Are you feeding your dog commercially prepared dry or wet food? Or freeze-dried, raw or home cooked diets? Perhaps some of the meals are fed in bowls and other portions are in puzzle toys (a great tool for enrichment). As we head into the fall season, consider some new ways to enrich and spice up meal time! Meal toppers are wide ranging and pumpkin is likely the most common. It’s great for diarrhea and overall GI upset – rich with fiber.And popular among Salty’s customers is Green Juju, a whole foods supplement for dogs in addition to their kibble, raw, or home cooked meal. Each ingredient in Green Juju supports canine health – and includes anti-inflammatory based ingredients like turmeric and ginger. For digestive and joint health they include bison bone broth and coconut oil. Move over gravy train!In other words, there are toppers AND supplements for dogs available to enrich meal time! How do you choose? You don’t have to – you can add both to meals.
Dog Food Toppers vs. Supplements for Dogs:
Consider pre-made toppers that are dehydrated or freeze dried. Honest Kitchen offers options that rehydrate fast and mix easily with food. Other popular brands include Primal, Vital Essentials, and Bravo – Salty’s carries all of these.
Three Dog Food Toppers
- Fruits and veggies –puree them! Sweet potatoes and carrots are a great topper
- Bone Broths –Nugget’s Healthy Eats
- Canned pumpkin or yogurt
Three Dog Food Supplement ideas
- Fish oils benefit animals with “inflammation” – ranging from senior dogs with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) to arthritis
- Joint supplements for dogs like Super Snouts Joint Power and Super Shrooms.
- Goat’s Milk has many unique properties
Watch their weight: You want to keep your dog a lean and healthy machine so be mindful when you’re adding toppers – consider cutting back some of your animal’s diet.Cats want to join in on the fun: There are freeze-dried cat food toppers made by brands including Vital Essentials. Don’t wait until your cat turns their nose up at their usual meals – use this as a way to enhance dinner!All these ideas are easy ways to make meal time healthier and more enjoyable for your animals.Questions? Ask our store managers for recommendations the next time you’re in.