Designing Health The Missing Link Plus Equine Formula With Joint Support 5 lbs. (80 oz.) (2.27 kg)
Designing Health The Missing Link Plus Equine Formula With Joint Support is the original equine superfood supplement designed to take the guesswork out of your horse's diet. Each serving of The Missing Link Equine PLUS Formula with added glucosamine reintroduces the vital nutrients often missing from hay or grain feed. It's what's missing! Equine Plus is a natural, inexpensive approach to support your horse's optimal health and performance. The Missing Link Equine PLUS Formula with Joint Support targets the nutritional gap between what nature provides and what's available in commercial dry feeds and grains.
Many horses today are not privileged to "dine" on fresh pasture and browse. This unique synergistic blend of the highest quality ingredients combines vegetarian glucosamine hydrochloride with nutrients like omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, dietary fiber, phyto (plant) nutrients and naturally-occurring antioxidants from whole foods and whole food concentrates. It adds the fresh, green pasture back into the equine diet!
- No fillers
- No preservatives
- No artificial colorings or flavors
THE ULTIMATE IN JOINT SUPPORT!
Horses are big, strong and beautiful animals. They also have an "architecture" of their hoof, hock, and joints that can break down because of use in riding, performance, and often, just from being put to work. It is for these reasons that The Missing Link Equine Plus Formula is so effective in prevention and in maintaining joint health.
The Missing Link utilizes the maximum synergy of Omega Fatty Acids and Glucosamine from plant sources. The Missing Link Equine Plus Formula features a unique blend of vegetarian glucosamine, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and trace food components for the ultimate in joint support.
The Plus Formula combines the benefits of vegetarian GLUCOSAMINE, balanced essential fatty acids and natural, quality whole foods, carefully chosen for their nutrient profile and synergistic effects. The product is in the form of a granular powder that is easily included in your horse's regular feed on a daily basis according to weight.
The Missing Link Equine Plus Formula includes:
- Vegetarian Glucosamine to stimulate the production of collagen, the protein that helps support healthy joints.
- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and promote joint mobility, a healthy skin and coat and balanced energy.
- A powerful synergistic effect on joint and overall health.
- Phyto (plant) nutrients and naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I feed the Missing Link Equine Formula to my horse if I use a pelleted feed?
If you feed your horse only with pelleted feed, try mixing the Missing Link Equine supplement with other grains or the horse's favorite snack (apple, carrot, etc.).
I worry about oversupplementation with selenium. How much of selenium is in the Missing Link Equine Formula?
Selenium is analytically determined to be present at less than 0.02 mg. per 40 gram serving in this supplement, which is a very safe level.
Vitamin E is present at the level of 21 IU in one cup (120 grams).
- The vitamins/minerals that do occur in The Missing Link products are naturally occurring and are generally present in small amounts.
- For a healthy horse striving to eat a healthy diet, this might be enough.
- However, it is recommend that animals in poor health should have a check-up for vitamin/ mineral deficiency.
- They should be given other vitamins and minerals as recommended by a health professional (veterinarian) familiar with specific conditions (especially if they are predominantly "dry" feeds - grains, hay, etc.).
Selenium deficiency and disease
- If your horse does not have seleniium deficiency, you should contact an equine professional before you start with additional supplementation.
- Vitamin E and selenium (Se) are most often supplemented in combination because research has indicated a strong synergistic effect between these two essential nutritional components.
- Selenium deficiency, generally combined with vitamin E deficiency, is the cause of several degenerative diseases in animals.
- The recommended total daily selenium supplementation is approximately 0.1 mg of selenium per kg of feed intake.
- Note that some soils may have naturally high selenium content.
- The result is enhanced selenium levels in the grasses and forages produced on those soils.
- Always consult with your local veterinarian prior to using any selenium supplement.
- Vitamin E requirements also vary depending on the activity level of the horse.
- Vitamin E requirements for a mature leisure horse may run at 250 to 400 IU per day compared to a race horse or breeding horse that will require 1,000 to 2,000 IU per day.
My horse has chronic laminitis. What is the cause of laminitis, and does the Missing Link have any impact on this condition?
Yes. The Missing Link Equine Formula can play a significant role in conditions such as laminitis.
- The impact results primarily from the action of the omega 3 essential fatty acids that have a significant anti-inflammatory effect.
- Also, flax lignans in the Missing Link Equine Formula have their own antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- Together with "good fats," they support cellular health.
- Furthermore, by regulating cell production, they support the overall immune system.
Laminitis is a condition that affects the hooves of horses. Laminitis is an inflammatory condition of the laminae - the layer between the tough outer wall of the hoof and the underlying bone. The cause may include one or more of the following:
- Carbohydrate overload (overeating grain, lush pasture)
- Drug induced (cortisone)
- Retained placenta
- Allergic reactions
- Prolonged standing
What "dosage" of glucosamine is used in the Missing Link Equine product?
The Missing Link Equine Plus Formula contains 3,000 mg glucosamine hydrochloride (vegetarian) in a 1/3 cup (40 grams) serving size for an average size horse (500 to 1,000 pounds).
I want to start my horse on the Missing Link Equine Plus Formula to help with his arthritis (he's 25 years old). However, my vet is skeptical. Is it okay to add the Missing Link to his diet?
There is nothing wrong with being skeptical, especially in today's world, when so many products claim to do miracles. Since your veterinarian is not familiar with this product, it is likely he or she is mostly worried about the safety of the product.
- Designing Health would suggest that you start gradually supplementing your horse's diet with the regular Missing Link Equine Formula.
- With the regular Missing Link Equine Formula, you can eventually use double doses without worrying about overdosing.
- This is not the case with the Missing Link Equine Plus (with glucosamine), which you can start using later on.
- The results that you will see in your horse will be great proof for your vet.
- More importantly, it will help your horse.
Vets have seen excellent recoveries in horses after a minimum of three to six weeks of use of the regular Missing Link Equine supplement. Horses have higher energy levels, improved muscle strength, and a strengthened immune system. This results in reduced inflammation (arthritis) and reduced pain and stiffness. It also helps horses with laminitis and hives.
The Designing Health Story
Dr. Robert M. Collett, founder of Designing Health, grew up in Colorado where his love of animals started at a very young age. His passion for animals and their health led him to study veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. After graduation, Dr. Collett moved to Southern California and over the next 40 plus years he developed one of the most successful practices in the Western States.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Collett began research into the degenerative disease processes observed in his patients. These loving companions had the same medical conditions and sufferings that humans struggle within their lifetime. His research uncovered a number of nutritional deficiencies caused by the highly processed modern pet food diet. He discovered modern pet foods were completely void of omega-3 fatty acid. The omega-6 fatty acid in pet foods was of such poor quality from processing that it did more harm than good. The quality of these important fatty acids can either promote health or cause it to deteriorate.
Further studies convinced Dr. Collett that there was a nutritional gap from what animals fed on in the wild, nutritionally dense, whole, raw and fresh foods, and the modern commercially processed pet foods. Dr. Collett developed and patented cold processing methods and supplement formulas for pets targeting this nutritional gap. He gave these formulations to his patients with health issues and recorded the remarkable results over the course of several months. Dr. Collett donated his time and expertise working with the city of Los Angeles animal shelters and zoos around the country to improve animal health for which he earned a number of commendations.
Word of these remarkable supplements spread like wildfire and The Missing Link Superfood Supplements were launched! Business grew fast at the Collett Veterinary Clinic because Dr. Collett was treating the root cause of major health concerns along with treating the symptoms.
Desigining Health incorporated in 1994 to manufacture and market The Missing Link line of pet supplements worldwide. The Missing Link Superfood Supplements are available for Birds, Dogs, Cats and Horses. The Missing Link Plus was added in 2001 to address joint health issues in senior animals. In 2009, the company launched a new Puppy Health Formula to promote and support healthy growth and development.
All Designing Health products are formulated using only the highest-quality human grade ingredients from whole foods and food concentrates. The patented, proprietary packaging, manufacturing and handling methods ensure the freshest, most stable delivery of Omega 3 fatty acids with all vital nutrients intact.