Seaweed is an extremely healthy ingredient for humans because it is loaded with different nutrients. Many different forms of this ocean vegetable are available in the market, such as Kelp, Nori, etc. All of these varieties are safe and can be included in our diet.
Is Seaweed Safe for My Dog?
The confirmation of this information brings us to another question, can we give seaweed paper to our dogs? According to research, these green vegetables are equally beneficial for canines, if a moderate quantity is fed. Similarly, both nori and kelp are safe for dogs unless they are seasoned with salt and other spices, like garlic. Although it may taste salty, seaweed is surprisingly low in sodium and its flavor comes from the other minerals.
It is always a good idea to check your dog’s reaction when you introduce a new food (or supplement). Monitor your pet’s stool behavior, energy levels, and general behavior to ensure that everything’s fine. In case of an irregularity, you must discuss the issue with your vet.
Nutritional Benefits of Seaweed Paper for Dogs
Despite the claims that dogs are carnivores, they do require vegetation in their lives. Seaweeds are ideal foods to fulfill this need because they don’t have cellulose around their cells. Cellulose is difficult to digest (for dogs) and can lead to gastrointestinal problems.
On top of that, these ocean vegetables are incredibly nutritious and have an ample supply of protein, minerals, and vitamins. The presence of magnesium, iodine, and Omega-3 fatty acids keeps the coat and skin of your dog healthy and glossy.
Likewise, an abundance of Vitamin B-12 (in Nori) promotes good cognitive function. The easiest way to share seaweed with your dog is to sprinkle some of it on their food. You can also give your pup commercial seafood snacks if they are without additional seasonings (onion, garlic, etc.). Owing to their nutritional advantages, some dog parents also feed small pieces of seaweed sheets as training treats.
Dangers of Wild Seaweed
We all know that dogs love to eat whatever they find and vigilance is necessary to keep your pet safe. If your canine has developed a liking for seaweed, he/she won’t need a second invitation to eat wild seaweed. Things can become very dangerous if your dog consumes wild seaweed that is commonly found on beaches. Therefore, you must keep your dog on a leash while visiting a place with dry seaweed.
The first problem with wild seaweed is that it dries up out and shrinks in summer. When a dog eats this green vegetable, it absorbs water from his/her body and expands in the digestive system. Consequently, it creates a blockage that could potentially be fatal.
In addition to that, seaweed on the beach contains many pollutants and critters that could be harmful to your pooch. Similarly, eating seaweed off the beach can also lead to salt poisoning in dogs. If you feel that your pet has eaten some wild seaweed, contact your vet as soon as possible.
Moderation is Important
The quantity of any food (let alone seaweed) that you give to your dog is critical. More often than not, too much of a healthy ingredient is troublesome for dogs and you need to exhibit extreme care. For this reason, it’s essential to moderate your pup’s intake of this ocean vegetable.
Kelp supplements contain trace amounts of arsenic that can be poisonous in high doses. Likewise, seaweed paper (nori) can contain mercury and other heavy metals that can be toxic to dogs. Ideally, you must consult your vet about the safe amount of seaweed that can be given to your companion.
Can Puppies Eat Seaweed Paper?
Once a puppy has crossed the age of 8 weeks, you can start to give him/her some solid food. Seaweed can be a good supplement for puppies because it is soft and easy to digest. However, it is important to develop a nutritionally-balanced diet before introducing this green vegetable. Once you have found a healthy dog food recipe, you can sprinkle some cooked seaweed on top of it.
NOTE: Always keep the sensitive stomach of puppy in mind while making dietary changes.
Homemade Dog Food Recipe with Nori
Are you looking to make a healthy and scrumptious snack for your pup? This Chicken Jerky with Ginger and Nori is just the thing your dog needs.
- 2 to 3 Chicken Breasts
- 2 Nori Sheets
- 1 tablespoon dried Ginger
- 2 cups Water
- Using a food processor or blender grind the nori sheets to a powder.
- Combine water, ground nori, and ginger in a bowl.
- Clean the chicken breasts. Then, carefully slice them into strips, removing all the fat you can from the meat. They are easier to cut if allowed to freeze slightly.
- Place chicken strips into the marinade and allow to marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place on a cookie sheet ½ inch apart and brush with marinade for additional flavor.
- Dry in an oven, with the door slightly open to let out moisture, until meat is dry in appearance and texture (about 3 to 4 hours).
- Cool and store in an airtight container.
Thank you to Doggy Dessert Chef for this recipe.
Homemade Dog Food Recipe with Kelp
This homemade recipe is not only easy, but it is also very tasty and nutritious. This dog treat is particularly useful for people who own large breeds (220 calories per treat). The stated ingredients are sufficient to make 6 pies.
- 3 ½ cups of chopped, cooked white turkey meat
- 1 cup of chopped broccoli
- 1 ½ cups of cooked quinoa
- ½ cup of chopped apples
- 1 Tablespoon of powdered turmeric
- 1 Tablespoon of kelp powder
- Put the broccoli and apples in a blender or food processor and pulse until you reach the desired consistency.
- Then, put the mixture in a bowl and add other ingredients. Mix everything and form pie patties.
- Serve the snack to your dog or store the patties in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can freeze them for more long-term storage.
Thank you to Pet Plan for this recipe.