Did you love eating seaweed whether it is fresh or dried? Did you accidentally drop it on the floor and your lovely pets (especially dogs) eat it immediately before you pick it up, or you want to share a portion of food with seaweed or give it as it is to him as a treat or include on his regular meal? Well for those question like “Can dogs eat seaweed?”, “Can Dogs Eat Dried Seaweed?”, or ” Is seaweed whether fresh or dry to dogs?) you can find out all the answers below.
Whatever your reason the everything you need to know about the effect of fresh seaweed and dried seaweed on your dog’s health is below whether it is safe or not for him so keep reading!!
What is Seaweed?
Seaweed more specifically edible seaweed, whether fresh or dried (Nori), is also called sea vegetables. It is an aquatic plant known as algae that is considered a nutritious food with high iodine levels, fiber, protective antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and more.
Types of Edible seaweeds:
- Wakame – also known as sea mustard, is a dark green seaweed most often found in miso soup. It has a sweet taste, a silky smooth texture, and is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Kombu – is a type of kelp, it is the main ingredient of dashi, the soup stock that is the foundation of many Japanese dishes.
- Nori – a purple laver, is a deep purplish-red seaweed that turns a dark green when dried.
- Dulse – a reddish seaweed used by the Irish to make their famous soda bread.
- Hijiki – a brown seaweed that turns black when dried and looks like little, thin twigs.
- Irish moss – a purple and red alga native to the Atlantic shorelines of the U.S. and Europe.
- Sea lettuce – blue-green algae or green nori is commonly found along coastlines.
Note: Not all seaweed (especially wild seaweed) are edible and not all edible seaweed are safe for dogs to eat.
What is Dried Seaweed?
Dried Seaweed (Nori) is made of edible seaweed that is been dried or dehydrated, it has a strong and distinctive flavor, and is often used to wrap rolls of sushi or onigiri (rice balls), it is also sometimes eaten like a crackers partner by beers or Soju in Asian countries.
Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?
The short answer is YES but with few exceptions. Seaweed is a nutritious food that can benefits dogs by promoting healthier skin and fur, decrease inflammation, and provides a number of antioxidants, however not all seaweed food is safe for dogs especially those with seasoned or dried and wild seaweed.
Unseasoned Kelp (except those that grows along the coast) and Nori (except dried) is safe and can be feed in dogs in small amount and moderation as long as he doesn’t have an allergy to it. Feeding frequently or too much seaweed to dogs can result in stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Can Dogs Eat Dried Seaweed (Nori)?
Dried seaweed is not as safe and healthy as fresh seaweed for dogs, it will expand in the stomach that can cause fatal digestive blockages. It is also high in sodium (salt) which is very harmful for dogs (salt is toxic to dogs especially if intake in large amounts).
Salt Poisoning in Dogs symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, walking drunk, excessive thirst and urination, potential injury to the kidneys, tremors, seizures, coma, and even death is possible when leaving untreated.
If your dog accidentally ate dried seaweed bring him to your vet or animal emergency hospital as soon as possible.
Watch here how the Dried Seaweed expand or rehydrate:
Health Benefits of Seaweed to Dogs:
With the right amount and in moderation (fresh) seaweed is safe and healthy for dogs. The following are some of the health benefits of seaweed for dogs:
- Contains Iodine – It helps increase longevity, prevents your dog from getting thyroid problems, and promotes healthier skin and fur.
- Contains a Variety of Protective Antioxidants – It prevents your dog from getting cancer and neutralize the effects of chronic inflammation.
- A Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals – Seaweed contains vitamins A, C, E and K, along with folate, zinc, sodium, calcium, and magnesium.
- Contains Fiber – It helps your dogs maintain a healthy digestive system by increasing bulk and absorb excess water, which aids in bowel regularity and helps produce firm, formed stools. It also prevents constipation, Diarrhea, and may help reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Is Dried Seaweed Bad for Dogs?
Fresh seaweed without any seasoning is safe for dogs in small amounts and in moderation as long as he doesn’t have an allergy to it, avoid and never feed dried seaweed to your dog because it is not healthy for them.
Overfeeding of seaweed or feeding your dog dried seaweed can cause health problems to them, the following are some symptoms or health problem that your dog might get:
Note: If your dog accidentally ate dried seaweed don’t wait for any symptoms to occur instead contact your vet immediately or bring him to the nearest animal emergency hospital.