Dried Kelp is part of the larger food category of sea vegetables. They are actually algae which makes them different from other food sources such as plants and animals. They have exotic names such as Nori, Hijiki, Kombu, Wakame, Arame, and also the better known in the west as seaweed and Kelp.
Kelp is one of the most effective of these sea vegetables as an ingredient in dog supplements because it contains a hefty array of minerals, vitamins , amino acids , and carbohydrates. The list is impressive including A, B-complex, C, E, S, calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sulfur, MSM , zinc, manganese, niacin, riboflavin, sodium, thiamine.
Because kelp contains so many critical components for dog nutrition it promotes good health and long life in numerous ways including: better digestion, control and relief of skin and coat disorders, relief and prevention of allergic reactions , healing from injuries, higher resistance to infection, cell rejuvenator, detoxifying, and joint repair.
Kelp is considered safe but it must be produced from deep ocean beds that are free of industrial waste. Two such areas are the fjords of Iceland and oceans off Norway. It must be harvested correctly taking it from the cold deep ocean beds and dried at low temperatures that do not destroy its crucial nutrients.