Kelp for Dogs
By Hungry Bark | July 25, 2020
Eating seaweed isn’t just reserved for sushi fanatics. Did you know that seaweed contains ample nutrients making it a powerful superfood? Kelp, in particular, is a superfood favorite. Kelp is a large, high-growing algae (seaweed) that grows in forest-like conditions under water; predominantly in North America. Kelp has been touted for its dense concentration of nutrients and its effectiveness for human health, but can kelp’s benefits also extend to our dogs?
Is Seaweed Good For Dogs?
Seaweed contains several important nutrients that can benefit dogs. In fact, it has been stated that seaweed is one of the most nutritionally complete foods available today! However, the way in which seaweed is delivered matters. Dried seaweed should never be given to dogs and it can expand once in their digestive system and cause digestive upset.
In general, seaweed is a great addition to a pet’s healthy diet and can help them feel younger and look better. As always, consult with your veterinarian before starting any major dietary or supplement changes to your dog’s diet.
The Benefits of Kelp For Dogs
It’s no surprise that kelp, a kind of seaweed, boasts many wonderful nutrients:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Most B Vitamins
Let’s dive into these nutrients and the benefits they provide your dog.
- First up, we have Magnesium. Magnesium is essential but cannot be produced within the body; so it must be consumed through food or supplementation. This essential nutrient aids in immune function, nerve and muscle health, and glucose regulation.
- Iron is a vitamin that is present in blood and helps to keep the blood oxygenated.
- Iodine helps with thyroid function.
- Calcium, of course, is great for bone growth.
- Potassium is an important electrolyte and is necessary for nerve control, brain function, muscle activity, and heart health.
- B vitamins aid in metabolism support and are used in almost every system in a dog’s body.
- Finally, kelp is loaded with Omega-3’s. Omega-3’s are fats. Their calorie-dense nature allows them to serve as a form of energy for dogs. Omega-3’s are particularly important for pregnant or newborn pups as they help to regulate growth and development in most areas of the body. Fatty acids are also high in anti-inflammatory properties, helping to combat conditions like allergies and arthritis. It’s important to note that, similarly to Magnesium, fatty acids cannot be produced within the body and must be sourced via nutrition.
All in all, kelp is a natural powerhouse of healthy compounds our dogs need, so it's a great addition to the diet of most pets.
Finding a Kelp Superfood For Dogs
Most of the kelp supplements on the market are designed and formulated for human consumption and not for pet consumption, so how do you find a pet safe source of kelp? The good news is that you don’t have to. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and have included kelp and all of its nutritional advantages to most of our products including:
Kelp may grow underwater, but it also deserves a place in our dog’s bowl!