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

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About This Item

  • 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

17 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.

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%.

This can be fed as a full meal for either dog or cat. Does it contain enough taurine for a cat?
Answer by ChewyOct 30, 2018
This is a complete and balanced entree that can be fed as a topper, supplement or a full meal for cats and dogs. Taurine is naturally occurring within meat so you may not see it added synthetically in the ingredient listing.


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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tiptoe on Jan 13, 2022

Picky no more

A colleague of mine suggested these freeze dried toppers. Both my boxers are EXTREMELY picky eaters. I had a 10 day vacation planned and knew I had to figure out something so they would eat while I was away and they were staying at the kennel. So, I have it a try. Caretakers said they ate like champs! I also noticed my Loki’s skin allergies are much better now as well. I’ve tried other brands, but Vital Essential is THE BEST!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Rustysmom on Mar 16, 2022
Top 500 Contributor

Chicken topper

When my cats are being fussy with their food this will usually do the trick when I add it as a topper.


Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Catmom on Sep 16, 2021

New look but not the same product?

All 4 of my cats love this stuff. They’ve been eating it for almost a year. I ordered 2 more in august and noticed the packaging was new on top of the color of the product. Its normally a dark brown but this time it was a a light beige. Two of my cats turned their nose and the other two were able to tolerate it. I was upset but let it go cause I know its common for pet food companies to change the quality of the product to profit more. Since two cats still ate it I decide to buy 1 more while I look for a new topper. Turns out I got a bad batch? The color was the same as what I I was used to seeing- brown. I love chewy and will continue to order from you guys but please take out the bad batches


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By catttttt on Dec 13, 2021
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different color??

I ordered this only a month ago maybe and ordered it again and they look completely different. Worries me that the colors and textures are different. The one I just got is the darker color and it looks like dirt…


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Reviewer3 on Jan 12, 2022

Changed color/consistency

Previous order was dark and of a dried meat consistency. Cats loved it. Latest order was pale brown, powdery, and smelled of burned fat.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tori on Dec 23, 2021

Definitely a good item

It is exactly what it claims to be. This is a very good brand if you’re looking for freeze dried kibble or toppers, I recently have switched over.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Floridana on Aug 22, 2021

I would say overall good

First of all, let me say I have a finicky bunch (4 cats). I sprinkle this on some of their meals, which are mostly dry food. Most days they seem to eat it enthusiastically but some other days they seem hesitant. The ingredients seem good. Secondly, I would like to say that this is labelled "Chicken Toppers" and I expected it to be only chicken flavored but when I opened the bag I noticed that it smelled fishy. Then I looked at the ingredients and one of the ingredients is herring oil. So if you have a cat or a dog that does not like fish, please be aware of this because as I said it does smell (and I suppose tastes) slightly fishy. Overall, though, they do eat it most of the time.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Petsalot on Feb 8, 2022

Cats love it

Both of our cats love it as a topper on their canned cat food.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By LykoiMom on Jul 16, 2021

Reapurr Loves This!

Our Lykoi Kitten loves this Topper. She is happy to eat it dry, but I do add water, because I am always trying to make sure she stays hydrated. She likes it by itself, but I usually add it to her Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Dinner Morsels. Reapurr gobbles it up every time! We will definitely get this again, and highly recommend it. Vital Essentials products are a big hit in our house. Reapurr and Mom/Dad approved!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Irishbrody on Aug 2, 2021

Nice treat!

My dog and all 7 cats will eat this! I sprinkle a little around the food in the cats bowl. It disappears so they must like it. They can be finicky!