10 Jan Adding Hemp Seed Oil to your Pet’s Diet
Before giving hemp seed oil to your pet, always discuss it with your vet first. Some pets may not be able to handle the richness of the oil. The amount given to them should be small.
Hemp Seed Oil vs Hemp Oil
Hemp seed oil and hemp oil are not the same thing. Hemp seed oil is made by pressing hemp seeds to extrude the oil. Hemp oil is extracted from the hemp plant and contains CBD. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD as there is no CBD in the seeds.
Always read the label of the product to make sure you’re buying the right product.
While you may already be giving your pet a CBD product specifically formulated for pets, there are different reasons for adding hemp seed oil to your pet’s diet.
Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
Dogs specifically need healthy fats in their diets. Hemp seed oil is rich in Omega-6 fatty acid. The most needed fatty acid for dogs is linoleic acid (sometimes represented as just LA).
The inclusion of proper Omega-6 fatty acids tells the body to make more healthy fatty acids like Gamma-Linoleic Acid (GLA).
While GLA isn’t considered an essential fatty acid, it does have vital benefits such as skin health, inflammatory response and supporting arthritis symptoms.
Hemp seed oil is also a source of Omega-3 fatty acid which may help with inflammation. It may also support heart health and healthier blood pressure readings.
How much Hemp Seed Oil Do I Give my Pet?
The amount of hemp seed oil that you should give your pet is very small. Only add 1 teaspoon per pound of meat or dry food. If you are adding the hemp seed oil to dry food, allow it to soak in completely first.
If you are making your pet fresh, lean meat, marinate the meat in the hemp seed oil first. Hemp seed oil is heat sensitive, so the meat should be cooked on a low heat.
Hemp seed oil can be added to homemade pet treats and stews as well.
How often should I Give Hemp Seed Oil to my Pet?
We suggest asking your vet how often you should give your pet hemp seed oil. Some may say to include it with one meal a day, others may say with every meal and a few might suggest a few times a week. The individual needs and digestive health of your pet will both be factors.
Hemp seed oil is rich, which is why it should be added to food instead of just given to your pet on a spoon or via oral syringe.
The flavor of hemp seed oil is a little nutty, but may not be something your pet enjoys by itself. Mixing it with food is an easier option.
Hemp seed oil can be a good addition to your pet’s diet. As we mentioned above, make sure to discuss adding it to the diet before starting to do so. Your vet will be able to tell you if your pet would benefit from the extra healthy fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals associated with hemp seeds.