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Vital Essentials Chicken Freeze-Dried Raw Grain-Free Dog & Cat Food Topper, 6-oz bag

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  • Sourced with 100% USA chicken meat, organs and bones and made with a freeze-drying process that is low and slow to retain the original nutrients.
  • Top your pet’s food with this topper to help ensure she is getting the protein needed for strong bones.
  • Provides complete and balanced nutrition and may be served as a meal, supplement or a meal mixer.
  • Made without added high sugar flavor additions, fillers or rendered by-products.
  • Freeze-dried raw food is easy for dogs and cats to digest, which makes it easier for them to retain key nutrients, ultimately creating less waste. You may notice fewer eliminations or stools that are firmer, near odorless and/or smaller in size.

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About Vital Essentials Food Toppers

Vital Essentials Toppers

Reward your best friend with pure, raw meat. Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Toppers are loaded with the essential nutrition dogs and cats instinctively crave. These meal enhancers will provide an added boost of healthy protein and perk your pup or kitty up at meal time.

Nutrition Boost: Raw Toppers

These 100% protein food toppers for cats and dogs come in tasty Chicken, Beef and Turkey flavors. They can be used as a nutrition-boosting supplement to your pet’s current food, a delicious mix-in to tempt even picky eaters, or as a gravy pour over when mixed with water. Serve them any way your furry friend prefers!

Limited Ingredient, Raw and Made in the USA

Vital Essentials toppers are minimally processed, crafted from limited ingredients, and made and packaged in the USA. They contain no fillers, grain or artificial ingredients, just a wholesome meat-based recipe that’s nutritious and meets a dog’s instinctive cravings.

100% Made In The USA

Food toppers made with custom-sourced meats. Made and packaged in America’s heartland, for safety and integrity you can count on.

Limited Ingredient

Made using the fewest, most essential raw ingredients to provide high-quality nutrition and enticing taste. Great for picky eaters, too!

Grain Free & Gluten Free

Certified gluten free, grain free toppers with no fillers like wheat, corn or soy, and no rendered by-products or artificial ingredients.

Freeze-Dried Raw

Freeze-dried using a unique 48-hour process to preserve essential nutrients and lock in the real meat flavor pets love.

Pure Protein: Mix-Ins

Real meat is the #1 ingredient! Meat contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals—the building blocks for a healthy, vital life. Meat is also a great source of taurine and amino acids, which help keep eyes and heart muscles healthy. It also supplies protein, which promotes energy and a feeling of fullness. Your pet will never be bored at mealtime when these mix-ins are on the menu.

About Vital Essentials

Vital Essentials believes that every pet deserves access to the finest quality food and treats, so they strive to produce the most healthy, delicious, innovative and biologically appropriate pet food available. Vital Essentials foods are made right here in the USA, using real, ethically sourced, humanely harvested meat and only the finest ingredients. Your best friend deserves nothing less.

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Questions & Answers

16 Customer Questions

I use this as a topper. If my dog doesn’t eat this immediately or only eats part of the meal how long is it safe to consume at room temperature since it is raw? I didn’t realize it was literally raw meat before I made the purchase and thought it was a euphemism for it being minimally altered.
Answer by ChewyDec 22, 2019
Any unfinished portion may be picked up after an hour (or less) and stored in a covered container in the fridge until the next feeding. However, it may be fed up to two times, and should not be cooked heated, or microwaved – this means any refrigerated portion would need to be fed cold from the fridge.

Is it raw, or does freeze-drying cook it?
Answer by ChewyOct 27, 2017
The food isn't cooked but freeze dried which retains all the active nutritional elements in the meat without cooking or over-processing.

phosphorus content?
Answer by ChewyAug 01, 2019
This topper has a phosphorus content of 1.32% on a dry matter basis.

What is the amount of herring oil per scoop?
Answer by ChewyJan 09, 2020
The amount of herring oil that is in each bag of the Vital Essentials toppers is not something that is measured. The herring oil makes up less than 1% of the recipes ingredients and is added for its natural fats but more importantly for the Omega 3 and Omega 6 acids. The Vital Essentials Chicken Freeze-Dried Raw Dog & Cat Food Topper analysis shows the fatty acids (Omega 3) to be at approximately 0.182%.

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Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By chuckann on Jan 28, 2023

My dog must not like herring

It's my fault for not looking closer at the ingredients. Herring oil is close to the top of the ingredient list. As soon as I opened it I noticed it strongly smelled like fish. I don't want my dog to have fish breath, but I gave it to him anyway, figuring I'd just suffer with fishy breath and not but this topper again. But unfortunately it ended up being a waste of a bowl of dog food cuz my dog wouldn't eat it with this stuff on his food. He must be like me and not like fish! It seems to be a high quality product, so my star rating is only in regards to my dog's dislike of the product. So I don't recommend the product unless you know your dog likes fish. I've never known a dog who turned away from fish...until now.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By LouiesMum on Dec 4, 2022

Great quality, versatile, perfect for fostering

I love this stuff. First, it is excellent quality. I appreciate that it is exactly one ingredient so there's no guessing if there is harmful garbage in there. Second, it has a few different ways of being served. I foster kittens year round and by the batch. They are always very young and often malnourished. I like this because I can serve it reconstituted into a really thin mush that I can mix with some broth and either serve like that or mixed into a little kitten food/milk replacer. I can also slip a little powdered kitten vitamins into the powdered stuff. It helps cover up the smell/taste of the vitamins! From there I will sprinkle it on top of wet food or dry food. All in all, it is high quality and very versatile such that I enthusiastically encourage my foster colleagues to use it for their puppies or kittens.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By posey on Jan 24, 2023

Healthy additive

I've been placing approximately teaspoon of this topper daily in my 4 cats food for over a year. They eat it. It takes us alittle while to consume it so it changes color.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By 3pawsup on Oct 16, 2022

Great nutrient boost and appetite enhancer.

I add this to my cats food to increase the nutritional value and also to add more flavor. My cats love it. I also like that it can be added dry, or with water to form more of a “gravy”. I do suggest adding at least a little water as it tends to suck out the moisture from the wet food you add it to. If you feed dry food I think this is a great way to add nutritional value to the food also. It is stinky but I transfer it to a container and scoop out from there. That’s the ONE complaint I will have about this product. The zip loc doesn’t really work because of the powder it gets stuck in the crevices so I end up transferring to another air-right container.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on Oct 11, 2022

Best meal toppers!

I have extremely picky dogs and puppies and Vital Essentials is all they will eat. The ingredients are high quality, freeze dried and packed with nutrients. My vet noticed they are looking great after eating Vital Essentials. Highly recommend everyone to add these to your dog's diet. They also work as training treats. I have been buying these for years and will continue to do so. Definitely our favorite brand hands down!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Shannon on Sep 29, 2022

This stuff is awesome!

I have a very picky eater and she absolutely loves this sprinkled over her food. I had so much trouble with her eating her food. I had tried her on everything kind of dog food imaginable. She's old so dry dog food is out. So I came across this here on Chewy and decided to try it. She gobbles her food up now. I highly recommend this is you have a picky eater like me. Thanks Chewy for carrying stuff like this!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Bella on Nov 2, 2022

Wonderful for picky eaters

Have a little rescued Malti-poo, who is a very picky eater. Sprinkle this over her dried dog food works great so far. I would recommend this product.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By 2Shepherds on Jul 27, 2022

Another winner from Vital Essentials!

We had tried the beef topper with great success with our 4 cats and Shepherd, but decided to give the chicken a try for variety. They all love it! It's not only good for them, but is a great aid in getting even our finicky cats to eat. The only problem is they want it all the time and come running whenever they hear the bag! Highly recommend and will keep in the rotation.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Cark on Jun 21, 2022

Foster Cat Candy

I initially received a package of this in the Adventure Dog Goody Box. The dogs didn't seem too interested, but that was not the case with our foster kittens. They were motherless, scrawny, and needed the nutrition boost described on the package. Oh boy, did it work! They have better appetites & more energy. They can't seem to get enough of this stuff. Then I shared some with my cousin whose senior cat will barely eat. She ate 4 times in a single evening! We've since ordered 3 additional single bags. They simply love & devour this powder.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Alison on Jul 16, 2022

Paws up from the cat

I bought this for our fussy kitty - some days she loves her food, some days she turns her nose up at the same thing - but she definitely likes this stinky mix! She has swiftly become an expert at just eating the topper and leaving food she doesn't approve of untouched beneath. Cats, eh! :-D