November 18, 2021 3 min read
First of all HEMP SEED OIL is not going to get your dog high! Just had to clear that up right off the bat. However, it can be confusing when you see the term "hemp oil." There is hemp seed oil and then there is CBD oil (Cannabidiol oil, comes from the stalks, flowers, and buds of the hemp plant.) and then there is Cannabis oil with THC the one that gets you high), which are related but different. THC is not legal in Australia and if it was, we certainly would not be giving it to our dogs. In other words, not all oils from hemp plants will get your dog high.
Our Hemp seed oil, as the name suggests, comes from the seeds of the hemp plant. A cold-pressing process extracts the oil from certified organic hemp plant seeds.
Why should you give Hemp Seed Oil to your dog?
It supports the immune system! The key to hemp seed oil's beneficial health properties lies in its perfect balance of essential fatty acids. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which has been studied helping both humans and dogs regulate inflammatory response, blood pressure, and much more. Since your dog's body doesn't manufacture these fatty acids naturally, they must receive them through a well-balanced diet. Hemp seeds also contain a crucial omega-6 fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. GLA is also super important for a whole lot of functions in your dog's body.
Supports 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. Inflammation is a natural response by the body, and your best mate should have some level of inflammation in response to injuries, infections, allergies, and other ailments. But inflammation can quickly get out of hand — that's where essential fatty acids come in. Omega-6 may encourage inflammation, while omega-3 does the opposite. It's this balance that is essential for a proper and healthy inflammatory response, and hemp seed oil may help regulate this. You can help support your pupper’s inflammatory response pathways, support joint health, and help keep your dog active.
Supports Skin and Coat Health! Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are also beneficial for your dog's skin. Hemp seed oil is getting more and more popular in cosmetics and soaps made for humans. Dog owners might give their pet hemp seed oil to improve their coat quality, or it might be recommended by a veterinarian to help with common skin problems like eczema, rashes dermatitis and dry nose.
How to use hemp seed oil? Just add a couple of drops on top of their food. Depending on the size of your little or big mate, we suggest:
.5ml for small dogs up to 10kgs,
1ml for 10-24kgs and
1.5ml for 25kgs and higher.
Some important cautions
*One thing to take into account is that hemp seed oil is a polyunsaturated fat. Because chicken is already high in polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acid, adding hemp seed oil to an entirely chicken diet would probably be overdoing it — so make sure you alternate foods every once in a while. Or have a chat to your vet for their recommendation.
*If you cook your dog’s food, DO NOT ADD HEMP SEED OIL TO HEAT. It turns sour and could give your furry friend an upset tummy, vomiting or runny poos. YOU SHOULD ONLY ADD HEMP SEED OIL TO DRY OR PRE HEATED OR ROOM TEMPERATURE FOODS.
But really, if you follow the above two rules, hemp seed oil can only do good things for your four legged bestie.