmentally friendly –

  • Grown on floating ropes with anchors.
  • No feeding or fertilizing required.
  • A single mussel filters 95 gallons of water per day.
  • Releases nutrients and oxygen to improve the ocean.


Very well.

I was out of town this past weekend, and got this text from Doodle Dad…


They’re both adjusting nicely and I see a slight decrease with what once was constant itching and scratching.

Harley still has his moments of allergy irritation but nothing like before.

Jaxson’s ears haven’t been bothering him AND they no longer have that pink flamingo color inside. #goodsign

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of green lipped mussels and how to incorporate it into your pups diet (how much, where to find it, etc…) check out Benefits of Green Lipped Mussels for Dogs at Keep the Tail Wagging. #myrawfoodguru

Thanks to Ziwi Peak they’re also getting green tripe in their food as well – but that’s for another day 🙂

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra ❤️

This is our contribution in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

  • Debi @ RescueDogs101
    October 11, 2017

    Interesting, never heard of green lipped muscles either. I’ve been reading so much about raw diets and looking forward to hearing more about how it’s going for your dogs.

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 11, 2017

      Right now Debi, I am still watching and documenting myself. I was ready to go full raw, but based on my lifestyle right now (huge renovations) this alternative to raw was like a dream come true. Stay with us and I will keep updating every step I take. So far, so good. The Boys are eager Doodles at meal time – even finicky Harley is racing to his bowl.

  • The Daily Pip
    October 11, 2017

    We tried green-lipped mussels last winter with Ruby. She gets some stiffness in her legs during the cold, damp winter up here in IL. They really helped her and I think we will definitely give them to her again this winter.

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 11, 2017

      That’s wonderful – what form were you giving them to her? I’ve also heard great things about the powder form.

  • Monika & Sam
    October 11, 2017

    Sounds lip-smacking tasty. Stay dry.

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 11, 2017

      They both seem to think so LOL

  • Jackie Bouchard
    October 11, 2017

    Oh, those are pretty! So green! (Rita would never eat apple or strawberries! Wish she would, but she is not a fan of most fruits and veggies!) #sopicky

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 11, 2017

      Jackie, Harley wasn’t a fan either but then I found out why – he doesn’t like cold fruit. #divodoodle He will gobble it up at room temperature #gofigure

  • M. K. Clinton
    October 11, 2017

    The boys have had green-lipped mussels in their food before and loved it. They get tripe treats from Dr. Harvey’s too. I love that your husband’s message includes a poop report! LOL!

  • Melody & Misha
    October 11, 2017

    I know of the the benefits of Omega 3’s, chondroitin, and glucosamine, but I’ve never heard of these mussels. It sounds like your dogs are really getting benefits from them though.

  • Emma
    October 12, 2017

    Since I seem to like fish/seafood in general I would probably love those muscles. Madison, probably not, the little food snob. Glad the food is working out for you boys and you are feeling better.

  • Jan K
    October 18, 2017

    The ingredients in your new food sound exceptional!

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