Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a series of questions and answers that we thought might be useful when considering Proflax Natural superfood supplements for your dog. If we haven’t covered your question then please get in touch via email or telephone.
Q. Proflax Natural is labelled as a 'superfood'. Why is this?
A. Ingredients in our products are in the indexed superfood categories. Flaxseed oil is a renowned superfood as are some specific 'power' herbs used in our formulas.
Q: Are Proflax Natural products approved by a qualified vet?
A: Yes. All of our unique herbal formulas have been created by an independent UK conventional and holistic vet who specialises in herbal medicine. A holistic approach to your dog's health has been considered when selecting the herbs for each of the formulas, which encompass physical, emotional and psychological health.
Q: Why are natural products better for my dog?
A: Most pet foods contain only small amounts of natural, nutritious ingredients, and the rest of the ingredients are bulking agents which provide little or no nutritional value. Eating this type of food short term this won't cause too much of a problem but can cause health issues long term — similar to the problems that humans have when they eat processed or refined foods regularly. Eating pure and natural foods without additives or chemicals assists with the optimal functioning of the bodies biological system, thus minimising potential health problems.
Q: My dog is already taking and omega 3 oil and various herbs. What makes Proflax Natural products so different and why would I choose them instead?
A: We pride ourselves that our products offer numerous benefits, rather than being just 'problem' specific. What this means is that you get all of the fantastic benefits of a balanced percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids from flaxseed oil (aids the health of the heart, brain, metabolism, digestion, mobility, skin, coat) together with a vet approved unique synergistic formula of active herbal extracts which supports not just the 'problem', but also helps optimise immunity, cleanse and detox the system of toxins, are antioxidant, antibacterial, have anti-inflammatory and offer excellent nutritional support as the ingredients contain vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre and phytonutrients. Some of the herbs used are also ‘adaptogens’ which are effective in promoting homeostasis, helping to balance emotional and psychological issues too. All of our products are 100% natural and fresh, chemical and pesticide free, and are DEFRA approved human food grade. Proflax Natural products are ready mixed and easy to feed as it's an oil base so just pour over your dog's regular food. They take the headache and expense out of choosing different oils and herbs.
Q: Can I use two Proflax Natural products at the same time, such as 'Skin & Coat' together with 'Bone & Joint'?
A: We suggest that you choose the product which supports what your dog needs the most. All of the range contains vital nutrients and cleanse/detox the system, it's the herbal formulas that differ. So if your dog needs help with allergies through the summer but also requires extra joint support we suggest that you give Bone & Joint formula one day and then Skin & Coat the next. Never feed two products together in the same day
Q: My dog is really fussy? How will I know if he will like Proflax Natural?
A: We have tried Proflax Natural formulas on dogs of all shapes and sizes and 95% love the taste! A couple did take a day or two to get used to the oily texture and the ginger in the Bone & Joint formula but once they did, they loved it! Flaxseed oil has a nutty flavour and liquorice has a very sweet taste so this combination offers great palatability.
Q: Can some of the herbal ingredients that are listed in the blends be harmful to my dog? I have heard that Liquorice can be particularly hazardous when taken long term. Is this true?
A: All of the herbs in our formulas have been carefully created and approved by an independent UK holistic vet who specialises in herbal medicine. The herbs have been chosen for their synergetic qualities and have been apportioned in their individual correct percentages so will not cause your dog any harm. However, if you are concerned about giving Proflax Natural then please ask your own vet for advice, taking along the list of the herbal ingredients from your chosen formula. These can be found in detail on this website
Q: Can I give Proflax Natural together with other supplements that my dog is taking?
A: If your dog is taking other herbal based supplements then we suggest that you give us a call to check. If the other supplements do not contain herbal ingredients then giving Proflax Natural should be completely safe. If you are unsure then please do give us a call or ask your own vet for advice.
Q: You state that each bottle contains between 20-25% active herbal ingredients. Why is this important?
A: Many pet foods or supplements contain very small amounts of those all-important beneficial ingredients. This means that for your dog to get the optimal health benefits it needs a higher percentage of the food/supplement needs to be consumed, or it needs to be taken for a longer period of time for results to be seen. Any dog food/supplement that has been through a manufacturing process generally loses its active compounds and so doesn't offer the same benefits as pure, natural unprocessed ingredients as those found in Proflax Natural products. We add between 20 - 25% of concentrated active herbal extracts to each bottle to ensure that your dog is getting plenty of those vital, beneficial ingredients and nutrients; vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Our active herbal extracts are of practitioner grade quality with a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2 which means that they are powerful, but safe for your dog.
Q: How much and how long should I feed my dog Proflax Natural?
A: You can add Proflax Natural to your dog's food on a long-term basis. From a nutritional point of view our products will help to maintain good health and wellbeing, whether your dog is young or old. We do suggest feeding Proflax Natural as a preventative measure rather than waiting for a problem to arise - followed by expensive vet bills! If feeding as a preventative measure then we suggest feeding the recommended daily amount for one month and then reduce to feeding every other day. If the problem is more acute then we suggest loading the dose to double the recommended amount for one week then reducing to the recommended amount for three weeks then every other day as ongoing 'maintenance'.
Our recommended amount to feed is 1ml to every 2kg of your dog’s body weight, once daily. Our bottles come with a handy measuring cup so you can make sure that you are feeding the correct amount.
For more information on feeding guidelines, please click here.
Q: How do I store Proflax Natural and how long will it last?
A: We recommend that you store the bottle in a cool dark place, preferably the fridge, and once opened it will remain fresh for up to 8 weeks. Prior to opening, every bottle has a guaranteed shelf life of 18-months. Date and batch number can be found on the bottom of every bottle.
Q: Can Proflax Natural be taken alongside other veterinary products that my dog is taking?
A: Our own holistic vet regards the herbal formulas in the Proflax Natural range to be safe to be taken together with veterinary products, however, we do recommend that you consult your own vet with a list of herbal ingredients in your chosen formula to discuss this if you have any concerns. This is particularly the case if your dog is taking blood thinners or blood sugar modulators.
Q: My dog has pancreas problems and I've heard that any oil-based products should not be taken. Is this true?
A: There is research readily available which gives evidence that whether a dog is on a high grain diet OR meat-based diet (which includes oils) pancreas problems can occur. There is also evidence that a high fat, high protein, low carb diet has many health benefits. We would always suggest that you consult your own vet or qualified animal nutritionist if in doubt whether to feed Proflax natural supplements.
Q. My dog is pregnant/nursing. Is Proflax Natural safe to give her?
A: We do not suggest that you give Proflax Natural to pregnant or nursing dogs.
Q: When can I expect to see results?
A: As all of our ingredients are fresh and active, they get absorbed into the bloodstream immediately which means that benefits can be seen in a matter of days/weeks in some dogs, but in others, it may take a little longer. However, from day 1, your dog will benefit from the nutritional support that Proflax Natural products offer.
Q: Why do you use flaxseed oil and not fish oil in your products?
A: Fish oil contains naturally occurring omega-3 essential fatty acids in the form of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). Flaxseed oil is a natural, sustainable alternative to fish oil which consists of ALA (Alpha-linolenic Acid) and LA (Linoleic Acid).
EPA and DHA can be converted from ALA and LA using the body’s enzymes known as elongases and desaturases. There is some debate about the conversion of EPA and DHA in animals, but it is important to understand that this conversion factor largely depends on having adequate levels of essential nutrients from a healthy diet and good health of the digestive tract so that the enzymes are working efficiently. The active herbs used in the Proflax Natural formulas specifically address this supply of nutrients and digestive health, and as a result, your dog should have no problem converting the all-important EPA and DHA fatty acids to their optimal states.
Additionally, flaxseed oil is most impressive when it comes to its omega-3 content, which at 60%, significantly exceeds that of fish oil. Flaxseed oil has been well researched over time and is well known to have some amazing health benefits, such as optimising a healthy brain, heart, metabolism and digestion. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, as flaxseed oil is produced from flaxseed (which is a plant extract), it is ethically sourced.
Q: I just give flaxseed oil What benefits do the addition of active herbal blends give my dog?
A: Herbs, especially those in their active state, are well researched for their therapeutic benefits and efficacy, which is why they were chosen as core ingredients for the Proflax Natural range. There have been many clinical studies done to validate the health benefits of herbs and they can be used long-term and have little or no side effects. Our formulas have been chosen and ready blended for their combined physical and emotional health benefits which is unique for any herbal supplement product.
Q: Have the Proflax Natural range been independently tested for its purity?
A: Yes. An independent DEFRA approved laboratory have been working hard testing all of the Proflax Natural range using strict protocols. Intermittent testing over the shelf life of the products have been undertaken to ensure that the essential fatty acids remain effective and all of the products are free from pesticides, bacteria (E. coli/salmonella), fungi or any other chemicals. This independent testing will continue in order to maintain our quality and service standards.
Q: Can Proflax Natural formulas be fed to other animals?
A: We have created our three formulas specifically for a dogs palate. We will be adding more products to our range in the near future which will include cats and horses. If you would like to keep in contact, then please link us on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
The recommendations on this site are offered as a guide to general health care for your dog and are not specifically diagnostic. Thus, it should never replace veterinary care where appropriate.