Skin conditions in pets is the most common complaint that veterinarians have to deal with in America. In fact, 40% of all vet visits are for itchy skin caused by allergens. Hemp is now used as a recognized medicinal supplement all over the world. It is just as effective for pets as it is for their human counterparts. Hemp can also be produced without the need for harsh chemicals and pesticides, meaning that it isn’t harmful to the environment. If you have a dog with a skin condition, it is worth discussing the use of hemp with your veterinarian to help treat the symptoms alongside traditional medication. Hemp seed oil is not psychoactive and is suitable for animals as part of their treatment.
Allergies that cause skin conditions
Allergies are the most common cause of itchy skin in dogs. There can be several different types of allergies, including environmental (pollen, plants, dust and mold), flea and mite allergies and food allergies. If your dog is allergic to fleas or mites, they are extremely sensitive to even just one bite and this can trigger itching and scratching. Environmental allergies cause atopic dermatitis, where the skin becomes red and inflamed. Food allergies can also result in skin disease — these are identified using a process of elimination.
One of the main ways that hemp oil can be used to help dogs with skin conditions is to reduce the itchy symptoms that cause them pain. Often if a dog is itchy, then they will continue to scratch, which can exacerbate the problem. If a dog is in pain, then often they will not want to exercise. It is important that your dog has enough physical exercise every day so that they don’t put on weight. It is also a wonderful way for you to maintain your own fitness levels and bond with your dog. Studies have proven that the cannabinoids in hemp oil are effective for reducing pain and general inflammation. Controlling the pain will help to stop your dog from excess scratching. Simply put a couple of drops in their morning food. This should not make your dog drowsy, but help them to feel more content.
Dermatitis is extremely common in dogs, which is another word for inflammation. There can be many causes, including allergens, burns, trauma and skin infections (viral, parasitic or fungal). The symptoms of dermatitis are itching and redness, hair loss, excessive oil production and scaling. This can be very uncomfortable for the dog. It is important first to address the cause of the dermatitis with your veterinarian. Hemp seed oil can be applied directly to help soothe the skin — it helps to regulate excessive oil production without clogging the pores. A few drops of hemp seed oil can also be put in your dog’s diet to reduce inflammation.The omega-6 fatty acids in hemp seed oil are anti-inflammatory and encourage skin growth and cell regeneration. This keeps the skin nourished and well moisturized.
Keeping your dog calm
If your dog has itchy skin, hot spots, or they are in pain from skin conditions, then they may not be calm. Hemp oil can be really effective in treating anxiety in dogs. The endocannabinoid system helps to soothe your dog, reducing the stress caused by inflamed skin. This means that they will be less likely to scratch and irritate the skin further.
If your dog has a skin condition, the itching can be distressing for them, causing anxiety and pain. Hemp oil can help deal with the symptoms, meaning that your dog will heal quickly and feel better.