If you've never considered hemp for dogs, giving your dog hemp-based supplements, maybe it's time to give it some thought!
Is it a variety of cannabis?
Yes, but there are no psychoactive effects in today's hemp-based treats and chews currently available on the market. Hemp is not the same as marijuana. The hemp used on these treats and supplements is the same one used in foods and textiles, considered by many specialists as a great superfood for dogs.
So how can dogs and other pets benefit from hemp?
First of all, the vegan alternative for fish oil, the hemp seed oil, has the perfect ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids (3:1)!
Oh, and if you're still asking yourself, yes, industrial hemp is legal, and when the products are correctly formulated, they are safe and effective for your fluffy best friend.
Hemp for dogs can be used as a dietary supplement, with a ton of positive effects, take a look...
It reduces joint pain
Yes, hemp can help your senior pup to gain mobility again and run happily around your backyard!
There are several positive results from using hemp for dogs and other pets suffering from painful joints, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other diseases that hinder mobility.
In fact, there are several studies done in past decades that indicate the hemp oils are effective for treating inflammations. The component of hemp responsible for controlling inflammations is the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Dr. Arleigh Reynolds, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Nutrition in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, has an optimistic opinion on hemp for arthritis.
"Due to their influence on inflammatory processes such as arthritis, dietary supplementation with omega fatty acids- such as found in hemp seed oil, has generated considerable interest in the medical and scientific communities regarding veterinary health." Resource.
Better skin and coat
Healthy skin and a beautiful coat for your best fluffy friend! The perfect balance of fatty acids on hemp oil is what makes it well-known for its efficiency in cosmetics and soaps.
The oil can penetrate deeper layers of the skin, while it moisturizes, promotes healthy cellular growth and prevents rashes, eczema, and allergies.
It can fight against cancer
Hemp supplements can be excellent support for your dog’s cancer treatment. Again, the balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids play an essential role in fighting chronic inflammation and supporting the immune system.
The symptoms associated with cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy can also be alleviated with the use of hemp for dogs, such as pain, nausea, lethargy, and lack of appetite.
Plenty of recent research shows that hemp oil can reduce the growth and metastasis in brain, lung, and breast cancers.
It treats anxiety and phobias!
If your dog suffers from anxiety, gets stressed out with separation or travels, or is afraid of fireworks or thunderstorms, hemp supplements can be an impressive support.
Separation anxiety is widespread in dogs, and they face several other types of anxiety too. Dogs that went through abuse, for example, can have phobias and unexplained fears.
Hemp can produce unique anti-anxiety effects, control generalized stress, and obsessive behaviors. Along with hemp, supplements with chamomile, lemon balm, and green tea are effective as a calming support for dogs.
Aging and Wellness
If you want your pal to live a longer and healthier life, consider adding hemp supplements to their diet.
Hemp strengthens the immune system and supports healthy organs and heart health. It contains the minerals iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, vitamins, and a variety of antioxidants.
The benefits for the heart health are numerous: some recent studies with both humans and animals showed that hemp seed could help to promote a healthy cardiovascular system, thanks to its protein, fiber, and healthy fat content.
Before making your choice
It is crucial for your dog’s well-being that every decision you make for their health and diet are well discussed with their veterinarian.
While it may not be the safest option to choose hemp over medicines, it can be an effective support to be used along with their usual medication, mainly because it can regulate the digestive process, reduce nausea, and remove toxins from the gastrointestinal tract.
So be sure to understand your dog’s taste for treats and chews, and as well as discuss this matter with an experienced veterinarian.