Hemp seed meal or cake was one of the world’s principle animal feeds until this century. It has the advantage of providing a complete diet for a lesser feed cost and allows animals a maximum weight gain without any need for artificial growth steroids. The good fat in hemp seed oil is unique since it is approximately 80% polyunsaturated or “good” fat – the highest of any vegetable oil. These fatty acids can’t be produced by the body and therefore must be obtained from our diets.
Hemp Dog Food
That’s why hemp seed oil as a supplement or ingredient in dog food is showing great promise as is hempseed meal as an addition to both small and large animal feed. The protein in hemp is easily digested and could possibly be an alternate or supplemental source of protein in the food but more research is needed.
Hemp Food Australia, a hemp advocacy group that sells hemp products but no pet products, reports that canine health benefits from hemp protein include:
- Strengthens the immune system
- Supports a healthy weight
- Increases energy
- Improves condition of skin and fur
While the movement toward incorporating hemp into a pet’s diet is still in its infancy, veterinarians are slowly starting to discover the value of this miracle plant.
“Dogs are predominantly carnivorous and built to eat meat. That’s why hemp oil & hemp protein power products need to be added as a supplement to the diet… not as a replacement.”
Hemp Oil for Dogs
Most dog foods are like “fast foods” for humans - without all the nutrients and only made to taste good. Hemp seed oil is better than fish or flax seed based oils because it naturally has the perfect Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio ( 3:1 ) of fatty acids which your dog needs. Hemp oil moisturizes a dog’s skin and fur correctly because it is herbal and has virtually no side effects like fish oil - but it must be administered in the right quantities. Hemp seed oil prevents dog’s skin disorders such as dry nose, dog acne, dog eczema, dog rash and dog dandruff.
Hemp seed oil can enhance blood circulation and stimulate a dog’s cognitive thinking. Plus, it can thicken its fur texture and lessen shedding. Again, because hemp oil is extracted from the “industrial hemp” plant there are no psychoactive reactors.
Here is the recommended dosage of hemp seed oil for pets:
- 10 lbs = 1ml
- 20 lbs = 1.5ml
- 30 lbs = 2ml
- 40 lbs = 2ml
- 50 lbs = 3ml
- 60 lbs = 3.5ml
- 70 lbs = 4ml
- 80 lbs = 4.5ml
- 90+ lbs = 5ml
Why Buy Canadian
Before buying hemp products for yourself or your pet, check out where they are grown and manufactured to ensure you are getting the best quality. While there are lots of brands to choose from, Canadian hemp products must meet tough standards. They are “identity preserved” in lots equivalent to “certified organic.” Every lot can be traced to its source. Health Canada only allows hemp to be grown with a government issued permit and requires mandatory lab testing to ensure that all hemp grown there contains 0.00% THC.
Canada’s primary market for hemp is the U.S. Cylab International will open a new $32 million hemp processing factory in Alberta by 2015 with others like Stemia ready to do the same. They’ll both manufacture everything from dog bedding to bio-fuel.