Seaweed and dogs

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  1. Mango

    Mango SoWal Insider

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    My dog seems to have an affinity for certain seaweeds, the ones that look like sticks. I have no clue what could be toxic or not, so I have been taking it from him as quickly as possible. Do any other dogs like it, do you let them eat it, are any toxic? Going to do a google search, just thought I would ask people from experience.
     
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    Sounds like you are taking about Sargassum Weed. Not positive but I doubt it is toxic. Might make him sick though. Does he really want to eat it or just tasting it or playing with it?
     
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    We recently saw a dog who needed an intensive surgery costing over 5k to remove seaweed from his intestines, but it wasn't around here. You are right to take it away from him immediately.
     
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    More like playing with it and chewing it, the same way dogs hold sticks. He doesn't seem to be chewing it to eat, but I am sure he swallowed some. He seems to be ok.
     
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    Found some interesting information on the web, although, I am not sure what is what, so I guess weeds are off the menu for my dog.

    Maybe this is the reason the dog you saw needed surgery, Snerd? (from the same article link above:

    Here's another interesting link I found:
    Why do dogs eat seaweed?
     
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    Sounds like some owners are hogging the sushi.....
     
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    I use kelp and / or green algae in my home made dog food, actually its part of the health mix powder that I combine to add to their food. and I think my dogs are pretty healthy.
     

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