No. Ascophyllum nodosum works systemically through the bloodstream and thus does not need to come into contact with the teeth (or mouth).
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.
Whilst most pet owners see an improvement in breath within a few weeks, results will vary depending on severity and dosage and may take up to 12 weeks to become noticeable.
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;
- Reduce the dosage
- Start by introducing a very small quantity of the product, gradually increasing the amount up to the recommended dosage
- Hide the Ascophyllum nodosum in a small amount of lactose free yoghurt, chicken stock, gravy, margarine or peanut butter
- For cats, try mixing the Ascophyllum nodosum with Brewer’s Yeast before adding to the cat’s food
Blog post on this topic coming soon!