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THE OM
THE OM
THE OM
THE OM
THE OM

THE OM

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$32.00

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Some dogs are very anxious.

Shadowing you, freaking out at sounds, excessive licking, and making a break while you’re away, are common signs of anxiety. This anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting health jelly, with valerian, tryptophan, l-theanine & linden is designed to help reduce anxious behaviour, and bring a sense of calm to your dog.

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.

    DO ANY OF THESE SOUND FAMILIAR?

    Do any of these sound like your dog - all or some of the time?

    Gets terrified when there's a storm? Follows you around like a shadow, and doesn't have lots of periods of independence? Barks, scratches, chews things, or makes an escape, while you're away? Cowers, growls, avoids or even attacks other dogs? Gets freaked out or startled (more than you'd expect) by loud household sounds? Frightened meeting new people, at first?

    And how do they go at the vet? Do they get scared when they get looked at? Act really excited and jumps up and down? Need a muzzle to be looked at? Cowers and hides under the chair in the waiting room? Tries to escape out the door of the vet? Squirms madly when they get an injection?

    These are all signs of anxiety. And you can help reduce this anxious behaviour with dietary supplements.

    RESEARCH-BASED, VET FORMULATED

    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 Om is based on.

    THE RESEARCH - 10 DAY STUDY

    This study, involving 24 dogs of different ages and breeds, is based on a clinical evaluation of behavioural disturbances mainly ascribed to generalised anxiety. The typical clinical symptoms of this disorder include constant or increasing reactivity, body and environmental exploration, activation, alertness, and excessive barking; it also often affects the social interactions between dog and owner.

    What they found

    The results showed that the dogs treated with the supplemented diet showed significant improvement in the times spent active and at rest after 10 days and an overall significant improvement in clinical and behavioural symptoms. The researchers hypothesise that the mean score intensity reduction of all clinical symptoms was a consequence of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect of the nutraceutical substances present within the diet.

    Did you know?

    Generalised anxiety behaviour and clinical symptoms, include marking, anxiety, diffidence, irregular biorhythm, reactivity, activation, irritability, alertness, environmental exploration, body exploration, attention requirement, dandruff, itchiness, flush, seborrhoea, changes in fur, vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence, tearing, and anal sac issues. As a result, dogs tend to spend more time awake and active, rather than at rest or asleep.

    Di Cerbo, Alessandro & Sechi, Sara & Canello, Sergio & Guidetti, Gianandrea & Fiore, Filippo & Cocco, Raffaella. (2016). Behavioral Disturbances: An Innovative Approach to Monitor the Modulatory Effects of a Nutraceutical Diet. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2017. 10.3791/54878.

    THE RESEARCH - 45 DAY STUDY

    This study involved 69 dogs (38 males and 31 females), of different breeds, with behavioural disorders related to anxiety and chronic stress. The objectives were, in a controlled study, to evaluate for the first time the oxidative stress and neuroendocrine parameters in dogs with behavioural problems, administered a specific nutraceutical-based diet.

    The researchers noted that the biological effects of oxidative stress are often related to the production of free radicals, rapidly reacting with other molecules, and triggering the oxidation process. Free radicals are physiologically produced in cells and released during inflammatory processes. They can also be generated by drug metabolism, following exposure to environmental pollutants and when fear and anxiety-related behaviours are present. Once homeostasis is compromised, a progressive oxidation of biological substrates including lipids, DNA and proteins occurs, followed by the production of reactive oxygen metabolites. As a consequence, this cascade mechanism progressively increases the biological damage.

    What they found

    This study demonstrated the positive effects of a nutraceutical diet on neuroendocrine parameters associated with stress, anxiety, aggression and numerous behavioural disorders. The researchers explain that normal behaviour is characterised by a stable neurotransmitter and hormone balance; however, it is easily affected by stress, anxiety or any behavioural disorders. Low serotonin plasma concentrations have been associated with aggressive behaviour and impulsivity, defined as an abnormal over-reactivity to normal stimuli, has been usually associated with reduced monoaminergic (dopamine and serotonin) circulating levels.

    In this study, serotonin and others, used as behavioural markers, significantly increased while cortisol and others, used as stress markers, decreased: all returning to values expected in normal animals demonstrating the positive and beneficial effects of the nutraceutical diet on overall homeostasis balance.

    Other parts of this diet may be responsible for the positive and significant observations made in the study including L-tryptophan known to affect general mood and behaviour. Similarly, cortisol reduction is also observed after administration of L-theanine; it’s known to have beneficial clinical effects in stress and anxiety management.

    Sechi S, Di Cerbo A, Canello S, et al. Effects in dogs with behavioural disorders of a commercial nutraceutical diet on stress and neuroendocrine parameters. Vet Rec. 2017;180(1):18. doi:10.1136/vr.103865

    “Inflammation is also known to contribute to the etiology of anxiety disorders, depression, and neurotransmitter activity. ”

    NATIONALLY-RECOGNISED HOLISTIC VET

    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.)

    HUMAN-GRADE INGREDIENTS

    TRYPTOPHAN

    Tryptophan is an amino acid that, among other things, creates niacin, essential in creating the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Tryptophan is known to affect general mood and behaviour and many published reports have also described the presence of anxiety, mood and depressive symptoms associated with the depletion of tryptophan. A diet high in tryptophan can lower territorial aggression score.

    L-THEANINE

    L-theanine is an amino acid commonly found in tea leaves. It has a relaxing effect in people and dogs, largely due to its similarity in structure to glutamate, the most important excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. This allows the compound to interact with glutamate receptors. It’s also able to modulate neuronal response involved in mood, stress, pleasure and reward.

    VALERIAN

    Valerian has been traditionally used since the 11th century as a natural sedative 'drug’. It’s been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in people, and fearful and aggressive behaviour in cats. Mild sleep disorders, but also nervous tension, have been treated with roots and rhizomes of valeriana officinalis in mice. Despite the lack of robust research into its use in dogs, it’s widely used in complementary medicine.

    LINDEN AKA TILIA CORDATA

    Tilia cordata is considered the most potent species of the tilia genus. Linden tea has been used in folk medicine across cultures to relieve high blood pressure, calm anxiety, and soothe digestion. Tilia species are widely used in Latin America as sedatives and tranquilisers. In other research, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects have been observed in mice after tilia consumption.

    HAWTHORN AKA Crataegus Oxyacantha

    Flavonoids, oligomeric procyanidins, and some phenolic acids are considered the main active constituents of crataegus species, aka hawthorn. They have positive effects on heart function and blood circulation and anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects have been observed in people and mice after hawthorn consumption. That could be in part due to the presence of the flavenoid, quercetin.

    POMEGRANATE AKA Punica Granatum

    Punica granatum, or pomegranate, has potent antioxidative, antimicrobial, and anticarcinogenic properties. It’s also been extensively used to treat chronic anxiety and insomnia in rats. Among its potent antioxidants is a naturally occurring polyphenolic compound ellagic acid, which has been reported to possess a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities including an antidepressant and anti-anxiety effect.

    GELATIN

    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.

    ALL INGREDIENTS

    Nutritional yeast, gelatin powder, linden powder, pomegranate powder, valerian powder, tryptophan, l-theanine, hawthorn powder

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    08/09/2020
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    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.

    Bestie Kitchen THE OM Review
    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