Seaweeds are considered the best of these green foods, as they do not require cellulose to encircle the cell wall, which is difficult for dogs to digest. Seaweeds average about 25% protein and 2% fat. They are one of the richest sources of minerals and amino acids found in a plant source. Their dense amounts of nutrients are thought to help produce energy, enhance the immune system, and darken coat color and skin pigment. Seaweeds are also rich in iodine and support the endocrine glands (thyroid function).
Seaweeds provide many health benefits and promote longevity in animals. Some studies have shown that seaweeds may be helpful in reducing cancer and they are thought to contain anti-tumor properties. It is also believed they may fight heavy metal accumulations in the body by binding to them and may be helpful after cancer treatments. Seaweeds are also high in tryptophan, which is also helpful in fighting cancer.
Caution: do make sure if you are feeding sea vegetables to your dogs, that you grind them or pulverize them first, as they can form a gel that can result in a blockage in the intestines of our canine friends if fed whole or in strips.
A daily sprinkling of well ground sea vegetables on your dog’s food is enough to provide the full benefits of these foods.
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