No. Ascophyllum nodosum works systemically through the bloodstream and thus does not need to come into contact with the teeth.
Whilst Ascophyllum nodosum is usually well tolerated, each animal is different. Ensure that your pet’s gastrointestinal system is at its best before introducing Simply Seaweed. Introduce the product slowly, gradually increasing the dose as toleration is evident.
The safety and efficacy of Ascophyllum nodosum has yet to be determined for pregnant, nursing and young animals. We do not recommend feeding Ascophyllum nodosum to dogs and cats under 6 months of age.
Seaweed is naturally high in iodine, a mineral which affects the thyroid. Seek veterinary advice beforehand if you would like to give your animal Ascophyllum nodosum.
Results do vary and may take up to three months to become noticeable. An improvement in breath is usually observed within a few weeks.
No. Residual product excreted by animals is not harmful to gardens, nor is the seaweed damaging to the environment if introduced into waterways.
In our experience, dogs are not usually bothered by the product being added to their food. Cats, however, can sometimes be a bit fussy.
Some suggestions are;
- Start by introducing a very small quantity of the product, gradually increasing the amount up to the recommended dosage
- If feeding kibble, add a splash of water into the bowl then swirl around the biscuits so that the Ascophyllum nodosum sticks to the biscuits
- Mix the Ascophyllum nodosum in with a small amount of something yummy, such as lactose free yoghurt, chicken stock, gravy, margarine, sardines, a splash of milk, Brewer’s Yeast or peanut butter
- For dogs, try hide the Ascophyllum nodosum inside a piece of “dog log” e.g. Prime100