The use of hemp oil for dogs is a new practice that has potential benefits, as well as some side effects to consider.
Is hemp oil safe for dogs?
The use of hemp oil for dogs is safe because it can provide many of the same health benefits that CBD oil can give to humans. For medicinal purposes, the use of hemp oil has been a human practice for thousands of years, but with the recent increase in the legalization of cannabis in some parts of the world, it is once again in the spotlight. Hemp seed oil (also known as CBD oil) has no psychoactive properties, unlike other cannabinoids, and can promote inflammation, anxiety, cancer and more.
It is not recommended to give your dogs the same oil that humans consume, but there are specialized products for pets, as well as strict guidelines on dosing. You can administer it in the form of a liquid dropper or capsule, ranging from 1/2 a dropper to 2 droppers, or 1-3 capsules. This will depend on the size of your dog and the purpose of using the CBD. Difficulty sleeping may require a lower dose than severe arthritis in an aging dog, for example.
Benefits of hemp oil for dogs
The benefits of hemp oil for dogs are:
- Prevent cancer
- Relieving joint pain
- Improve skin health
- Regulation of the nervous system
The cannabinoids found in this oil are known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making them ideal for preventing chronic diseases and treating conditions such as arthritis when your dog gets older. The compounds can also improve the appearance of your puppy’s coat, and regulate the nervous system, thus preventing seizures or other disorders.
Also, just like humans, dogs can suffer from anxiety, but regular use of hemp oil can relieve this discomfort and improve the quality of life of your pet. The most important thing is to monitor your dog’s reaction to this oil, and consult a veterinarian about all current conditions, if possible.
Word of caution
There are very few side effects from using hemp oil for dogs or humans, but your pet may experience the following:
The lack of saliva production is relatively common and is not serious, especially if your dog has regular access to water. The problem of liver enzymes is minimal, but if your dog already has liver problems, avoids the use of this oil.