Is hemp oil safe for dogs?

Hemp seed oil is an excellent natural supplement growing in popularity. Rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, this superfood is packed with powerful antioxidants that can help your dog stay healthy.

In this post, we'll discuss the benefits, the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, and potential side effects.

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What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp seed oil is a non-psychoactive oil derived from the hemp plant. It is packed with nutrients that can be incredibly beneficial for your dog.

It's an excellent source of fatty acids and Vitamin E, which can help keep your dog's skin and coat healthy.

It also contains carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A, which is important for maintaining good vision and a strong immune system.

On top of that, it's rich in phytosterols, phospholipids, and a variety of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, and phosphorus.

Hemp oil vs CBD oil for dogs

So, what's the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil? Both oils are made from the hemp plant and can contain no more than .3% THC according to the 2018 Farm Bill.

However, there are a few distinct differences. Let's take a look.

Hemp seed oil

Hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant.

Hemp seed oil generally contains 0.0% THC, little to no traces of CBD, and no cannabinoids.

CBD oil

CBD oil

Cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, is made from the stalks, buds, and flowers of the hemp plant.

CBD oil has higher cannabidiol content than hemp seed oil and may also contain very low levels of THC.

Therefore, CBD oils have no psychoactive properties but do offer some additional benefits thanks to the cannabidiol.

5 Hemp oil benefits for dogs

Hemp seed oil has many beneficial nutrients like fatty acids, vitamin E, and even calcium and magnesium. It's also packed with carotene and phytosterols, which are essential for maintaining good overall health.

Let's take a look at some benefits.

1. Anti-inflammatory properties

Hemp seed oil has recently gained popularity for its potential health benefits, particularly as an anti-inflammatory.

The oil's balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids plays a significant role in reducing inflammation throughout your dog's body.

While inflammation is a natural response to injury or infection, chronic inflammation has been linked to many health issues, including heart disease and cancer.

Hemp seed oil's anti-inflammatory properties may help manage symptoms of these diseases and improve overall well-being.

2. Immune system support

Did you know that hemp seeds contain more than just omega-3 fatty acids? They also hold a significant amount of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is crucial for your dog's bodily functions. GLA may help to prevent common health issues.

3. May help manage weight

Maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial for dogs in maintaining a healthy weight and preventing obesity.

Fortunately, GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) can help.

This compound has been shown to increase energy levels in dogs, encouraging them to stay active throughout the day.

In turn, sustained physical activity and exercise can help reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and other associated health issues.

4. Supports skin and coat health

dog with healthy skin and coat

Did you know that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can do wonders for your dog's skin? These essential fatty acids play a vital role in promoting healthy skin and a shiny coat.

5. Improved joint health

Since hemp oil can provide anti-inflammatory benefits, it can reduce joint pain and swelling.

In addition, it can improve mobility and flexibility, allowing your dog to move more comfortably.

Side effects of hemp oil for dogs

If your dog consumes hemp oil and has an adverse reaction, you may see the following symptoms:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Allergic reaction
  4. Sneezing
  5. Dry mouth

    Some of these reactions may be due to the carrier oil within your hemp oil products. Carrier oil is typically the oil mixed with the hemp seed or CBD oil to create the finished product. This is usually made of virgin olive oil, but some providers use less dog-friendly carrier oils. 

    If you notice any of these symptoms, stop use and call your vet immediately.

    Additionally, hemp seed oil is a polyunsaturated fat. If you cook your dog’s food, don’t add hemp seed oil until the food is finished cooking. Hemp seed oil can become rancid and lead to health issues for your dog.

    Golden Retriever eating chicken

    Lastly, if you give your dog a lot of chicken, then you don’t want to add additional hemp seed oil to your dog's diet. Both hemp seed oil and chicken have a high concentration of polyunsaturated fats and linoleic acid. This could lead to an imbalance in your dog’s daily fat intake. 

    Hemp oil may interact with other medications

    If your dog is using these medications, you should speak with your veterinarian first:

    • Allergy medication
    • Liver or kidney medication
    • NSAIDs
    • Heart medication
    • Anxiety medication

      Bottom line

      Hemp oil is safe for dogs when given in moderation. We hope this article gives you a better understanding of hemp oil's origins and benefits.

      At Xen Pets' our Max Strength Hemp Calming Chews contain 120 mg of hemp seed oil. Give it a try and see how your dog can benefit. 

      Do you have any experience giving your dog hemp oil? Do you recommend using hemp or CBD oil?

      Let us know in the comments below!

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