MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is a sulphur supplement that has gained a huge following due to its ability to reduce pain, inflammation and the associated effects of arthritis in humans - but do dogs and cats need MSM too? As pets age they suffer similar ailments to us, and the degradation of joints or osteoarthritis is one such problem. It can be hard to watch your four legged friend age, as running makes way for a shuffling walk, stairs take longer, and lying on the floor becomes easier than getting up onto their favourite couch. An MSM supplement can replace the sulphur that your pet is lacking, reduce inflammation and importantly, provide pain relief which will be a big step towards improving their quality of life. MSM is widely recognized by vets as one of the most effective treatments for age or injury related joint problems.
Does my dog need MSM?
A young dog on a well-balanced, raw diet will probably not need MSM, however older dogs, or those fed on commercial pet food should be given an MSM supplement, as natural MSM is easily destroyed during cooking.