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Is it dangerous to give my dog hemp oil?

There are few things that leave you feeling more helpless than having a dog that is unwell or not their usual, happy self. It makes it worse that they can’t tell us what is wrong and, as a cruel twist of fate, many dogs instinctively hide pain or illness to mask their vulnerability.

Our love for our dogs has led to us seeking out more ways to keep them healthy and vibrant and there’s a greater emphasis on natural and alternative products than ever before. We can see this trend in humans as we strive to gain control over our own health, so why would it be any different for our dogs?

One of the alternative supplements that we are increasingly giving our dogs is hemp oil, a dietary supplement served in liquid form which is thought to help with all manner of conditions ranging from anxiety and aching joints to more serious illnesses and even cancer. With this last point in particular it’s important to make clear that there are no claims of a cure, but if it’s safe to give your dog hemp oil, then surely, it’s worth trying if only to ease their pain and make them more comfortable?

The question remains though… is hemp oil safe for dogs?

Yes. Absolutely. Hemp is not the same as marijuana. Both plants are related, but while marijuana contains the psychoactive THC substance, hemp does not. The confusion comes in that some people mistake hemp oil for CDB oil, or marijuana oil, but hemp is a different thing and has very different purposes when it comes to health. Hemp does not contain the psychoactive compound THC, which is found in pure cannabis, and it will not have any adverse effects – put simply, your dog will not become intoxicated or ‘high’. What he or she will benefit from though, is the medical benefits that cannabis is often attributed to helping, such as relaxation, anxiety relief and pain relief. Hemp oil also contains a variety of nutrients, essential oils and the perfect Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio (3:1) of fatty acids, which is essential for your dog’s good health.

What about dosage, strength and quality of Hemp oil for dogs?

As with vitamins or supplements we take ourselves, the Hemp oil we give our dogs varies in terms of its effectiveness. A good quality hemp oil, like our Gold Standard Hemp Oil for Dogs, will be organic, contain only natural ingredients and have absolutely no additives, fillers or preservatives. What’s more, a serving of Emmy’s Best Pet Products Gold Standard Hemp Oil for Dogs is over three times more potent per serving than our competitor brands, meaning that your dog will benefit more, and the bottle will last longer.

Hemp oil benefits for dogs

If your dog is healthy, should you still give him or her hemp oil? That’s a little like asking if we should consume a nutrient-rich diet if we are already healthy – of course we should! Hemp oil can benefit under-the-weather dogs and dogs that are perfectly well in equal measure. Just check out this list of benefits that hemp oil could have for your dog:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduction in inflammation
  • Easing stiff joints
  • Reducing anxiety and stress
  • Preventing and reducing seizures
  • Promoting skin health and coat condition
  • Reducing nausea and reducing vomiting
  • Increasing appetite in underweight dogs
  • Protecting the nervous system
  • Preventing inflammatory bowel disease and restoring gut health
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Relieving side effects from cancer treatment

Hemp oil has an air of controversy around it but there really is no need for this. It is perfectly safe, completely legal, and has been shown to help with a number of problems your dog may face. If you view hemp oil as a supplement and not a medicine, it’s easy to understand why it is fast becoming one of the most popular alternative health treatments for your dog. Find out more about our Gold Standard Hemp Oil for Dogs, and give your dog a helping paw through life. We’re totally confident in our product and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee to reflect this.

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