Hemp Seed Oil VS. Fish Oil For Dogs

Hempseed Oil vs. Fish Oil

For many dogs, fish oil makes up their diet to ensure they consume enough Omega 3,6 & 9 fatty acids. But the rise in awareness about fish sustainability and health has lead people seeking other alternatives not only for themselves but for their furry friend! Let's take a look at Hemp Seed Oil and how it measures up to fish oil! 
  • Fatty acids?
    • Hemp seed oil has a unique and optimal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 and is also a great source of omega-9

    • Fish oil also has a pretty balanced omega-3 and omega-6 but it has no omega-9

    • GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) is an anti-inflammatory fat beneficial for your dog’s skin and coat, found only in plants and thus not in fish oil

  • Vitamins, nutrients and minerals?
    • Hemp seed oil is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants while maintaining a low amount of saturated fats

    • Fish oil only has saturated fats which usually must be processed out artificially

  • Safety?
    • Pure hemp seed oil, as long as ethically-sourced, poses no threats

    • Some fish oil may be toxic due to ocean contaminants and even radioactive if they’re from the Pacific, radioactive substances can get into a dog’s bone marrow and lead to bone cancer or leukaemia

  • Sustainability?
    • Hemp oil is quite sustainable and promotes regeneration of soil, reduces greenhouse gas emissions while its bi-product is used for production of other food

    • The larger fish oil industry is an ongoing environmental problem as harsh fishing techniques continue to pollute the ocean and threaten biodiversity

  • Shelf-life stability?
    • The omega-3 found in hemp seed oil is much more stable with a comparably longer shelf-life when stored correctly

    • Fish oil oxidizes and goes rancid easily, especially if not packed well

  • Side effects?
    • There are no major side effects with letting your dog take hemp seed oil, as long you follow proper doses, plan what diet it goes with and avoid mixing it with freshly cooked food, as these can cause dietary imbalance and stomach problems

    • High fish oil doses have more alarming side effects such as high blood sugar, bleeding, low blood pressure, acid reflux and diarrhoea

  • Smell and taste?
    • Hemp seed oil is plant-based with a mild aftertaste and nutty smell
    • Fish oil has a distinct smell and taste that can linger

      Hemp seed oil is the clear winner here for us. 

      It has more sufficient benefits, higher nutritional values, is environmentally-friendly, ethically-sourced, safer and generally a better supplement for your dogs than fish oil.