Lately we’ve had more and more enquiries from pet owners asking if our Ascophyllum nodosum Seaweed is good for their dog’s dental health.
Periodontal disease is bad news for dogs. It causes bad breath and can be painful. Just as in humans, poor dental health in animals can be linked to diseases of the heart and other organs.
But the good news is that YES! Ascophyllum nodosum Seaweed is proven to improve the health of your dog’s teeth and help with bad breath!
This was proven in a study*, published last year, in which 60 dogs were studied over 90 days. One half were given a placebo kibble and the other half were given a kibble that contained .05 of a gram of Ascophyllum nodosum.
All the dogs had their teeth professionally cleaned before starting the study.
The study found that “The consumption of edible treats containing A. nodosum efficiently decreased plaque and calculus accumulation in the investigated dogs. Dogs treated with A. nodosum also exhibited significantly lower concentrations of VSC and better oral health status than those in the placebo-control group.”
We all know how expensive a trip to the vet can be - depending on the size of your dog it can cost more than $100 to have tartar cleaned and even more for removals.
I was at the vet just yesterday. We have a new puppy! Coco had to have her shots and our other dog LiLi (who you would’ve seen if you follow us on facebook) had to have her boosters.
The vet commented to me that 4 year old LiLi’s teeth were clean and healthy – well that’s because LiLi has had a pinch of Seaweed in her food every day since she was a puppy.
And now Coco has Seaweed as well. Seaweed doesn’t just help their teeth, it’s also great for their coat and skin, and their overall health and immune function.
It will help her grow up big and strong…… well, maybe not big. She is a Pomeranian/Chihuahua after all!
Here’s my recipe for healthy dog treats using Seaweed!...
1 cup rice flour
½ cup rolled oats
1 tsp Seaweed Meal
2 big teaspoons peanut butter
Just mix everything in a bowl, if it’s a bit dry add a bit of water. Then roll teaspoonsful into balls, onto a baking tray and flatten out to about 3mm thick.
Bake in a slow oven for 30-45 minutes until they’re dry and hard.
Blog post and recipe by Liz
*Gawor J, Jank M, Jodkowska K, Klim E, Svensson UK. Effects of Edible Treats Containing Ascophyllum nodosum on the Oral Health of Dogs: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Single-Center Study. Front Vet Sci. 2018 Jul 27;5:168. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00168. PubMed PMID: 30109236; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6080642.