Should You Give Your Dog Hemp Seeds?

by tom wilson 
dog sitting next to bowl of hemp

Can Dogs Eat Hemp Seeds?

Are you wondering if it is OK to feed your dog hemp seeds? As proud parents of two wonderful canine children, we were equally inquisitive. After all, the revelation that hemp seeds are a natural supper food for people has caused quite a stir. So, why not dogs right? As it turns out, our assumption was correct. Not only can dogs eat hemp seeds, they reap many of the same benefits as humans. Although hemp is in the cannabis family, it has only scarce amounts of THC and no psychoactive effects. Hemp seeds are rich in nutrients, minerals and dietary fiber. Best of all, they are safe and effective for our beloved four legged friends.

But, before you start adding hemp seeds or hemp seed oils to your dog's daily diet, there are important safety precautions to consider. We'll break down all you need to know.

Benefits of Hemp Seeds for Dogs

Hemp seeds and hemp seed oils have many potential benefits for your dog. Hemp seeds have an abundance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. They are also rich in protein and dietary fiber. We've listed some positive ways hemp seeds may enhance your pup's health.
  • Improve your dogs coat and skin - Hemp seed oil can help keep your dog's skin healthy and coat shiny. Direct application can also reduce dryness and irritation. Hemp oil may also help to prevent eczema and dermatitis and other skin conditions.
  • Hemp seeds are loaded with antioxidants - Hemp seeds are rich with essential nutrients like magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. This can enhance your dogs immune system, helping to keep man's best friend healthy and happy.   
  • Reduce inflammation - inflammation is common in older dogs due to arthritis. Hemp seed oil is a natural way to make senior dogs more comfortable by reducing inflammation.    
  • Lessen your dogs anxiety - Events like 4th of July fireworks, or large gatherings of unfamiliar faces can bring on stress in your dog. Hemp seed oils may help relax and relieve your dogs anxiety. 
dog at vet getting exam

Consult Your Veterinarian 

Hemp seeds and hemp seed oils are non toxic and generally considered not dangerous for dogs. That said, we strongly recommend consulting your veterinarian prior to starting any hemp seed product regiment. Your vet can provide you with safe dosage amounts and answer any other questions you may have. Hemp seeds and oils have no known serios side effects. Still dogs with sensitive stomachs may have digestion issues. In most cases, starting with small doses is recommended. A quick consultation with your vet will give you piece of mind and keep your loyal friend healthy and safe.
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