If you’re looking for a high-quality nutritional supplement for your dog, you may want to check out products made by The Missing 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. This post also contains affiliate links.
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 made it completely devoid of Omega 3 fatty acid. Just like with people, Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids 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
The 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.
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 upstairs 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 to reduce 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, please consider purchasing The Missing Link product, 8-Ounce through our affiliate link in the Amazon store. Just remember, it’s important to also give your pet high-quality pet food with any supplement.