Ascophyllum nodosum (A.N.) seaweed is a brown kelp harvested in Canada. Kelp is a great source of many vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Kelp is also a well known source of iodine.
Dental disease is a serious issue for our pets. A 2018 study in dogs found A.N. brought significant improvements to dental health, including prevention of plaque and calculus. It is thought to affect the ability of plaque to stick to teeth surfaces via a systemic antibacterial effect.
Markers of gut health, including increased production of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), improved in a human study. SCFAs are also essential for healthy gut lining in dogs.
A.N. will suit most dogs, especially those experiencing plaque build up. A.N. may be considered in cats - but please note that they are sensitive to changes in iodine content so dosing must be kept regular. We recommend guidance from your primary veterinarian, particularly in cats with health issues.
There are some cautions to consider:
Mix the recommended dose into food once a day. A.N. may provide valuable health benefits for your dog, however dental health is best served with a holistic approach.
A well-planned species-appropriate diet, ideally with regular raw meaty bones (or tooth brushing and locally-sourced chewy treats if bones are not suitable for your dog) provides an optimal platform for excellent dental and general health.
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