Get the scoop on meal toppers for dogs and cats, and how even a small amount can make a big impact on your fur babe’s health!
Meal toppers are a healthy, nutritious, and delicious way to add meat-rich protein to your pet’s meals. They’re available in many forms, which helps keep mealtimes exciting! However, with so much choice it can be overwhelming to choose what’s best for your dog or cat. Below is a breakdown of some of the benefits of meal toppers and the best ingredients to look for.
Meal toppers add an extra boost of nutrition and make a good kibble taste great. They also entice picky eaters while supporting overall health and vitality, therefore improving quality of life. The best toppers are versatile and can also be used in training or as a complete and balanced meal.
The primary benefits of topping include:
- Add a boost of meat-rich protein
- Entice picky eaters
- Increase your pet’s vitality and immunity
What should I look for in a meal topper?
Meat & organs
Meat-rich recipes with high inclusions and a variety of organs provide a wide range of amino acids and essential nutrients, including taurine, which is well known to support heart health. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which serve numerous functions in the body such as muscle repair and growth, enzyme production, immunity and energy.
Tripe is the nutrient-rich stomach lining of an animal and contains probiotics and digestive enzymes which help to promote optimal digestive health. Cold-washed green tripe may not appeal to you, but it certainly gets cats and dogs excited – perfect for picky eaters!
New Zealand Green Mussels
Recognized as one of the most sustainable seafood ingredients in the world, New Zealand Green Mussels are nature’s powerhouse superfood. They are a rich source of glucosamine and chondroitin which support long-term joint health, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids which promote the vitality of the skin and coat.
Fish is also a rich source of Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids so if you want to give your pet’s skin and coat health an additional boost, choose a recipe with both fish and New Zealand Green Mussels.
Kelp is a great source of bioavailable nutrients including iodine and other minerals. These not only help maintain a healthy metabolism and thyroid function, but when used as a supplement can also help eliminate fleas naturally and reduce skin itchiness.
An all-in-one solution
ZIWI Peak air-dried recipes contain all these ingredients in one delicious mouthful, with no unwanted carbohydrates such as grains, potatoes, or legumes. No artificial preservatives or binders are needed due to the natural air-drying process.
The best part is that ZIWI Peak recipes can be fed as a nutritious topper, delicious treat, or even a complete and balanced meal. There is also no need to freeze, refrigerate, or rehydrate – simply scoop and serve! Perfect for that weekend getaway or hiking trip.
Available in single-protein recipes for food-sensitive dogs and cats, or multi-protein for added variety, there is sure to be a recipe your cat or dog will love! And every recipe is suitable for all breeds and life stages including puppies and kittens.
Making the choice
At the end of the day, it’s up to you and your pet to decide which topper is best for them. Whether you rotate your toppers or stick to one ‘tried and true’ blend, know that whatever you choose will add some extra joy into your pet’s life – and peace of mind to yours.