Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Dogs
Perfect balance of omega 3, 6, & 9
The secret to Hemp seed oil's health benefits lies in the perfect balance of naturally occurring Omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. To get technical, the Omega ratio is 3:1 of Omega-6 to Omega-3 – and all though this might not mean much to you, in the world of nutrition this is a very important ratio. Striking the correct omega balance is essential as it helps the body absorb nutrients more effectively.
Physiologically dogs are unable to produce their own omega essential fatty acids naturally and must produce amino acids through a well balanced diet. Omega fatty acids can support regulation of blood pressure and inflammatory response and offer a range of other benefits such as: soothing common skin irritation, allergies, improving cognitive function, promoting joint health and supporting coat health.
Improves skin and coat health
The inclusion of hemp seed oil in a dog’s daily diet has been shown to support a healthy skin and coat. Hemp seed oil helps to reduce uncomfortable skin conditions such as: eczema, dandruff, dry nose, rashes and atopic dermatitis that causes that horrible itch for your dog.
Hemp seed oil can also be applied topically. Either direct or within a grooming product to moisturise and soothe the cause of common skin irritation in dogs.
High in antioxidants
As we have eluded to hemp seed oil is a natural powerhouse packed with nutrients like good cholesterol, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Specifically hemp seed oil contains a high concentration of the antioxidant Vitamin E – which is important for immunity, disease prevention, cell renewal and the functioning of many organs in the body.
By supporting the immune system hemp seed oil helps to fight any toxins that may be picked up in daily doggie life.
Improves gut health and well being
As a pet owners our self we absolutely understand the apprehension to introduce a new supplement into your pups diet. However, Hemp seed oil is a great alternative to consider if your dog suffers from a sensitive stomach that is easily upset by the introduction of new foods into the diet.
The oil is highly digestible and packed with Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), which is lesser known than Omega but equally as beneficial and supports a raft of digestive issues.
Hemp seed oil for dogs is an effective natural anti-inflammatory, that when supplemented into a healthy diet may help to combat symptoms of common joint problems and arthritis. Acting as the lubricant for your dogs joints, hemp seed oil can support movement and range of motion.
Unfortunately though, arthritis is a serious condition and hemp seed oil is only a treatment not a cure. Supporting a healthy diet with hemp seed oil may however ease the symptoms of arthritis and make those cold mornings, beach runs or trips to the dog park that little bit more enjoyable for your dog.
Research suggests that hemp seed oil has been proven to reduce anxiety in humans. While studies are still preliminary in pets, current scientific research is showing positive benefits in testing whether hemp seed oil alone can reduce anxiety in dogs.