The Missing Link Ultimate Small Breed Product Review

The Missing Link Ultimate Small Breed Product Review

If you’re looking for a high quality nutritional supplement for your dog, you may want to check out products made by TheMissing Link® . Disclaimer: I was contacted by The Missing Link® and asked to provide an honest review of their Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat product in exchange for a free sample of the product. 

About The Missing Link®

In the early 1990s, veterinarian and researcher Dr. Robert M. Collett discovered that the food we were giving our pets was nutritionally deficient. It turns out that our modern ways of processing pet food was making it completely devoid of Omega 3 fatty acid. Just like with people, Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty cides and are critical to maintaining good health. These findings inspired Dr. Collett to create supplements for our pets that were made of quality ingredients from whole foods and food concentrates.

But Dr. Collett didn’t just stop with ensuring the supplements contained high-grade ingredients. He went a step further to develop and patent cold processing methods to avoid degradation and/or destruction of naturally occurring nutrients. After all, what good is a high-grade supplement if it doesn’t stay stable or goes rancid?

About The Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat

missing link small breed formulaThe Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat claims to target the nutritional gap between what “nature provides” and what is available in commercial pet foods:

  • Glucosamine to support healthy joints and flexibility.
  • Balanced Omega 3 and 6 to maintain healthy skin and coat.
  • Omega fatty acids help the absorption of fat soluble vitamins which nutritionally support:  intercellular health, energy levels, the immune system, and muscle, tendon & ligament function.
  • Dietary fiber to promote a healthy digestive system.
  • Phyto (plant) nutrients to support general health and nutrition.

 

The Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat contains the following ingredients:

Ground Flaxseed, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Freeze Dried Beef Liver, Cane Molasses, Rice Bran, Primary Dried Yeast, Sunflower Seed, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Carrot, Ground Beef Bone, Dried Fish Solubles, Freeze Dried Oyster, Ground Barley Grass, Dried Kelp, Zinc Methionine Complex, Lecithin, Selenium Yeast, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Garlic, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12 Supplement.

Notice the lack of unpronounceable chemicals and preservatives?

I received an 8 oz bag of The Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat to test out on Imogene. The daily intake is to administer one teaspoon per 25 pounds of body weight. Since Imogene is only 8 pounds, I gave her 1/4 teaspoon once a day mixed in with her dinner. As you can see from the picture and video below, the supplement is in powder form and a bit grainy. It is recommended that you refrigerate after opening.

missing link small breed formula

As you can see below, Imogene happily ate her food. She didn’t seem to even notice that the supplement was mixed in! This is definitely a positive because she has refused to eat her food when I have added powdered supplements in the past.

SO – Would I purchase The Missing Link?

Absolutely. While it took about four weeks to see the effects of the supplement, the changes were truly astounding. Imogene went from being hesitant to go up stairs to literally bounding up the stairs. We have a little set of stairs next to the couch and she’s even been hesitant to use them – it usually takes her 3 to 4 attempts to get up them. Now, she runs up them. Seriously. She’s gone from a cranky old lady to a giddy little puppy in a month!

I’ve also noticed that she seems more interested in going on walks outside, which is nice to see. Her stools are also firmer and more consistent, which is likely from the high quality fiber sources in the supplement. While I have not yet noticed a significant improvement in her coat, Imogene is a Pomeranian mix who was shaved by whoever owned her previously. If you know anything about Pomeranians, you know that shaving their coat to the puppy cut absolutely ruins their coat and it never grows back properly. So, Imogene’s coat has always been a nappy mess but the supplement has helped reducing the dryness of her skin.

Truthfully, I wouldn’t have believed it unless I had seen it. I’ve reviewed many, many, many products for ThePhillyDog.com and I think I’ve gotten a bit jaded. I’m pleasantly surprised by The Missing Link and recommend you purchase this – hands down – for your dog. Simply put, it works.

Interested in trying The Missing Link products?

You can purchase The Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat  at most specialty pet supply stores. Average retail cost of an 8 oz. bag of is $14.99. For more information on The Missing Link products, check out their website or their Facebook page. Just remember, it’s important to also give your pet high quality pet food with any supplement.

The National Dog Show – Enter to WIN!

The National Dog Show – Enter to WIN!

national dog show

Thanksgiving Day wouldn’t be complete for any dog lover without watching The National Dog Show. We’re lucky to have it in our back yard at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks! The Kennel Club of Philadelphia has presented dog shows for more than 125 years. Their two benched, all-breed dog shows are held this year on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 2016.

The shows, sanctioned by The American Kennel Club, will help raise money for a variety of canine-related causes. Prior beneficiaries of The Kennel Club of Philadelphia include The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

We’re happy to be giving away two tickets for you to check out the AKC sanctioned Breed, Group, and Best In Show judging and top agility dogs in the ring each day. Saturday is The National Dog Show, Presented by Purina, to be broadcast nationwide on Thanksgiving Day by NBC. Sunday’s show offers enhanced athletic dog exhibitions plus family-friendly activities and hands-on fun. Your tickets are good for either day!

To enter, just complete the form below by Friday, September 18, 2016 5 pm ET. Winner will be emailed by 5:30 pm ET and announced in the widget below or by using this link

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Philly LEAST Pet Friendly City?!?

Sure, Philly is notorious for it’s under-dog, somewhat abrasive “atty-tude.” We can take a little warming up to. But one thing I know for sure is that we LOVE our dogs. A quick walk down any city block and you’ll see a dog walking happily on a leash or playing in the park.

So you can imagine my surprise when a representative from financial website WalletHub reached out to tell me Philly ranked as one of the LEAST pet-friendly cities in the U.S.

Source: WalletHub

 

Methodology

In order to identify the most pet-friendly cities, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated cities (excluding surrounding metro areas) across three key dimensions: 1) Pet Budget, 2) Pet Health & Wellness and 3) Outdoor Pet Friendliness.

Data was obtained from sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Yelp.com, Zillow, Apartmenlist.com, WalkScore.com, TripAdvisor, and Pets Best Insurance Services, to name a few. The three dimensions listed above were evaluated on 19 weighted metrics. Each metric was graded on a scale from 0 to 100, with 100 representing the best conditions for pet owners. Overall scores where then calculated by taking the weighted average across all metrics.

Here’s how Philly ranked:

PET-FRIENDLINESS OF PHILADELPHIA (1=BEST; 50=AVG.):

  • 90th – Veterinary Care Costs
  • 39th – Dog Insurance Premium
  • 89th – Number of Veterinarians per Capita
  • 94th – Number of Pet Businesses per Capita
  • 31st – Number of Pet-Friendly Restaurants per Capita
  • 83rd – % of Pet-Friendly Hotels
  • 86th- Number of Dog Parks per Capita
  • 72nd – Number of Animal Shelters per Capita
  • 49th – Number of Pet Caretakers per Capita

So, which city was the most pet friendly? Why, Orlando, Florida. (Of course, how could you now know that?) Orlando was followed by Birmingham, Alabama, Tampa, Florida, Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky (how many of those shelter dogs from the south are getting shipped up to our rescues?) and Scottsdale, Arizona.

I decided to dig in a little deeper and reached out to WalletHub for some definitions:

Question: How is the term “animal shelter” defined? Is it defined as intake shelters (city funded), no-kill only, rescues that use foster parents?

Answer: The data for the number of animal shelters was obtained from Yelp.com and is mostly based on pet rescue and adoption facilities. 

Question:  I didn’t see data for Philadelphia in the block for Pet friendliness of rental market. How is “pet friendly” defined and determined? Is there a penalty if the rental does not rent to particular breeds? Does the number of pets allowed in the rental factor in? Pet deposit required?

Answer: The Pet-Friendliness of Rental Market key metric measures the percentage of pet-friendly rental units and it’s composed of two sub-metrics – 1. Percentage of Apartments that allow Dogs – 21 percent in Philadelphia (ranking 57th) and 2) Percentage of Apartments that allow Cats – 34 percent in Philadelphia (ranking 65th). For the Pet-Friendliness of Rental Market key metric Philadelphia ranked 66th overall. We did not factor in the number of pets allowed or the pet deposit required. 

Youse Got it All Wrong

Um, yeah. So that’s real scientific. Then again, New York, New York ranked the worst , so maybe there is a grain of truth in all of this. You can take a closer look at the the full report and decide for yourself.

How Lindy and Company Fights Homlessness With Treats

How Lindy and Company Fights Homlessness With Treats

What in the world do pet treats and homeless kids have in common? More than you think. A Dayton, Ohio area non-profit called Daybreak” came up with the brilliant idea to use pet treats to help out their homeless youth. How? Well, treat maker Lindy & Company employee homeless youth to make the treats – providing them with the skills set needed to not only succeed in maintaining employment but also develop life-building skills. Think about it – how hard must it be for a child who is homeless to ever get out of the cycle? When you don’t even have a permanent address, it can be hard to get any potential employers to even consider you. By providing a working opportunity at Lindy & Company, kids are getting skills, references, and a chance to change the course of their lives.

Lindy & Company Products Galore

In addition to having a fantastic mission, Lindy & Company has a plethora of treats to choose from. Is your dog a picky eater? Check. Looking for grain free? Yep, they have it. Gluten-free? Vegan? Look no further because Lindy & Company probably has fit. They offer 10 different lindy-and-co-peanutty_puppers_flavors with a variety of dietary options.

For this review, Imogene and Dash taste-tested the Gluten-Free Peanutty Puppers. Disclaimer: In exchange for an honest  and detailed review, Lindy & Company sent me a bag of treats to try and donated several bags of treats to include in our 2016 Philadelphia PAWS Mutt Strutt contest prize basket.

Ingredients

The bag of Peannutty Puppers contains:

brown rice flour, milk, peanut butter, baking powder, ascorbic acid (preservative), tocopherols (preservative)

The Taste Test

I’ve done more pet treat reviews than I care to admit – and after awhile I must say they start to run together. It’s probably not entirely fair to use my dog Imogene to do a product review taste test as the old lady only has 5 teeth left. But, she’s really a canine garbage disposal, so she’s good at weeding out treats that probably won’t appeal to any dog. tDash, however, is a picky boy, so I like to test on him for that very reason. That way, all of the bases are covered.

Imogene and Dash both immediately grabbed the Peanutty Puppers out of my hand and ran away with them. That’s a clear sign that the treat is a prized possession. Imogene, however, did not eat the treat. Although the treat is small in size and chewy, it might have been a little too hard for her. When I broke it in half, she happily chomped it down.

Dash, on the other hand, gulped the treat down and came right back for another. Interestingly enough, though, when I tried a week later he refused the treat. This may be due to the fact that I had recently bought some bully sticks and lungs, so he was holding out for those treats. Imogene, however, has continued to enjoy them.

Yep, I’d Buy ‘Em

Yep, I’d buy them. In fact, I think that Lindy & Company is kind of a game changer . . . why buy treats from Milkbone or Kong when you have a local business that is helping to change their community? Besides being able to support a good cause, you’re getting a high-quality product. Treats that contain real food, ingredients you can actually pronounce, and that your dog will actually enjoy eating.

And, in the spirit of full disclosure, I’d not only buy them I’d eat them. Yep, you heard right. I was stuck in traffic one day on the Schuyllkill expressway and absolutely starving. I had left the bag of Peanutty Puppers in the glove compartment. Since they contain ingredients that are in people food, I figured, why not? It’s really no different than a regular peanut butter cookie. The only difference? It was a little blander than the ones my mom makes. And definitely not as sweet.

While you can purchase their treats on their website, Lindy & Company has also expanded to retailers nationwide. Approximate retail value is $5.99. You can learn more about Lindy & Company by checking out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

 

 

Zuke’s Mini-Naturals Ghost

Zuke’s Mini-Naturals Ghost

Disclaimer: In exchange for writing a review of the Zuke’s Mini-Naturals Ghost treats, Zuke’s donated two bags to be included in our raffle prize to help fundraise for the 2016 Philly PAWS Mutt Strutt. 

Just in time for the Halloween festivities, all natural pet treat company Zuke’s has released their mini-treats in the shape of ghosts!

zukes mini naturals halloweenWe’ve written about Zuke’s a few times now and we’re always happy to help spread the word about their product. At less than 3 ½ calories each, these teeny ghoulishly ghost-shaped bites are perfect for training dogs of any size. They are soft, too, which I like because Imogene and Dash are both seniors (and low on teeth). I like that I can grab a little handful, put them in my pocket, and I’ve got enough treats for an entire outing. And, most importantly, they like eating them!

In addition to being shaped like little ghosts, the treats come in two fall-favorite recipes: Chicken with Spiced Apple and Turkey and Pumpkin. Not only are they  made in the USA, they do not contain any harsh additives, preservatives, wheat, corn or soy. They’ve even jumped on the turmeric bandwagon and added antioxidant-rich rosemary and turmeric for anti-inflammatory properties. But what I  like the most about Zuke’s is that they donate a portion of all treat sales to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCF). Visit www.zukes.com or check out @ZukesPets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Zuke’s Mini Naturals Ghosts are available for around $5.79 for a 6 ounce bag at PetSmart locations. But hurry – this is one treat that won’t last long on shelves!

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