BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Flax seed benefits
Last Post by Kokaneeandkahlua at 10/12/2012 8:58 AM (7 Replies)
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User is Offline SuperCheesetastic
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10/08/2012 3:43 PM

Penelope seems to love ground flax seed.

What are the benefits of flax seed for bunnies?


User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/09/2012 1:08 AM
I would probably avoid flax seeds. I'm not sure if there are any health benefits, but I know most vets recommend avoiding any kind of seeds.
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User is Offline SuperCheesetastic
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10/09/2012 2:59 AM
Thanks. I think i'll go on to ask a pet food company. Perhaps they'd know about bunny nutrition.

User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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10/09/2012 3:12 AM
I think vets know better... You aren't supposed to give your bunny seeds and I'd say asking pet food companies is a really bad idea. A lot of pet foods you can buy are not made with the pets best interests but rather how much it will cost them and what profits they will make. Many rabbit foods contain seeds and oats because they fill the rabbit up and it is quite a cheap material to include however if you are clued up about rabbit care you know to avoid these feeds. I doubt a pet food brand would be able to give you any credible advice on the matter unless they were openly against seeds in their feed and the fact you are trying to find info on seeds, I doubt you'd go to them.
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User is Offline bunnygirl
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10/09/2012 3:18 AM
I second Isabella! Go to a vet and ask them. Though I'm willing to bet the majority of bun moms and dads on here all avoid seeds.
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User is Offline tobyluv
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10/09/2012 11:02 AM
I just checked Lucile Moore's book, Rabbit Nutrition and Nutritional Healing. She states that omega-3 fatty acids (good fats that lower cholesterol) can be found in flax seed, among other foods. And that adding omega-3 to a rabbit's diet can partially reduce the negative effects of a high fat diet. She also says that flax seed is often found in commercial rabbit food.

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10/09/2012 1:19 PM
Posted By tobyluv on 10/09/2012 02:02 PM
I just checked Lucile Moore's book, Rabbit Nutrition and Nutritional Healing. She states that omega-3 fatty acids (good fats that lower cholesterol) can be found in flax seed, among other foods. And that adding omega-3 to a rabbit's diet can partially reduce the negative effects of a high fat diet. She also says that flax seed is often found in commercial rabbit food.

Thanks so much! I don't believe Penelope's diet is considered 'high fat'... Hmm... 


User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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10/12/2012 8:58 AM
I kind of think that a lot of foods (Acai, flax, quinoa) get written up in one study (re; it takes lots of studies to show evidence that something does something) and then it hits magazines and then we are all buying it. And then it goes into pet food.

I bought some ground flax to put into baking because I was curious (whole flax is not processed by the body)-it's touted as a weight loss thing but also for having omegas. So anyways here it is

in 3 tbsp you get only 6 grams of omega, and only 8 grams of fibre. You do get 150 calories, 10 grams of fat -and 1 gram of saturated fat. TBH it doesn't actually sound very healthy or very high in anything desirable. I think it's a 'trendy' food.

Now with all of that, we have a few studies that show it's somewhat good for people and likely none that show it's good for dogs, and likely fewer that show it's good for bunnies.
There are so few nutritional studies done for animals.

I'd go the safe route-if it's definitely safe to give, and may have benefits, try in moderation. However knowing that seeds just aren't good for bunnies, I just wouldn't But check with your vet definitely!
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