Now, do you want to know why you should give hemp oil to your dog? Hemp oil is a superfood that contains high levels of fatty acids and other nutrients dogs need to stay healthy. This nutrient-rich oil can help with fighting inflammation, getting that shiny coat, and reducing pain.
What is hemp oil?
It is very important to note that hemp oil only contains trace amounts (less than 0.3%) of tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly known as THC).THC is the “psychoactive” compound that results in feeling high.
With that said, hemp oil is a delicious and nutritious addition to any diet. It has a nutty, buttery flavor that can also be enriched with other flavors. Many people choose to add it to recipes such as soups, salads, and smoothies.
How much hemp oil should you give your dog?
Hemp oil is best served with beef, lamb, pork, and other red meats. Red meats are higher in saturated fats so should be served with a polyunsaturated fat. It is all about maintaining a balance of all the fats in your pet’s diet.
If you serve your dog mainly chicken-based food then you may not want to add hemp oil. Chicken and hemp are both heavy in polyunsaturated fats. As a result, this could cause an imbalance in your dog’s fat intake. An imbalance in their fat intake can cause issues like obesity and pancreatitis.
How do I give my dog hemp oil?
You can also give your dog hemp oil topically by applying it to any problem areas. These areas may look dry, red, scaly or flakey. You may be alerted to these areas because your dog scratches at them. When doing this, make sure to test it on a small area of skin to test for allergies.
What are safety concerns when giving my dog hemp oil?
There are two primary safety concerns that you may have for your dog: allergies and ingesting too much hemp oil. While hemp oil is very safe for both humans and dogs to consume, you should be aware of these concerns just as you would if you were taking it yourself.
Can my dog be allergic to hemp oil?
Dogs can be allergic to hemp oil in the same way that dogs can be allergic to other allergens. Just like humans dogs can have environmental and food allergies. If your dog is allergic to hemp oil you may see the following symptoms:
- Facial swelling
Being allergic to hemp oil and other hemp products is very rare but it does happen. As mentioned earlier, start with a small amount of hemp oil in food or a small area of skin to test to see if your dog may be allergic. Your vet can also help with this.
Can a dog consume too much hemp oil?
It is unlikely that your dog would consume too much hemp oil. Hemp oil has few potential side effects and they are often mild. After getting approval from your veterinarian, start with smaller servings to see how your dog reacts to it.
What happens if a dog has too much hemp oil?
- Ataxia (loss of coordination)
- Urinary incontinence
- Hyperesthesia (sensitivity of senses)
If this does occur, your pet will most likely rest until they are feeling better. The symptoms and length of time they occur will differ from pet to pet. Generally, most pets recover from ingesting too much oil within a couple of hours.
Why should hemp oil be part of your dog’s healthy diet?
There are many reasons why hemp oil should be a part of your dog’s healthy diet. Hemp (and hemp oil) is a superfood that provides many vital nutrients that are important to a dog’s health. Many pet owners have said that hemp oil has helped their dogs with pain, arthritis, seizures, anxiety, appetite, and more.
Hemp oil contains the fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, both of which act as an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation can cause a whole host of problems for your dog including pain and arthritis. Hemp oil contains these fatty acids in the perfect ratio (3:1) that is needed for optimal health.
Healthy skin and coats
Dogs often have similar skin issues to humans, like atopic dermatitis and eczema. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) (found in hemp seed oil) is also a powerhouse for helping your dog feel and look their best. GLA is a Omega-6 fatty acid that is great for maintaining healthy skin and coats.
Hemp oil because of its abundance in healthy fats is perfect for dogs who need a bit more help with keeping their joints healthy. These inflammation fighting fats can help dogs that have mobility issues due to arthritis or other joint problems.
The Bottom Line
You should give your dog around 1 tsp of hemp oil per 1.2 lbs of food. Giving your dog hemp oil is as easy as putting it in their favorite food or treat. You give your dog hemp oil with few safety concerns, however you should always speak to your veterinarian before giving your dog any new food or supplements.
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Keep on humming!