The pet food industry just won't let your dog get bored. Be happy that it's relieving you of the burden of getting your dog to eat "dog food."
Of course, if you spoil your pup with table treats, you'll never get the little grub grabber to eat food that's properly made for dogs; but honestly, dogs do like variety, even in the wild, and these food toppers provide it.
So what's out there that can help give a little variety to your dog's meals? I like to stick to those that add nourishment as well as variety to a meal, like bone broth or one of a variety of special fish oils. These are not just healthy, but really tasty. Believe me; my dog has to eat a gastrointestinal diet every day and some of these toppers (aka 'mixers') really help the every-day boring stuff go down.
So food toppers are another way to alleviate the boredom, and those below are also very healthy and all grain-free. You can use them as treats instead of food toppers, but make sure you don't over-feed them. Calories count!
Your dog's regular portion of food should be reduced in quantity relative to the portion size of the toppers.
Warning: If your dog is elderly and/or has had pancreatic episodes, I would measure the mixers/toppers carefully, because they are higher in fat (7 to 38 percent minimum per serving) than is usually prescribed for elderly or infirm dogs. Check with your veterinarian to see how much fat your dog can have as a proportion of his food. Even if your dog has no issues with fat, you should still remember that any topper should be fed as a supplement to your pup's regular food.
The Proper Toppers are full of great stuff, like pure dehydrated poultry or fish, apples, chard, blueberries, pumpkin and plenty of supplements and vitamins that are healthy for your dog. No fillers, the Toppers are 90 percent full of human grade free-range turkey, cage-free chicken, beef, or fish.
The protein content is a minimum of 58 percent, the highest of those included in my top 5 mixers, and its fat content is a minimum 7.5 percent, much lower than the other brands I've included here. So, it's my pick for number one!
This is what the Toppers look like:
Just take a few and crumble them up with your fingers before you sprinkle them over your dog's food. Or, you can wet them if your dog prefers. Mix it up!
If you don't feed your dog Stella & Chewy's Freeze Dried Dinner Patties, then its Freeze Dried Raw Meal Mixers will be a real treat for your dog. (The two formulations are the same; however, the Meal Mixers are cut up smaller.)
Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers are very popular and highly rated by Amazon customers. The Mixers (and the Patties) are made from real beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, or seafood and raw fruits and vegetables before they are freeze-dried. They can be rehydrated (with very little water) or served dry.
I'll let Stella & Chewy's explain...
Stella & Chewy's Freeze Dried Raw Meal Mixers are a minimum of 48 percent protein and 28 percent fat per serving.
Referred to in the video above, if you want Stella & Chewy's top-o-the-line freeze-dried Mixers, go for the SuperBlends. It is made from grass-fed beef or lamb, cage-free chicken or duck, and lots of organically grown fruits like bananas, strawberries and blueberries and vegetables, like spinach, broccoli, and beets. This is really good stuff, freeze dried separately, so you can see each element when you pour....
Fat content of the Super Meal Mixers is 38 percent minimum per serving, the same amount as protein, so this is a richer food supplement than the others listed here.
Instinct pulls no punches when it comes to what dogs need - wholesome, natural food, protein dominant, and freeze dried for maximum nutrients. In beef and cage-free chicken and turkey, Instinct Raw Boost Mixers are pure meat and meat organs, just like your dog would eat in the wild, with raw fruits and veggies, also freeze-dried. Natural boosters to your dog's health, inside and outside, these are not just tasty treats, they're good for your dogs. Serving size is 1/4 cup per 20 pounds, so these toppers are not a substitute for a whole meal.
Instinct Freeze Dried Raw Boost Mixers - Toppers have a 25 percent minimum fat content and 36 percent minimum protein content according to its packaging.
Wellness Core recipes for dogs and cats include minimal ingredients, all natural, and cooked fresh. Like the other toppers, Wellness Core recipes are intended to supplement food. These particular Simply Shreds are sold in groups of four flavors, three packages of each - Boneless Chicken, Beef and Carrots; Tuna, Beef, and Carrots; Boneless Chicken, Wild Salmon, and Pumpkin, and Boneless Chicken, Chicken Liver, and Broccoli. Each of the recipes are cooked in broth.
The Wellness Core Simply Shreds servings are 2.8 ounces each and are to be served strictly as a supplement. They are only 47 calories each, with a minimum of 12 percent crude protein and less than one percent fat, so if you're looking out for the 'elders,' this is a great pick. Most dogs really like it, but a few dog parents complain that all the packages smell the same and that these toppers are top-heavy on price.
The above 5 are at the top of my list for quality and focus on fresh proteins, vegetables, and fruits; no grains; no starches or fillers; and no GMO's. There are many other meal toppers for dogs and you may find one that suits your pups needs and your price point more appropriately. If you can, buy a few different ones and see what your dog likes best, but watch out for your dog's nutritional needs.
That's the buzz for today!