Bestie Kitchen

THE SMOOCH
THE SMOOCH
THE SMOOCH
THE SMOOCH

THE SMOOCH

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$32.00

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To help with stinky breath and oral health.

Stinky breath is not just yuck! It can also be a sign of oral bacteria, or even gum disease. This anti-bacterial and immune-boosting health jelly, with cranberry, green tea & citrus polyphenols is designed to help reduce stinky breath, and support your dog’s oral health.

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?

What's your dog's breath like? 

If it's revolting all the time, terrible soon after having their teeth cleaned, or even a bit whiffy sometimes...

Add to this picture red or bleeding gums and yellow or dirty teeth...and that stinky breath aka halitosis, could signal something more serious - not just poor oral hygiene but also gingival and periodontal disease or mucosal disease.

Halitosis is a very unpleasant and potentially serious problem!

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 Smooch is based on.

THE RESEARCH - 10 DAY STUDY

This study, involved 32 dogs of different ages and breeds, with chronic halitosis. Halitosis is a common problem in dogs, and significantly affects the dog-dog parent relationship. Bad breath comes from microbial metabolism of both exogenous and endogenous protein substrates within the oral cavity which results in volatile sulphur compound production.

Good oral hygiene along with specific diets can reduce the microbial load to the physiological level, reducing halitosis and avoiding gingivitis and periodontal diseases, that have unpleasant effects on breath.

What they found

The results showed that after 10 days of dietary supplement intake, an overall improvement was observed in 90% of dogs presenting a moderate-to-severe malodor and, at the end of the evaluation, 65% who achieved an improvement, acquired a stabile physiological condition regarding VSCs concentration. A significant modification of halitosis parameters was observed after 30 days from the beginning of treatment, while a long-lasting effect was still observed even 20 days after the suspension of the treatment.

Did you know?

The association between bad breath and periodontal disease in dogs poses an important issue because this may also be the first sign of periodontal disease noticed by the owner. Periodontal disease, if left unchecked, will progress and won’t resolve on its own. Irreversible periodontal disease usually leads to bone loss, and tissue destruction. It can also have different origins such as gastrointestinal disorders, renal failure, and respiratory infections.

Di Cerbo, Alessandro & Pezzuto, Federica & Guidetti, Gianandrea & Palmieri, Beniamino. (2015). Therapeutic Effectiveness of a Dietary Supplement for Management of Halitosis in Dogs. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2015. e52717. 10.3791/52717.

THE RESEARCH - 104 DOGS

This study followed on from the one above, and involved 104 dogs of different breeds and ages, suffering from chronic halitosis and manifesting at least one symptom among drooling, gingivitis, ulcers, stomatitis, laryngitis, tartar, dental caries, abscess, and lingual lesions.

Given that daily tooth brushing, which is considered the most reliable approach to remove plaque and in turn reduce the onset of gingivitis, periodontal disease, and oral malodor, is accomplished only by approximately 2% of pet owners, the researchers wanted to assess the efficacy of a commercially available nutraceutical diet .

What they found

Fed the diet (the same as in the first research study) for 30 days, halitosis significantly decreased as did drooling, gingivitis, ulcers, stomatitis, laryngitis, dental caries, abscesses, and lingual lesions. These results are in agreement to what was previously observed in dogs affected by chronic halitosis, achieving an overall and long-lasting improvement due to a significant reduction of methyl mercaptan, hydrogen sulfide, and dimethyl sulfide

Something to think about…

Along with gingivitis, ulcers, stomatitis, laryngitis, abscess, and lingual lesions, halitosis shares an overall inflammatory condition that can also be a consequence of a daily intake of contaminated food. In fact, the researchers recently identified the presence of an antibiotic (oxytetracycline), widely used in intensive farming that tends to bind bone of treated animals remaining fixed for long periods, causing inflammatory and cytotoxic phenomena… We hypothesise a role for oxytetracycline as a possible cause of the inflammatory condition that characterises halitosis, and that a diet deprived of such antibiotic may represent a valuable alternative to counteract such an unpleasant condition.

Canello, Sergio & Guidetti, Gianandrea & Di Cerbo, Alessandro & Cocco, Raffaella. (2018). Unraveling a Commercial Formula to Relieve Halitosis in Dogs. Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine

“Nutrition can be used to manage halitosis. Moreover, nutrition plays a pivotal role in tooth development, oral and gum tissue integrity, bone resistance and even dental and oral disease management.”

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

CRANBERRY

The cranberry fruit is a unique and rich source of bioactive polyphenol compounds. Cranberry constituents can exert beneficial effects on gingival and periodontal health by inhibiting inflammatory response, suppressing bacterial biofilm formation, and reducing the activity of periopathogenic proteolytic enzymes. Specific flavonoids have also been shown to disrupt key virulence factors responsible for dental caries pathogenesis.

SAGE

Sage has a range of therapeutic activities including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant effects.  Volatile monoterpenoid is a major constituent, reported to be an effective antibacterial. Sage has been shown to have an antibacterial action against streptococcus mutans in dental plaque, in people. Streptococcus mutans, along with porphyromonas gingivalis and candida albicans, is an oral pathogen responsible for bad breath and tooth decay.

Egg albumen aka lysozyme

Lysozyme is an antibacterial enzyme, present in all body fluids, including saliva. In the oral cavity, lysozyme plays an important role in controlling microbial overgrowth, reducing the number of bacteria in the dental biofilm, decreasing colonisation, and modifying bacterial metabolism. In particular, it’s been shown to inhibit glucose fermentation by oral streptococci and help prevent dental plaque. 

CITRUS BIOFLAVENOIDS

Bioflavonoids are hydroylated phenolic structures synthesised by plants and have previously been shown to have activity against bacteria, fungi and viruses. In particular, bioflavonoids have been recognised as both anti-inflammatory and bacteriostatic agents limiting the growth of certain bacteria associated with periodontal diseases. They’ve been shown to reduce gingival inflammatory conditions in people.

THYME

The use of thyme, because of its various antiseptic and antioxidant properties, is widely reported in gingivitis, stomatitis, and bad breath. You could even argue it’s like Listerine for dogs. A component of thyme, known as thymol, appears to inhibit growth of oral pathogens in the mouth and in combination with other essential oils, may reduce tooth decay. Thymol is one of the essential oils with antibacterial effects found in the human mouthwash, Listerine. 

BLACKCURRANT

Blackcurrent fruit contains polyphenolic substances with antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Various studies have highlighted the antibacterial activity exerted by ribes nigrum (blackcurrant) juice on bacterial strains - in particular streptoccocus mutans, porphyromonas gingivalis and candida albicans - associated with gingival inflammation, oral malodour, and dental caries formation.

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

Cranberry juice powder, gelatin powder, citrus bioflavonoids powder, green tea extract, thyme, sage, egg albumen, blackcurrant powder.

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08/29/2020
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Josie P.
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I recommend this product

The Smooch

Did not tell me on the packaging how much water to add. I had to look it up on the web site. Buddy won’t eat it and leaves it in his bowl but I will keep trying.

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08/31/2020
Bestie Kitchen

Thanks for that feedback - sorry the table wasn't clearer: in the left column it shows how much of the mix to make up and in the right hand side it has how much water...Have you tried mashing it up in the food? Perhaps give that a go. Sorry it's not an instant hit!

07/06/2020
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Diana B.
Australia Australia

My pet woes

My Lucy Rose has suffered from a smelly breath for some time now in an effort to overcome the problem we discovered there was a remedy for this condition being trialed through Bestie Kitchen. We obtained a sample and after a week and a half we found Lucy's breath had improved out of sight and then we ran out of the jelly and had to reorder and within 4 or so days her breath smelt like roses again. We would endorse this product as it also helps with her anxiety problem as well.

07/06/2020
Bestie Kitchen

We are so thrilled to have helped Lucy Rose. Thanks for being part of the trial family!