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Hemp Oil for Dogs: The Definitive Guide

As we creep ever closer to 2020, a holistic approach to healthcare is more common than ever before. Nationwide, you have likely noticed a flurry of shops popping up seemingly overnight selling hemp products. However, did you know that homeopathic wellness can be effective for your four-legged friend as well? Read on to find out why pet owners everywhere are talking about hemp oil for dogs. 

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    What is Hemp Oil?

    Hemp oil is a popular nutrition product that has been on the shelves of health stores for years. Also referred to as hemp seed oil, hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. Specifically, the hemp plant is a member of the cannabis plant species. You are likely familiar with hemp's notorious cousin, marijuana.

    This relation has caused layers of stigma surrounding hemp products. However, hemp oil has been legal for decades and does not boast the psychoactive effects of its infamous relative. 

    In fact, hemp oil is a powerful nutritional supplement that is rich in essential fatty acids, Omega-3s, and GMA (gamma-linolenic acid). This natural combination of nutrients makes hemp oil a powerhouse in the homeopathic wellness world.

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    Hemp Oil

    On the other hand, hemp oil is derived solely from the seeds of the hemp plant. Therefore, hemp oil boasts zero THC. Due to its impressive nutritional benefits, you can find hemp seed oil is used to make supplements, milk, granola, cooking oils, and even beauty products.

    To put it another way, hemp oil is a nutritional supplement.

    Is Hemp Oil Safe for Dogs?

    Simply put, yes, hemp oil is safe for dogs. Despite various hemp misconceptions, rest assured that hemp oil will in no way get your dog "high". Hemp oil is a powerful nutritional elixir that can help dogs as much as it can help humans.

    Dog sitting in a field

    Benefits of Hemp Oil for Dogs

    Now for the fun part! Let's talk about all the ways hemp oil can benefit your sweet puppy pal. 

    1. Hemp Joint Health for Dogs

    No matter how old your dog is, joint health is an important canine conversation. Hemp oil contains powerful nutrients that both treat, and prevent joint issues. Specifically, hemp oil contains:

    • Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)
    • Phospholipids
    • Omega 3 fatty acids
    • Omega 6 fatty acids

    This perfect combination of omega fatty acids work wonders in reducing inflammation associated with joint pain. Furthermore, phospholipids work to reduce joint inflammation on a cellular level by promoting healthy cell structure.

    Finally, according to a study done by the University of Pennsylvania, Gamma-Linolenic Acid treatment clinically reduces symptoms and pain associated with arthritis joint pain. Arthritis is a condition experienced by 1 in 5 dogs where the cartilage between bones begins to deteriorate causing painful bone-on-bone friction.

    This ideal combination of nutrients in hemp oil alleviates existing joint pain and actively prevents further joint damage.

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    2. Hemp Oil for Dogs Skin

    Believe it or not, Fluffy can suffer from allergies just like you. Dog allergies often result in skin condition referred to as atopic dermatitis. This condition is characterized by dry, flaky, and excessively itchy skin. 

    Fortunately, the GLA in hemp promotes healthy cell growth deep within the layers of the skin. Gamma-Linolenic Acid actively moisturizes skin, alleviates itchiness, and leaves your dog with a strong, silky coat.

    3. Antioxidants and Immunity Boosts

    Move over acai berries, there is a new antioxidant sheriff in town: hemp oil. To add to its already impressive list of nutrients, hemp oil also contains the powerful antioxidants Vitamin E and Vitamin A. 

    The world is full of toxins, also known as free radicals, such as pollution, chemicals, pesticides, and even prescription medication. Naturally, everyday life introduces free radicals into your dog's body. Fortunately, antioxidants are like little immunity warriors that protect the body from toxin damage.

    Furthermore, antioxidants help clear preexisting free radical build-up. This process prevents disease by promoting the production of "killer" cells in the immune system. 

    Better still, these powerful antioxidants have even more health benefits. Vitamins A and E help promote healthy skin, eyes, and heart. Moreover, these powerful vitamins improve cognitive function and prevent urinary stones.

    4. Hemp Oil for Cancer in Dogs

    If you are not already sold on hemp oil for dogs, we have saved the best for last. The holistic properties of hemp oil have been known to actively fight and prevent cancer in dogs. 

    The aforementioned antioxidants and immunity boosters help promote overall homeostasis by reducing inflammation in the body. Better yet, Gamma-Linolenic Acid and Phospholipids in hemp oil both actively slow certain types of tumors from growing. Moreover, GLA triggers a process called apoptosis that kills cancer cells.

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    The Powerful Nutrients in Hemp Oil

    Clearly, hemp oil packs an unparalleled holistic health punch. The compounds found within hemp oil work incredibly well together. Let's review the individual merits of hemp oil's nutrient A-team.

    1. Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) - Joint healer, inflammation reducer, energy booster, cancer cell killer, skin healer, immunity warrior, reliever of chronic pain
    2. Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids - Immunity booster, anti-inflammatory, improver of organ function, promoter of healthy skin, eyes, brain, heart, bones, and joints
    3. Antioxidants - Fighter of toxins, disease disrupter, immunity powerhouse, purveyor of healthy hearts, eyes, skin, and brains
    4. Phospholipids - Cellular joint healer, tumor fighter, repairer of liver damage, gastric acid reducer, reducer of cardiovascular disease risk, brain booster

    Clearly, the health benefits of hemp oil for dogs are vast.

    How to Give Your Dog Hemp Oil

    Fortunately, with the ever-increasing popularity of hemp oil for pets, you have many options to choose from. However, not all hemp oil products are created equally. With the market more saturated than ever before, many products are cutting corners to meet high consumer demands.

    Things to look for when buying hemp oil products for dogs:

    • 100% Natural
    • Made from high-quality ingredients
    • What and Soy Free
    • Formulated specifically for canine consumption (vet-approved)
    • Non-GMO
    • Uses pure hemp seed oil

    For example, the PetHonesty Hemp Mobility Chews are safe for dogs of all ages and breeds. Better yet, these unique healthy treats pair the power of hemp oil with turmeric, green-lipped mussels, and glucosamine for maximum results.

    For older dogs, you should try the PetHonesty Senior Hemp Hip and Joint Chews. This formula has added glucosamine and collagen specifically designed to help more mature dogs. 

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    Does Hemp Oil Have Side Effects?

    To add one last cherry on top of this homeopathic sundae, hemp oil has zero side-effects. Conversely, many prescription medications and NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are responsible for countless side-effects.

    Truthfully, these chemical alternatives do treat some of the same issues as hemp oil. However, all too frequently harsh medications cause more issues than they solve. To make matters worse, some drugs only treat the symptoms of an ailment. That is to say, the cause is left untreated and still at large. Conversely, hemp oil works from the source and creates a healthy, natural homeostasis in the body. 

    Hemp Oil for Dogs: In Summary

    All things considered, hemp oil is a uniquely powerful nutritional supplement for dogs. Hemp oil is an effective way to alleviate and prevent an impressive list of common dog ailments. Talk to your vet today about incorporating healthy canine hemp products into your dog's diet. 

    From all of us here at PetHonesty, may you and your fur baby have a happy and healthy day!



    Camille Arneberg and her dog
    Camille is a co-founder of PetHonesty and VP of Pup Parent Education. After watching her own family dog suffer from joint issues for years she became passionate about improving dogs' quality of life. With the help of a team of veterinarians and dog nutritionists she now helps educate other dog owners about the small but powerful things they can do to positively impact their dogs' health and wellness! She lives in Austin, TX and loves cuddling puppies, being outside and reading.