“the associated metabolites produced are increasingly associated with the promotion of gastrointestinal, cardiometabolic, immune, bone, and mental health.

Hello Dog Lovers,

Agricultural kelp meal has been added as a plank in the Doggytread Protocol. Over the years, it has been fed to dogs, cats, goats, chickens and a llama.

Doggytread recommends feeding 1 teaspoon of OMRI certified kelp meal per 25# of body weight on a daily basis.

Add it to kibble with a bit of water to make it stick, or throw it in with your raw food. It’s that easy.

Two things in particular of note happened with the Doggytread dogs when they were fed roughly 1-2 tablespoons of organic certified kelp meal each day.

First, Their stools turned a dark green and were consistently firm, which was fantastic.

(The stool is the most important indicator of animal health, and they seemed to be absorbing their food extremely well.)

Second, their coats got slick and shiny.

That is also fantastic, because a slick, healthy, shiny coat is another indicator of overall positive animal health.

And that’s almost where kelp was relegated, to simply just a great supplement in with raw food.

But then was the Rottweiler named Hazel.

Hazel and her person were visiting the Alton Baker dog park on a cool October day in 2020. Her owner, frankly, had a case of the blues.

His one-year-old purebred Rottweiler pup had a formal hip-dysplasia diagnosis and was limping on her front left elbow.

After a brief conversation with him about how well the Doggytread Rotties had done on a raw diet, the encounter was fairly well forgotten.

Months later, this arrived by email:

Hi Josh we met 2-3 months back at Alton baker dog park my rottie had a big time limp from either a joint or tissue type damage. I had just started her on 3000 mg fish oil daily, You said fish oil, Kelp and raw was the way to go with her. I just felt you should know I really can’t afford to feed her raw all the time she does now gets one turkey neck daily raw but the biggest change Josh was the I believe was the Kelp oh my god there’s no more limping after a short walk let alone a real long walk she hardly itches anymore 100% change for the good I can’t thank you enough for what you said to me that night.

Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to watch Hazel’s continued improvement, up to and including randomly running into this family – husband, wife, little girl and a happy, healthy, agile, pain-free dog – at the dog park.

As of March 2021, Hazel was completely pain-free and running at a full, all-out, high-speed gallop on the far side of the park.

Her owner looked at me, smiling broadly, and said:

I’ve never seen her do that before.

The last report I had on this dog, she was had fully recovered and was taking CBD on an as-needed basis.

The combination of fish oil, kelp, and turmeric arrested her arthritis and hip inflammation.

So what is it inside kelp that makes it so surprisingly effective?

The short answer appears to be that kelp is a prebiotic that charges the gut microbiome.

Polysaccarides are also a key component in the healing properties of Lions Mane mushrooms (dementia) and aloe (gut health).

That’s the news for today, dog lovers.  Thank you for tuning in and see you next time.



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