Kelp belongs to the underwater seaweed family.
This plant has one of the richest sources of natural vitamin D found in a vegetable.
It contains at least 25 vitamins including vitamins A, B12 and folic acid. It is also rich in calcium, iron, iodine, potassium, sulfur and magnesium.
Kelp contains sodium alginate that is said to rid the body of heavy metals and radioactive elements.
Kelp for Pet Dogs
Kelp for dogs and other pets is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Adding kelp supplements to your dog’s food keeps them healthy and happy.
This nutritious sea vegetable offers many health benefits to dogs. It contains amino acids, trace elements, complex and simple carbohydrates and minerals.
It has an abundant natural source of iodine, which helps the adrenal, thyroid and pituitary glands function properly. Due to the presence of these nutrients in kelp and its known benefits for humans, many vets recommend kelp for the well being of dogs too.
Kelp is ideal for balancing the glandular functioning in dogs. Animals that suffer from hypothyroidism can benefit from kelp since it is rich in iodine. Iodine is essential for stimulating the thyroid gland.
Kelp can help maintain a shiny and healthy skin and coat in dogs.
Dogs with dry skin, skin allergies and alopecia which results in hair loss, can benefit from eating kelp. After a diet that includes kelp for at least 6 months, these animals will have shiny, thick and darker coats. Their skin problems can improve, the dryness and itchiness will also reduce.
The protein content in kelp is effectively used to manage tissue repair in dogs. Dogs suffer from fleas and it has been found that it was easier to control flea manifestations in dogs that have been on kelp supplements for at least 3 weeks.
Another benefit of iodine in kelp is that it helps to better manage the weight of dogs by improving their metabolism.
Their cholesterol levels were also under control. With improved metabolism due to better glandular functioning, the overall health of dogs on kelp improved.
They were energetic and suffered from few infections, joint pain and such.
Kelp is also considered a good product to improve the digestion of your pets. Females on kelp can produce larger litters and have easier birthing.
Pets on kelp had an improved appetite due to better overall health. They were able to resist infections and parasites. Kelp is an ideal source of minerals that can benefit puppies, growing dogs, animals of reproductive age etc.
The high fiber content in kelp has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-rheumatic properties that benefit our pets.
Large dog species like Labradors, Dobermans and Setters are prone to heart disease. A healthy diet goes a long way to maintaining good heart health in these and other breeds.
Kelp contains iron that improves blood supply to the heart, prevents absorption of toxic metals and strengthens the heart. It is usually difficult to always watch what our pets eat.
They can often pick up food or non-food products from the ground and these can be tainted and affect their digestion. Kelp contains iodine that helps maintain a healthy digestive system in dogs.
How to use kelp for pet dogs
There are many pet products made using kelp. There are pet kelp powders that can be used for maintaining a healthy coat. You also have pet supplements that our pets can consume and these provide the various health benefits listed above.
For example, ‘Pet Kelp’ is a product that is made from kelp harvested from the pristine waters off Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a nutrition booster for cats and dogs that can be sprinkled on their food. It provides the extra vitamins and minerals that our pets need.
This special blend of kelp is considered the most nutrient-rich and purest forms available.
Kelp can be used when our pets suffer from specific illnesses or on a regular basis, included in our daily diets. Another good kelp product is ‘Kelp Health’, a Norwegian kelp supplement.
Harvested from the pure, mineral rich fjords off Norway, this kelp supplement is processed in such a way as to preserve all natural nutrients and eliminate oxidation.
Just like for human consumption, we must be careful about the kelp supplements that we purchase for our dogs.
Kelp can be full of contaminants if it is harvested along shorelines that are known to be high in industrial pollutants.
So, try to get deep ocean kelp from places like Norway, Iceland, Canada etc.
These will be high quality product that is got from deep ocean kelp. Follow the dosage and feeding instructions on food labels to ensure your dog or other pets get the right amounts of kelp and enjoy a healthy and energetic life.