Phytoplankton serve as superfood for dogs offering benefits like cancer prevention, allergies, digestive health, etc. Find out in this article.
In this article, I am going to teach you about some amazing supplements for dogs - a natural health supplement called phytoplankton that can be very beneficial for dogs, and especially those dogs that need extra nutrients due to compromised immunity or health conditions like cancer or old-age and so on.
So, What Are Phytoplanktons?
Phytoplanktons are tiny plants at the base of the Earth’s oceans mainly, but many phytoplankton can also be seen floating to the top of the oceans. All ocean life depends upon the phytoplanktons for food and nutritional needs. Phytoplankton are very microscopic plants and are single-celled organisms. About 71% of Earth’s surface is water and phytoplankton is credited for about 50% of Earth’s oxygen. Phytoplankton are also called micro algae.
Phytoplankton also removes CO2 from the atmosphere and are a source of food for marine life. Another great point about phytoplankton is that they are a sustainable source of energy for both marine life as well as for humans, and enrich the environment by making it cleaner and healthier for all.
This is the exact opposite of what the fish oil industry and fish consumption has done for our planet - depleting the oceans of marine life, creating pollution in the sea beds due to fishing, and creating humongous wastage in the form of plastic bottles used for fish oil, fish oil capsules, and canned or plastic packaged fish/sea animals products.
Horrible. Just horrible - what we humans are doing to this planet and how many fish and their babies we are killing in the name of “fish oil” or “krill oil”…think about it. With phytoplankton, none of this is necessary.
Nutrition in Phytoplanktons -
Phytoplanktons are super rich in nutrients, antioxidants, proline (for protein synthesis in dogs), phenylalanine (for good muscle growth, hormone balance in dogs and converts to tyrosine in dogs), magnesium, nucleic acids, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, trace minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, carotenoids. Marine phytoplankton is the main source of essential fatty acids. So those who think that they should get fish oil for their dog or for themselves are really getting fooled by the marketing media.
The truth is fish get their EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and/or DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) from the phytoplankton - the marine algae. This is because when fish feed on krill, that is how they get their fatty acids. However, krill gets it from the phytoplankton - this proves that phytoplankton is the ultimate and most vital, sustainable, and most powerful source of essential fatty acids that you could ever give to your dog!
Phytoplankton Benefits for Dogs -
Phytoplankton Dosage for Dogs -Though there is NO exact dosage when it comes to phytoplankton since it is a highly digestible food, for estimate you can start with 1/2 teaspoon per day for small dogs (1 gm), medium dog is 1 teaspoon per day (2 gms) and large dogs is 1.5 teaspoon per day (3 gms).
It is best to work with someone who can guide you (like myself) or a holistic vet as the exact dosage will depend on many factors like age, breed, metabolism, health conditions, weight, etc.
When Buying Phytoplankton for Your Dog -
Some Q&A from Readers to Help You Further -
Q1. Can you please recommend a good one to buy? thank you! - Michele
A. Hi Michele - I don't buy for my dogs as they all are very healthy and already eat a very good, nutrient dense diet. So, what I advice is that you look up some brands and make sure they all cover the points I mentioned in the article so that you are getting a pure product. Ask the sellers for validation about radiation, heavy metals, etc.
Phytoplanktons are great for dogs with cancer, aging dogs or sick dogs but otherwise I do not feel they need to be given. Hope this helps! - Somya.
Q2. Hi. I also read your article about Trace minerals. I have 2 girls about 1yr apart and my 1st first girl was going through an episode of eating dirt. We have a lot of snow here now but I want to restore my girls system. I actually want to feed it to both girls. Sooooooo should she get Trace minerals or this? Trace minerals don't seem to have Vitamin B12 and I would like her to have that as well. Thanks. - Josie
A. You should go for phytoplanktons if they are eating dirt...you can also add some spirulina-chlorella tablets or powder daily to their diet and this all should help you with the dirt eating problem. Good luck! - Somya.
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