What is MSM?
MSM is the abbreviation given to Methylsulfonylmethane. It’s an organic sulfur compound that occurs naturally in the bodies of dogs and humans alike. MSM has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and it also plays an important role in enhancing the effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin making it essential for good joint health.
MSM can be found in fruits and vegetables, but only in small doses and it’s largely destroyed when foods are processed. If you’re looking to increase your pet’s intake of MSM, an MSM supplement for dogs can deliver it in the correct dosage to be effective.
What are the benefits of MSM for dogs?
MSM can be given to dogs to address many health concerns, although the benefits centre on joint health and mobility.
MSM contributes to relief for dogs with arthritis or joint problems
For dogs who are challenged with arthritis or joint pain, a dog supplement containing MSM with glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and hyaluronic acid can be a key part in managing their joint health. MSM has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, so it may assist reducing joint pain and increase mobility.
MSM's anti-inflammatory properties contribute to longer mobility fo dogs with hip dysplasia
There are some breeds that are more prone to hip issues than others, like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers and German Shepherds as well as Giant breeds like Saint Bernards and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Using an MSM supplement for dogs, that also contains chondroprotectants like glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate, from an early age as a preventative measure can help slow the progression of hip and joint challenges and osteoarthritis. This will help your cherished pet to stay more mobile for longer.
MSM applied topically can improve your dogs’ skin*
As an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, MSM has shown to improve skin quality and texture via topical application. It’s often also included in good quality dog skin and coat supplements.
MSM support immune system health in your dog*
MSM plays a critical role in supporting the immune response of your pet. It modulates an immune response via its ability to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
How can I give my dog MSM?
MSM supplements for dogs come in many forms and it’s most commonly found in powder, tablet or chew form. Dog chews containing MSM are one of the most popular ways to give dogs this supplement, as they’re tasty, not as messy as a powder, easier to give your dog than a tablet and have been specially formulated to have the right dose of MSM for your dog.
Glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid and MSM for dogs*
Some of the better dog supplements available will combine MSM with glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid for comprehensive support for joint health. Together, these ingredients work to promote the formation and retention of cartilage within your dog’s joints. This can help to slow the onset of joint issues in your best friend and keep them as mobile as possible for longer.
Can I give my dog human MSM?
If you’d like to give your dog additional MSM in their diet, it’s best to give them an MSM supplement formulated specifically for dogs. While human MSM supplements may look to have the same ingredients as the canine version, human supplements may contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which can be toxic or fatal to dogs. By using an MSM supplement for dogs, you’re making sure that your best friend is receiving the correct dosage to support their health. As always, before starting your dog on any supplement, be sure to chat to your vet, to make sure that it’s suitable and won’t interact with any other medications or conditions your pet may have.
Is MSM Safe for Dogs?
MSM is safe for dogs, but it is best to give them MSM specially formulated for dogs. Dog formulations of MSM are free of additives such as xylitol which can be found in human-grade MSM.
*Butawan, M., Benjamin, R. L., & Bloomer, R. J. (2017).
Methylsulfonylmethane: Applications and Safety of a Novel Dietary
Supplement. Nutrients, 9(3), 290. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu9030290
The information in this article was checked by ZamiPet Veterinarian and General Manager Dr Andrew McKay, BVSc, University of Melbourne, 2000. Vet Registration No: V3985
Disclaimer: This information is general advice only. Before starting any treatment or supplement with your pet, please consult your vet first for the best approach to getting your pet back to their best health.