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Kelp for Dogs: A practical feeding guide

Considered a superfood, kelp can assist your dog with a variety of ailments and keep their trace minerals in balance. Kelp contains more than 60 different vitamins, minerals, and trace elements as well as 21 amino acids.

 

It supports tissue repair with vital amino acids. These include glycine, alanine, arginine, proline, glutamic, and aspartic acids.

Kelp provides glandular support and prevents hypothyroidism. The addition of kelp into your dog’s diet will help keep their glandular system healthy. The pituitary gland, the adrenal gland, as well as the thyroid gland are all supported by the mineral content of kelp.

When feeding kelp to your dog, the suggested dosage is:

Small Dogs: 1/4 teaspoon (rehydrated)

Medium Dogs: 1/2 teaspoon (rehydrated)

Large Dogs: 1 teaspoon (rehydrated)

Our King Island Kelp comes to you in a dehydrated, granular form – with absolutely no added ingredients. When rehydrated, it increases it’s weight approximately 500% (see rehydration directions on the product page here).

Why you should rehydrate kelp meal before feeding your dog

  • When fed dry,  kelp can swell in your dog’s stomach- resulting in a blockage of their intestines. For that reason it’s important to rehydrate your dog’s kelp first.
  • Secondly, it’s a much more economical and nutritionally efficient way to add kelp to your dog’s diet.
  • Rehydrating kelp will maximise the availability of the ‘slimy’ alginate, which is the kelp’s fibre compound. Although a bit gross to touch, alginate is packed with nutritious qualities.
  • Dogs find rehydrated kelp much more palatable.  It also works as an excellent binder for supplements in your dog’s meal.

Prep Guide: Feeding rehydrated kelp for dogs

Follow this method is to feed one (large) dog for 5 days.

  1. Take one teaspoon of King Island Kelp granules (approximately 5 grams) & place in a glass or ceramic container.
  2. Add 40 mils of water.
  3. Wait approximately 10 minutes. The kelp should absorb the water and take on a slimy, gooey consistency.
  4. Feed your dog the recommended dosage (once daily) and refrigerate the remainder for up to 5 days.

 

How is King Island Kelp processed?

The  kelp we offer is made by solar-drying the leaves which takes several weeks. After it’s dried, it’s cut in machinery using a series of long blades which results in a dark product with some flashes of lighter color (the inside of the kelp). The resulting texture is like coarse rock salt. 

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