Hemp for Dogs & Its Surprising Benefits

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Has everyone gone mutts? Why is hemp becoming one of the biggest health trends for dogs? Well, don’t worry. It’s not because of some hippie dog revolution! It’s actually because of hemp’s amazing health benefits.

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room. The million-dollar question is, are we talking about turning your dog into Snoop Dogg? Of course not! The hemp seeds used in many of the oils and powders popping up in doggy supplements (like ours) contain none of the trippy stuff (derived from THC).

CBD (cannabidiol) oil and hemp both come from a hemp plant is part of the Cannabis Sativa family. CBD is derived from the stalks, leaves, and buds, while hemp comes from the seeds. Usually, CBD is used therapeutically to help manage various health conditions. Hemp, on the other hand, is a nutritional supplement. With almost no CBD and tons of nutrients, it’s a no-brainer why hemp’s popularity is growing—no pun intended.

What are the amazing benefits of hemp you ask? Well, it turns out that the hemp seed is packed with beneficial properties that support pet wellness more than you may think!

Omega Fatty Acids that Work Wonders for Your Puppy of Any Age

As you probably know, Omegas are pretty awesome for pet health, and there are all sorts of great ingredients out there (like fish oils or healthy algae) that give dog supplements a boost of Omega goodness. But, did you know that hemp is one of the best sources of Omegas available?

Hemp seeds provide dogs with a near-perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which makes it one of the most naturally balanced ways to add Omegas to a doggy’s diet!

Just for a quick refresher, here are just a few of the many benefits of Omega supplements:

  • Supports healthy looking skin and soft, shiny coats
  • Promotes overall hip and joint health by supporting flexibility and comfort
  • Helps with cardiovascular function and healthy immune response

 As you can see, Omega fatty acids are a must-have for any healthy dog’s diet, and hemp is one of the absolute best ingredients to use. 

Promotes Overall Vitality with Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)

The benefits of hemp seed don’t just stop at Omega fatty acids. This holistic ingredient also has Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), which is a lesser known but equally beneficial ingredient that supports a wide range of benefits for our canine companions.

GLA is essential in building a substance that’s super important for joint health and other vital body functions. So, if your pup deals with allergies, mobility troubles, digestive issues, or skin problems, the GLA found in hemp-enhanced products might be just the thing Fido needs!

GLA supports: 

  • Skin and coat health by keeping the skin moisturized
  • Digestion and weight management
  • Promoting cellular health and immune system function

Powerful Source of Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals

This is probably starting to sound like one of those “but wait, there’s more” moments from infomercials, isn’t it? But, it’s true! Hemp seeds are loaded with even more of the good stuff.

Hemp seeds are considered to be a complete protein source, which means it contains every essential amino acid. Very few plant-based protein sources have them all, so that makes hemp seeds even more unique! Plus, hemp seeds also contain Vitamin E and healthy minerals that work together to bolster skin health, immune function, and overall nourishment.

All things considered, the question isn’t really “why hemp?”; it’s “why not hemp?” Not only are hemp seeds incredibly healthy for your pup (and for their humans, too), but it also functions as a great conversation starter with other pet owners who might’ve been just as confused as you were when you first spotted hemp-based products for dogs.

Got any more questions about hemp? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Marsha Burke

    I love some of your products, the mobility chews n the cranberry chews, but I have read several times that Hemp products have hemp only in them. I have tried a few hemp products for my dog but had no results. I am very sceptaical person, but have had good luck with ur above products.


  • Michael Garvin

    In this product and many of your other products you use Palm Fruit Oil. There are many comments on your products that are sold on Amazon that state Palm Fruit Oil is toxic and it can cause severe diarrhea, kidney failure and even death. I love your products but during my search on Google it also stated very similar statements. I was surprised that your company never made a statement on Amazon to defend your product and calm the fears of your customers. I have purchased quite a few of your products and now I am concerned that I might be impacting my dogs current and future health. Please respond with some information regarding the oil or I’m done buying any of your products. Mike Garvin January 19th, 2019


  • Robert LaSane

    I really think it’s the amount that’s unsafe . Garlic isn’t safe for dogs but in small amounts it has tremendous health benefits.


  • Brandon

    There have been some articles written about palm fruit oil being toxic for dogs, but those articles are typically written about avoiding palm fruit oil that is found outdoors washed up on a beach, since palm fruit oil is sometimes dumped into the ocean in some parts of the world and can wash back up on the coast after mixing with contaminants and toxic chemicals before being ingested by the pups.

    You can read more here
    https://www.vets-now.com/2017/12/palm-oil-dogs-beaches-danger/

    and also more about where our ingredients are certified here:
    https://rspo.org/about

    We are always completely transparent about the ingredients in our products and all our ingredients go through a rigorous quality control process that meets GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Standards to ensure the specific ingredient meets our stringent specifications. If an ingredient does not pass our quality control, it is immediately destroyed and not used in our facility.


  • Donna

    Does the Hemp Zesty Paws Multivitamin for Dogs – Glucosamine & Chondroitin + MSM for Hip & Joint + Arthritis Relief – Digestive Enzymes & CoQ10 + Fish Oil for Skin & Coat – help with weight management. I have a Frenchie that is over-weight and she is ALWAYS hungry.


  • Gordon

    Our 12-year old Golden was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Initially we were told they could operate but after a cat scan
    they said it was too imbedded. I am feeding him fresh vegetables, and fruit, juices and now I purchased hemp seed hearts. How much should I give him daily? He is approximately 75lbs.


  • Zesty Paws

    Hi there, Gordon,

    We are so sorry to hear about your fur baby’s diagnosis. Our thoughts and well-wishes are with you and your family.

    For your Golden’s weight, we recommend 3 soft chews per day, but to start them out small. Start with 1, then after a few days, increase to 2, and then move up to 3.

    We are hoping for the best possible outcome for your pup, and please let us know if there is anything that we can do. <3

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