Hemp Based Dog Treats, Good or Bad?
With the growing variety of dog treats hitting the pet market every day, pet parents are turning to the internet in search of what snacks to give their furry best friends. Amidst the chicken, beef jerky, grain-free, and peanut butter apple flavors, you may have noticed a few that were hemp based.
While hemp seed oil is commonly found in many human recipes, it’s understandable that many pet parents may wonder if it’s okay to feed hemp to their dog.
Here are several benefits and interesting facts to consider when you think about getting hemp based dog treats for your dog:
- Hemp and marijuana come from different versions of the same plant. They are scientifically different and grown differently.
- While marijuana gives users the effects of feeling high due to its higher levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp contains higher levels of cannabinoids (CBD), which reduce the already significantly lower levels of THC in hemp to minimize any psychological reactions.
- CBD is under investigation for medicinal use in people and has been produced synthetically in laboratories in order to achieve the benefits while minimizing the psychoactive properties.
- Dogs’ bodies naturally produce something called endocannabinoids that are scientifically quite similar to the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. This means that dogs already have the receptors required to recognize hemp when it enters their system.
- Cannabinoids regulate the homeostasis of the entire body. When the feedback mechanisms stop working due to illness, an autoimmune disease, or epilepsy, the body often needs help from an outside source to replenish and regulate its physiological state. This is when pet parents can turn to CBD for a healthy, nontoxic way to assist their dog in the healing process while treating the disease and imbalance in the body.
- Hemp seed oil is considered a super oil for dogs because it is an incredible source of Omega 3 and Omega 6. The combination of these essential oils strengthens the immune system, promotes healthy skin and coat, boosts energy, and supports overall health, including the heart, brain, and joints. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
If after reading about all these benefits, you’re putting hemp based dog treats on your list of things to get at the pet store, or opening a new browser window to check out where you can get them, you’re probably not alone.
It is important to note that hemp seed oil cannot be cooked. It shouldn’t be given to dogs on a poultry based diet, and as with all natural products, there might be some side effects that have not yet been fully researched in animals.
Keeping your pup happy and healthy is every pet parent’s top priority. If hemp based dog treats can give your dog added relief for their stiff joints, or give their body the Cannabinoids boost it needs until they recover from an illness, there’s no question that you should consider this as an alternative to other possibly more harmful and toxic treatments.
As pet parents, we are our furry friends’ best advocates, so we need to decide what is best for our pups. A healthy dog is a happy dog, and at the end of the day, that’s all we really want for our loving companions.