what is methylsulfonylmethane?

Methylsulfonylmethane, commonly referred to as MSM is often found in dog food.  But, what actually is Methylsulfonylmethane?  And why is it in dog food?  You don't know?  A surprising amount of dog owners don't know either...

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring, organic chemical compound that is naturally found all over the world.  MSM can be found in tomatoes, brussel sprouts, brocolli, apples and raspberries to name just a few.  It is also found in plants, and even animals and even humans.


In specialist foods, such as puppy food and food designed or older dogs, MSM is a supplement which is added in small doses because of the various benefits this ingredient gives to these animals.

What are the benefits? 

One of the key benefits of MSM is the effect is has on a dogs joints and ligaments, which is especially important in puppies and senior dogs.  A dog goes through its fastest growth stage as a puppy, Methylsulfonylmethane helps promote the development of joints and ligaments during this stage of a dog's life.  Senior dogs who may have some pain in their joints, MSM is used to promote joint repair and help mobility issues.

MSM is necessary for maintaining healthy dog fur and skin because it helps the body form keratin. This protein is one of the major components in the outermost layers or hair and fur. It is also present in biotin — a vitamin that helps hair and fur develop a shiny sheen.