Spirulina is a natural algae that is widely used as a health supplement in humans, but have you ever heard of using spirulina for dogs?
It is packed full of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, B and E, and is incredibly nutrient dense, containing over 50% protein. Spirulina is also made up of amino acids and essential fatty acids.
How can spirulina help my dog?
There are key benefits that spirulina can help with in dogs, as well as us humans.
It can strengthen your dog's immune system
Dogs with sensitive or weak immune systems can often be tired, and have low energy. Spirulina can help to balance and boost the immune system, and can enhance the body's ability to create new antibodies such as blood cells. It contains phytonutrients (nutrients found in colourful fruits and vegetables) which contribute to overall health due to their high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This means that spirulina can help to improve the health of your dog's immune system in fighting disease and infection.
It can cleanse the body of toxins
The natural algae has been found to absorb metals and toxins from the body so that they can be easily passed. As dogs can be vulnerable to pollutants from things like drinking water from puddles and streams, spirulina can help these toxins to pass through your dog's system and be excreted.
It can improve digestion and gastrointestinal health
Spirulina is digested easily as its cell structure does not have tough walls that is found in high fibre. It passes through easily and promotes healthy bowel function.
As spirulina contains so many different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, it can help to boost the metabolism, and therefore help energy levels.
It can improve overall skin and coat health
A dog's diet can have a great impact on their coats. There are a number of different ingredients that dogs can be allergic or intolerant to, which can irritate skin and produce dull looking fur. Spirulina is a great source of essential fatty acids, which can help to maintain a healthy and balanced skin.
Spirulina can also help to reduce allergies as it is a natural antihistamine, which is a great natural remedy for pets who suffer with itchiness from varying seasonal allergies.
Panda and Monkey are a cheeky pair of French Bulldog brothers from Nottingham, who love being outside, playing in water and the occasional attempted squirrel chase! They have been using our Skin & Coat Support Sausages for the last six months so we caught up with them to find out what they think about our sausages.
"Everyone has certainly noticed a difference since we discovered these yummy treats.
We are constantly being told how shiny and healthy our fur looks.
We have tried other skin and coat products before but never noticed any benefits and the boys weren't keen on the treat either, but with these sausages the boys love them! They go nuts when they see the packet and they really do make a difference. Their coats are so soft since using these treats.
Another thing I wanted to add is that these treats are great for training recall because they smell so good to the pups! My two will come back from anywhere if they can smell these."
Our Skin & Coat Support Sausages are made with a gentle grain-free recipe of whitefish, aloe vera and spirulina. By using targeted levels of these active natural ingredients in our treats, they form a unique blend to help keep your hound's skin and coat in fine health.
Our full support treat range is available here: The Innocent Hound Support Treat Range