Natural plant products, such as Sativa, CBD, marijuana, and hemp, which is one of the most commonly used products, have been becoming increasingly popular and pet owners are wondering about using these products for their dogs. Some of the most common questions people have when it comes to hemp oil for dogs, is it safe, what are the benefits of it for dogs, and is it legal? First, it’s beneficial to understand exactly what hemp oil and why it’s different from other plant-based products, such as marijuana or sativa. Hemp oil has been used for centuries as a natural supplement and medicine for both humans and animals. Hemp oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and it contains extremely small amounts or no THC or CBD, but many people confuse these products. Hemp oil that is formulated for dogs can be bought over-the-counter at most health food stores or your vet can recommend where to buy it. The benefits of hemp oil are similar for both humans and dogs. Here are the benefits of hemp oil for dogs.
Omega 6 and Omega 3
Omega 6 and Omega 3 can help to prevent allergies, anxiety, and arthritis, and digestion issues. They are great for helping your dog to have a healthy blood flow, improving organ functioning, and making your dog’s coat healthy. When it comes to getting the recommended dietary needs of Omega 6 and Omega 3, most people give their dog fish oil. However, studies have shown that fish oil may cause health problems for dogs because of its instability and the quickness in which it goes rancid. Hemp oil for dogs is the ideal way to safely provide your dog with these healthy fats.
Rich in Gamma-Linolenic Acid
Gamma-linolenic acid, also known as GLA, is essential for encouraging the growth of prostaglandins, which are similar to the hormones that help to support various bodily functions, weight management, and reducing cancer cells. GLA may also ease the symptoms of arthritis, boost the immune system, and reduce skin allergies. Hemp oil for dogs is rich in gamma-linolenic acid and it is a safe, effective way to ensure your dog has the supplement necessary for building the prostaglandins they need.
Antioxidants and Phospholipids
Just like humans, your dog can be exposed to free radicals from toxins that are present in processed foods, certain medications, chemicals, such as cleaning products, and pollution. The antioxidants in hemp oil for dogs can help boost your dog’s immune system and ultimately help them fight off free radicals and their damaging effects. These antioxidants may help prevent cancer and they are excellent for your dog’s eyes, heart, brain, and skin. Phospholipids are what help to form the protective layer around cells. This protective layer helps to decrease inflammation, which in turn helps to reduce or manage the symptoms of arthritis. Phospholipids are also beneficial for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, boosting the immune system, and improving brain function.
It’s important to check with your veterinarian before you adjust any of the factors of your dog’s diet and that goes beyond just their food; it includes whether or not to give them hemp oil or other oils or supplements. Your vet will review your dog’s diet to determine if they can benefit from hemp oil and how much you should give your dog. Hemp oil for dogs is available in different concentrations, so to make sure you give them the correct dosage for their weight, be sure to follow your vet’s recommendations on the dosage. In most situations, hemp oil is safe for dogs, however, in some situations, such as if your dog’s diet is high in chicken; your vet may recommend that your dog not take a hemp oil supplement. This is because both hemp oil and chicken contain a lot of polyunsaturated fats and combining the two may cause an imbalance in your dog’s diet. When giving your dog hemp oil, it’s important that you give the supplement in “raw” form, without cooking it because cooking makes the oil rancid (toxic).
Meg is an author at Cinnamon Hollow. She writes on a variety of topics sharing tips and ideas for daily life.