Adored Beast: Which probiotic is best for my dog?

What are Pre-Biotics and & Pro-biotics

  • Probiotics are good bacteria that combat bad bacteria in the gut
  • Prebiotics are ‘food’ for the good bacteria to grow and thrive in the stomach
  • All the Adored Beast range contain a 14 strain blend of bacteria that:
  • Doesn’t contain maltodextrin or any other ingredients that can cause allergic reactions. Important as milk cultured probiotics can cause allergies in dogs
  •  Contains Larch – serious anti-inflammatory anti-oxidant with anti-cancer properties

Love Bugs

  • It is an entry level probiotic product for healthy dogs who are on a maintenance plan
  • Love Bugs is a great addition to keep in regular rotation in your dogs’ diet
  • If cost is an issue, just don’t give it daily but a few times a week. Some probiotics is better than none
  • Love Bug is excellent for those on a fresh food or cooked diet but it is recommended to include a digestive enzyme supplement (see Healthy Gut below) in a home cooked or kibble diet.

Healthy Gut

  • Now, if your dog is eating a kibble, canned, dehydrated or cooked diet, you might want to consider giving him healthy gut instead
  • If your dog’s eating a food that’s been heated in the cooking process, then the enzymes naturally found in the food will be destroyed in the cooking process
  • Enzymes are needed to help break down the nutrients from food into molecules can that be absorbed
  • Stress can be put on the pancreas to produce the required enzymes but the added enzymes in this Healthy Dog replace those lost and help especially in dogs in older age who produce less enzymes naturally
  • Healthy Gut has the same 14 probiotic strains as Love Bugs, 30 billion CFUs and the cancer-fighting Larch but it also has digestive enzymes added to it

Gut Soothe

  • Focus on inflammation especially in the intestines or urinary tract. Best used with dogs with diarrhoea, constipation or UTIs
  • Gut Soothe has the same 14 probiotic strains as Love Bugs, 30 billion CFUs and the cancer-fighting Larch.
  • Contains marshmallow root, herbal aloe and acetylglucosamine – powerful anti-inflammatories that have an affinity for the mucous membranes of the urinary and digestive tract
  • Use Gut Soothe for up to 10 days for acute cases then revert back to Love Bugs once resolve. If after 10 days it is not resolved please consult your vet

Fido’s Flora

  • Used if your dog has more significant health or digestive issues such as allergies, cancer, organ or digestive disease as Fido Flora will do a more precise job in restoring friendly bacteria communities
  • The probiotics is formulated from healthy dogs which is revolutionary using the bacteria biomes from healthy dogs themselves
  • Contains humic acid that removes heavy metal toxins from the body & fulvic acid which is intended to increase nutrient absorption and improve muscle endurance
  • Recommend alternating between Love Bugs and Fido’s Flora for a maintenance plan to up the variation in gut bacteria

You can find the complete Adored Beast range in our Health section here. If you have any questions about the products please don’t hesitate to get in contact via email ( or phone 02075807580.

Guide to Home Cooking for your Dog

More and More owners are turning to home cooking for their pets. When cooking for your pet on a regular basis it is important to be aware of how to provide complete nutrition in its more natural and complete form and ensuring the diet is balanced. It is surprisingly easy to miss some really important factors without doing some research. This leaflet is concerning itself regarding home cooking but a raw food diet may be suitable for your dog also.


  • Unlike processed dog food which may have lost a lot of its nutritional value during the course of processing, home-made dog food can be much better overall more fresh and wholesome
  • More control over ingredients and ability to tailor them to avoid food that which your dog may be allergic to
  • You can adjust the diet as needed based on your dog’s weight, lifestyle, activity level, health conditions and other particular needs
  • Home cooked dog diets are usually higher in protein which supports the skin and the immune system and are easier for dogs to digest. This in turn can improve the health of the digestive system.
  • Many dogs with health problems such as allergies, IBF, chronic ear infections, arthritis have seen their symptoms reduced or eliminated after they began eating a home cooked diet


  • Perhaps the most difficult part in making your own your own food is designing a diet that provides all the nutrients needed by your dog. It takes time and commitment
  • If you are time poor and in a rush, taking shortcuts can result in improper balances in vitamins and minerals. A super premium high-quality dog food such as Rockster will be a perfect stop-gap.
  • Getting high quality ingredients (especially organic ones) can be more costly depending on nutritional requirements of your dogs.
  • It is worse to do an unbalanced home diet than some store bought pet food

The Three Essentials


  • Home prepared food should include a variety of ingredients, not just one meat and grain so that over time the diet will be more balanced
  • Best to feed as many types of meat as possible (beef, chicken, pork, lamb, turkey, fish, etc.) as well as including some % as organs (heart, liver etc.) as well as eggs, cottage cheese and yoghurt
  • If fed one source of protein your dog may start to develop an allergy to the meat. By giving a varied diet it can also help prevent allergies forming

Balance over time

  • When you feed a wide variety of foods, there is less worry to make each meal ‘complete and balanced’. You just have to make sure that your dog gets everything they needs over a week or two, not at every meal.


This is one of the most frequently missed so don’t forget…

  • When making your own dog food, you MUST add calcium if the dog diet does not include bones (never feed cooked bones)
  • Adult dogs require approx. 800 to 100mg of calcium per 500g of food fed. Balancing a ratio of 2:1 to 1:1 calcium-phosphorus ratio (Naturally Dogs)
  • VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Meat given to your dog in the form of boneless muscle (such as minced meat or fillets) increases phosphorus compared to calcium ratio greatly. This means you must in turn increase calcium supplements to ensure the correct ratio.
  • One of the most popular methods is through adding ground eggshells and other calcium carbonate or calcium citrate supplements.
  • A product called Meal Mix can also be used as an additive to cover multiple vitamins and calcium
  • If embarking on a fully home cooked diet, we advise you to consult a pet nutritionist as calcium and other minerals can be under or over supplied which could be dangerous


Key Components in Home Cooked Dog Food

*Go organic as much as you can afford to so


  • Protein sources (e.g. meat, eggs, dairy) should make up at least 50% of their diet, preferably more
  • Try to choose meats with not more than 10% fat
  • Meat should include both muscle meat (such as lamb, beef, chicken, turkey, pork) as well as organ meats (e.g. kidney, liver, heart) Liver should never be more than 5% of their diet and organs in general should make up around 10%
  • If feed boneless meet must add calcium source
  • Canned Fish such as pink salmon, sardines, mackerel occasionally (check for low salt)
  • Dairy products such as yogurt, kefir or cottage cheese
  • Gentle scrambled or hard boil eggs


  • Whole grains such as oatmeal, white rice, brown rice, barley, bulgur, millet, etc. Just as with other foods, feeding a variety of different grains and carbs is better than always feeding the same kind.
  • If you opt to include grains, they should not be over 25% of the overall diet and be varied like the protein sources. Dogs aren’t biologically evolved to be able to digest grains so limiting their inclusion is important
  • Whole grains are key – oatmeal, rice, barley, bulgur
  • If feeding rice it should be slightly overcooked to soft texture so easy to digest

Vegetables and Fruits

  • Vegetables could be beneficial in small amounts
  • Healthiest are leafy greens but other good options include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, carrots, courgettes
  • Best to steam them well and blend if possible.
  • Apples, bananas, berries and melon are good to include in small amounts.
  • remember NO grapes or raisins as TOXIC to dogs


  • Calcium mentioned above is a component that is easily missed in home cooking
  • Other supplements required are fish oil (e.g. krill oil), green blend supplements (algae or phytoplankton)
  • Multi-vitamin supplements are available to cover Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc, Choline, Cooper, B vitamins, Omega 6 and Selenium
  • Please see our other leaflet regarding specific supplement guide for further details

How much to feed?

  • It is dependent on various factors such as age, lifestyle, activity level and metabolism. We recommend speaking to an expert canine nutritionist.
  • Similar to humans more sedentary dogs will require less fat so leaner meats and low-fat dairy as well as reducing starchy carbs as well
  • If introducing a new food or supplement, make sure you do so slowly and test a small amount on the first introduction
  • Add one new item at a time and wait several days to a week or two before introducing another


  • Whilst all attention has been taken to ensure accurate and clear information; please consult expert opinion before starting any major change to your dog’s diet. Each animal has their own independent nutritional and supplemental requirements and the information above is only to be used as a guide only
  • PetLondon is always on hand to point customers in the right direction for further information and advice