4 Ways Hemp Seed Oil Can Help to Improve Your Dog's Wellness
Hemp is an incredible, fibrous plant that can be used to make clothing, paper, plastic and fuel. It also produces edible seeds — sometimes referred to as hemp hearts — which can be compressed to make an extremely nutrient dense, nutty flavoured oil. Hemp seed oil is jam-packed with essential nutrients, which can boost your pooch's health and wellness in a myriad of ways.
To be clear, there are two kinds of hemp oil, and it’s important to understand the difference between the two oils.
Hemp-derived CBD oil: This oil is made from the flower and stalks of the whole plant. You may have heard it referred to as CBD Oil, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil or Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil. Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of numerous compounds called cannabinoids that are found in cannabis and hemp plants. Under current NZ laws, CBD oil is only available for humans through a doctor’s prescription and is not available for pets.
Hemp seed oil: The most important difference between hemp seed oil and hemp-derived CBD oil is that hemp seed oil is mainly for nutritional use, rather than medicinal use. Hemp seed oil contains no cannabinoids like CBD and is pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant rather than the flowers. Hemp seed oil is perfectly safe to give your dog.
Like other oils that can be helpful for our four-legged friends — coconut oil, evening primrose oil and borage seed oil — hemp seed oil for dogs boasts a range of health and wellness benefits for your canine companion.
Here are the potential benefits of incorporating hemp seed oil into your dog’s diet.
Supports the Immune System
Hemp seed oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which may help regulate inflammation, blood pressure, and more. Dogs don't make these fatty acids naturally, so they must be received via a well-balanced diet.
Hemp seeds also contain gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA — a crucial omega-6 fatty acid that’s vital for various functions in your dog's body.
Helps Manage Weight
GLA tends to increase energy levels in dogs, so they're more likely to stay active and avoid obesity. Plus, GLA helps the metabolism stay in high-gear and burn more fat.
Support a Normal Inflammatory Response
Hemp seed oil may act as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent because of its balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which creates a healthy inflammatory response.
Inflammation is a natural response by the body, and your dog should have some level of inflammation in response to injuries, infections, allergies, and other ailments. While omega-6 may encourage inflammation, omega-3 does the opposite.
Support Skin and Coat Health
Hemp seed oil is an increasingly common ingredient in cosmetics and soaps made for humans due to the aforementioned Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They are also beneficial for your dog’s skin and coat, too, and may help with common skin issues and improve the quality of their coat.
There are a couple of things to remember when introducing hemp seed oil into your dog’s diet.
Like chicken, hemp seed oil is a polyunsaturated fat. If your dog is on a chicken-based diet, adding hemp seed oil may cause a dietary imbalance. Similarly, if you cook your pet’s food, only add hemp seed oil once the food has been cooked. Hemp seed oil can become rancid if added to the food while cooking and could cause an upset stomach or possible vomiting or diarrhea.