Seaweed for animal nutrition

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Pet food is one of the most promising avenues for seaweeds – both for the health and sustainability benefits seaweeds bring compared to conventional ingredients – and pet owners increasingly want the eating habits of their pets to be as ethical and healthy as their own diets.

Seaweeds offer numerous benefits when incorporated into pet foods. They are rich in essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (A, B, C, and E), minerals (iodine, magnesium, calcium, potassium), and antioxidants. Including seaweeds in pet foods can contribute to a healthy coat, skin and immune system for pets. The omega-3 fatty acids in seaweeds support brain development, joint health, and cardiovascular function. The high fibre content aids in digestion and weight management. Seaweeds also possess natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, promoting overall wellbeing in pets. Furthermore, the sustainable sourcing of seaweeds aligns with the growing demand from conscientious consumers for ethically sourced ingredients.

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Milled seaweed flakes can easily be added to pet food for a tasty nutritional boost

Seaweed is known to be of significant benefit to oral health, with knotted wrack - Ascophyllum nodosum - proven to reduce plaque in dogs. Horizon Seaweed is already a trusted supplier for ingredients in kibble, raw foods, treats and toppers produced around Europe and we can advise on the species of seaweed to use to balance value and sustainable sourcing.

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Case studies in the animal nutrition industry

Ideas for species to use in animal nutrition