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Primrose - Prin????

April 10th, 2006, 08:35 PM
A friend is getting a new puppy next week and the breeder has suggested she continue feeding Purina Pro Plan until it is 15 months old. She says she supplements flaxseed and Primrose. I had never heard about primrose as a supplement so I looked it up. What do you think?

I am sending her the ingredients of the Pro Plan vs. Solid Gold as well as a description of what each ingredient is. From there she can make a decision.

April 10th, 2006, 08:45 PM
I've never heard of that as a supplement either (but then I'm not herbally either...). No supplements in the world will make purina better (unless you supplement it with a good food).:D

If she absolutely must feed proplan, tell her to feed the sensitive stomach one. It's not great but it's the best they have.

April 10th, 2006, 08:48 PM
lol everything I find on primrose is about PMS relief. Maybe the breeder meant it as a supplement for the owner.:D

It's also an anticoagulant, so no aspirin or warfarin (could cause a serious bleed).

April 11th, 2006, 01:14 PM
Evening primrose has been used for arthritis, coughs and to decrease blood pressure in pets. Aside from the blood-clotting concerns, evening primrose can also mix badly with epileptic drugs!

It is not a comman herb to use so I would have to say that the breeder isn't making any sense:p (but I figure you knew that since she suggested Pro Plan!!):)

April 11th, 2006, 04:45 PM
Primrose oil is a source of Essential Fatty Acids, mainly linoleic acid and gama linolenic acid.

Perhaps the breeder suggested it for the puppy's coat.

April 11th, 2006, 06:54 PM
i thought tlaxseed was for the coat.

April 11th, 2006, 08:14 PM
I have never heard of anyone using evening primrose for coat/skin... There is just too much else out there that is safer and readily available!

April 11th, 2006, 10:02 PM
Flaxseed definitely helps the coat- to me it's among the best supplements you can add. It's so high in omega 3, which helps keep the heart and circulation system clean, and the fur beautiful.

For the rest, I've heard acidophilus bacteria (live) can help doggies with sensitive stomachs. And then glucosamine for the joints, etc etc, but to add linoleic acid? From what I've read, Omega 6 is much easier to get than omega 3 and omega 6 in too high quantities has bad effects on the body. It's not something that needs to be added usually.