can dogs eat dried seaweed, let’s investigate. Us humans relish eating seaweed, who can blame us? Seaweed has many nutritional benefits such as being rich in iron, magnesium, iodine, and of course, omega-3 fatty acids. Did you know that your dog can join in when you enjoy this ocean vegetable? The same nutrients that make seaweed healthy for humans has also been proven to benefit dogs, promoting healthier skin and fur. So naturally, seaweed can be just as beneficial for your dog, with a few exceptions.
Can my dog eat kelp or nori?
All seaweed strains are considered edible for dogs, but you should be careful how you feed it to your dog. Processed seaweed such as nori is fine in small amounts, however, most sources recommend ground seaweed as the preferred way to add it to your dog’s diet (sprinkled on their food). Feeding your dog unprocessed strips of seaweed can cause a blockage in their intestines, so care should be taken when adding this vitamin powerhouse to your dog’s food. Quantity is also something to take into consideration. With most things, too much of a good thing can become dangerous for your dog.
The hidden danger of wild seaweed
Dried seaweed on the beach offers another danger. Once eaten, it can expand in your dog’s intestines, creating a blockage with possibly deadly results. It’s recommended to contact your vet promptly if you think your dog has ingested dried wild seaweed. The effects can escalate from mild to deadly in a matter of hours. Keep a close watch on your dog for signs of wild seaweed poisoning. It’s also a good idea to keep your dog on a leash or close to you when exploring areas that may have dry seaweed or other dangerous edibles, such as the high tide line.
Symptoms that you should look out for:
- Loss of Appetite
Adding seaweed into your dog’s diet
A sprinkle of seaweed supplement on top of your dog’s food is the easiest way to add seaweed to your dog’s diet. Even though it may taste salty, seaweed is surprisingly low in sodium, making it a tasty treat that’s also good for your dog. When adding new foods and supplements to your pet’s diet, it is good to monitor their reactions, in terms of stool appearance, behaviour, energy levels, and overall disposition, and consult your vet if you’re trying to treat a specific condition, such as dry skin or fur loss. They could have even more suggestions on how to add this vitamin powerhouse to your dog’s life.