Living The High Life: Hemp and Its Benefits for Dogs
You may be wondering, what is it about a derivation from Cannabis Sativa that everyone is gossiping about? You’re right, we’re talking about hemp. This “superfood” is the latest growing trend and it’s a no brainer as to why when it has SO many benefits.
To give you an idea of how this works, CBD (Cannabidiol) oil and hemp both come from the same hemp plant which is part of the Cannabis Sativa family. CBD comes from the stalk, leaves and bud of the plant and is used medicinally to treat some health conditions. Hemp however, comes from the seeds of the plant and is a highly nutritional supplement.
You guessed it; we’re trying to get your dog high… but don’t worry, only on life. No doggie trips of a trip of a lifetime here! Hemp actually contains less than 1% of the psychoactive stuff (THC), so you don’t have to worry about any suss behaviour when giving it to your dog.
Hemp is a complete protein source which very few plant-based sources are. This means that it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids. That’s right, every single one!
The 3:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio is near enough perfect which makes it one of the most naturally balanced ways to add Omega into your dog’s diet. These are essential fatty acids that a dog cannot produce naturally.
We’ll let you in to a secret - hemp also contains an ingredient that isn’t so well known called Gamma-Linolenic Acid, (GLA). This special feature is essential if your dog suffers with digestive issues, allergies or skin problems. It can also help to manage your dog’s weight and promotes cellular health as well as the immune system function.
An incredible part of this is that a GLA rich diet for your dog has been known to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumours.
Now you know that we aren’t trying to turn your dog into the next Snoop Dogg, we can tell you just how it’s going to benefit your best friend.
To put it simply, here are the benefits of using hemp for dogs:
- Naturally reduces inflammation
- Reduces seizures
- May treat nausea symptoms
- Enhances cardiovascular function and immune system response
- Improves appearance of skin and coat
- Supports flexibility and comfort
- Regulates the digestive process
- Helps to remove toxins from the GI system
And that’s just to name a few. Hemp is highly digestible for dogs that have trouble absorbing nutrients from their diet - this is great for ensuring they can take advantage of every one of the above outcomes.
So overall nourishment, a well-supported immune and digestive system and a boost in skin health? We suppose the next question for you is, “when do I start?”
It is important to know that hemp should be something which supplements your dog’s diet and not a replacement. If you have any concerns about using hemp, always consult your vet first!
If you have any questions for us then get in touch. The team at Petz Park are always happy to help!