A dose of seaweed a day keeps the vet away

Posted on: 7th July, 2014

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Sarah O’Sullivan pictured near her home in Castletownbere with her dog Milly

With her childhood spent knee deep in seaweed on the seashores of Castletownbere, it is no wonder that Sarah O’Sullivan has found a use for this resource in her business ‘Seahorse Atlantic’. Sarah’s business is in fact built on the scientifically proven health benefits that seaweed can claim.

A passionate zoologist and marine biologist, Sarah spent a year researching before creating the innovative ‘Kelp Care’, a specific species of naturally grown Kelp (seaweed) tailored to the health and nutrition of animals. Seahorse Atlantic uses a variety of seaweed species that can be traced back to where it was grown in pristine marine environments and all of the range is veterinary trialled and tested with proven results and a scientific background.

“I’ve always been fascinated with seaweed and it’s many benefits to health,” says Sarah. Setting up Seahorse Atlantic gave me the opportunity to combine my three passions — animals, the ocean and seaweed.”

Kelp Care Dog is very popular for its anti-inflammatory properties, particularly aiding dogs with osteoarthritis. “It also has huge benefits for dogs with skin conditions or allergies,” explains Sarah. Sarah goes to say how many of her customers previously wasted time and money with products like animal shampoos. “These only treat the condition from the outside and won’t solve the problem in the long run,” she says.

Kelp Care Cat is a natural boost for cats suffering from cat flu or feline Aids virus. “It’s like taking a really good dose of multi-vitamins,” says Sarah.

Olympic competitors Michael and Patricia Ryan in Bandon have given Kelp Care Equine their stamp of approval. “We tried Kelp Care on one of our horses and the results were very impressive. As a result of the outcome of the trial we have decided to include Kelp Care in the nutritional plan of the yard. Our horses compete at the highest level and high quality nutrition is a vital starting point. We are delighted to have sourced such an excellent product as Kelp Care as the benefits are clearly visible to see.”

Kelp Care Chicken promotes stronger egg shells, as well as improving the health of the chicken.

All of the Kelp Care products aid the immune system, digestion and hair growth.

Passionate gardeners will be interested to hear that Sarah has recently added Kelp Care Plant to her range. Seaweed is an excellent garden fertiliser.

Products are available to order through your local vet and locally stocked in Loop de Loop Eco Emporium, Castletownbere, Bantry Pet and Equine and O’Briens Saddlery, Bandon and groomers such as Bow Wow Salon in Enniskeane.

For more information or to purchase a product online go to www.seahorseatlantic.ie. Please see advert for promotion.

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