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Postby concreterose » Fri Oct 22, 2004 5:50 pm

Anyone had any personal experience with this supplement? I just got some to try out, it seems like it's pretty good stuff.
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Postby pocketpit » Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:58 pm

I have never given it to my dogs, but a friend of mine used to give it to her SBT's and swore it was the best stuff ever.

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Postby SKoth » Fri Oct 22, 2004 7:05 pm

I just got some and like and know people who swear by it too.

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Postby blover27 » Fri Oct 22, 2004 7:26 pm

i have been using this wellness supplement and like the results but would switch if that is better...can you guys tell me which you think is more beneficial :dunno: they look pretty similiar to me

http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/dogs/wellness_detail.asp?pCode=splDogSup5Supplement

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Postby concreterose » Fri Oct 22, 2004 7:32 pm

Here are the ingredients blover. Compare them to the wellness supplement and see what you think:
CANINE FORMULA INGREDIENTS:
FLAX SEED, BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES, RICE BRAN, PRIMARY DRIED YEAST, SUNFLOWER SEED, FREEZE DRIED LIVER, DEHYDRATED ALFALFA, DRIED CARROT, FREEZE DRIED BONE, DRIED FISH MEAL, FREEZE DRIED OYSTER, SPROUTED GREEN BARLEY, DRIED KELP, LECITHIN, GARLIC AND YUCCA SCHIDIGERA EXTRACT.

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Postby barbponys » Fri Oct 22, 2004 9:20 pm

It's a great product. I used it on the horses a while back. One side effect is weight gain. I don't know which of the ingredients is the cause of that but...........

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Postby bustersmom » Fri Oct 22, 2004 9:39 pm

anyone hear that cottage cheese bulks up pits? or anydog for that matter?

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Postby Steph-n-Wolf » Sat Oct 23, 2004 12:36 am

I suppose the milk-fat... I know that it adds a bit of weight to ferrets, and that is imoportant for sick ferrets... I give it as a treat to the dogs now and then. Exercise will bulk a dog up better than cottage cheese, though....

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Postby blover27 » Sat Oct 23, 2004 1:41 am

concreterose wrote:Here are the ingredients blover. Compare them to the wellness supplement and see what you think:
CANINE FORMULA INGREDIENTS:
FLAX SEED, BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES, RICE BRAN, PRIMARY DRIED YEAST, SUNFLOWER SEED, FREEZE DRIED LIVER, DEHYDRATED ALFALFA, DRIED CARROT, FREEZE DRIED BONE, DRIED FISH MEAL, FREEZE DRIED OYSTER, SPROUTED GREEN BARLEY, DRIED KELP, LECITHIN, GARLIC AND YUCCA SCHIDIGERA EXTRACT.

here are the ingredients of the wellness..i would think that the missing link is better but what the heck do i know :dunno: ....pat what's your take? i trust your recommendation 110%
alfalfa leaf:
Alfalfa meal is used as a source of nutritional fiber, micro-nutrients, iron and chlorophyll. It also acts as a digestive aid. Alfalfa aids in healing allergies, stomach ailments & bad breath. It also cleanses kidneys and removes poisons from the body. It improves appetite and aids in assimilation of protein and calcium.

amaranth:
An excellent source of carbohydrates and linoleic acid. It also has great flavor that complements the flavor of barley, oats and rye.

apples:
Fresh apples are an excellent source of pectin, which is a natural fiber responsible for removing toxins, reduces risk of heart disease and is beneficial for diabetic animals.

beta carotene
Beta Carotene is antioxidant. Research has shown that death cell occurs due to the process of oxidation, which is caused by what are called "free radicals". Antioxidants such as Beta Carotene neutralize these free radicals and the oxidation process is stopped. Now, the process of healing begins. Beta Carotene may also protect against certain cancers, cataracts and heart disease. Carrots and sweet potatoes are good source of Beta Carotene.

blueberries:
Blueberries are rich in Vitamin A & C, Potassium and Fiber. Fresh blueberries provide flavor, taste and color of fresh fruits.

canola oil:
Cold pressed Canola oil does not contain Hexane, which is used to extract many other vegetable oils. It is high in Linoleic acid, Omega-3 fatty acid, necessary for a healthy coat.

carrots:
A natural source of Beta Carotene. An antioxidant, essential for interacting with free radicals caused by environmental pollution. It is believed to minimize hypersensitivity, allergies and cancer.

chelated minerals:
Organic and in-organic minerals are very hard to absorb Amino Acid (protein) bound Chelated Minerals are digestible forms of minerals which are easily absorbed by the body three to ten times greater than common minerals. Therefore, they are more effective in providing adequate nutrient balance.

chicken - human grade/deboned:
Edible portion of deboned chicken meat, certified by USDA as fit for human consumption, is used in Wellness dog food. Deboned chicken is highly digestible, excellent source of amino acids and a source of good quality protein. It is also very palatable to dogs.

filtered water:
We use the water that has been filtered through Culligan fine sand and activated charcoal filters to remove impurities such as asbestos, chlorine, pesticides, heavy metals such as lead and a variety of chemicals that are known carcinogens.

fish meal:
Fish meal is highly palatable and a good source of protein, fish oils and Omega 3 fatty acids which are all critical for healthy skin and coat, normal reproduction, proper body function and improved growth rate of young puppies.

flaxseed:
Also known as linseeds, flaxseed is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are high in fiber that adds bulk to the diet. Omega 3 fats in Flaxseed also improve shine of the dog and cat's coat. It also aids in movement of food through digestive system.

peas - garden fresh:
Dogs and cats love the flavor and taste of garden peas. Peas are high in Magnesium and soluble fiber. They are a great representative of the "Green" vegetable group.

garlic:
Fights parasites in intestinal tract, repeals fleas and ticks and boosts immune system. It is also palatability enhancer. It also helps lower blood cholesterol and promote digestion of food.

lamb - free of artificial hormones:
Normally, hormones are added to the feed for animals to speed up growth. Hormones in human diets have resulted in lower sperm count in men and early maturity (as early as 8 years) of girls. Also, breast cancer is linked to hormones in diet. No study has been done to see the effects of hormones in dogs. We can only speculate. Therefore, we use only certified "Hormone-Free Lamb" in our Wellness Lamb formula.

oatmeal:
Oatmeal is highly digestible source of carbohydrates, protein and nutritional fiber. It also provides balanced amino acids, essential for re-building healthy muscle tissues.

ocean whitefish:
A good source of essential Omega 3 fatty acid in abundance, to counteract the excess Omega 6, for dog and cat's healthy skin and coat.

omega 3:
It is believed that Omega 3 fatty acid plays critical role in therapy of immunosuppression. It has been reported to decrease arthritic stiffness. Fresh fish and flaxseeds are the primary sources of Omega 3. Furthermore, it works in conjunction with Omega 6, therefore, a 4 to 1 ratio must be maintained with respect to Omega 6.

omega 6:
Omega 6 fatty acids, which are abundant in corn, cotton, sunflower and soybean oil, generally give rise to pro-inflammatory chemical messengers. Dietary Omega 3 fats which are abundant in Flaxseed counteract the inflammatory action of Omega 6. Vegetable oils are rich with Omega 6 fatty acids. Linoleic acid is a very important part of Omega 6. It helps develop healthy and shiny skin and coat.

peas - garden fresh

pre-biotics:
Made of primary sugars such as Glucose and Sucrose. These are food for pro-biotics (see above). Enzymes thrive on sugars, thus do better job in the digestive tract.

pro-biotics:
Natural micro-flora such as enzymes and friendly bacteria that help digestion process, thus providing more efficient utilization of food and eliminates some gas problems and bloating after meals. Since bacteria and enzymes are heat-sensitive, they are sprinkled on the Wellness products after the product is cooled to room temperature.

sweet potatoes:
Sweet Potatoes are excellent source of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and Beta Carotene. The starch in sweet potatoes converts to sugar easily and provides quick energy. Sweet potatoes are not part of the "Night Shade" family.

whole grain barley:
A human grade grain, used by major corporations to make oatmeal for breakfast. A highly digestible natural whole grain, providing excellent quality protein, carbohydrates and fiber. It is an excellent source of B vitamins and Lysine, an essential amino acid lacking in many dog food ingredients.

whole grain brown rice:
A natural whole grain rice that contains all of the natural vitamins and minerals found in the bran layers and germ of grains of rice. A source of complex carbohydrate, provides quick energy, and is loaded with B vitamins and minerals. It is higher in protein than milled white rice.

yucca schidigera:
Yucca is a desert plant, it is a natural source of digestive aid. It is also known to reduce fecal odor. It has been used for treatment of arthritis for centuries. It is rich in minerals due to it's anti-inflammatory properties.

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Postby gooeydog » Sat Oct 23, 2004 3:55 am

I've never fed Missing link, but I have fed the wellness supplement, and the dogs are currently on Nupro supplement. When I was looking to find the best one for them a few months ago, I was told by a couple different people that the missing link didn't have much in the way of digestive enzymes, which I was looking for (my dog was always farting and belching, and I'd hear her belly squinching around sometimes, made me feel bad), so I went with the welltabs. Then the place I get the supps from started carrying Nupro, so I figured I'd give it a try, and they've been on it two weeks. Coat and skin, etc are still about the same as when they were on the welltabs, but I guess it can take some time for improvement. Even so, I'm not complaining, on both supplements they've had soft and shiny coats, plenty of energy, and decreased gas emissions.

It can take a few months for the nutrients to build to maintenance level in a dog, so whatever you try, give it time to work.

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Postby concreterose » Sat Oct 23, 2004 7:05 am

barbponys wrote:One side effect is weight gain. I don't know which of the ingredients is the cause of that but...........


Um, exactly how much weight gain did you notice? I definitely don't need that with my lil' porker...come to find out the prednisone is the reason her tummy is staying so round!

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Postby barbponys » Sat Oct 23, 2004 12:21 pm

Well Brad,
The two products actually do different things. The Wellness is more of an all around supp. because of the chelated minerals, the Missing Link is more of a skin supplement with a few added extras that will improve the coat some. I personally would use the Missing Link if you had skin issues you were dealing with and add an enzyme supplement. Mainly because it has fewer grains and if you feed dry food they are getting plenty of vit/min as it is.

Concrete,
I have very easy keepers too, pred. will make weight management a nightmare!!! I saw noticable weight gain in a very short time, like 10 days? I would cut back the amount you feed, by like half??

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Postby concreterose » Sat Oct 23, 2004 12:26 pm

Okay, I will try that. It says 2 teaspoons, so I will just do one. Vicki I'm not so worried about, she's pretty slim, it's just Pookie I want to keep an eye on.

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Postby blover27 » Sat Oct 23, 2004 12:30 pm

barbponys wrote:Well Brad,
The two products actually do different things. The Wellness is more of an all around supp. because of the chelated minerals, the Missing Link is more of a skin supplement with a few added extras that will improve the coat some. I personally would use the Missing Link if you had skin issues you were dealing with and add an enzyme supplement. Mainly because it has fewer grains and if you feed dry food they are getting plenty of vit/min as it is.

Concrete,
I have very easy keepers too, pred. will make weight management a nightmare!!! I saw noticable weight gain in a very short time, like 10 days? I would cut back the amount you feed, by like half??

thank you kindly ma'am! :thumbsup:

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Postby barbponys » Sat Oct 23, 2004 1:04 pm

;) You are so welcome sir :))


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