If you’ve been reading our blog, you know by now that hemp packs a punch of nutrition and health benefits. We’ve learned a lot about how hemp can help us with everything from damaged hair to tender joints, but what about our four legged family members? There are few things in the world as terrible as watching your beloved fur-child in discomfort, and vet bills can really take a bite out of your budget. Happily, hemp can help the whole family stay happy and healthy, even dear Fluffy. Here are 5 reasons to add hemp to your pet’s diet:
1. Omega 3 & 6
Like all mammals, dogs and cats are unable to produce certain nutrients on their own (we call them ‘Essential Vitamins’), and must therefore get them from their diet. As pet owners, it is very important to ensure our pets have a proper balance of Omega 3 & 6 (Essential Fatty Acids). They are vital to their metabolism, eye health, brain health, heart health…you know, the big ones.
Hemp is an excellent and perfectly balanced source of Omega 3 & 6, and hemp seed oil is composed of nearly 85 percent Essential Fatty Acids. Just one teaspoon per pound of food will satisfy your pets daily requirements for these essential nutrients. Check out our affordable line of pet products here.
Hemp is one of the best plant-based Proteins this side of the milky way, boasting 20 amino acids (including all 9 Essential Amino Acids). Amino acids are organic compounds our pets need to make Proteins, which are required for the structure, function, and regulation of their body. We recommend our pet protein product, Body Builder, great for both dogs and horses! It is simply sprinkled on their food for an excellent protein boost for your pets regular diet.
3. Improves Skin and Coat
Hemp has a long history of playing a starring role in cosmetic products, soaps and lotions. This is because it penetrates the inner layers of the skin to promote healthy cellular growth. It also works from the inside out, so simply adding a squirt of oil to their food can be just as effective as a spray or lotion. The healthy balance of Omega 3 & 6 found in hemp helps reduce inflammation and skin irritations, while also promoting a silky smooth coat. Purrrfect!
4. Improves Joint Health
Certain breeds of dogs, as well as many senior pets, struggle with painful joint problems. Luckily, hemp oil has been proven to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with joint issues, and can improve the overall quality of your pets life. Researchers in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology found that properties in hemp can reduce arthritis symptoms, making it an excellent supplement for your pets joint health!
5. Promotes Gut Health
Hemp promotes a healthy digestive system in our pets, improving gastro-intestinal function and boosting their immune system! With a better equipped digestive system, their bodies can absorb more of those important nutrients that keep them healthy!
Hemp is best in it’s raw form. It’s life-sustaining nutrients are depleted or destroyed with heat. We recommend drizzling the flavour enhancing hemp oil, seeds, or body builder protein powder onto your pets food just prior to consuming.