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THE OM

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Reduce anxious behaviour with The Om

Address your dog's anxious behaviour before it becomes aggressive behaviour or causes long term health problems.

This calming and immune-boosting health jelly, with valerian, tryptophan, l-theanine and linden in vet-formulated clinical daily doses, is designed to help reduce stress and anxious behaviour.

    WHAT CHANGES DO PEOPLE SEE ON BESTIE?

    When you switch to fresh feeding, using meat + bestie, you’re likely to see some changes.

    People say that making fresh food is now almost as convenient as getting it from a bag, and they’re more confident they’re doing the right thing. They’re less worried – and that’s a good thing!


    They also report health improvements in their dogs, after they've been on meat + bestie for a while:

    MOBILITY

    Dogs are more active with a pep in the step.

    NOT SO PORKY!

    Dogs lose weight (the bestie app plays a role here).

    POOS!

    Poos are smaller and healthier (and yes, a little less stinky!)

    COATS & SKIN

    Coats are softer, glossier and skin healthier.

    CHRONIC CONDITIONS

    Chronic inflammation-related, conditions diminish.

    FUSSY EATERS

    bestie even suits most notoriously fussy eaters - with the right protein and transition!

    OUR INGREDIENTS - ALL HUMAN FOOD-GRADE

    6 fruit & veg

    Apple, carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin and kale: together, these Australian-sourced fruit and veg make a powerful mix. The orange veg are rich in betacarotene, a precursor of vitamin A and a powerful antioxidant. Kale is also rich in betacarotene as well as lutein, and other vitamins and minerals. Apple is a good source of vitamins and dietary fibre. Shiitake mushrooms add a range of minerals and vitamins, especially copper and vitamin B5. These medicinal mushrooms also contain antioxidants, among them the amino acid ergothioneine, the subject of much research as a natural and 'adaptive' antioxidant). 

    5 AUSTRALIAN SUPERFOODS

    Kakadu plum, Manuka honey, and sea kelp: these uniquely Australian superfoods play a key role. Kakadu plum has more than five times the antioxidant value of blueberries, and is super-rich in vitamins C, E and lutein. Sea kelp, hand-harvested on the Australian coast, is a potent source of iodine.

    They combine with kale and wheatgrass, which is packed with chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as minerals zinc, iron, selenium, and manganese.  

    2 super herbs

    Two imported super herbs round out the mix:  nettle, rich in chlorophyll, trace minerals and vitamins; and chicory root, high in inulin and a natural prebiotic

    pre- and probiotics

    Prebiotics, in the form of chicory root and brewer's yeast, support the growth of probiotics, a group of 'friendly' bacteria that help with gut health and in turn, immune system health. The ALLROUNDER includes live spores of B. coagulans MTCC 5856 strain at a strength of 1.47 billion CFU per 5 grams of ALLROUNDER. 

    green lipped mussel

    Green lipped mussel from NZ contains glycosaminoglycans, glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as zinc, and magnesium, all beneficial for good joint health. In addition, green lipped mussel along with cod liver oil, provides omega-3 fatty acids

    cod liver oil

    The cod liver oil we use, is made from wild caught, sustainably sourced Norwegian Arctic cod. This cod liver oil is rich in omega-3s, including EPA and DHA, which support heart, brain, vision, and joint health, as well as vitamins A and D.  

    MCHA BONE MEAL

    MCHA (or Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite) bone meal is extracted from Australian certified BSE-free, pasture-fed cattle. It's a natural bone replacement that provides the proper calcium and phosphorus balance.

    BONE BROTH

    Beef bones from Australian cattle are boiled under high pressure for more than six hours to extract all the nutrients; the broth is then dried using innovative low temperature processing. (See below.) They're packed with trace minerals and a great taste!

    Nutritional Yeast

    Nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that's a also a complete protein - containing the 10 amino acids that dogs need. It's also packed with B-vitamins, including B12 (typically only found in meat),  has an abundance of trace minerals and the powerful antioxidants glutathione and selenomethionine. It also contains the carbs beta-glucan and alpha-mannan, that boost the immune system.

    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO FEED A DOG - REALLY WELL?

    There’s no doubt that kibble, even the premium kind, is a cost-effective way to feed a dog. Well, cost-effective in the short term that is. Add in the cost of poor health…and maybe that bag of kibble isn’t really so cheap after all. Plus, should we really feed our dogs like it’s still 1950 - out of  bag? (What matters more - super convenience or pretty convenient good health.) 
     
    That said, if we want to feed fresh, how much does it cost? Does it fit your circumstances? Below is a guide…

    THE LITTLE DOG

    This little Pom is 3.7kg! But let’s assume we’re talking dogs more like 5kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie would be less than a coffee a day. Seriously. And that’s way less. For a 5kg dog, you’ll get about 80 serves of bestie out of a 350gm pack and the bestie will work out to about $1.50 a day on average. The total daily cost will be between $2.20 and $5 a day, depending on the protein you use. (That’s not per meal, but per day.)

    THE KINDA LITTLE DOG

    For an average dog of say 10kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie will be somewhere from a coffee to a coffee plus a bit a day. For a 10kg dog, you’ll get about 50 serves of bestie out of a 350gm pack and the bestie will work out to about $2.55 a day on average. The  total daily cost will be between $3.70 and $7 a day, depending on the protein you use. (That’s not per meal, but per day.)

    THE MEDIUM DOG

    For a dog of say 30kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie will be somewhere between $7.50 and $13.50 a day – based on using human grade meat at an average cost of about 12.60/kg. (You may do better than this.) For a 30kg dog, you’ll get about 61 serves of bestie out of a 1kg pack and the bestie will work out to about $3.60 a day on average.

    THE BIG DOG

    For a dog of say 50kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie will be somewhere between $11 and $18 day – based on using human grade meat at an average cost of about 12.60/kg. (You may do better than this.) For a 50kg dog, you’ll get about 42 serves of bestie out of a 1kg pack and the bestie will work out to about $5.30 a day on average.

    WHY DOES THE COST CHANGE

    Why does the cost fluctuate? Well, not only do different proteins cost different amounts per kg, but they should really be fed in different quantities. Why? Well, the energy given to the dog by roo, for example, on a gram for gram basis, is less than that given by lamb. That means you’d need to feed MORE roo to give the dog the same amount of energy as that given by say 100grams of lamb.

    the bestie app mealplan screen

    HOW THE APP HELPS

    While some other products provide a one-protein-fits-all feed quantity, that will mean the dog is being given less energy than they need, on some days. Don’t worry though, the bestie app works out the right quantity, based on the proteins you’re feeding.

    THREE EASY STEPS

    STEP 1

    Add a dash of water to bestie.

    STEP 2

    Add your fresh protein.

    STEP 3

    Mix together and serve.

    WHY USE THE BALANCER?

    ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS

    Apple powder, bone broth powder, carrot powder, sweet potato powder, MCHA bone meal powder, cod liver oil, organic wheat grass powder, organic pumpkin powder, organic shiitake mushroom powder, kale powder, green lipped mussel, nutritional yeast, probiotic (bacillus coagulans), kelp powder, organic nettle powder, organic chicory root powder, kakadu plum powder, manuka honey powder, iodised salt.

    LOW TEMP, low energy PROCESSING

    All our fruit, veg, Manuka and bone broth powders are gently processed in Australia, using an innovative low temperature processing method, refractance window drying. RWD helps retain more nutrients through the drying process than other typical dehydration methods like drum drying. For example, research shows that about 56% of carotenes are lost during drum drying vs 8.7% during RFW. 

    (Most of the dehydrated fruit and veg powders available in Australia don't use RFW and they're also imported from China or other sources. They're often spray dried. Spray dried products often suffer from high volatile losses due to atomisation and high air temperature of 150-300°C, as well as significant nutrient losses.)

    RW drying can retain heat sensitive vitamins, colour, phytochemicals content and antioxidant activity at similar levels to freeze-dried products, but with about half the energy consumption.

    SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING AND PACKAGING

    We're using 100% carbon-neutral shipping with Sendle, and mailing satchels made from biodegradable and home-compostable materials. In fact, even though it looks and feels a hellavalot like plastic, it's actually made from 70-80% PBAT (a co-polymer that is completely biodegradable) and 20-30% PLA (which is a fancy way of saying cornstarch).

    In a commercial compostable environment, it will break-down within 90 days. At home, it may take up to 120 days. 

    (We're still working on the product packs themselves.)

    HOW TO TRANSITION

    Transitioning from one food to another depends on the dog, and the food they're used to getting, so go easy, initially.  Start by replacing a small portion of their usual diet with your homemade fresh food and see how that goes. Then keep adding a little more fresh food to each meal as you slowly decrease the amount of their previous food.

    Watch for any signs of vomiting and/or loose poo; this probably means you're transitioning a bit too quickly.  If you are, slow down a little.

    (Read more about transitioning in our FAQs.)

    Customer Reviews
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    09/12/2021
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    Anonymous
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    The OM is amazing !

    Incredible ! Great to deal with , fast shipping and amazing products !

    09/13/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thanks so much for that! Welcome to bestie.

    07/23/2021
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    Marilyn
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    A changed dog; the power of The Om and training

    According to my Bestie a/c, I must have started using 'Om' for Toby at around the end of August/ beginning of September 2020. Truly, he is now a transformed dog. He was mega-anxious when I bought him home as a rescue dog in Dec 2019. He was really stressful to live with for months. I hired 'Mary Puppins' a pet trainer to help train him. Training definitely helped with his manageability. I guess you would like me to tell you all the ways in which he has changed & for which I give 'Om' so much of the credit... but I'll cut it shortish by telling you I now have a sweet dog whose behaviour is good & who is easy to love. He is 5 yrs old. The vet is now well able to assess his heart murmur via stethoscope (even though such success depends on my continuously offering him treats to keep him attentive & still & quiet). Previously, he used to struggle & continuously vocalize because of his anxiety. He fully co-operates in allowing me to gently administer gel eye drops 4 times a day. He doesn't mind at all. To administer eye drops would have been all but impossible for me to do once. A while back you sent me some new versions of The Om to test. Yes... continued success. If it were possible, it seemed to me there was even further improvement once on them, but I guess in reality, if they were exactly the same therapeutic formula as before, then any improvement once on them was a result of simply more time on the 'Om' in conjunction with his improved enjoyment of his life. He is a contented little dog now. Thanks Amanda. The 'Om' is a wonderful success as far as I am concerned.

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    07/23/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    You've made my day with this story! And it really does reinforce the benefit of a combined approach training and supplementation, as well as persistence. Sometimes it takes time to wind back anxious behaviour.

    03/28/2021
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    Anonymous
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    Not quite sure it works

    Hard to say, it didn't seem to make much difference when the storms came, she was still anxious

    03/29/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    Sorry to hear that it hasn't helped your dog's anxiety...one thing I'd say though, and that is that the bestie jellies are like a supplement that we take...they become more effective over time. I think you started on this late Feb...perhaps you might persist daily for a while longer. The Om is one of our most effective formulations, and the experience we've had is that a range of anxious behaviour symptoms (not just fear of storms) tends to abate over time. Thanks for trying though.

    02/24/2021
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    Anonymous
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    Dog loves the taste

    Our dog loves the taste, only using it for a week. Nil noticeable change yet, but wasn’t overly anxious starting off. Need to see how he gets on in day care.

    02/24/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    That's good to hear. Keep us posted!

    01/19/2021
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    Angela O.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    Jazz absolutely loves this!

    Great service and great product! Informative, helpful service and the product is so innovative/unique , it tastes great and yet is really good for her. Nothing boring or me too about Besties Kitchen!

    01/18/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    That is excellent! Glad to hear it's a hit and thanks for your lovely feedback. Makes us happy too...

    01/04/2021
    LC
    Lily C.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    Namaste to the OM!

    Our 11month old ball of energy was never able to mentally shut off/slow down. Now she is a completely different dog, still a little crazy when we have visitors and loves to play but is able to chill out throughout the day a lot more to give herself time to rest. We add 1tsp of the powder to her raw meat in the morning and she gobbles it down no troubles. Absolutely recommend this product, even got the tick of approval from my friend who’s a vet. Love love love!

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    01/04/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    That is brilliant! So pleased to hear that. Thank you - luv the pics too....

    10/11/2020
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    Maureen
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    The om

    I have two jackrusells ,one is really nervous both have been on The Om for 8 weeks .Jessie is so chilled out now she keeps coming up for cuddles she didnt do that before,and when we go for walks l have to pull her back. Thanks Amanda and gang. Maureen.

    10/11/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    I am so pleased to hear that! Thank you for letting us know.

    08/09/2020
    CW
    Catherine W.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    Om jellies review

    Really easy to make up the jellies, great instructions provided. I used a silicon ice cube tray to to divide them into the equal portions and they pop out easily. My dog is happy to eat them (to be fair, she doesn't chew food anyway so I can't say whether she actually likes the taste!) We have just completed the first two weeks and she seems pretty chilled! I have another dog that has been recovering from a major surgery and this has created a lot of anxiety in him, so I'll try him on the next batch I make too. May have to disguise the taste for him as he is extremely fussy, but I shall report back!

    08/09/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Oh, this is great news! Thanks so much for your feedback, and heartening that early indications are positive.

    07/28/2020
    TM
    Tracey M.
    Australia Australia
    Easy healthy Jellies

    Made my first batch of jellies and the process was easy to follow. The packet instructions were good, I found the extra information sheet that was included in my order very helpful. I have enough left over in the bag to make another batch. Barney the Lab has only been one them for a few days so I haven't noticed any change yet.

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    07/31/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Great they were easy to make and feed. Fingers crossed Barney shows an improvement...it's not like a Panadol, so will take a little time.

    07/14/2020
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    Angela D.
    Australia Australia
    OM jellies drop my old dog’s stress levels

    I made the OM jellies for my highly strung, 15yr old poodle X schnauzer, who’s also losing his hearing. They were very simple to make and kept well in the fridge for 2 weeks in an airtight container. (Note: As I have another smaller elderly dog with Cushing Syndrome, I feed them both 3 small meals per day.) On the trial I noticed after a few days of eating the jellies in his morning meal, he was noticeably less edgy during the day and the chair licking was also reduced. I changeD to giving it to him in the evening meal after two weeks. He was more relaxed before bed and slept well. I finally decided that for my dog the OM jelly was best eaten at lunch time. Another observation was his the reaction to different noises, due to his hearing loss and his anxieties. His barking reaction to the doorbell ringing, for example, was not as frenetic or lengthy as usual. The other notable change was his reaction to seeing and hearing dogs Bark on tv programs and ads. His usual behaviour was to go the the TV, jump and bark at the dogs. During the trial his behaviour had been to, see them, give a little growl and just watch. Overall, I feel that my dog has benefited from taking the Om jelly as he’s more relaxed and enjoying elderly life more. We will continue from here on.

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    07/14/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thank you Angie for your detailed review - so helpful! (And we're super glad it's made a difference.)

    07/08/2020
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    Clare
    Australia Australia
    OM Jellies

    Super easy to make. Molly the moodle enjoyed taking them daily as a treat. Definitely helped keep her calmer in a time of change, in a new puppy next door and WFT. Highly recommend.

    07/08/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    So glad they work for her! Thank you