Vets recommend green-lipped mussel for dogs.

The reason is because Green Lipped Mussel is increasingly being recognised as a potent natural anti-inflammatory for joints that at the same time provides long term nourishment.  Joint and cartilage function is protected and the production of synovial joint fluid for lubrication is encouraged.  For hundreds of years the coastal Maoris of New Zealand have eaten Green Lipped Mussels

as a major part of their diet. The Maoris would harvest the mussels growing naturally on the seashores and eat them raw.  Even though they saw the mussel as an important part of their diet they did not realise the benefits they were gaining until immigrant settlers later realised that these Maoris did not suffer from arthritis.

Our canine friends are a species whom we increasingly realise is prone to osteo-arthritis and other forms of joint and limb disorder.  Larger breeds are often the most susceptible.  The increasing use of dogs in sport and leisure activities such as Agility, Flyball, Cannicross, Dog Sledding and  Field Sports is another factor that increases long term wear and tear on the joints.

How do you know if your dog is a likely candidate for joint supplementation?  Perhaps you have simply noticed for yourself an uncharacteristic lack of enthusiasm for exercise, stiffness after rest, awkwardness mounting steps or jumping into the car.  It really makes no difference if your aspirations were to shine in the breed ring, at obedience or agility or simply to enjoy an active life-style with your pet - no doubt you will be looking for the best way to keep him as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.  Perhaps you pinned all your hopes and dreams, invested time and money in your choice of dog only to be told by the vet that he needs invasive joint surgery followed by short term relief to help in the recovery process or, worst case scenario, will suffer joint problems for the rest of their life?  In any case though dogs with arthritis still need to be exercised, not so much as to cause an excess amount of wear and tear but sufficient to keep muscles toned so that they can work to support the joints.  

While veterinary science continues to develop surgical techniques and synthetic drugs Vets commonly support their treatment with the aid of  supplements.  The prescribing of powerful medicines like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) is widespread - there are however alternative and complementary solutions which may reduce costly treatment using drugs with potential side-effects, especially when it comes to long term therapy.  

Glucosamine and Chondroitin based supplements have long been popular with the Veterinary profession but increasingly we are seeing a trend towards greater use of products based on extracts of Green Lipped Mussel not only because of its reputation for rapid results but because if its safe ‘natural’ image for long term use. Veterinary surgeons now promote the addition to the diet of green-lipped mussel in the management of hip or elbow dysplasia  and a host of other joint-related conditions.  Wear and tear, old age, injury or even a genetic pre-disposition in certain breeds can all lead to damage of the cartilage in joints.  This is sometimes caused by reduced synovial fluid (the joint’s lubricant) and often results in bone deformation or, in other words, arthritis.

Flex Sprinkle is specifically designed to deliver a greater quantity of Green Lipped Mussel extract to the dog without the problems of feeding bulky or numerous tablets.  While glucosamine and chondroitin based supplements have been available in powder form, Green Lipped Mussel, because of technical difficulties, has not.  As a result of an innovation combining all the ingredients in the Flex formula in a stable and free flowing granule, a convenient solution to the problem has emerged.  As the name implies, this product can simply be sprinkled over the dog’s normal feed.

Flex Greenshell , either tablet or Sprinkle, can be fed long term - without side effects - for effective management of the inflammatory effects of arthritis and satisfied customers have said the following - ‘very positive results’; ‘adds a spring to his step’; ‘works wonders on my 10 year old’; ‘Our consultant actually recommends green lipped mussel in the management of elbow dysplasia and was very pleased that my dog is already taking it’; ‘Our six year old suffered an injury last year and is a different dog now, full of life and so much happier in himself, I shall keep him on it’.

Flex Sprinkle is highly concentrated and very economical to use because it contains over 70% active ingredients.  It can be fed at an economy level to dogs with minor symptoms of discomfort or as a means of long-term maintenance of joint health.  Where Flex Sprinkle is used as part of the post-op treatment from a specific injury then feeding may only be of short-term duration & can safely be used to complement prescription medicines - but - even if arthritis is not present after recovery it may still become an issue in later life.