The Benefits of Kelp (Seaweed) Powder for Dogs

We have all seen it by the sea, some of us may even have eaten it in a restaurant or taken it in tablet form but lets see just what it can do for mans best friend.

 For decades many humans all over the world have enjoyed the health benefits of kelp. This easy to get hold of  product, tends to get lost in the battle of supplements and drugs available on the market because of its simplicity but  what it lacks in glamour it makes up for in its feisty ingredients.  

 What is Kelp? (Kelp is the name given to the Latin Fucus Vesiculosus.)

 Down by the ocean shores you will have seen a brown coloured, smooth in appearance seaweed. This is kelp and it is  very high in iodine, calcium, iron and potassium. Kelp can be eaten raw but mostly it is dried and ground into a fine  powder or produced in tablet form and liquid.

 Image (google images)

 Other benefits of using Kelp

 Kelp is rich in 37 minerals and trace elements and also vitamins especially those from the B family.  Powder forms are  often cheaper in price than the tablet form of kelp but with a potency that is slightly lower. The powder is easy to  sprinkle into your dog’s normal meal. This especially helps if your dog is a fussy eater.

 Kelp is especially good for dogs that suffer from skin problems, itchy skin, (Check for fleas first) excessive moulting,  cracked claws and dandruff.

 It helps maintain the nervous system and immune system. Its inflammatory properties are not only beneficial for the  skin but for the skeleton too. Digestion and hormonal problems are said to be greatly improved also. It helps keep a  healthy balance within the immune system and the overall condition of the dog.

 Image by Leverton- Photography

 Is it best to feed Kelp all year round?

 A maintenance dose over the winter months is a great benefit but also added to feed during periods of skin  conditions, illness, seasons or as a general pick up is fine through the rest of the year.

 Kelp is a great enhancer for coat change and skin health. As the nights draw in at the end of summer and the coat  begins to change the dogs develop thicker winter coats and the kelp will aid in keeping the skin and coat growth  healthy. This would be the best time to add Kelp to your dogs diet as maintenance. Keep using the kelp until after  the coat change in the springtime when the nights draw out again.

 Lots of dogs suffer from pigment change during the winter months. This pigment change is noticeable on the dog’s  nose, which may change from black to brown or even pink. However there are certain breeds that are more prone to  this pigment change, known as a “snow nose” as it only seems to affect the dogs during the winter months.  Labradors, Siberian Huskies and collies to name a few of the breeds that loose pigment in their nose. (If your dog has  any other health concerns to go with the loss of colour in the nose please get it checked out with your veterinary  surgeon, as there are many other causes of colour change in the pigmentation of the nose.) Using kelp could keep  the pigment levels higher. I will let you know as I have just started using it for my own dogs pigment loss.

Pigment loss “Snow nose” the very pink bit at the top of the nose is due to him sticking his nose somewhere he shouldn’t and damaging the skin.


lillyrose 8/2/11 ©

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User Comments
  1. wonder

    On February 9, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I got a detailed knowledge about kelp, though I knew a bit about the benefits of sea weeds.Good make up with kelp for your cute nosey dog.

  2. Brewed Coffee

    On February 9, 2011 at 3:25 am

    That is new to me. Thanks for including a picture of the kelp in it natural state. Learned a lot from your article :-)

  3. petercurtis97

    On February 9, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Good information on kelp although I have never used it.
    Good luck with your dog and kelp use.

  4. Brewed Coffee

    On February 9, 2011 at 3:26 am

    in *its* natural…sorry typo error

  5. vijayanths

    On February 9, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Useful information.

  6. crisdiwata

    On February 9, 2011 at 3:39 am

    This is a very well-explained and full-detailed article. I don’t know it could help that much to our dogs. I just knew then that it is being used in making gelatin. I don’t know it has a lot of benefits. Thanks for sharing this knowledge.

  7. gaby7

    On February 9, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I had never heard anything about kelp, this has been a very enriching information!


    On February 9, 2011 at 4:29 am

    well written and informed

  9. anndavey650

    On February 9, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Kelp is good for humans too apparently… Japanese love it. It’s amazing just how many minerals and B vitamins there are in it. I didn’t know you could get it in powdered form.

  10. SharifaMcFarlane

    On February 9, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I wonder if it’s in any shampoos or other hair products for people?

  11. redmail99

    On February 9, 2011 at 7:47 am

    interesting, thanks for sharing…

  12. lillyrose

    On February 9, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Kelp powder has been around for years. The vet I used to work for did homeopathy and was using it 20 years ago to treat skin problems in dogs when steroids didn’t do anything but leave other nasty problems from the side effects.

  13. Starpisces

    On February 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

    It’s new to me too, that’s very interesting!

  14. LadyElena

    On February 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    This is very useful to know.
    Thanks Lily.

  15. Will Dee

    On February 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for the article about kelp I was unaware image or use.

  16. Guy Hogan

    On February 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I knew that kelp had many benefits for people, but had no idea it could also have benefits for dogs.

  17. albert1jemi

    On February 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Thanks for sharing

  18. Goodselfme

    On February 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Great info for dog owners. It is difficult when pets are sick or ailing. You have helped with your good info.

  19. Stable

    On February 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Brilliantly explained and love the images! I will remember this for when I finally cave in to my children’s demands for a pack of dogs.

  20. tonywriter

    On February 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    some really good new infos mate,Thanks a very informative share!

  21. Mystical Whitewolf

    On February 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Excellent post, there are many useful benefits to homeopathic remedies for our pets as well as vet. designed drugs for them.
    Thank you for your comments to my post. Never give up your dreams they will come true. Nice to have you as a new friends, welcome aboard!

  22. oldster

    On February 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Not sure how a dog would get kelp naturally Lilly – But I’m sure as they have been ‘naturalised’ and misused as pets by we humans, extra additives and vitamins are necessary to keep them fit and in trim.
    Good for the garden too girl – where the dogs will roll in it no doubt.

  23. shakugan123

    On February 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    very well written. I feel like buying kelp after reading this.

  24. Sharif Ishnin

    On February 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Very valuable discovery and info on kelp. I never knew about its benefits. I guess there is no way that we can stop dogs from poking their nose around.:)

  25. Phoenix Montoya

    On February 10, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Kelp is very helpful for dog owners out there. I don’t know though, if its available here.

  26. Francois Hagnere

    On February 10, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I must confess I knew nothing about this. I hope kelp available available everywhere. Great post as usual, Lilly. I admire your knowledge and love of doggies. Thank you sister!

  27. TwiKnight

    On February 10, 2011 at 8:30 am

    So why exactly was the black doggie thing draped in kelp? :P An informative article on my favourite erm plant food! :)

  28. lillyrose

    On February 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Kelp powder can be brought very easily on the internet I get mine from petmeds but there are plenty of other sites that sell human and animal kelp.

  29. lillyrose

    On February 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Still laughing at Twiknight’s comment. I will be sure to tell my friend that her water Spaniel show dog looks like he is covered in Kelp!

  30. Jerry Bradford aka Jerry Atrixx

    On February 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    This article deserves the many many comments. Very well done. I love kelp and seaweed in sushi and it makes so much sense to feed it to canines.

    Also the dog photos you chose are really special. I am guessing a Puli, and an Afghan???

  31. Marie Milton

    On February 11, 2011 at 8:41 am

    A very informative article you have here, Lisa :) I take sea-kelp everyday in tablet form. Finger nails and hair sure do grow at a rate of knots :) good for keeping up the metabolism!

    Giving sea-kelp to dogs must work wonders too! We used to give our poochie cod-liver oil (it was alright until he bit the capsule and he tasted the oil ;) ) so I’m don’t see why sea-kelp would be any different :) .
    I’m sure their hair and nails grow at twice as fast as normal too!

  32. lillyrose

    On February 11, 2011 at 10:45 am

    No Jerry he is my friends Irish water spaniel.

  33. LCM Linda

    On February 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Interesting topic. New knowledge to me. Thanks!

  34. yes me

    On February 19, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Kelp has so many uses cheers Lilly

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