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HoneyPro Vet Ingredients
Seaweed in Herbal Medicine for Animals

SEAWEED BENEFITS:
 
1. Anti-inflammatory 
2. Reduce plaque
3. Reduce ulcer formation
4. Prebiotic source
5.Promote wound healing   
                  

Seaweed: Ascophyllum nodosum

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY - High levels of Omega 3 oils are found in this marine macroalgae, being a rich source for these polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), which are associated with the prevention of inflammation, cardiovascular diseases and mental disorders.

 We are familiar with the major source of Omega 3 oils being FISH OIL.  However, the original source of these PUFAs is not the fish itself, but marine algae and phytoplankton which form their major dietary source.

Omega 3 oils are desirable as they are used in the body for production of ANTI-inflammatory agents. Omega 6 oils in contrast, are found in vegetable oils such as sunflower & corn oils and are used in the body for production of agents that ADD to an inflammatory response.

Therefore in our animal feeds we are wise to utilise supplements high in Omega 3 oils.

ANTI-ULCER - Ulcer formation can occur in the stomach due to acid production (horses produce acid constantly) or after exposure to drugs such as Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) e.g. Bute or Meloxicam. 
Calcium & other minerals have the ability to assist in buffering stomach acid in mammals. Control of stomach acid is important in preventing the development of ulcers within the stomach & intestinal walls. Alga contain various minerals which are in natural form, including Calcium.  

REDUCE PLAQUE FORMATION. Studies have shown that daily intake of A. nodosum significantly reduced plaque and calculus formation on the teeth of dogs with an overall improvement in oral health. The mechanism of plaque reduction is thought to be via enzymes within the brown algae inhibiting or preventing growth of bacteria responsible for plaque and calculus formation on the surface of teeth. 

PROMOTE WOUND HEALING  Alginic acid, is a naturally occurring, edible polysaccharide found in brown algae. It is hydrophilic and forms a gel like substance when hydrated. With metals such as sodium and calcium, its salts are known as alginates. Calcium alginate dressings are made from salts of alginic acid obtained from algae (Phaeophyceae sp.j) found in seaweed. They are known for absorbing excess wound exudate and forming a non-adherent gel, which accelerates wound healing by promoting a moist wound healing environment, facilitating debridement, and helping to prevent trauma to the wound bed and the surrounding skin.

 

Alginate dressings are terrific for wound healing, increasing the rate of granulation of the wound bed. Combining the Alginate with Honey gives us two very powerful & effective components for rapid & cosmetic wound healing. As Alginate forms a gel like substance for moist wound healing, does not adhere to wound site, and is easily removed with saline without disturbing the newly formed wound bed.

PRECAUTIONS:

By  absorbing excess wound exudate & increasing the rate of granulation tissue, alginate dressings are used on SPECIFIC  WOUND TYPE (moderate to heavily exudative wounds) &  at SPECIFIC TIMES of wound healing (during the transition from debridement to repair phase of wound healing) . There are certain body areas where we can or cannot use this dressing. It is therefore important that you discuss your animals wound type with our vet before applying this dressing.

REFERENCES:

Gawor J, Jank M, Jodkowska K, Klim E, Svensson UK. Effects of Edible Treats Containing Ascophyllum nodosum on the Oral Health of Dogs: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Single-Center Study. Front Vet Sci. 2018 Jul 27;5:168. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00168. PMID: 30109236; PMCID: PMC6080642.

Moir, T., J. O’Brien, S. R. Hill, et al. 2016. The influence of feeding a high calcium, algae supplement on gastric ulceration in adult horses. Journal of Applied Animal Nutrition. 4:e8.

 

 

van Ginneken VJ, Helsper JP, de Visser W, van Keulen H, Brandenburg WA. Polyunsaturated fatty acids in various macroalgal species from North Atlantic and tropical seas. Lipids Health Dis. 2011;10:104. Published 2011 Jun 22. doi:10.1186/1476-511X-10-104