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As dogs age, their brains do too.

Standing in a daze, pacing at night, walking into walls, are common signs of age-related cognitive decline. This antioxidant-rich health jelly - with l-carnitine and ginkgo for brain health, is designed to help reduce disturbed behaviour and improve quality of life, as your dog ages.

How do you use it?

Simply add water, mix and set in the fridge. Feed daily.

How much does a pack make?

  • 70 gram packs make a 2 month supply for dogs less than 10kg (small) and a 1 month supply for dogs 10kg to 25kg (medium)
  • 140 gram packs make 1 month supply for a dog 25kg+ (large) and 4 months for a small dog, and 2 months for a medium sized dog
  • These natural supplements are not like a panadol; they work over time. We recommend that supplements are fed on an ongoing basis - and at least for 3 months

Why should you feed a supplement?

Most commercial pet foods are made to meet the AAFCO and/or FEDIAF nutritional profiles for growth, reproduction or maintenance. However, many vets and animal nutritionists agree that these nutritional profiles do not necessarily enable cats and dogs to thrive and enjoy optimal health.

Your bestie may benefit from extra nutrients to help them thrive. Not only that, but every dog and their environment is different, so some need more help in some areas than others. In particular, acute and chronic health conditions are rife, including skin, gut and cancer and typically get worse as dogs age, so we help combat inflammation over the long term.

Health jellies are a supplementary food for dogs.


    Has your dog started to:

    Stand around in a daze? Act kind of confused? Appear to be startled for no reason? Pace a lot - especially at night?

    Perhaps they've started to act forgetful - asking to go outside and not doing anything when they get there? Go in and out? Forget their manners or training? Or even begun weeing and pooing in the house?

    What about sleeping a lot more than they used to? Not being as curious and interactive as they used to be?

    These are well-known signs of cognitive decline (aka doggy dementia). But this kind of disturbed geriatric behaviour can be helped - by supplementing the diet. And if your dog hasn't begun showing these signs yet, but is getting older, you may want to consider supplementing the diet, to help support brain health as they age.



    Our research-based, vet-formulated daily health jellies, support your dog’s health, from pup to senior, right from your own kitchen. Here's a summary of the research The Einstein is based on.


    Our first research study involved 48 old and 17 young beagle dogs. Earlier research had established that dogs show marked age-dependent decline in learning and memory, and that the pattern of cognitive decline mirrors that seen in humans in several respects. Aged dogs also develop neuropathology that is similar to that seen in both successfully ageing humans and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

    In this study, researchers wanted to obtain longitudinal data of age-dependent decline in learning ability. They also wanted to assess the effectiveness of two interventions in counter acting age-dependent decline: behavioural enrichment and a maintenance food fortified with a broad spectrum of antioxidants and mitochondrial cofactors.

    What they found

    The study showed that both discrimination and reversal learning ability decline progressively with advanced age in beagle dogs, but that the rate of decline can be delayed by both behavioural enrichment and antioxidant supplementation. Possibly the most important outcome of this study was the demonstration that the behavioural enrichment and the antioxidant supplementation condition combined were more effective than either alone.

    Dietary fortification had significant beneficial effects after a short time frame among animals provided with behavioural enrichment, but the fortified food on its own, remains an effective therapeutic after two years of treatment. It’s worth noting that The Einstein also includes ginkgo, the use of which is based on another research study. However, given the importance of enrichment activities noted here, we will provide a guide to simple enrichment activities, on our blog.

    Milgram, N.W. & Head, Elizabeth & Zicker, S.C. & Ikeda-Douglas, H Murphey, B Muggenburg, B & Siwak, C & Tapp, Philip & Cotman, C.W.. (2005). Learning ability in aged beagle dogs is preserved by behavioral enrichment and dietary fortification: A two-year longitudinal study. Neurobiology of aging. 26. 77-90. 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2004.02.014.

    The research - ginkgo

    In an open clinical trial conducted in 10 veterinary practices, ginkgo leaf extract was administered as a dietary supplement to 42 elderly dogs (mean age 11.4 years) for 8 weeks. Geriatric behavioural changes were classified by the following assessment scores: orientation in home and yard, social interactions, housetraining, and sleep-wake cycles.

    What they found

    In dogs with a history of geriatric behavioural disturbances a positive effect was apparent after four weeks and significantly reduced after eight weeks of treatment. 36% of the dogs were completely free of clinical signs by the end of the study, and for 79% of dogs, overall efficacy was judged as good or very good. It’s worth noting that improvement in slow age-related deteriorations are unlikely to occur without effective treatment.

    Why ginkgo?

    Researchers hypothesised that ginkgo would be effective for elderly dogs because of the extract has proven effective in human medicine for the symptomatic treatment of cerebral insufficiency, peripheral arterial occlusive disease and disturbances of vestibular origin.

    One primary indication is the symptomatic treatment of a mild to moderate cognitive performance disorder that relates to impaired peripheral and cerebral blood circulation, in an elderly population. This geriatric condition is characterized by impairments of, among others, attention, working memory, short term memory, complex reaction times and related social behaviour.

    Reichling, J & Frater-Schröder, M & Herzog, K & Bucher, Stephan & Saller, Reinhard. (2006). Reduction of behavioural disturbances in elderly dogs supplemented with a standardised Ginkgo leaf extract. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde. 148. 257-63. 10.1024/0036-7281.148.5.257.

    “Ginkgo appears to be an efficacious agent that provides a safe dietary supplementation for the elderly dog with age related behavioural disturbances…and could tremendously increase the quality of life of the elderly dog.”


    Holistic vet, Dr Kathy Cornack, is the vet behind our bestie health jelly formulations, and assessment quiz.

    Dr Cornack's work on our bestie health jelly formulations draws on her 35 years in complementary medicine for dogs, cats and other small animals, and a range of peer-reviewed scientific research papers into the effect of functional and nutraceutical supplements for dogs.

    Dr Cornack BVSc (hons), MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour), M.Agr. Sc (Animal Nutrition), Cert. Vet. acupuncture (IVAS) is still practising as a registered vet working primarily in clinical small animal practice. These days her work is exclusively with clients choosing natural (integrative) medicine as part of their treatment protocols, as well as in referral behavioural practice. Dr Cornack is a founding member and current President of the Integrated Vets Australia group. (IVA is a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association, for vets with a special interest in complementary/ holistic/ natural/ integrative veterinary medicine.)




    Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and an antioxidant that acts to protect cell membranes from oxidative damage. In The Einstein, we use a naturally-derived form, d-alpha tocopherol acetate. (The synthetic form is known as dl-alpha tocopherol.)


    L-carnitine is an amino acid that transports fatty acids into our cells' mitochondria so they can be oxidised to produce energy. It also transports the toxic compounds out. Carnitine is particularly important for ageing dogs as the concentration of it declines with age and reduces the integrity of the mitochondrial membrane. In The Einstein, we use acetyl l-carnitine, the most effective form for the brain.

    R-alpha-lipoic acid

    Alpha-lipoic acid (‘r’ denotes the natural form) is an antioxidant and naturally occurring fatty acid that can be found in many foods. It’s a cofactor for mitochondrial respiratory chain enzymes, and capable of redox recycling other antioxidants and raising intracellular glutathione levels.

    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is essential in maintaining oxidative protection for the soluble phase of cells as well as preventing Vitamin E from propagating free radical production. In The Einstein, we use vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid.

    Ginkgo leaf extract

    This extract has a complex mixture of constituents, such as terpene lactones, flavonoids and their glycosides – all assumed to be involved in pharmacological effects supporting peripheral and cerebral blood circulation.

    Kale & blueberry

    Kale is rich in anti-oxidants including beta-carotene and vitamin C, as well as various flavonoids and polyphenols. Blueberries have very high antioxidant levels. The main antioxidant compounds in blueberries belong to a family of polyphenols antioxidants called flavonoids. In aged mice, the consumption of a mixed grape and blueberry extract, has also been shown to improve spatial navigation, one of the skills that declines with age.


    We use Australian beef-gelatin as the 'jelly' agent in our health jellies.

    Gelatin isn’t just a ‘carrier’; it’s also good for dogs, especially ageing ones. For example, it inhibits inflammation and breakdown of the cartilage matrix. Collagen in the cartilage matrix and gelatin have a similar amino acid composition and there are indications that the amino acids in gelatin stimulate the synthesis of collagen cartilage.

    This is one of the factors behind research that demonstrates the improvement in canine osteoarthritis due to gelatin supplementation. A trial of 15 dogs, fed gelatin in addition to their normal diet, found an improvement in activity (vitality), stiffness and lameness.[1]

    Plant-based jelly carriers don‘t currently provide the same benefits. Gelatin is also a human-grade ingredient that is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for all species. 

    [1] P, Jacobs & Grim, H. & Geene, H. & Beynen, Anton & Vlerk, T.. (2010). Oral Administration of Gelatin Hydrolysate Reduces Clinical Signs of Canine Osteoarthritis in a Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. 5. 10.3844/ajavsp.2010.102.106.


    Gelatin powder, blueberry powder, ascorbic acid, kale powder, acetyl-l-carnitine, vitamin E (natural), R-alpha lipoic acid, gingko extract



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    Pamela H.
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    I recommend this product


    Very informative with easy instructions.

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    Good to hear! Thank you.

    Angela D.
    Australia Australia

    Happier and less confused with Einstein jellies!!

    Our 13yr old poodle X loves the Einstein jelly mushed into her morning meal with mince and Bestie Balancer. She’s noticeably less befuddled and happier. Plus she’s not constantly looking for me, because she thinks I’ve moved to another room. We’re thrilled that she’s a happier little dog. Thank you Amanda.

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    Bestie Kitchen

    That's brilliant; so pleased. (And thanks for being part of the ver first trial!)

    Australia Australia

    so glad we found you!

    We felt so privileged to be a part of trialing this product. Arie dog turns 15 tomorrow and I believe he is in a better state of mind thanks to Einstein jellies. We mastered preparing and setting the jellies easily enough and then we tried out the eating. Arie dog was a little unsure so I broke up the jelly a little and whammo....gone. Now he is used to it and no breaking up needed. I am super relieved to report the inside number 2 bathroom episodes have stopped about 8 days after starting withBestie. I am also a big fan of the support Amanda gives us with any question, any time as we navigate how to address Arie dog's older age issues. Amanda is so knowledgable with a clear passion to get our dogs on a healthier path. Got to love that!

    Bestie Kitchen

    We are so thrilled it's made a difference, and thank you so much for your willingness to try as well as feedback and support.