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

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Description

Dogs and cats know what they want. They want real meat for dinner. Give your loved one a taste of real meat with Vital Essentials Chicken Toppers for dogs & cats. No grains, no gluten, no fillers - just real, fresh meat. Locally sourced from America’s heartland, with a perfect blend of fresh, wholesome chicken, bone and organ meats. Offer as a top dress on kibble or canned or as an appetite stimulant for picky eaters, a protein boost, or simply to get the benefits of a living raw food into your pets everyday diet. Anyway you serve it, you can’t go wrong; the benefits are visible within weeks - Long live pets!

Key Benefits
  • Grain free and gluten free freeze-dried chicken meal topper ideal for cats & dogs of all life stages.
  • Complete and balanced entree can be fed as a topper, supplement or a full meal.
  • No added hormones, antibiotics, colors, fillers, flavorings and no synthetic vitamins or minerals.
  • Exclusive freeze-drying process retains all active nutritional elements in the food while allowing the food to be safely and conveniently stored without refrigeration.
  • Sourced, made and packed in the USA.

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  • Item Number
    68654
  • Lifestage
    Adult
  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds
  • Food Form
    Freeze-Dried, Food Topping, Treats
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, Gluten Free, Limited Ingredient Diet, Raw, Pea-Free, Natural
Nutritional Info
Ingredients

Ground Chicken with Bone, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver, Herring Oil (Natural Source of Vitamin D), Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Antioxidant), D-Alpha Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).

Caloric Content

193 kcal/oz

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein41.0% min
Crude Fat34.5% min
Crude Fiber1.2% max
Moisture8.5% max
Feeding Instructions

Add as a topper, supplement with your current food or feed as a complete meal. Can be fed as is or rehydrated with warm water. After adding water let sit for a few minutes and then serve. Supplemental Feeding: 1 - 3 scoops per meal Complete Meal Feeding: tightly pack each scoop

  • 3 Ib pet . . . . . . . 1 scoop
  • 6 Ib pet . . . . . . . 2 scoops
  • 12 Ib pet . . . . . . 4 scoops
  • 24 Ib pet . . . . . . 8 scoops

Feed up to double the amount for puppies and pregnant or nursing dogs. Individual requirements may vary.

Wash hands, utensils, counters, food dishes and related areas thoroughly with hot, soapy water after each feeding. Store freeze - dried products in a cool dark place. Best if fed within 30 days after opening.

Transition Instructions

Switch to a purely RAW diet slowly. Some pets may take to RAW immediately, while others may take longer. Take at least 10 days to 2 weeks to gradually transition your pet’s diet. This gives the digestive system time to adjust to the new food.

  • Step 1: Choose a protein (stick with the same protein for the first 2 weeks)
  • Step 2 (Day 1 - 3): Serve 25% RAW mixed with 75% current food
  • Step 3 (Day 4 - 6): Serve 50% RAW mixed with 50% current food
  • Step 4 (Day 7 - 9): Serve 75% RAW mixed with 25% current food
  • Step 5 (Day 10 and after): Serve 100% RAW

Always provide access to clean, fresh water.

Rating: 4.2 of 5 stars 58 Reviews 58 Reviews 4.3 out of 5 Stars

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Rating: 4.2 of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Cat “Candy”

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    My cats love this topper! My cats were only (barely) tolerating their canned cat food before I sprinkled the chicken topper to it. Now they are scarfing their food down. I’m going to try any other flavors as my cats like variety.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Wasn't a hit

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    My cat enjoys the regular freeze-dried chicken breast chunks from Vital Essentials but he didn't seem to care for this at all. If he doesn't finish his food, I usually add crushed up freeze-dried chicken breast so I'll continue doing that vs this.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatest topper yet!

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    I had finally found a dry, healthy dog food that my dog would just gobble down. As usual she got bored with it after a few months so I tried crushing up some freeze dried treats as toppers. That didn't work for long so I tried these. Her meals literally disappear now, she really loves it!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My cat loves it so much she eats it by itself

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    So even though this is supposed to be a food topper, my finnicky cat - who usually prefers seafood - loves this stuff so much she’ll eat it on its own and leave the rest of the kibble behind. Obviously the taste is a pass!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Animals enjoy!

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    I bought this to try to entice my senior dog to eat a little bit more. He's been losing a little weight and hasn't really been very excited by his prescription food lately. He hasn't liked some other toppers/mixers I've tried, so I wasn't expecting too much. He's eaten every bowl of kibble I've put down since I started adding this stuff to it. All I do I sprinkle maybe a teaspoon over his kibble and he licks the bowl clean. I don't add water or anything, just sprinkle and go. I'll probably rotate though the flavors so he doesn't get bored, but I think this is a winner as a topper. One of my cats loves it too, so every few days I'll sprinkle some on her kibble as a treat. My super picky cat I bought this to try to entice my senior dog to eat a little bit more. He's been losing a little weight and hasn't really been very excited by his prescription food lately. He hasn't liked some other toppers/mixers I've tried, so I wasn't expecting too much. He's eaten every bowl of kibble I've put down since I started adding this stuff to it. All I do I sprinkle maybe a teaspoon over his kibble and he licks the bowl clean. I don't add water or anything, just sprinkle and go. I'll probably rotate though the flavors so he doesn't get bored, but I think this is a winner as a topper. One of my cats loves it too, so every few days I'll sprinkle some on her kibble as a treat. My super picky cat will sort of lick at it, which is a roaring endorsement from him. The smell is really strong, which is only the downside, but it's freeze dried meat, so I'm not sure what else to expect. Overall, would highly recommend. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    The favorite dry & wet food topper in my feline household.

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    I bought this product to encourage one of my senior kibble addicts to eat wet food, and hopefully regain some lost muscle mass. Cheddar will eat this topper off of kibbles, canned food, or by itself on a saucer. He is not as excited about it when it is rehydrated, but he just might need a bit more time to make the transition. A number of other cats in my household love this topper! Can't afford to serve it to our large household frequently, but will use it to spark interest in cats whose appetite or interest in food is lagging.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Literally raw meat

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    It should be more prominently labeled that this is literally uncooked meat. In this day and age it is very common for food brands to use euphemisms like “raw” when describing the way a food is minimally processed and altered during production. This is not stable and can only be left at room temperature for one hour. I bought this for my dog because he is picky and a poor eater i.e. exactly the type of dog a topper is marketed to because they leave food sitting around the house. This doesn’t get him eating any more than far more safe options which can be left out for him without the risk of food poisoning. I’ve tried this with warm water, water and soft food and even the drippings out of the burger It should be more prominently labeled that this is literally uncooked meat. In this day and age it is very common for food brands to use euphemisms like “raw” when describing the way a food is minimally processed and altered during production. This is not stable and can only be left at room temperature for one hour. I bought this for my dog because he is picky and a poor eater i.e. exactly the type of dog a topper is marketed to because they leave food sitting around the house. This doesn’t get him eating any more than far more safe options which can be left out for him without the risk of food poisoning. I’ve tried this with warm water, water and soft food and even the drippings out of the burger pan and no option works better than simply adding a semi moist food roll product. I think this is the first time I’ve left a one star review on Chewy. What a ridiculous product. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Changed my cat's life

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    My cat has had chronic diarrhea for four years now and I've been searching for help the entire time. Finally, I purchased this product along with Natural Balance L.I.D. and Instinct by Nature's Variety Original Grain Free cat food. My cat loves it and he had regular poop in THREE short days! No more diarrhea or throwing up. I am very thankful!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    A winner with my cats

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    I received the product today my F4 Chausie went nuts over it as soon as I open the packet, my 15 week old kitten liked it as well. If their happy I’m happy. I think it’s a great way of turning a mediocre food into a highly nutrition food like tiny tigers and a great way of adding extra fat, protein to a kittens diet.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    It was a hit!

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    At least for the 2 dogs and only 1 out of 6 cats. I purchased this mainly for our elderly dog that started to get picky in his old age and so far it has worked to get him eating more. Overall I am satisfied with the results. :)

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