Why Kelp is Great for Dogs

Benefits of Kelp for Dogs

When slimy seaweed floats beside you in the water, it can startle you; but kelp is actually really good for both people and dogs.

Kelp is a natural source of amino acids; it is 25% protein with only 2% fat in this sea veggie. Kelp is known for its iodine, which is important for healthy thyroid function. While other plants from the sea are nutrients for dogs, kelp contains 60 different minerals and vitamins and 21 amino acids, making it a great ingredient to have in dog food.

kelp for dogsThe minerals and vitamins in kelp are beneficial for your furry friend in a number of ways.

  • Regulates gland activity in the thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands
  • Helps reduce inflammation and itching so it’s helpful for dogs with skin allergies
  • Contains amino acids and protein to aid in tissue repair
  • The iodine content helps with thyroid activity. This speeds up weight loss and metabolism.
  • Easy to digest with a high fiber content
  • Alginic acid reduces tartar buildup and dental plaque

The combination of soluble fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, boron, and vitamins A, B12, C, and E all work together to provide these benefits. When selecting a dog food that contains kelp, you want to ensure the kelp is high quality.

Kelp Sourcing for Our Raw Pet Food

Kelp sourcing for all protein choices by Steve’s Real Food is through Trouw Nutrition. Unlike other kelp, which can be a blend of multiple species from around the world, our kelp is a single species that is hand harvested from the North Atlantic. Hand harvesting not only helps with the sustainability of kelp communities, but it also protects the quality and purity of the product.

  • Growing Kelp: Trouw Nutrition kelp has adapted and thrived in one of the harshest environments on earth. It endures major obstacles including solar stress and temperature variations. The protective mechanism of the kelp is also passed to the pet through the food.
  • Harvesting Kelp: The harvesting process is an important part of what makes this kelp so unique. The harvest is GPS guided to ensure sustainable harvesting and the availability of the product for the future. The product goes from the kelp beds to drying pads in 12 hours. At low tide, kelp is on the rocks and can’t be harvested sustainably using a specialized rake that cuts kelp above the roots.
  • Drying Kelp: Our kelp is solar dried in order to ensure that the protective molecules aren’t damaged. The whole drying process is focused on increasing product quality and retaining nutrients. There are two phases of drying; first, it is solar dried to 18% moisture and then drum dried to 13% moisture.

Kelp, along with all the other ingredients in Steve’s Real Food, is carefully sourced in order to ensure nutritional quality and safety. This helps keeps your pet’s health optimal. The manufacturing and harvesting processes ensure that the product retains the nutrients to keep its SuperFood status. Certifications include ISO 22000, USADA certified organic, and Safe Feed/Safe Food.

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How Green-Lipped Mussels Can Help Your Pet with Arthritis


Pets experience body joint issues with some displaying symptoms such as reluctance to rise, lameness, reduced mobility, among other symptoms. Due to the side effects experienced from the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) drugs when treating osteoarthritis in pets, there has been mounting interest in nutraceuticals of which the green-lipped mussel (GLM) is one.

What are Green-Lipped Mussels?

Green-lipped mussels, whose scientific name is Perna Canaliculus, are mussel species that are common along New Zealand’s coast. The name comes from the fact that the mussels have a green edge (lip) around the shells.  While New Zealand natives have known of the mollusks’ health benefits and have been using them for centuries, they have been introduced to the west only recently in the form of supplements.

What are the Benefits of Green-Lipped Mussels?

As the mussels are a natural sea-water filter, they retain a huge number of potent nutrients and minerals. According to a study conducted by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, green-lipped mussel contains nutrients such as:

  • green lipped mussels for dogs infographicOmega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamins and minerals such as zinc, copper, iodine, and manganese among others
  • Amino acids
  • Enzymes
  • Antioxidants
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin

Most pet owners have an idea of how vital omega-3 fatty acids are to their pet’s health and especially the joints, which is why they use fish oil. While fish oil has only two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), green-lipped mussels have a third one called ETA. This is a rare form of omega-3 fatty acids which lowers the production of cyclooxygenase, an enzyme which causes inflammation. This results in less pain, less inflammation, and improved mobility for your pet.

Green-lipped mussels are a rich source of glucosamine and chondroitin, vitamins C and E, antioxidants, and minerals such copper, zinc, and selenium, all of which are vital to your pet’s joint health.

A green-lipped mussel diet will benefit your pet in the following ways:

  • It is a natural inflammatory
  • It reduces joint pain and protects the cartilage
  • It boosts your pet’s immunity
  • It strengthens the bones
  • It prevents the development of arthritis in your four-legged friend

How Much Green-Lipped Mussel Should I Give My Dog?

There’s no definite answer to this question as the amount of green-lipped mussel that will be helpful for your pet depends on the severity of its condition as well as its size. However, it is recommended that you administer 15mg of green-lipped powder extract for every pound of your pet’s body weight.

You may need to increase or decrease the quantities depending on the results and revert to the previous dosage once you see significant improvement. While there are no significant concerns about green-lipped mussels’ side effects, pet owners are advised to observe their pets when introducing them to new diets or supplements. Also, it is always advisable to consult your vet before adding any food or supplement to the pet’s diet. 

Green-Lipped Mussel Coming Soon to Steve’s NEW Lamu

Steve’s Real Food is happy to announce that our NEW diet Lamu, will feature green-lipped mussels as one of the ingredients! Lamu will be a combination of lamb and Emu protein and will be available in both nugget and patty form.

Lamu will be offered in our BARF (biologically appropriate raw food) formula and is suitable for both cats and dogs. Keep an eye out for the new Lamu pet food from Steve’s Real Food at your local pet store!

Is a Raw Diet Healthy for a Puppy?

Just like babies, puppies grow rapidly during the first few months of their lives, and a proper diet provides the necessary nutrients to meet their needs. This developmental stage needs to be well fueled for a healthy pup. In this article, we will talk about the benefits of a puppy being fed an AAFCO-approved, commercially-prepared raw pet food.

CBD for Pets

CBD oil has gained popularity recently for its numerous health benefits, leading many people to wonder if they can give it to their pets. While CBD can come from either marijuana or hemp plants, CBD cannot actually get a pet “high”. Most CBD comes from hemp plants – not marijuana plants, which contain a higher amount of CBD and very low, to no THC. Without the THC, CBD products are generally safe for pets to use.

Pet Food: Frozen Raw vs Freeze-Dried Raw for Cats and Dogs

Just as people benefit from eating organic, non-processed foods, so do our pets.  In the past, pet parents could only find real food for cats and dogs in frozen form.  Recently, a new concept in pet food-preparation has evolved.  Feeding our pets the healthy diet they deserve is now easier than ever before– with freeze-dried raw food for cats and dogs.

Food Safety Program Update

Our company is driven by five core values and accountability is one of them. We are accountable to the distributor, retailer, and customer. The decisions we make must ensure that we have everyone’s best interests in hand while not compromising on our mission of creating a pet food that is convenient, affordable, and of the highest quality.

The Importance of Pet Food and Pet Treats with Made in USA Ingredients

If you want to upgrade your pet’s nutrition, start by looking at the packaging. Do you see ‘Made in the USA’ on there? ‘Made in the USA’ is a powerful designation that means the product has been created to high safety standards, and all or most of the ingredients are from here in the USA. If you still aren’t sure about paying a little extra for quality pet food, read on.

Choosing a Pet Food that Meets Your Working Dogs’ Nutritional Needs

As anyone who has completed a long-distance run can tell you, much of the way you feel after exerting yourself will depend on the food you ate. This principle holds true for animals as well. Working dogs such as law enforcement dogs, sled dogs, service dogs, hunting dogs, and herding dogs generally have higher nutritional requirements than those set by AAFCO when compared to non-working dogs.

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