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THE PEP-UP
THE PEP-UP
THE PEP-UP
THE PEP-UP

THE PEP-UP

$32.00

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To help boost immunity in adult dogs.

Chronic inflammation and stress can actually suppress the immune system, and have a long term impact on health. This anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting health jelly, with medicinal mushrooms & other adaptogens is designed to support your dog’s immune function and put a pep back in their step!

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, some or all of the time?

    They get itchy skin, especially at certain times of the year. They have smelly or itchy ears, or an have had an ear infection in the last six months. They sneeze a lot.

     

    And then there's you. Have you been stressed in the last three months? (Or do you expect to be?) Common stress triggers for your dog based on what you're doing are moving house, going on holiday, having a change in the family (new partner, baby etc), you getting sick...It's been demonstrated that dogs pick up on our stress, and get stressed too.

    As stress becomes chronic rather than acute, it can cause immune dysregulation. What does this mean, in simple language? Basically, instead of adapting to the stressors, the immune response malfunctions. While acute stress enhances immune function through trafficking of white blood cells and release of cytokines, chronic stress tends to have more of an immunosuppressive effect.

    You can help support your dog's immune system 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. This formulation has been designed on the basis of research and clinical experience. 

    HUMAN-GRAde ingredients

    PAPAYA & MARIGOLD

    Papaya extracts and papaya-associated phytochemicals possess anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. Papaya contains a wide range of bioactive secondary metabolites (eg alkaloids, phenolics, flavonoids, carotenoids, tannins, saponins) and proteolytic enzymes (papain and chymopapain).

    Both marigold and papaya are also rich in lutein, a type carotenoid. The importance of carotenoids in promoting health in people and dogs is well documented. However, a study on 56 young beagles receiving a dietary lutein supplement, showed a significantly enhanced cell-mediated and humoral immune response in dogs. The study also showed that dietary lutein may enhance the antibody response of dogs given routine vaccinations.

    ADAPTOGENS

    Adaptogens increase the state of non-specific resistance in stress and decrease sensitivity to stressors, which results in stress protection, and prolong the phase of resistance (stimulatory effect). Instead of exhaustion, a higher level of equilibrium (the homeostasis) is attained the heterostasis. The higher it is, the better the adaptation to stress. Thus, the stimulating and anti-fatigue effect of adaptogens has been documented in both in animals and in humans. The mushroom and herb ingredients in this formulation are classified as adaptogens.

    ASHWAGANDHA

    Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the adaptogen herbs that is known to have anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory, anti-arthritic and anti-ageing properties. It’s a good source of natural antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols and consumption of ashwagandha may contribute substantial amounts of antioxidants to the diet. It’s also been shown to have a beneficial effect on dogs with liver dysfunction.

    ASTRAGALUS

    Astragalus is a member of the legume family that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to promote strong immunity and boost “vital life energy”. It contains astragalans, polysaccharide constituents that stimulate white blood cells production, T-cells, killer cells and antibodies in a fashion that helps maintain and restore the immune system. It’s also been shown to improve the clinical signs and regulate the immune cells, cytokines and other immune-related parameters, of immunosuppressed dogs.

    REISHI AND MAITAKE

    Medicinal mushrooms are reported to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular-protective, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, and anticancer properties. It is well-established that mushrooms are adept at immune modulation and affect immature red blood cells, lymphocytes, macrophages, T cells, dendritic cells (DCs), and natural killer (NK) cells. All that medical jargon aside, the bottomline is that both reishi and maitake have been used extensively in cancer treatment in humans and mice.

    SHIITAKE

    Shiitake is another medicinal with a bunch of benefits - in medical jargon: antiproliferative, immunostimulatory, hepatoprotective, and antimutagenic! There have also been anti-tooth decay effects in vitro and in mice. Lentinan, a carb (polysaccharide) isolated from shiitake, has been well studied and is thought responsible for the mushroom’s beneficial effects. It’s been shown to improve immunity, as seen by improved cell proliferation and activation and increased sIgA (secretory immunoglobulin A) production, in humans.

    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

    Papaya powder, gelatin powder, marigold extract, ashwagandha extract, astragalus extract, reishi extract, shiitake extract, maitake extract

    RESEARCH SOURCES

    This formulation has been designed on the basis of research and clinical experience. Here are some of the studies that back up the explanation above.

    Adaptogens

    Panossian, Alexander & Georg, Wikman. (2010). Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress—Protective Activity. Pharmaceuticals. 3. 10.3390/ph3010188.

    Astragalus

    Qiu, Hehui & Cheng, Guilin & Xu, Jianqin & Zhang, Nuowei & Liu, Fenghua & Zhu, Xiaoyu & Zhao, Juan & Zhang, Yujie. (2010). Effects of Astragalus Polysaccharides on Associated Immune Cells and Cytokines in Immunosuppressive Dogs. Procedia in Vaccinology. 2. 26-33. 10.1016/j.provac.2010.03.006.

    Ashwagandha

    Nabi, S.U. & Wani, A.R. & Dey, Sahadeb. (2014). Therapeutic effect of ashwagandha ( Withania somnifera L.) in liver dysfunction of old dogs. Applied Biological Research. 16. 232. 10.5958/0974-4517.2014.00015.9.

    Medicinal mushrooms

    Guggenheim AG, Wright KM, Zwickey HL. Immune Modulation From Five Major Mushrooms: Application to Integrative OncologyIntegr Med (Encinitas). 2014;13(1):32–44.

    Shiitake

    Dai, Xiaoshuang & Stanilka, Joy & Rowe, Cheryl & Esteves, Elizabethe & Nieves, Carmelo & Spaiser, Samuel & Christman, Mary & Henken, Bobbi & Percival, Susan. (2015). Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 34. 1-10. 10.1080/07315724.2014.950391.

    Papaya

    Kim, Hong & Chew, Boon & Wong, Teri Ann & Park, Jean & Weng, Bor-Chun & Byrne, Katherine & Hayek, Michael & Reinhart, Gregory. (2000). Dietary lutein stimulates immune response in the canine. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 74. 315-327.

    HOW TO MAKE THE JELLIES