What is The Missing Link?
The Missing Link is a company that offers superfood supplements for dogs, cats, horses, birds and small pets to help fill the nutritional void in many commercial pet foods.
This post is sponsored by The Missing Link. We are giving away a FREE bag of its Ultimate Hip & Joint supplement to one reader. Follow the simple options on the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post to enter.
The Missing Link supplements for dogs review
My thoughts on The Missing Link:
The Missing Link is the first supplement I ever bought for my black Lab mix Ace. When I switched him to a homemade raw diet back in 2011, multiple dog owners recommended the brand for making sure Ace would get the vitamins and minerals he needed.
Ace’s vet has also recommended keeping him on a glucosamine supplement since retrievers are prone to joint problems. The Missing Link’s hip & joint variety offers about 450mg of glucosamine per Tablespoon in addition to omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, dietary fiber and plant nutrients. It is a powder supplement you sprinkle over your dog's food.
I've been giving The Missing Link to my dogs a couple times per week and I do not notice any dramatic differences in their appearance or energy. I wouldn't expect to.
I feed my dogs a combination of dry dog food, homemade raw food and commercial raw food. In our case, The Missing Link is more about general health and providing my dogs with healthy vitamins and minerals. In Ace's case, it also provides a bit of support for his joints.
How much does it cost?
The Missing Link’s supplements are available online through Amazon and through various other retailers so the prices vary.
The cost for a 1-pound pouch of the canine hip & joint formula on Amazon is $23.99 (on sale for $20.28).
What’s unique about The Missing Link?
I appreciate how the products are available for multiple types of animals, not just dogs, and formulated specifically for their needs.
The company uses only the best naturally sourced and most effective ingredients, according to its website. The supplements are formulated by veterinarian Dr. Robert M. Collett.
Through his research, the company said Collett uncovered nutritional deficiencies in highly processed pet foods, some completely void of omega 3 fatty acid. His products are designed to target the nutritional gap between what animals would eat in the wild (nutritionally dense, whole, raw and fresh foods) and the modern commercially processed pet foods. Collett patented The Missing Link blends based on observations in his own veterinary practice.
To give you an example, here are the ingredients in the Hip & Joint formula my dog Ace is trying:
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.
You can learn more about all of The Missing Link’s products for dogs, cats, horses, birds and small animals HERE.
Pros of The Missing Link:
- No preservatives, artificial colors or artificial flavors
- Price is reasonable at roughly $20 to $25 for a 1-pound bag (should last a 50-pound dog about 80 days if given daily)
- High-quality ingredients
- Formulated by a veterinarian to support the pet’s digestive, nervous and immune systems
- Contains live microorganisms
- Available for dogs, cats, horses, birds and small pets
- Works with a dry dog food diet, homecooked diet or raw diet
- My dogs like the taste
- Should be refrigerated after opening (no big deal)
- Contains high fiber which can give some dogs an upset tummy (introduce slowly)
- There are a lot of ingredients so introduce slowly if your dog has potential allergies to things like alfalfa.
Would I buy The Missing Link?
Yes. I generally don’t buy supplements on a regular basis for myself or my pets but I do pick them up from time to time because I believe we all can benefit. The Missing Link is a supplement I have purchased for my dog Ace before.
Would I recommend it to others?
Yes, The Missing Link is a brand I trust and highly recommend as a general vitamin mix for your dogs. It's also a good option if your dog needs a specific supplement such as a hip & joint supplement.
Giveaway: Win a free bag of Ultimate Hip & Joint supplement for your dog
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