CBD oil vs hemp seed oil for your pet 

With the increasing popularity of CBD oil and hemp seed oil, many pet owners are considering these natural products to help with pet health issues. As a pet parent, it’s useful to understand the differences between these two oils, so you can make informed decisions with your vet about what’s best for your pet. 

What is CBD oil?  

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, another cannabis compound, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects, so it won’t make your pet high. CBD oil is made by extracting the compound from the cannabis plant and combining it with a carrier oil, such as coconut or hemp seed oil. 

What is hemp seed oil? 

Hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. Unlike CBD oil, hemp seed oil has little to no CBD content and is primarily known for its nutritional value. It’s rich in essential fatty acids, and you’ll often find it in pet foods and supplements. 

Differences between CBD oil and hemp seed oil 

Medical benefits 

CBD oil is renowned for its potential therapeutic effects. It’s often chosen by pet owners to help alleviate their pet’s discomfort and reduce inflammation. 

Hemp seed oil is primarily appreciated for its nutritional benefits. While it provides essential fatty acids beneficial for overall health, it has little to no CBD content and doesn’t offer the same potential to address specific medical conditions as CBD oil does. 


CBD oil is legal in Australia, but it requires a prescription. Make sure you’re purchasing from a reliable source, in consultation with your vet.  

Hemp seed oil is legal and widely available in health food stores and online across Australia. Choosing a high-quality product from a reputable source ensures you’re providing a safe product for your pet. 


Dosage is another key difference. CBD oil is usually available in different concentrations, so be sure to follow your vet’s recommended dosage guidelines. Hemp seed oil can be added to your pet’s food as a supplement without specific dosage restrictions. Still, it’s wise to check with your vet before making changes to your pet’s diet. 

Is CBD oil right for my pet? 

Whether to use CBD oil or hemp seed oil depends on your pet’s individual needs. If your pet has a specific medical condition, CBD oil might be the better choice. Alternatively, if you’re seeking a nutritional supplement to enhance your pet’s general health, hemp seed oil could be a more suitable option. 

CBD oil and hemp seed oil are two distinct products often used by pet owners to address their pet’s health concerns. Although they might seem similar, their medical benefits, active ingredients, legality, and dosage guidelines significantly differ. Your vet is your guide in helping you choose which products best meet your pet’s needs. 

Interested in exploring CBD oil and other plant-based medicines for your pet? Speak with a vet for free. 

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