Kelp in the Diet

An email from Suzanne Conlon ( on the Toller Rescue Group list, dated 8-6-2003:

"Adding kelp to the diet can be very beneficial. It can reduce skin problems, promote healthy and shiny coat, reduce excessive shedding, promote better utilization and absorption of nutrients, maintains and benefits thyroid for weight control, minimizes pain from arthritis and helps to boost the immune system.

"I feed it to Loa in powder or granule form, which you can pick up at a natural foods store. I actually combine it in a healthy powder that I found in a natural pet book and here's the recipe:

Healthy Powder
2 cups nutritional yeast (flakes)
1 cup soy lecithin granules
1/4 cup kelp powder or granules
1/4 cup bonemeal, or 9000 mg. calcium, or 5 Tbs.
eggshell powder
1000 mg. vitamin C

"I prefer to use the eggshells for calcium, because it's less expensive and less waste from my own cooking. Make sure that the Vitamin C is crushed before adding it to the mixture. Sprinkle it on top of the food and add water if you don't already add cottage cheese/egg/ground meat to the kibble. I store it in the fridge in a plastic container."

Colby Glass, MLIS