What is Hemp and is it Safe for Elderly Pets

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As pets age, they are more prone to developing illnesses that can affect mobility such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other issues. As more and more hemp products become available on the market with claims to help senior pet mobility, more and more of our pet parents have asked if hemp is appropriate for their senior pet. We reached out to our friends at PetHonesty to get some guidance around Hemp and whether it is safe for Elderly Pets. 

Hemp oil comes from the seeds of Cannabis sativa plants. The seeds do not contain CBD or THC. Unlike CBD or THC, Hemp seeds are rich in nutrients like fatty acids, omega-3s, and gamma-linolenic acid to produce long-lasting health benefits Hemp oil is not for recreational purposes. Instead, hemp oil is used as a nutritional supplement. Hemp may be beneficial to some animals, depending on their medical history, current medications and if you veterinarian thinks it may help your senior pet.

Hemp seed oil contains essential nutrients which may be beneficial to your senior pet, including:

  • Vitamin C
  • B Vitamins
  • Arginine
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Gamma-linolenic acid

These essential nutrients support your pet’s immune system, reduce inflammation, and help your pet fight diseases. Iron can help prevent anemia. Arginine contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system, and gamma-linolenic acid can prevent some cancers.

Hemp products, although not evaluated by the FDA, may help offset side effects caused by some prescription medication, including:

  • Anxiety medication
  • Heart medications
  • Liver or kidney medications
  • Allergy medications
  • Steroids

Hemp can support healthy joints and mobility, a healthy inflammation response and naturally ease discomfort. As pets age, their bodies can weaken, leading to stiffer movement and other mobility challenges. Hemp can ease joint discomfort that comes from normal movement, while supporting overall joint health.

Some senior pets can suffer from anxiety especially as they get older. Hemp can be used to help calm pets down during periods of stress, encouraging a more normal and relaxed demeaner.

There is no one-size fits all approach to treating illnesses and injuries, or old age. If you have noticed changes in your senior pet’s behavior or if they are recently diagnosed with an illness, you may want to have a conversation with your veterinarian about whether Hemp may be appropriate for your pet.

If your vet recommends Hemp for your pet, there are a variety of companies that produce Hemp products designed specifically for pets, including PetHonesty, a company dedicated to producing products with some of the highest safety standards in the industry. Some pet parents report seeing results in a few weeks. Our pets tried PetHonesty treats and we saw improvement in mobility and itchiness after just a few days. To learn more about PetHonesty, click on the image below.

For a limited time, use coupon code ELDERLYPET20 to receive 20% off your order. 


We do not endorse or promote any products on our website. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult with your vet before treating health issues to rule out medical issues that should be diagnosed and treated by your vet before adding anything else to his diet. 

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