It is difficult to go about life these days as a pet-owner and not hear of a holistic product called hemp oil that is purportedly alleviating a host of medical conditions for dogs suffering everything from arthritis to anxiety.
Problem is this: hemp oil – an extract from cannabis that does not have the psychoactive components of marijuana – has long been in the grey opinion area, but now that the superfood has been legalized with President Donald Trump signing the 2018 Farm Bill in December last year, pet parents are extremely curious about how hemp oil can improve the life of their ailing dogs.
And why not? Hemp oil is fast becoming so commonplace, it is available even on Amazon.com!
But there’s a lot of confusion surrounding hemp oil that need to be clarified if you as a pet parent are already considering this product for your dog.
To help you in your journey towards a responsible and researched decision, here are 7 things you should know about hemp oil – and how it can affect your pet:
# 1: Hemp Oil And CBD Oil Are Not The Same!
CBD Oil (Cannabidiol Oil) is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp and not from its seeds like hemp oil. Both come from the same plant, contain components sought after for their medicinal properties and have established themselves as useful products, albeit for vastly different reasons.
# 2: Hemp Oil Offers Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) Benefits
Gamma-Linolenic Acid or GLA helps build prostaglandins, a material that controls inflammation, arthritis, allergies, skin problems and assists with a variety of other body functions. Hemp oil, extracted from industrial hemp, can be used as a weight loss aid too, because it helps burn fat and raise your dog’s flagging energy levels.
# 3: Hemp Oil Is A Good Source Of Omega 3 And Omega 6
And not just a good source either! Hemp oil contains an ideal ratio of 1:3 of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which works synergistically in your pet’s body to alleviate conditions like liver, heart and kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes, and also improve eye, brain, bone, joints and skin health.
# 4: Hemp Oil Is Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants assist the immune system by fighting free radicals that occur when your pet is exposed to toxins from vaccines, drugs, processed foods and materials present in the environment. Antioxidants in hemp oil also slow down the ageing process, and many of the usual canine problems associated with it.
# 5: Hemp Oil Promotes Cellular Health
Phospholipids — molecules that form part of the outer membrane of cells – is present in hemp oil, which help to repair liver damage, lower risks of cardiovascular disease, reduce production of gastric acid, inhibit tumor growth and boost immune functions.
# 6: Don’t Combine Hemp Oil With A Chicken Diet
Chicken and hemp oil do not go together because both are high in polyunsaturated fats, which can cause an imbalance in your dog’s diet. Hemp oil is fine for dogs who consume beef, lamb, pork, venison etc., but not chicken.
# 7: Hemp Oil Dosage
- Under 20 lbs of body weight: 1 teaspoon once or twice daily
- 21-50 lbs of body weight: 2 teaspoons once or twice daily
- Over 51 lbs: 1 tablespoon once or twice daily
It is always a good idea to start low and slow and build up to the advisable dosage over time, to see how well your pet is responding to hemp oil. There are no reported side effects from hemp oil, but when dealing with dogs, it is always a good idea to err on the side of caution.