The Changing Dogs' Lives!
First off, let us start by saying that if society’s idea of “controversial” scares you stiff then this article is definitely not for you. However, if you’re the type of person that pays close attention to what a REAL rational unbias public opinion is then you’re going to love what we’re about to share with you! If you haven’t already guessed, we’re talking about Hemp Seed Oil!
These days there’s a ton of a buzz about hemp and it’s amazing health benefits for people as well as pets, for good reason. Hemp Seed Oil is an incredible super-food with an array of nutrients that are vital to health, growing greatly in popularity as a supplement for humans and it turns out your dog needs it too!
We’ll tell you all the reasons you might want to seriously consider adding Hemp Seed Oil to your dog’s diet, sooner than later… but first let’s make sure we’re all on the same page when we say Hemp Seed Oil for dogs!
What Exactly Is Hemp?
Hemp’s been around a really long time. The plant was first originated in China way back in 2800 BC when it was discovered to be a reliable and valuable resource for making rope and sacks out of the Hemp Fibres. Additionally the plant provided pain-relieving medicine and so it became even more popular in Europe by the 16th century… basically the plant is an ancient part of history with a long history of medicinal use.
Hemp contains various types of fatty acids, plus antioxidants and phospholipids. Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid in Hemp that’s especially valuable and you’ll understand why in just a minute.
Human supplements include other forms such as Hemp Seeds, Hemp Milk or Hemp Butter but the best way to use Hemp for dogs is to provide it to them in the form of Hemp Seed Oil. The Oil is cold pressed so there’s minimal processing involved, let’s take a look at why you might want to use Hemp Seed Oil for you dog!
5 Reasons To Use Hemp Oil For Dogs
1. Gamma-Linolenic Acid(GLA)
Your dog can synthesize GLA from Linoleic Acid (an omega-6 fat), though even healthy dogs can be deficient in it! GLA is an essential building block for prostaglandins in the body, prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that help control inflammation and support many body functions. GLA deficiencies can lead to allergies, arthritis, premature ageing, digestive issues, diabetes and cancer as well as skin problems. So your dog needs to get enough of it and Hemp Seed Oil can deliver just that.
Here are a few of the many health benefits of GLA:
- Managing Arthritis Pain & Inflammation: the Journal of Arthiritis and Rheumatism published a study showing that GLA in Hemp Seeds reduced arithitis symptoms by 25%. The improvement with placebo was 4%.
- Reducing Skin Allergies: GLA is an important nutrient to help manage atopic dermatitis. In humans, a 2005 study showed GLA significantly improved clinical symptoms of atopic dermatitis while also helping to keep moisture in the skin, leading to suppler skin and a smoother coat.
- Weight Management: GLA helps turn on the body’s fat burning mechanism and can rev up your dog’s energy levels. It may also increase serotonin, a brain chemical that contributes to the feeling of fullness.
- Anti-Cancer: A 2006 study reported that GLA-rich diets modulate inflammation and boost immune function. GLA can inhibit the growth of certain types of tumors and also stimulates apoptosis(cancer cell death). It can reduce side effects of conventional cancer drugs and in combination the anti-inflammatory properties of GLA may also help prevent cancer by reducing chronic inflammation in the body. Prolonged inflammation weakens cells and tissues, diminishing the immune system.
2. Omega-3 & Omega-6
Hemp Seed Oil contains an ideal 1 to 3 ratio of omega-3(Alpha Linolenic Acid) to Omega-6(Linoleic Acid) fatty acids. A good balance of these fats is vital for health because they work synergistically in the body. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats work together to manage inflammation in the body, while too much omega-6 turns on the hormones that raise inflammation, too much omega-3 can cause immune dysfunction.
Inflammation isn’t always bad!
It’s an important part of the body’s healing response to injury or disease where omega-6 fats increase inflammation to help the body recover faster and Omega-3 fats lower inflammation and control chronic inflammation in the body. Long-term chronic inflammation leads to many health problems, including:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Heart Disease
- Liver or Kidney Disease
Hemp Seed Oil contains vitamin E and vitamin A(Carotene). These are essential antioxidants that help the immune system by fighting free radical damage, free radicals occur when your dog absorbs toxins from vaccines, drugs, chemicals, pesticides, processed foods and pollution which cause oxidative stress in your dog’s body, damaging cells, proteins and DNA. Antioxidants help keep free radicals under control and promote better health. These vitamins can also increase natural killer cells, helping to slow the decline of immune response as your dog ages!
Vitamin E can benefit your dog’s skin, eyes, heart, cognitive function and immune system while vitamin A also supports immunity, the eyes and skin. It can also help prevent urinary stones and contains cancer-fighting properties.
Phospholipids are molecules that form part of the outer membrane of cells in the body, they help the cell maintain its internal structure and environment, called homeostasis. A 2012 study in Germany on the effects of dietary phospholipids and revealed the following benefits:
- Managing Inflammation & Arthitis Pain
- Reducing Gastric Acid
- Inhibiting Tumor Growth In Cancer
- Lowering Cardiovascular Disease Risks
- Improving Cognitive Disorders & Brain Health
- Boosting Immune Function
- Repairing Liver Damage
5. Safer Than Fish Oil
There are no reported side effects from using Hemp Seed Oil for dogs, something you can’t say about Fish Oil!
They use heat to process Fish Oil, which makes it significantly unstable and it can become rancid very easily meaning it can cause inflammation in your dog. Since one of the main reasons to give dogs Fish Oil is to manage inflammation, this is a very silly problem. Hemp Seed Oil is cold pressed, making it far more stable than Fish Oil making it far less likely to oxidise or become rancid.
Fish Oil can contain mercury, radiation and other contaminants where as organic Hemp Seed Oil is grown without pesticides or other toxins. The Hemp Plant also has a long root system, which helps to regenerate healthy soil.
Sustainability is also a major concern with Fish Oil, over-fishing in the ocean is becoming more of an issue as time goes on where as Hemp is a sustainable crop that’s easy to grow in many different climates and soil types – in fact it’s said to grow like a weed!
Where Do You Get It & How Much Is Needed?
The good news is that there is plenty of websites online where you can order Hemp Seed Oil to be delivered straight to your door!
However, most of us don’t have the time or desire to take on the responsibility of measuring how much Hemp Seed Oil to give your dog each and every single day… and that’s where we come in – Pet Food Australia is Australia’s first brand of dry dog food, 100% tested & approved, that includes Hemp Seed Oil in it… AWESOME RIGHT!?
We sure do think so, and so do our loyal customers!