Dog’s diet can be versatile and interesting since their digestive systems can absorb a lot of food. The most important thing when creating a diet plan for your furry friend is to make sure you are including enough nutrients so that your dog gets all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Dogs are carnivorous and they need a lot of protein to go by their day. Most of their diet is consisted out of meat, but sometimes we wonder whether it is a good idea to offer our furry friends something a little bit different.
They don’t especially enjoy eating vegetables and fruits, but sometimes it is good to mix in something healthy in your dog’s meal to give him enough vitamins and minerals. In today’s text we will be talking about seaweed and whether it is safe for your dog or not.
Seaweed is definitely the type of food that hasn’t been present in diet’s across the planet, since it represented the main diet food of people who mostly live on the East.
Today we are going to learn more about seaweed and whether it is safe or not for our furry friends.
Seaweed – Nutritive information
Vegetable seaweeds and algae are today regarded as “super-food” because of their multiple benefits for human health. People have consumed them in the Far East for thousands of years. In addition to being self-contained in foods, today they are used to extract gelatinous agar and carrageenan, which are often used as additives for gel and thickening of the product. Seaweed and algae used in human consumption today are grasses and salts from saline waters, as freshwater algae are considered toxic.
Today there are more than a hundred different types of edible seaweeds and about 10 000 species of algae. Seaweed comes in three different colors: red, brown and green. Seaweed and algae used today in human diet are grasses and salts from saline waters. From the nutritive standpoint, they are extremely rich in nutrients and antioxidants such as vitamin B complex, selenium, zinc and iron.
As an antioxidant source, they can regulate inflammatory processes in the body. On the other hand, they are excellent “helpers” of the digestive system because they have a rich source of dietary fiber and thus help accumulate “good” bacteria in the large intestine. Because they are raw materials originating from the sea, they are rich in iodine source, which is why they help maintain thyroid function.
Studies on the health effects of seafood have shown that seaweed can be useful in estrogen and estradiol regulation, and thus help reduce the risk of breast cancer, improve fertility, and control the symptoms of PMS.
Fresh algae are hard to store, therefore, instead of fresh, they are usually sold as supplements in the form of dried, powdered products. During the drying process, nutrients are concentrated; therefore a small amount of nutrients is needed to show all the positive effects of these foods.
Sea grasses can be consumed both fresh and dried, and as with algae, drying does not reduce their nutritional value.
Both algae and seaweeds as dried products can be consumed as food supplements such as powder for the addition to smoothies, soups, salad dressings, breakfast cereals or various sauces.
Fresh seaweed can be used:
- for preparing sushi
- as an ingredient of fresh salad
- like noodles in soups
- Like spaghetti with spaghetti sauces.
Since they are at the lowest level of the food chain in the sea, there is no fear of the accumulation of heavy metals from the sea in seaweed and algae, and they are completely safe for consumption. It is desirable to introduce them in the diet 1-2 times a week as fresh or every day 1 – 2 teaspoons of powder as an addition to the meals.
Can dogs eat seaweed?
If you’re dog nibbled on some seaweed, there is no reason to worry about that. Seaweed is perfectly safe for your doggie and you can give it to him every once in a while. You can add it to his diet as a snack since seaweed contains a lot of healthy nutrients that our dogs, as well as we need. Seaweed is rich in many ingredients that can cause restoration and give your furry friend a beautiful and healthy coat.
They also have a lot of vitamin B12 which is great for improving the cognitive functions. Even though seaweed is not a characteristic food for dogs, since it is hard for them to find it in nature, this doesn’t make it any less beneficial for them.
Seaweed is becoming increasingly popular in all parts of the world, and people are embracing it in their diets. This means more and more dog owners are becoming used to seaweed in their diet, so the seaweed becomes easily accessible for dogs. Fatty acids are another great ingredient inside the seaweed because they help improve your dog’s health overall. Nori seaweed is the best option for your dog since you can give it to him as often as you want. This staple Japanese seaweed is often linked to sushi. They can be bought in stores but you can find them in variety of Asian restaurants. They are best when they are fresh, so make sure you know the origin of your seaweed before you or your dog eats it.
Another great thing about the Nori seaweed is that it has no specific flavor or scent, so your dog won’t even notice it if you mix it in with his other food.
How to give your dog seaweed?
Dogs usually reject seaweed if you just offer them a bite of it to eat. This is why you need to find a way to mix seaweed in his diet so that he doesn’t even notice it. Seaweed can come as dry or fresh. Dry version can be even found on the beach during warmer days but this seaweed is not beneficial for your dog. Sun dries down the seaweed and causes it to lose all the healthy nutrients, so it is best to buy seaweed in a store and then give it to your dog. Dry seaweed that can be found on the beach can cause serious digestive problems for your dog, so avoid walking him near it or allowing him to eat it.
Seaweed is best when sprinkled on top of your dog’s food so that he can eat is without noticing it. Like we already mentioned, seaweed doesn’t have a specific smell or taste so it won’t be noticed by your doggie. Be aware of the seaweed with high mercury content, which is usually caused by seaweed poisoning. To be on the safe side, make sure you give your dog seaweed only as a treat or snack and avoiding making entire meals prepared just from seaweed.
Some tips on dog’s diet
The daily needs of dogs in nutrients relate to energy, protein, fat, minerals and vitamins. Studying the necessary nutritional ingredients is quite complex due to the large differences in body weight of dogs and the existence of a larger number of breeds.
Dog food can be prepared every day from the nutrients that we have available, but in recent years in the diet of dogs are used more often using factory-produced nutrients with properly balanced nutrients. There are other types of food, with a home base and an industry supplement. The purpose of modern feeding is to provide optimum nutrition adjusted and diffused depending on whether it relates to the bitch during lactation, breeding bitch, puppies, dogs on the rise or dogs that do not engage in any activity. In all these cases, it is not necessary to increase the usual portions, but to vary their composition in accordance with the required requirements.
If the meal is not properly balanced and if an animal fails in some food ingredients for a long time or has too much in the meal, various disorders develop in the body and the disease develops. As a consequence of undiagnosed nutrition and disproportionate representation of certain substances, certain specific diseases such as the appearance of crystals in the urine and stones in the bladder (which can lead to urinary incontinence), hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, problems with the panic Energy is the basic necessity of all living beings and allows the cells to function. The energy content of food comes from carbohydrates, fats and proteins (proteins).
Dogs have the highest energy requirements that make up 70 to 80% of the total meal. Dogs get energy mostly from carbohydrates and fats of plant and animal origin that are in the meal. Carbohydrates are mainly found in plants, and starch is the most common carbohydrate. Dogs are difficult to sterilize starch in raw condition and must be treated thermally to make better use.
Carbohydrate-containing foods are corn, wheat, barley, oats, rice, gourd, bread, wheat flour, carrots, spinach, and others. Salmon dogs do not contain ptyalin, and dogs have typical enzymatic digestion because digestive organs contain a small amount of micro flora. For this reason dogs do not chew on cellulose and the percentage of cellulose from plant nutrients should not exceed 5% in flour nutrients. Dietary fibers (cellulose, pectin, and lignin) found in plant nutrients (bran, green vegetables) are ballast and contribute to the volume of the feces, regulate bowel discharge and prevent constipation or diarrhea. Vegetables that look like beans, grass and cabbage are not suitable for dogs.
Fats and essential fatty acids are a great source of energy for dogs and significantly contribute to the taste of food, and also help resorbing liposoluble vitamins. Good sources of fat and fatty acids are animal and vegetable fats and fish oil.
The food of animal origin is rich in protein, fat, mineral ingredients and vitamins, and the foods of the plant porphyry are rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Proteins are a building material in nearly all tissues of the organism, and in addition provide a certain amount of energy. Protein-derived foods form amino acids that dogs use to grow and build their own proteins in the body. Dogs must be provided with essential amino acids in the meal because the lack of some of the essential amino acids prevents the synthesis of their own protein in the dog’s organ that negatively affects the health and growth of the dogs.
Soybeans and peanuts, butterflies (which can lead to overindulgence), wheat germ and others are used in the feeding of plant nutrients in plant nutrition. Protein nutrients of plant origin have less biological value than the animals because they are less exploited by dogs (pancreas, liver and etc.).
In conclusion, seaweed is healthy for your dog but only if you give it to him in moderation. Make sure you don’t go overboard with seaweed and give your dog only small amounts of it as a snack or treat. This way you are going to keep your doggie safe and you won’t risk any danger to his health.