Flex is used to reduce pain and discomfort, to improve joint movement and to reduce lameness. This applies mainly but not exclusively to the limb joints. The spinal column and other parts of the skeletal frame and even soft tissue damage may show improvement. Equally Flex may be given as a preventative to maintain a dog in peak condition and to reduce the effects of long term wear and tear.Flex has been used successfully in the following situations: In the long term management of hip and elbow dysplasia. Injury to limb joints as a result of accident or exertion. Lameness of a non specific nature where the cause is unknown Onset of arthritis (not necessarily prematurely). Especially active dogs have benefited and enjoyed extended working lives.
Owners have reported visible and sometimes dramatic improvement within 2-3 days. Naturally this is not always the case, and so a more realistic timeframe is a few weeks and results should ordinarily be reviewed after a month. Often, an initial loading dose (double the amount for the first week) can be given to reduce visible symptoms more quickly.
How should Flex be fed? - refer to the feeding page Flex sprinkle granules are simply sprinkled over your dogs food. They can be mixed in if necessary or dry food can be moistened. We provide a scoop with each pack to help you measure the right amount. Flex tablets are both small and highly palatable and most dogs will enjoy them as a treat. They can be given at any time. It is often convenient to incorporate them with regular feeding.
The amount to feed will depend on the condition of your dog. Ranging from a maintenance dose for dogs whose symptoms have subsided through to a double dose for dogs in visible discomfort. We recommend you visit the "feeding" section by clicking on "feeding" on the menu bar near the top of this page
Flex Sprinkle costs less than similar competitive products because it contains over 80% active ingredients. It is therefore highly concentrated and very economical to use. Because Flex Sprinkle contains considerably more green lipped mussel extract than other products it can be fed at a reduced economy level to dogs with reduced symptoms or as a maintenance feed. Flex sprinkle fed at the full level and delivering more green lipped mussel than any other system can cost as little as 35p/day for a large dog, 17p/day for a medium dog, and only 9p/day for a small dog.
The vast majority of owners prefer to feed Flex regularly because they value its contibution to long term joint-care.In cases where a specific injury is being treated then feeding may only be of shorter term duration. Continue feeding after improvement is seen to allow the healing to be completed. When used as a preventative or treatment for arthritic dogs then there is absolutely no harm in long term feeding as all the ingredients in Flex have a strong natural pedigree.
We don’t add glucosamine or chondroitin because Green Lipped Mussel is a strong natural source of these building blocks already. We prefer to add other ingredients instead such as Seleniun, Zinc and Vitamins E and C.
We believe that the natural constituents of green lipped mussel combined with additional anti-oxidants far outweigh the effectiveness of typical glucosamine based products. The anti-inflammatory properties are greatly superior and the natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin are more easily assimilated.
In a nutshell - yes, its stronger!. Flex Sprinkle green lipped mussel extract contains high natural anti-inflammatory activity. Every production batch is tested/verified by the Bioactivity Investigation Group, University of Otago. Flex Sprinkle Green Lipped Mussels are only sourced from EU/USFDA approved growing areas located in the Marlborough Sounds, (Top of the South Island of New Zealand). Prior to harvesting our suppliers fully inspect the Green Lipped Mussel quality ensuring that only the highest quality Green Lipped Mussels are selected and harvested. These strict control measures guarantee that the live mussels contain the highest levels of Glycosaminoglycans GAG and Omega-3-fatty acid contents. Flex Sprinkle Green Lipped Mussels are freeze dried at controlled low temperatures resulting in high anti-inflammatory activity. Low temperature controls are achieved throughout the entire freeze drying process ensuring the Flex Sprinkle components are kept at premium high levels. Flex Sprinkle is stabilized with a unique anti-oxidant ensuring maximum anti-inflammatory activity for long periods. Some mussel powders (eg. defatted, delipidated mussel powder) can oxidize resulting in low anti-inflammatory activity, other mussel powders are sold without any scientific backing. This is why stabilized Flex Sprinkle Mussel Powder is a reputable brand.
Yes it is, absolutely all green lipped mussel extracts are either freeze dried or spray dried. We prefer freeze drying because no heat that could degrade the extract is used. If you want to see how good our quality is then follow the link to our press release about the quality of Flex green lipped mussel for dogs.
Flex sprinkle contains 70% cold extracted and processed green lipped mussel extract by weight. This means 700 mg per gram or 700 mg for every 15kg of your dog’s bodyweight. This is more than any other brand and approximately 50% more green lipped mussel than most other products.
Yes, Vets frequently recommend the addition of green lipped mussel to the diet in conjunction with prescription pain killers. See our press release. Ther is clear evidence that it reduces the dangerous side effects to the gastrointestinal tract and the kidneys