6 Ways Kelp can improve your dog's health and wellbeing

by Barking Obito August 04, 2015 0 Comments

How using natural ingredient such as Kelp can help improve your dog's health and wellbeing

As a dog lover I am sure you are always on the look for ways to improve your dog's health and wellbeing. Sometimes you don't have to search too far to achieve this. 

Read on to find out how adding natural ingredient from the sea like Kelp to your dog's food can help preventing anal gland problem, arthritis and also act as a natural flea repellant.  
The seaweed, Kelp is a widely recognised nutrient supplement for human beings. It contains salts and minerals that are good for the health of humans and pets. Many holistic minded veterinarians are now recommending kelp as part of dog's diet.

6 Benefits of adding Organic Kelp to your dog's food. Tartar and plaque reduction, improve skin condition, prevent anal gland problem, maintain healthy thyroid gland , prevent arthritis and bone condition and improve longetivity 

Here is 6 benefits of supplementing your dog’s food with Kelp 

  • Kelp supplements have been found to reduce dental plaque and tarter buildup in dogs. Swedish studies have shown that kelp supplements reduce dental plaque and tarter buildup in dogs within a few weeks. Some English research indicates the effect may be due to a bacteria, Bacillus lichenformis that resides on the surfaces of the kelp and releases an enzyme that breaks down the plaque coating on the teeth.

how Kelp helps reduce tartar and plaque buildup in your dogs teeth

  • Kelp is rich in iodine. Iodine is a chemical element necessary (at least in trace amounts) to prevent a condition called hypothyroidism in dogs (it is called goiter in human beings). If your dog becomes listless, develops a limp or coordination problems, or in extreme conditions, develops a tumorous growth where the thyroid gland should be, it could be hypothyroidism. The iodine-deprived thyroid gland can result in a whole range of nervous problems as well as developmental disabilities in dogs.

Kelp's rich Iodine contents helps your dog's body to maintain a healthy Thyroid gland.

  • Kelp contains a rich natural mix of salts and minerals. The mix of salts and minerals (including iodine, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium) in Kelp help keep the dog's entire glandular system, the pituitary gland, the adrenal gland, as well as the thyroid gland, the glands that regulate metabolism, healthy. When the glands don't function property, the dog may fail to develop normally, the anal gland may function improperly causing unpleasant odors. Kelp can be just what you need to reduce the incidence of nasty smell in your house.

Supplementing your dog's food with Kelp can also help to prevent anal gland problems

  • Kelp reduces itchiness and skin conditions. There is substantial evidence that kelp in the dog's diet will repel fleas. Kelp can be an important natural addition to the organic or chemical flea-fighting treatment you have chosen for your dog. Kelp reduces itchiness in dogs with skin allergies and improves the general condition of skin and coat. If your dog has itchy skin and seems always to be scratching, kelp supplements may make your dog's life a lot more pleasant.

Kelp has a natural flea-repellant properties and it's also been shown to improve dog's skin condition.

  • Kelp is high in iron and calcium. It can supplement other nutrients in food to prevent iron deficiency and improve the ability of the blood to distribute oxygen to the cells. Dogs on Kelp supplements may heal from injury faster because of the iron enrichment. The calcium may help prevent arthritis and bone conditions.

Kelp is high in Iron and Calcium, adding some Kelp to your dog's food can help to prevent arthritis and bone condition.

  • Kelp contains natural amino acids. The amino acids, especially glycine, alanine, arginine, proline, glutamic, and aspartic acids in natural kelp supplement may support tissue repair. The Japanese have long maintained that eating seaweed (which is customary in Japan) improves longevity.

Kelp contain a number of essential amino acids like Glutamic and Aspartic acid which play important role in tissue repair.

Although kelp can be a very healthy dietary supplement for dogs, some caution has to be advised. Kelp gathered close to the shoreline may absorb dangerous contaminants from pollution. It's better if you use kelp supplements from the seaweed gathered in the deep ocean. Our popular wheat free dog biscuits Barksta Chip is made with organic, natural kelp sourced from pristine water of Tasmania sea.

Kelp is a food supplement, available as capsules (that contain kelp powder) or in food supplement blends that can be added to the dog's regular food.

Dosages: Dr. Barbara Fougere, who advocates natural healing for dogs, says that kelp should be given in measured dosages, here is a rough guidelines of how much you should add to your dog's food.

  • The maximum dosage for small (under 22 kilograms) dogs should be 1/4 teaspoon;
  • 1/2 teaspoon for medium-sized dogs, and
  • 1 teaspoon for large (over 55 kilograms) dogs.

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