Is your pet experiencing behavioral problems, muscle spasms, lethargy, or GI upsets? Learn how magnesium can help.
Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal. This mineral is found naturally in the environment and also inside many living organisms. Magnesium is one of the essential minerals needed to maintain life.1 Humans require magnesium for the proper functioning of the human body. It is involved in more than 300 chemical reactions. It helps activate both the nerves and the muscles. Nerves require magnesium to send and receive messages. Muscles need the mineral to work properly. Magnesium is vital for arguably the most important muscle in the body — the heart. This important mineral keeps the heart beating strong and helps it maintain normal rhythms.2 Just like humans, dogs and cats also require magnesium. It is essential for their heart, muscle, and nerve functioning.3
The problem is that many pets don’t get enough magnesium. While magnesium is naturally present in certain foods, like walnuts, wheat, chocolate, and macadamia nuts, these foods are not safe to give to your pet. Processed dog and cat foods may not have enough magnesium and other minerals to support your pet’s health. When your pet doesn’t get enough magnesium, they might experience the following symptoms:4
Muscle cramps and spasms
Severe muscle pain
Urinary issues (especially in cats)
Abnormal heart rhythms
Magnesium deficiency is associated with all kinds of problems, including poor glucose control, heart irregularities, and mental disorders. Giving your pet natural magnesium can help with these symptoms.7
You can add a couple of drop of liquid magnesium to your pet’s food or water. However, magnesium can act as a laxative when given by mouth, so some pet owners prefer to apply it topically. Also, a recent research study published in the European Journal For Nutraceutical Research found that magnesium applied directly to the skin (transdermal), maybe absorbed better and faster than through the digestive tract.8 So, it might be better to use a rub or creme for your pet — especially if they are experiencing skin irritation. Due to its natural antibacterial properties, magnesium is one of the oldest forms of treatment for skin disease. Liquid magnesium is also anti-inflammatory, which makes it excellent for pets that have arthritis.9
We recommend applying Karma Pet directly to your pet’s skin several times a day. This can help relax your pet’s muscles and calm jumpy nerves. It will also help soothe skin irritations and relieve muscle and arthritis pain. If your pet has trouble sleeping, you might try our magnesium Night Creme. This can help calm itchy, irritated skin so that your dog or cat can sleep better. It can also relieve muscle cramps and spasms that could be keeping your pet awake. This soothing night creme is also great to use day or night to ease your pet’s anxiety.
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