Sea Kelp?

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  1. antjen78

    antjen78 New Member

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    has anyone used sea kelp in any of there recipies specifcaly for thyroid health ? the reason i ask is because i read that sea kelp contains iodine and that is what is good for the thyroid anyone with info one this subject .
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    Anthony
     
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    I don't know what sea kelp is, but strangely I was coming on to ask if anyone feeds their dog fish (obviously boneless..those little bones are wicked)

    Anthony, is that sort of the same thing??? I've not remembered anyone saying they feed sea food....wondered if it were harmful.
     
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    it all depends on what breed you have if you do some searches on the web regarding breed specific diets you may come across info on your breed and it nutritional backround on your breed . I know some foods can be excellent for one breed and bad for another .
     
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    i use kelp as part of a DIY supplement mix for my own dog.

    it's true that it contains iodine, and also a wide variety of other nutrients in a natural form. however, it is very easy to supply too much and in the case of iodine that can have serious side effects, such as thyroid problems and an impaired metabolism. for that reason it's important to know just exactly how much iodine the product contains, so you can measure out a daily dose. as per the 2003 NRC recommendations, 15 microgram per kilogram (2.2 lbs) of body weight is all that is needed.

    fish is fine to feed to dogs, even whole fish, bones and all. one thing you need to be aware of is that fish of the salmonid species in the northwest pacific can contain a fluke which can make dogs seriosuly ill. this can be avoided by thoroughly cooking the fish tho.

    http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/ClientED/salmon.asp

    antjen78, would you list some of those foods you think would be excellent for one breed but not for another, and the reasons why? i know that different dogs have different nutrient requirements, but i'm not aware of any items that one breed could eat while another can't. (and i'm not talking about genetic diseases like for example copper storage disease.)
     
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    I aslo use KELP in my dog's diet...I mix it with bone calcium and nutritional yeast and put about a teaspoon into the dog's food...

    I completely agree with Mordy..you have no know exactly how much you're feeding..its not like dog food where its all bunched into a little dry kibble..everything has to be measured out and accurately calculated...especially when you're making your own dog food and adding these kinds of supps.
     

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