Hemp oil, one of the biggest pet wellness trends of late, is becoming increasingly popular in pet products. While hemp oil can be beneficial for specific health conditions your dog may be facing like joint pain, separation anxiety, digestive issues, and more, hemp oil is also incredibly good for your dog’s overall wellness.
Angel Flores, DVM supports this and explains, “There are a number of ways that hemp oil products can help your dog. Hemp oil products have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, provide pain relief, and help increase overall comfort for your pet.”
One of the reasons why hemp oil is great for your dog’s overall wellness is because of the interaction between hemp oil and the endocannabinoid system (ECS), also known as the “Goldilocks System.” This system helps our body regulate itself when we are too hot or too cold, overly or under stressed, etc. Because it helps keep everything “just right,” hemp oil can assist your dog’s endocannabinoid system in helping your dog feel calm and happy.
One of the ways that hemp oil works with the endocannabinoid system is by connecting to receptors and stimulating the production of serotonin, the happy brain chemical! Hemp oil is a useful and low risk product for boosting your dog’s happiness, because this is something the endocannabinoid system does naturally. In other words, hemp oil simply helps stimulate a naturally occuring chemical and phenomenon. The only difference in using hemp oil is that once the body releases these chemicals, hemp oil accentuates the effects of those naturally occurring chemicals and chemical reactions.
With all of that said, it’s important to make sure you’re giving your pup hemp oil that’s formulated specifically for pets and from a trusted company! Manufacturers generally have certificates of analysis (COA) on their sites. For example, Greenwell Pet posts all of the COA’s for their products on their website. If not, they should be able to provide one at your request. Don’t be afraid to ask--all reputable manufacturers should be able to send you a COA if they don’t already have it on their page! COAs can provide a lot of valuable information such as what is in the product and in what quantities. Once you’ve found hemp oil products that you love and trust, your dog will be well on their way towards their wellness goals!