Benefits of Iodine for Dogs

The benefits of iodine. Found in dulce seaweed and kelp, it aids in reversing dog thyroid problems, calms nervous tension, even helps with sleep problems. Should you use iodine or seaweed?

Personally I think its like eating whole foods versus vitamins. If you eat a fruit or vegetable for a certain vitamin, remember you get a lot of phytonutrients along with the vitamin nutrition you seek.

So carefully dried dulce seaweed or extract could give far more benefits than a jar of iodine drops.

The Canine Thyroid

The thyroid gland is located in the front lower part of the neck. The hormones produced by the thyroid, govern the body’s basic metabolism and controls growth, development and maintenance for a strong glandular system.

In "The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats" by Diane Stein, she mentions D.C. Jarvis MD, so I looked him up. Here are some highlights from his book "Folk Medicine". It gave me one of those, I wanna buy this supplement right now moments. (I also want his book even though he's an MD, the same principles apply.)

Here goes:

"All the blood in the body passes through the thyroid gland every 17 minutes. During this 17-minute passage the gland's secretion of iodine kills weak germs. Strong, virulent germs are rendered weaker during their passage through the thyroid gland. With each 17 minutes that rolls around they are made still weaker until finally they are killed if the gland has its normal supply of iodine.

A second function of iodine is to calm the body and relieve nervous tension. When nervous tension runs high there is irritability and difficulty in sleeping well at night. (If this could help my husband and his dog Moo, my own life would improve!)

A third function of iodine in the human body relates to clear thinking. The mind simply works better when the body is supplied the iodine it needs. (I had to put this in because I could always use more clear thinking.)


While you can buy products such as Lugo's Solution, I still believe that seaweed is the most important way to receive the benefits of iodine for maintenance and curative properties because it has so many other valuable nutrients.

You will find a list of seaweeds and their iodine content at Kelp for Dogs.

The benefits of iodine in Dulce seaweed could be the answer for many pets now on synthetic thyroid medication and with bone problems, anemia, obesity, dry skin, hair loss, bad teeth or nails and digestive problems.

If your dog suffers from a slow thyroid you might consider Nature's Sunshine Dulce liquid, Thyroid Activator or Thyroid Support

You can also go to the supplements page to find which health supplements for dogs already have dulce or kelp in them.

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