Some of you guys may remember a few weeks ago I was bummed out by my bitch having missed (no pregnancy despite having been bred) the last couple of times I have tried to breed her. I had a talk with her breeder who has suggested a couple of things, which I am trying to try, but one of the things she suggested was a supplement made of Kelp (the seaweed). Well, they don't have it at Petsmart and I looked at my favorite on-line dog-stuff supplier, PetEdge, and they have it on BACKORDER. She is due in really soon- I want to get some of this stuff ASAP and don't want to wait until the end of March at the soonest- that may be too late. Anybody know WHERE I can get some? I am uncomfortable just ordering off Joe Schmoe's internet website, too.
There's a local health food store in our area that sells Kelp supplements for dogs. It's carried as part of their' Solid Gold dog food line. I'd try calling around to the local health and feed and seed stores personally. The ones that'd be carrying foods like Solid Gold, Canidae, or Chicken Soup for the dog lover's soul.
try googling it or asking jeeves and see if any sites you recognize pop up. i like dogsoutfitter.com and fosterssmith.com, and have ordered from petvetdirect.com before also. no problems with any of them. i love dogs outfitter. cheap, fast, and never a problem with them or any of the things i get from there.
Thanks for the suggestions. I found some at Lambriar, but already had a big order half done at PetEdge, so I went ahead and ordered the 2lb bucket. I guess I will have kelp for a while now. (The 1lb was what was backordered, 2lb is in stock, but MAN that is a lot of kelp with small dogs...)
In other news, MAN I hate shipping! I ordered a couple of the PetMate soft crate-tent things, and had to get the intermediate size for my dog, which is a UPS oversize item. Never mind that it comes in a box that is about 2 inches thick and weighs almost nothing. Oh well, hopefully that lightweight thing will be worth it later when I don't have to strain my back to haul it around!
Go to an international food market or a korean food market if there is one around and buy real, whole dried kelp. It comes in a plastic bag, it's dried and looks sort of dark green, blackish. Plus it is MUCH cheaper, and you are getting all of the good properties of kelp without all the processing.
Here's how to feed it to your dog:
first, crumble the dry pieces into smaller bits....not too small, though! If its easier, you can just rehydrate it the way it is then cut it when its soft, but it gets a bit slimy.
second, leave the bits in a bowl of cool to lukewarm water for about 10 minutes - the kelp will rehydrate and expand alot.
third, swirl the bowl a bit to get any residual sand out of the kelp, then using your hand, scoop the kelp out of the water and put it in another bowl. You might see a little bit of sand in the bottom of the bowl, just throw it out. You can rinse the kelp as many times as you want, but a bit of sand won't kill your dog.
Here is an opportunity to get creative - you can stir fry the kelp lightly with a little bit of fish oil (good for the coat) and maybe some garlic (good for dogs, bad for breath..) to make it tastier. Mix this with some whole grain rice or just dog food, and I swear your dog will eat it like there's no tomorrow. Plus, she will come out looking more beautiful than ever!
If you don't think you can get kelp, ask someone at the store to help you find it. It's usually in the aisle with the grains.
No doubt a little sand wouldn't hurt MY girl; she eats dirt!
Actually I think she is digging up grubs and eating them, but she comes in with muddy teeth...
Hmm- well, when I get done with my 2lb bucket of kelp, I may try finding some of the other. However, that said, I live in an extremely rural area, and it would take some driving to get to someplace with a health food store. Or even a store that sold Asian anything. Perhaps when we start to get low I will start looking.
My 2lb bucket cost $33. Not too bad really, when you look at how long it will probably last. It will be around a while... I need another bucket of junk sitting around, really, argh.