Updated: Oct 20, 2021
Why Feed Dogs Hemp?
Hemp is known to be one of the most nutritious superfoods in the world; and it seems only fair that pets should reap the many benefits that hemp provides.
The hemp seed plant is considered by many to be the ‘safest, most digestible, balanced, natural and complete source of protein, amino acids, and essential fats found anywhere in nature.’”
Feeding hemp is an easy way to increase your dog’s nutrient intake, so the question should be, “If you’re not feeding it, why not??”
Dog Nutrition Benefits
Full of healthy fats, proteins and various minerals, hemp is extremely nutritious. Therefore, they make an excellent addition to any dog’s complete and balanced diet. This super food contains over 30% fat and have the perfect ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, dogs can eat hemp for the high sources of omega-6 fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid. These have a ton of benefits for dogs, like cancer prevention and reduced joint pain.
Furthermore, hemp is a complete protein source, which means it has all the amino acids essential to a balanced diet. Complete protein sources are very rare in the plant kingdom, as plants often lack the amino acid lysine, which is an essential amino acid that helps with the formation of collagen, calcium absorption and immunity.
Skin and coat health.
In addition to nutrition for a healthy diet, the polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids packed inside hemp can help keep your dogs skin and coat healthy.
The perfect 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is the “optimal range” for reducing inflammation and skin diseases. Furthermore, if your dog suffers from allergies or excessive shedding, adding hemp to their diet is an ideal solution to get your pup’s skin and coat back to beautiful.
Helps to decrease joint inflammation.
The right amount of omega-6 present in a dog’s diet has been linked to reducing joint inflammation. While too much gamma linolenic acid in omega-6 can cause inflammation, the correct balance (like in hemp) can benefit joints. In return, this can reduce symptoms caused by arthritis and obesity.
Just like humans, dogs are at risk for developing heart disease. Because of this, it’s imperative that proper steps are taken to help your pet maintain optimal health. Adding hemp into your dog’s diet can have a huge influence on heart health—for a multitude of reasons.
Hemp is packed with high amounts of arginine, the amino acid responsible for producing nitric oxide in the body, which helps dilate and relax blood vessels. A healthy amount of nitric oxide can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of contracting heart disease. Studies show that increased arginine intake is linked with decreased levels of C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker linked to heart disease. Some animal studies have shown that hemp may reduce blood pressure, decrease the risk of blood clot formation and help the heart recover after a heart attack.
So in short ingesting hemp is shown to strengthen the immune system, support healthy organ function, and have a positive effect on brain function.
Kater4K9 have blended the fantastic benefits of hemp with other key natural ingredients to offer all round support for your dog including, dandelion, leucerne, seaweed and nettle.
Try a pot of AvmoFlex for your dog and see the difference for yourself.