“What are the side effects of seaweed for dogs?” This is a common question among dog owners and one that many people wonder about. Some seaweeds, such as kelp and nori, are extremely nutritious, while others, such as bladderwrack and brown seaweed are beneficial medicinal uses. A wide variety of other seaweeds have also been used in many everyday products including dairy products, food and more.
Seaweed is a type of plant commonly found in both the Pacific and the Indian oceans. It grows naturally and is part of the phytoplankton family. There are two types of commercially available seaweed: brown and green. While some companies try and sell it as a supplement, most dogs simply need to be fed it as a soft treat.
There are a variety of health benefits to eating seaweed, including high levels of vitamins and minerals, as well as plenty of protein and antioxidants. One of the more interesting benefits of it is its role in maintaining healthy eyesight. Seagrapes, or Algaeangus Vulgaris, is a type of seaweed oftentimes used in treating certain eye problems. Like many plants, it has high antioxidant activity and helps reduce the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. As an added bonus, it also has a high level of sugar, which is particularly good for diabetics.
What is seaweed good for? Dogs should eat it as a healthy, low-calorie treat. However, just like any other type of food or supplement, there can be some potential problems with it. The first is that the ideal diet is one full of nutrients and vitamins, so the kelp will not fulfil its purpose. Rather, dogs need much of the nutrients and vitamins they get from these sources, especially beta carotene and vitamin B6. Unfortunately, many commercial dog foods do not contain enough of these vitamins to meet the needs of a dog on a daily basis.
Because of the potential deficiency of certain nutrients when they are fed soy-based foods, many veterinarians have started advocating sushi as a healthy treat for dogs. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B-complex vitamins and calcium. However, the only thing you should be cautious about is the amount of sodium that is found in some types of sushi, especially the maki-zushi. (Maki means raw fish sushi.)
If you are going to give your dogs a seaweed supplement, try to find a brand that contains natural ingredients such as carrageenan or DHA. You can also find some kelp extract and powder available in veterinarian offices that are specifically made for pets. These products may be helpful as well. But if your vet suggests you give your dog seaweed, make sure he receives the recommended dosage of it based on his size, weight and activity level.