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Is Hemp Protein Good For Your Dog?




Most dog owners know that hemp seed and hemp seed oil are great additions to a dog’s diet and skin care routine. Hemp seed is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, fibre and nutrients that reduce inflammation in the body and support healthy skin and coat.


Hemp Protein is also derived from hemp seed and has gained popularity as a dietary supplement for both humans and dogs. While research on the specific health benefits of hemp protein for dogs is limited, there are a number of health benefits based on its nutritional composition.


Complete Protein Source


Hemp protein is considered a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids that dogs need for various bodily functions, including muscle development and maintenance. The high protein content in hemp protein may assist in maintaining a healthy weight in dogs by promoting a feeling of fullness and supporting lean muscle mass. Hemp protein is generally well-tolerated by dogs, making it a suitable alternative for those with sensitivities or allergies to other protein sources.

 

Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids


Hemp protein is a good source of essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6. These fatty acids play a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin, coat, and joints in dogs including adding moisture to the skin from the inside out, reducing dryness and flakiness, and adding shine to the coat.

 

High in Fibre


Hemp protein is a good source of dietary fibre, which contributes to digestive health in dogs. Adequate fibre intake is associated with proper bowel function and can help manage conditions like constipation. While not a direct source of probiotics, hemp seeds contain fibres that may serve as prebiotics. Prebiotics are substances that promote the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria in the gut, contributing to a healthy balance of the microbiota.

 

Vitamins and Minerals


Hemp protein contains various vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc, which contribute to overall health and well-being. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and contributes to skin health, protects against free radicals and can help soothe and heal skin irritation. Magnesium can be beneficial in reducing anxiety and stress.

 

Anti-Inflammatory Properties


Hemp seeds and their derivatives have anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of compounds like gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This is beneficial for dogs with joint issues and inflammatory conditions including skin conditions, allergies, and irritation.

 



Hemp Protein can easily be incorporated into your dog’s diet by adding some hemp seed meal or protein powder to meals, including a scoop in homemade baked and frozen treat recipes, and by blending with coconut milk, raw goat’s milk or yogurt to make smoothies and lick mat spreads.


Bear + Kind's Shiny Happy Pupper and Hello Gorgeous smoothie blends are formulated to support a healthy balanced gut and improve your dog's skin and coat health with a powerhouse of ingredients including banana, pumpkin, raspberry, coconut milk, natural peanut butter and hemp protein powder. They're perfect as a creamy smoothie, meal topper, frozen treat or lick mat spread. Mix and match with different liquids such as water or bone broth, or blend with natural yogurt to make popsicles or even ice cream!



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