Top positive review
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2019
Amazon asks for flavour ratings for this product and I'm ashamed to admit I haven't tested this dog medicine myself personally. I love my dog more than most people but this is a bridge too far for me. What I will say is that my dog doesn't seem to mind the taste when I add a few pumps to his kibble. I should also add however that my dog eats rabbit poops like Maltesers when given half a chance, so his is not the most refined or delicate of palates.
Now as to the benefits to his health... He's a 12.5 year old Samoyed, and aside from being the best dog in the world, (I'm sorry if you feel you have the best dog in the world, but you are in fact wrong), he is also growing stiff in his old age, has some arthritis in his joints, and like many breeds of sled dog, has some signs of arthritis in his hips especially. The object of the exercise is to get him to live for the longest possible time while still being healthy and happy. To that end I add five squirts of this stuff to his kibble every morning and a scoop of 'Joint Aid for Dogs'. I think, although it's very diffcult to be objective about this, that these are helping him. I've been giving it to him for about four months now and I think he's a little less stiff in the mornings. I will do anything possible to keep him pain free and happy and this seems like a reasonable supplement to give to the old boy.
I've deducted one star however because of the pump dispenser. This was my first bottle so I can't yet say if all bottles are designed by Satan himself, but this one most certainly was. The problem is that it will only dispense a proper squirt if the bottle is placed on an absolutely flat surface, the dog bowl held precariously under the nozzle at an angle most likely to cause you to tip the food all down yourself. Even then you will find the oil squirts all down the outside edge of the bowl, or else just a wheezy puff of drops come out, over and over again, as though the bottle is empty. It's a ghastly, enraging process and being subjected to it, every morning before I've had even a sip of coffee, sets my day off to a poor start. I've taken the whole thing apart and attempted to find the cause of my misery, but nothing is out of place. It simply is a hideous, sadistically awful design. On a more serious note, because of the difficulty of accurately dispensing the correct five squirts amount required for my weight of dog, I gave him too much yesterday after pumping about 25 times and only getting a light spray out on each attempt. This resulted in him having a stomach upset which was only relieved by a walk in the driving rain at midnight, followed by a light hosing in the garden to clean him up. Fun, fun, fun. So... be careful not to add too much on account of a faulty pump.
Otherwise this is a good product. It's Scottish apparently, which is fantastic, as anyone who's been to this little corner of heaven can testify, and is keeping my dear old pooch as limber as can be expected in his twilight years. I should also add that his coat is exactly the same as it was when he was young. A luxurious cloud of beautiful Samoyed wool; thick, lustrous, and soft as velvet. I would be lost without him and try to do all I can to keep him with me as long as possible while still happy and content. People tell me they would guess his age at around 5 so evidently he's doing well and this product may be partly responsible. Buy it, but be prepared to do a lot of swearing at the bottle. I hope this was helpful.