The benefits of spirulina far outweigh a vitamin pill. You may choose to supplement homemade dog food recipes, the barf diet, or purchased food for your canine. One caveat; the source.
Often, dog health supplements are like buying a bottle of OneADay vitamins for humans.
The vitamins in these products are isolated and often man made.
Some man made vitamins are useable by the body and some are actually seen as toxins, thus doing more harm long term than good.
And while each body is different and can absorb even natural things like foods, differently; why not supplement with something that improves assimilation of foods while adding nutrition?
This is where Spirulina comes in.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in warm, alkaline fresh water and we consume it in a dried, usually encapsulated state.While the thought of eating algae may seem a little odd, Spirulina offers a wide array of nutrients, similar to kelp for dogs. Filled with an array of vitamins, this algae naturally contains all eight essential amino acids, as well as chelated minerals, trace minerals and enzymes. It also provides naturally occurring chlorophyll and is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12. It is one of the most complete foods on the planet.
Cooked foods have less nutrients because of the cooking process. It's still far better to cook fresh meats and vegetables for your dog than buying commercial dog food. The benefits of Spirulina for home cooked foods are, they replace some of the nutrients cooked out, add many more, plus assist in the metabolic process.
Okay, now we have the ultimate dog food. Raw meat, bones and vegetables. Or maybe you don't mind throwing your dog hunks of raw meaty bones but pulverizing organic veggies isn't on your list of fun things to do. Spirulina takes up the slack. It also has far more nutrients than a single vegetable. Plus, since it's dried, it won't spoil in the refrigerator.
The benefits of Spirulina extend to us humans too! In addition to being highly nutritious, it helps us digest animal proteins. This high energy food can act as an appetite suppressant, reduce food cravings and help with weight management.
It assists those with ADD and ADHD, cataracts, diabetes, low energy and hypoglycemia.
I really like both foods and supplements in the house we can share. When I take it, it reminds me to give it to the dogs and vise versa. Plus I know it will never go to waste.
Why would I let anything go to waste? Well, sometimes I get a bit lazy and get out of the habit of taking supplements myself, but I never forget the dogs.
I guess we both know where my priorities are.
Here is where I give Nature's Sunshine a plug. (I explain why I promote them at Why NSP ?)
Polluted sources can lead to severe side effects by building up excess levels of lead, mercury and cadmium in your system. Low-quality spirulina can also easily become contaminated by animal hairs and insect fragments. You always want to buy this supplement from a trusted source. For me, that is NSP.
I suggest you start your dog at one capsule every other day for a week and then one a day thereafter.
Spirulina capsules ( NSP # 681-1 ) can be added to the food bowl at meal time. You don't have to worry about your dog swallowing a pill. Simply open the capsule over the food and sprinkle it on.
The other supplement I suggest is Super Omega 3 capsules ( NSP # 1515-7 ) - open and sprinkle on mixture as well.
You will find both of these as ingredients in my free raw dog food recipes.