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Preserving Gifts from the Sea

Posted by Mary Ida Young on
Kelp

Mother Nature has given us a powerful superfood in the form of kelp, an underwater plant that is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes (aka seaweed). This green gift from the sea is a phenomenal ingredient that when added to a dog’s daily diet, can support strong bones and increase energy, promote healthy skin and a glossy coat, help build a strong immune system and support a healthy digestive system.

The even better news is that this amazingly nutritional plant not only keeps our dogs healthy, it is sustainably grown and harvested so we can help keep Earth healthy too.

The kelp (Ascophyllum) used in The Missing Link Pet Kelp® Formulas is wild-grown along the rocky coast of Nova Scotia, Canada in icy cold waters that are among the most pristine in the world. Unlike land plants, kelp does not have roots to absorb nutrients, so the minerals from the surrounding environment go directly into the plant tissue. This particular kelp contains over 70 vitamins and minerals and grows rapidly, averaging 7 inches of new growth per year, plus additional branches. Because of that growth, 40% of each plant can be sustainably re-harvested every year.

The harvesting process is earth-friendly as well. Following strict government guidelines, a hand-cutting tool is used to cleanly trim just a portion of the plant, and is harvested only from June to March each year. Using certified organic methods, the plants are then sun-dried for two weeks until they reach the perfect texture to be made into Pet Kelp.

Healthy and sustainable harvesting of this plant aligns perfectly with The Missing Link’s belief in preserving our natural environment and earth’s inhabitants. Ascophyllum plays an important role in the Bay of Fundy ecosystem as it provides a natural habitat, and at least 22 species of fish are known to be associated with the kelp during parts of their life cycle. The goal in sustainable practices is to make no significant changes in the habitat structure.

Honoring Mother Earth and taking care in harvesting her gifts is the least we can do in appreciation for the natural goodness she provides for us and our pets.

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