Surprisingly, dogs can eat seaweed and it is good for them. But make sure that you don’t give the dried or wild seaweed as it is highly toxic to dogs.
Why add seaweed in dogs food?
Seaweed is nutritionally dense food, in an average seaweed contains 2% of fat and 25% protein. It tastes salty but is low in sodium and high in many other vitamins and minerals like magnesium, selenium, Iodine, calcium, iron, Vitamins, omega 3- fatty acids, potassium and more. These nutrition’s are extremely important for your dog’s health. Eating seaweed in small portions will help your dog in getting a glossy coat, sharp eyes, active mind and body. Red algae-like iris moss and nori are full of gelatinous also called carrageenan that helps your dog in absorbing toxins. Lettuce is a green algae that is rich in iron, which is an essential supplement to fortify dogs blood, Blue and green algae are a rich source of B12, beta carotene and glycogen good for the overall development and brain activity of dogs. Kelp is also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, iron, iodine and magnesium. While giving them to your dog you should make sure that they are deep ocean seaweeds and not from the ocean shores. Seaweed they can absorb toxins and pollutants.
Nutrients in seaweed
Vitamin A.C, E & K, vitamin B12
Omega 3 fatty acids
Note: quantity of these nutrients will depend on the variety of seaweed.
What are the varieties of seaweeds that good for dogs?
You can give your dogs kelp, nori, wakame, dulse, hijiki, sea lettuce, carrageen moss,
How to give seaweed to dogs?
Method 1: seaweed in the whole form: You can buy seaweed from a trustworthy store, wash it properly and add small pieces of weed to dogs food.
Method 2: Seaweed powder or capsule: This is the easiest and safest form of seaweed. You can add a tablespoon of seaweed on his food.
Precautions: Don’t bring seaweed from seashores or from the places where water is contaminated.
Can seaweed harm dogs?
- Seaweeds can absorb things from the environment if they grow in places contaminated with arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium, seaweed will also get contaminated with such substances and become toxic.
- Seaweed from beach shores can cause salt poisoning in dogs.
- Seaweed can also carry animals like jellyfish or dead animals that can cause allergic reactions if eaten by dogs.
- Dried seaweed expands in your puppy’s stomach and can create a blockage in the intestines and even kill your dog. Dried seaweed poisoning is very dangerous and can escalate within hours. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of appetite. It will not take much time for your dog to die if he eats dried seaweed therefore if you suspect that your dog has eaten seaweed immediately take him to the vet.
We love to run on the beach with dogs but if your dog ingests dried or wild seaweed you will have to run towards the hospital, so, be safe and be alert! Do like, share and subscribe if you think this information is insightful.