While seaweed may not seem an obvious choice for your dog or cat’s diet, it’s actually a powerful super-food.
Seaweed contains a wide range of nutrients that are extremely good for your dog. Among these are Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, iodine, and magnesium.
Seaweed aslo contains antioxidants (many of which are entirely unique to seaweed) that have been shown to be anti-tumour, anti-viral, antiproliferative, antimutagenic, and can treat a number of maladies.
Gives pets a fabulously glossy coat. Kelp has been found to help restore the health of your dog's skin and tissues.
Seaweed is one of the most environmentally-sustainable crops on the planet because it does not need freshwater or fertilizers to grow. It absorbs nitrogen, phosphorous and carbon dioxide directly from the sea and produces oxygen.
Seaweed does not use cellulose to enclose the cell walls, making it much easier for your dog to digest the rich source of minerals contained inside. 10 to 20 times the amount found in land plants!
Seaweeds are a source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, including arachidonic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid that is essential for cats) and α-linolenic acid (an omega 3 fatty acid required by dogs).
The average seaweed is made up of approximately 25 percent protein and only 2 percent fat.
The high quantities of nutrients can help produce more energy, enhance your dog's immune system, and support his endocrine glands, which are vital to the function of the thyroid gland.
Something you might not be aware of is, that although seaweed might taste very salty, it is actually very low in sodium. It is the large quantity of other minerals that give it a salty taste.
Some species of seaweed can actually fight bad breath, plaque and tarter buildup, and gingivitis.