Dog owners, especially those living close to ocean areas, often quite rightly exclaim: “I just caught my dog eating seaweed. Is it safe for her to eat? What are top methods in keeping them from eating seaweed in case it's harmful?"
Simply, Can dogs eat Seaweed?
Your dog might instinctively know their body lacks some nutrients, thus will eating some vegetation supply them what their body is craving or needing. The only problem here is, most dogs digestive systems can’t handle dried seaweed, thus might you notice your dog throwing up after a couple hours.
Most often dogs eat grass to help bowel movement, which indicates your dog might be constipated. If you notice your dog eats seaweed and/or grass, also start taking note of how often he poos and the consistency. If you notice your dog is not pooing regularly, might this just be the reason your dog is eating seaweed.
Ok, so we determined some dogs do indeed eat seaweed, and the reasons for it can vary. But is seaweed considered safe for consumption by dogs?
There are various opinions out there, especially since green foods for dogs have been making such headway in the modern world. But as always, do we need to consider the natural digestive tract a dog was fitted with, and whether or not dogs are really adapted to eating ‘seafood,’ in this case seaweed.
Logically, it comes as no surprise that dogs have evolved with time, with omnivorous adaptations occurring. But in fact, various studies (so far) have been concluded that dried seaweed can be downright hazardous for dogs.
It thus seems ‘green foods for dogs’ are just the newest fad. Dogs are adapted carnivores, with sharp teeth instead of flat ones (opposite from cows, goats and sheep), their digestive tract is also much shorter, lacking certain acids to process greens. Therefore, although dogs can eat small amounts of vegetation, they still need a primary protein based diet.
In short, NO, dogs should not be eating dried seaweed. (If seaweed is still in its soft, wet form, well, that is another story, and studies have not yet been conclusive). But we recommend rather keeping your dog from eating seaweed.
Most dogs show signs within a couple hours after eating seaweed. Look out for:
You should allow your dogs try this "green grass" in small amounts because their digestive tract is not appropriate to process greens as sheep. More important, please REMEMBER to keep them away from dry seaweed.
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