Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs to each other and to humans. There are some amazing natural oils for dog health and the first that comes to mind is coconut oil. It’s good for cats too. But are there any benefits of evening primrose oil for our beloved pets? It seems there are.
For cats, evening primrose oil can be helpful if their coats are dull or if they have itchy and flaky skin such as in allergic reactions. Cats can’t convert linoleic acid (LA) into gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which they need in small quantities. Supplementing with evening primrose oil can supply the GLA necessary for skin and coat improvement. It can also help with hormonal imbalances.
Why evening primrose oil for dogs?
Evening Primrose Oil can provide relief to dogs who suffer from atopic dermatitis. GLA supplementation is good for their coats, skin and digestive tract. It also helps with skin infections, chronic ear infections and joint problems like swelling and arthritis because it is anti-inflammatory.
To be really effective for skin and coat disorders, evening primrose oil needs to be combined with other natural oils for dog health. Fish oil is an excellent choice because it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are also anti-inflammatory and helpful for improving the condition of their hair and skin.
Fish oil supplementation is frequently used as a preventative measure against various diseases and conditions in both dogs and cats, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It has even been suggested as a treatment for calming overly aggressive dogs.
Cats also benefit from a tablespoon of fish oil daily in combination with a blend of evening primrose and borage oils.
Caution: if your dog has epilepsy or seizures, do not supplement with evening primrose oil.