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Pristine Free-range Bone Broth for Pets | Healing Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth is known to be a healthy food for humans and animals alike. 

Bone broth is familiar to us because it is often used in soups. It is made by simmering bones (turkey, chicken, or beef bones are common) in water for an extended amount of time. This releases all of the great flavor and nutrients, including marrow, into the liquid creating a super tasty and delicious broth.

I am totally psyched because as part of the Chewy.com Influencer program we had the opportunity to select Castor & Pollux Pristine free-range turkey broth dog food topper to tell you about!  Now we get to share the great healing benefits of bone broth with you!

We always do our reviews just from Maui and Emma's point of view but today you get a two-for-one! One of my cats also gets turkey broth every day for his health. We've been using a different brand broth for Wiley, so we will let you know what he thinks of the Pristine bone broth, too!

Pristine Free-range Grain-free Bone Broth

The Pristine line of foods is made by Castor & Pullox, a reputable manufacturer and one of the first producers of organic dog foods.

Pristine is their grain-free line of foods and toppers. The grain-free bone broths come in four flavor recipes:

  • Free-range chicken
  • Free-range turkey
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Grass-fed beef with turmeric

Maui and Emma were not picky about which flavor we chose so I went for the turkey. I figured dogs love any meat and if I selected the turkey recipe, we could use it in Wiley's food as well. Wiley is on a limited ingredient diet and has a lot of digestive issues due to his Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Turkey seems to be less upsetting to his system and bone broth is really good for gut health. Getting the turkey broth recipe, I figured we could give you two reviews for the price of one (oh yeah, these reviews are free)!

What Does It Look like?

We have now used two different brands of turkey broth in our household. Up to this point, we have used Only Natural Pet free-range turkey broth for Wiley. Now we have also tried the Pristine free-range turkey broth. 

The Only Natural Pet broth is a much clearer liquid. A little bit more towards what you would see as a broth if you opened up a can of chicken soup for yourself. 

The Castor & Pollux Pristine turkey bone broth is a denser looking broth. It is cloudy with what I feel is turkey and bone nutrients. Here's a picture of the broth poured into a separate container. I couldn't quite get the picture to do the color justice. Looking at this bone broth next to my daughter's bottle of Starbucks light vanilla cappuccino, they are very similar in color.

Not saying one is better than the other. Each has their own individual recipes and ingredients and I personally believe both to be high-quality and nutritious.

Castor & Pollox Pristine Turkey bone broth

What is in it?

The turkey bone broth has a very limited and wholesome ingredient list.

This is important to me for both Maui and Wiley as they both have food sensitivities. I need to watch what Wiley eat with a high magnification microscope!

Ingredients in the Pristine turkey bone broth are:

  • Turkey broth
  • Turkey fat
  • Salt
  • Organic sage
  • Organic rosemary

So, not much added to this wholesome turkey broth besides a little bit of seasoning. I love that! ❤️

Animals on limited ingredient diets don't need a whole bunch of extra stuff added to their foods. It just means more things that could potentially irritate your pets stomach or digestive system.

What are the Benefits of Bone Broth?

Bone broth can aid in detoxifying the liver and ridding the body of toxins; adds collagen to a pet’s diet, and can heal and seal a pet’s gut.

Bone broth is known for creating a better environment for healthy gut flora and increasing absorption of nutrients. This makes sense, as collagen just on its own is known to decrease inflammation and support digestive health.

Adding bone broth to your pet's diet will also increase their fluid intake (which is especially great for cats) and can make their food more enticing to eat.

Good for Good Health

Gut health is incredibly important since the majority of a dog’s immune system function is located in the intestine.

Poor gut health can bring on a ton of issues such as:

  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • vomiting
  • digestive upset
  • redness on the skin
  • hotspots
  • joint pain
  • excessive shedding

Incorporating bone broth into your pet's diet can help alleviate these issues, or at least make the symptoms less severe.

Wiley gets bone broth at least twice a day mixed in with his wet food to help alleviate his irritable bowel disease symptoms. While his case is pretty severe, I will definitely say that putting him on a limited ingredient diet as well as giving him turkey bone broth has improved his diarrhea and vomiting dramatically. 

What Does Wiley Think?

We normally mix bone broth in with his wet food so he gets the health benefits from the bone broth as well as additional moisture (extra moisture is always great for cats as they are not avid drinkers).

I was a little leery about trying Wiley on a new brand of turkey broth because he is such a picky eater. To be honest, I anticipated that he would not eat his food with this new broth.

I was pleasantly surprised!

Wiley didn't seem to notice the change from the broth we had been using. Or, if he did notice the difference he definitely still liked it because he cobbled his food right up!

If you have a cat you know they can change their mind at any point in time about what they like and don't like. We have been giving Wiley the Pristine free-range turkey bone broth for about three weeks now and he is still gobbling it up! 

This is even more of a surprise to me than his liking it in the first place!

Where to Get It

Chewy.com provided this product to us free of charge in exchange for an honest review so I'm definitely going to let you know their price for this high-quality bone broth, but I shopped around the prices for you as well.

The Castor & Pollux Pristine grain-free free-range bone broth it is usually sold by the case. Each case contains 24 - 8.4-ounce containers of broth.

Chewy.com currently sells a case of any of the flavor recipes for $64.56 (save an additional 5% if you put it on AutoShip). 

Amazon.com carries the Pristine bone broth for $53 - $64 per case.

You can also find it on Petco.com but the prices are significantly more at about $84 per case.

(Prices subject to change at any time)

Castor & Pollux Turkey bone broth
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How to Serve Bone Broth

You can work bone broth into your pet's diet in a few different ways. You can:

  • serve it to all them as is. Just pour some bone broth into a bowl and let them lap it up!
  • mix the broth in with your pet's wet food so they are getting the health benefits of bone broth as well as extra moisture in with their wet food.
  • pour the broth over your pet's dry kibble. You can let the kibble soak for a while if you'd like or serve it with the crunchy kibble in the pawsome bone broth.

Maui and Emma's Final Review

Castor Pollux Free-range turkey bone broth review

Final Thoughts

Bone broth can be a healthy, nutritious, and delicious addition to your dog or cat's diet. Maui and Emma love it poured over their dry kibble or alone as a special treat.

The health benefits of bone broth can help alleviate or improve many conditions your pet may have. Primarily it is known to help improve gut health!

Maui, Emma, and Wiley would love to know if you give this bone broth or any other brand bone broth a try!

Did you find the bone broth to help your pet?

Is there a brand you would suggest or maybe a homemade recipe?

Maui and Emma
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Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Dog Food Topper Made with Real Raw Meat

Dog food toppers are getting to be quite a big thing in the dog industry!

You can find them in just about any common protein flavor recipe that is common for dogs and they come in different forms such as small soft chunks, gravy, and broths.

I can’t help but think - as a dog it might get boring eating the same food morning and night day after day … after day … after day …

Dog food toppers give you a chance to add variety to your dog’s diet without completely changing their main dog food. It’s kind of like putting your favorite gravy on your mashed potatoes.

As part of the Chewy.com Influencer Program, we had the opportunity to try Instinct Raw Boost Mixers -  dog food toppers made by Nature’s Variety (Chewy provides product to Maui free of charge in exchange for an honest review, and you know Maui is always honest).

Read on to find out if Maui and Emma liked this product!

Nature’s Variety Freeze-Dried Raw Boost Mixers

I was amazed at the variety of flavor recipes available for the Instinct Raw Boost Mixers! Usually, you have about four or five recipe choices but with this dog food topper/mixer you have 9 different flavor and benefit recipes to choose from, all of which are grain-free!

  • Gut Health
  • Immune health
  • Mobility support
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Cage-free chicken blends
  • Beef blends

Is Instinct Different Than All the Others?

Instinct believes that dogs should eat as they would in nature. They believe this can be done by feeding real, whole, pure natural raw foods with NO artificial ingredients and NO unnecessary preservatives.

Instinct does not heat their ingredients or diminish the nutrients in the ingredients with unnecessary processing.

Instinct foods are made using Cold Pressure technology also known as High Pressure Processing (HPP). This type of processing does not cook the ingredients and preserves nutrients in the foods.

To maintain nutrition and taste, Instinct creates their RAW foods by starting with frozen raw whole ingredients. They then remove the moisture through Cold Pressure technology which results in freeze-dried 100% raw foods.

Why Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Instead of Raw Meat?

Raw Boost gives you the benefits of feeding raw whole foods to your dog without having to worry about the mess, the time, contamination, and where to store it all!

Raw Boost dog food mixers are soft and dry so there is no mess and it eliminates all of that time you would need to cut up raw meat. They come in compact resealable bags so they take up very little room on your shelf (so they take up no space your fridge or freezer).

The bag of raw boost mixers we received a couple weeks ago indicates it is best if used by May 30, 2020! They have such a long shelf life because all moisture has been removed so the raw ingredients and nutrients are far less likely to go bad.

Special Benefit Raw Boost Mixers

Three of the Raw Boost Mixers dog food toppers are formulated to provide certain nutrients to benefit your dog’s overall gut or immune health or mobility.

Maui would have been happy trying anyone of the flavor recipes but I chose the mobility support because I wanted to learn what about that recipe could be beneficial to dogs perhaps experiencing age-related aches and pains and arthritis.

I'm not sure the amount we feet of the special recipes will really have a  dramatic positive effect but I feel any little bit can help especially if your pup is suffering with painful joints, intestinal issues, and/or health problems.

Mobility Support Recipe

This recipe formulation indicates it provides natural glucosamine and chondroitin to help support healthy joints and hips.

Highlighted ingredients in this recipe are:

  • Flaxseed
  • New Zealand green-lipped mussel
  • Turmeric
  • Fenugreek

Natural glucosamine comes from the hard outer shell of crustaceans and mussels. It also comes from a few other food sources such as beef trachea, chicken feet, pigtails or oxtails, beef knuckle bones, other cartilage-rich bones, a nice homemade bone broth, and yes, green-lipped mussels.

The other highlighted ingredients are all known to help decrease inflammation.

So, all good stuff for helping to improve mobility.

Gut Health Recipe

It comes as no surprise to me that the gut health recipe includes the dog superfood pumpkin. (To learn more about why pumpkin is a dog superfood read my article about it HERE.)

Ingredients highlighted in this recipe are all known to help promote overall gut health and include:

  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potato
  • Chicory root
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Probiotics

Immune Health Recipe

Functional ingredients that make this recipe great for immune health are:

  • Beets - high in vitamin C & folate
  • Flaxseed - good source of iron (helps transport oxygen in the body)
  • Kelp - multiple great effects including detoxification, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and improves digestive health
  • Blueberries - high in vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and antioxidants
  • Cranberries - antioxidants and an anti-inflammatory benefits

How to Feed Raw Boost Mixers

The bag indicates to add ¼ cup to your dog’s food if they weigh up to 20 pounds (that’s Emma size) and ¾ cup to the food for dogs weighing 41 to 60 pounds (that’s Maui size).

The Mobility Support recipe says ¾ of a cup has 232 calories! That’s quite a lot of extra calories so to compensate for those extra calories I cut back Maui (and Emma’s) regular kibble to about ¾ of what they usually get.

I just sprinkled the Raw Boost Mixer on top of Maui and Emma’s regular dry kibble.

You will probably want to cut back on your dog’s regular food as well. That way they will get about the same amount of calories and be less prone to eating too much and gaining weight. Although, if you just feed the mixers once in a while and it is not a regular thing, you probably don’t need to worry about the calories and weight gain too much.

Taste Testing Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

How Much Do You Get?

The Specialty Recipe Instinct Raw Boost Mixers and the Raw Boost Mixers Blends come in 5.5-ounce bags.

The straight-up beef, chicken, lamb, and turkey recipes come in a variety of sizes - 5.5, 6, and/or 14-ounce bags.

The mobility support bag indicates it contains twenty 1/8 cup servings. Look at the serving diagram on the bag –

1/8 of a cup isn’t even on the list. I consider this to be a bit deceptive - but maybe I'm just sensitive.

If I were to feed only Maui the recommended amount of ¾ cup each time, this 5.5-ounce bag would be enough for 3.3 servings.

If I were to feed Emma the recommended amount of ¼ cup, the bag would be enough for 10 servings.

Don’t get me wrong, I love their raw mixers; I just don’t love that they are trying to make you think you will have more servings than you actually will (unless your dog weighs about 10 pounds).

Another Great Way to Use Raw Boost Mixers

If you have a large dog like I do, feeding the Raw Boost Mixers on a regular basis would get pretty expensive. Once in a while as a special dinner treat - yes, but every day - nope.

A lot of people who left reviews on Amazon and Chewy indicated they liked to use the Raw Boost Mixers as treats! I love this idea!

Using the mixers as treats your dog will still get the benefits of the raw diet but your 5.5-ounce bag will last you much longer!

Lowest Prices and Where to Get It

Nature’s Variety and Instinct can be found at most pet stores including privately owned, smaller chains, and large chains like PetSmart and PetCo.

Prices for the 5.5 ounce bags are pretty stable across the board. Here are the lowest prices I could find for Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers 5.5-ounce bag –

Chewy.com - $11.50 to $11.99 (a little less if you sign up for Autoship and free shipping over $49)

Amazon.com - $11.50 to $11.99 (free two-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime)

PetSmart - $11.99

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Maui & Emma’s Final Review of Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Mobility Support Recipe

Nature's variety instinct raw boost mixers review

I let Maui and Emma try these first as a treat. It's always interesting when they try something new; you can tell by the look in their eyes and how quickly they sit for another how much they like what you give them.

Emma went a little bit bananas after she tried one piece. She didn't know whether to bounce around (she's quite a jumper) or to try and sit for another. Once I asked her to sit her little rear end hit the floor pretty darn fast! She couldn't get enough of them!

Maui is always a bit calmer for treats. She knows the drill - sit or follow a command and treats will be given. She absolutely loved these as well and her rear stay planted to the floor anticipating the next piece!

Let us know if you tried these  Raw Boost Mixers!

Maui and Emma absolutely love them and want to know if your dog does too!

Please leave us a comment below with your story or just to say woof!

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The Honest Kitchen Pour Overs Dog Stew – Pumpkin & Turkey Dog Food Topper

 

All Hollows Eve has passed and we hope you had a spooky evening! Maui and her new housemate Emma wore their costumes and borked at all the little monsters that came to the door in search of treats.

Now that Halloween has passed it is time to move on to the next spectacular holiday, Thanksgiving! (We will not forget Thanksgiving like so many retailers do today. I bet if we went shopping today we would hear Christmas music at some stores already.)

Pumpkin is obviously a really big deal for Thanksgiving! Who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie! And of course you have the turkey; Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without the turkey!

To celebrate both of these spectacular foods Maui thought we should take a look at The Honest Kitchen Pumpkin Pour Overs Turkey and Pumpkin Stew recipe! It is essentially a dog food topper, but a little chunkier.

 

Pumpkin Pour Overs

Pumpkin Pour Overs are a new product for The Honest Kitchen and there are three awesome flavor recipes you can choose from:

  • Salmon & pumpkin stew
  • Chicken & pumpkin stew
  • Turkey & pumpkin stew

These stews feature diced meat in a pumpkin and apple purée. Pumpkin helps support your dog’s healthy digestive system!

With the holidays coming up Maui decided to choose the turkey and pumpkin stew recipe in honor of Thanksgiving of course, but also because both of those foods are absowoofly delicious!!

 

Maui golden retriever the honest kitchen pumpkin pour overs dog stew

 

What are Pour Overs?

Pour overs are essentially the same thing as a dog food topper, dog food mixer, dog food inclusion, etc. You just pour some of the Pour Over on top of your dog’s regular food to give their ordinary meal an extra boost of incredible flavor and texture.

The Honest Kitchen has a few Pour Over varieties and all are labeled as a stew. This means the pour over is going to be thicker and chunkier than say, a broth. Think in your mind and compare a chicken broth soup to a chicken stew. It’s going to be thicker, hardier, chunkier, and (I think) much yummier!

 

The Honest Kitchen Standards

The Honest Kitchen takes pet food really seriously!

Honest is more than a word in our name – it’s who we are and who we strive to be. We believe that the more you learn about The Honest Kitchen, the more likely you are to serve it to your pets.

All foods made by The Honest Kitchen are made with 100% human grade ingredients. This means if the ingredients are not good enough for you to eat; they won’t be used by The Honest Kitchen as an ingredient to make food for your pet.

That, of course, doesn’t mean you will want to or should eat these foods. Dogs have a different pallet than you do and they just might not taste as good to you as they do to your dog. But, if you want to give it a try and let us know what you think, please tell us in the comments below! (Just kidding, don’t eat it. It’s for your dog.)

The Honest Kitchen’s promise to you:

A vast majority of pet food makers use stuff we never use from places we don’t trust. The Honest Kitchen is made in the USA and never contains the potentially unsafe and unhealthy ingredients found in feed-grade products.

 

What’s Not in Their Foods

The Honest Kitchen is missing a lot of things in their foods, but that is a good thing!

Their foods contain:

  • No by-products or fillers
  • No additives or preservatives
  • No corn, wheat, or soy
  • No GMO ingredients
  • No “4D” meats or feathers (dead, diseased, dying, disabled)
  • No ingredients from China

See, I told you that it is a good thing … a really good thing!

 

 

What Is in Their Foods

… Only high-quality ingredients that meet strict food safety standards. In fact, The Honest Kitchen is subject to 100 quality and manufacturing control regulations in making their pet foods.

Ingredient suppliers must provide proof of food origin, screening, handling, cleaning (and more).

Ingredients are only sourced from suppliers The Honest Kitchen knows and trusts.

  • 67% of their ingredients come from North America
  • 13% from South America
  • 14% from Europe
  • 5% from Asia
  • less than 1% from Africa
  • 0% from China

 

Pumpkin Pour Overs Ingredients

Pumpkin Pour Overs are made like a true stew. They are slow cooked with delicious meat proteins, veggies, and super nutritious pumpkin!

The pumpkin and turkey Pour Overs dog food topper is made with human grade:

  1. Turkey bone broth
  2. Turkey
  3. Pumpkin
  4. Apples
  5. Butternut Squash
  6. Tapioca
  7. Potato
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Ginger

Seriously sounds good enough for us to eat! (But again, I wouldn’t and won’t …. unless you give me a lot of money. Just kidding.)

On top of the super nutritious human grade ingredients another great thing about the Pumpkin Pour Overs is that they are good for all life stages – puppy, adults, active adult, less active, and senior dogs.

 

Where to Get Them and Cost

The Pumpkin Pour Overs come by the case of 12. Each box in the case contains 5.5-ounces.

Chewy.com – $22.23/case with AutoShip discount ($23.40 without the discount).

Amazon.com – $23.88 (free shipping with prime membership; 40% off if you add this to your ‘subscribe & save’ pet food order)

TheHonestKitchen.com – $23.88/case (out of stock as of 11/1/18)

There are a few other random pet supply stores online that carry them for approximately the same price up to $25/case.

 

I found them by the individual 5.5-ounce box at:

OnlyNaturalPet.com – $1.95/box (and as of today 11/2/18 they are having a free shipping deal)

This is a great option if you just want to give them a try before committing to an entire case.

 

If you would like to try out these awesome Pour Overs for your pup, you can order through the links presented above.

 

Calories and Nutrition

The pumpkin and turkey stew recipe contains about 77 calories per box.

The box indicates it contains approximately two servings per box. Of course, this will vary depending on the size of your dog. A smaller dog can probably get three or maybe four servings from one box while an extra-large dog might just get one serving per box.

Remember to decrease the amount of regular food you give your dog when you add on any sort of dog food topper or mixer. If you give them the same amount of the regular food plus this, over time the extra calories could make for a chubby puppy.

 

What It Looks Like

Dogs don’t care what food looks like! All they care about is if it tastes good and if it smells good! The pumpkin and turkey pour over dog food toppers put a tail wag in both of those boxes!

I will be the first to tell you though, from a human perspective, these don’t look very appetizing to my human eye. Here’s a picture from The Honest Kitchen website. Keep in mind, like with any advertising or commercial, things always look better on TV or in print then what yours looks like.

 

The honest kitchen pumpkin pour overs pumpkin and turkey dog food topper

 

Maui’s Final Score

Here is Maui’s (and my) final review of The Honest Kitchen Pumpkin Pour Overs pumpkin and turkey recipe dog food topper.

 

Texture:                      Like a super thick, chunky gravy

Appearance:           

Taste:                          

Ingredients:             

Smell:                         

Price:                          

 

If you would like to learn more about The Honest Kitchen you can visit their website here!

Maui wanted to let you know that she received this product for free as being a proud member of the Chewy.com Influencer Program. Chewy.com sends her products each month for free in exchange for honest reviews. Maui and I are always honest.

All hail the stew!

 

 

 

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Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers With Freeze-Dried Raw Meat & fruit!

 

Eating the exact same thing every day for breakfast and dinner has got to get boring! We, humans, get to choose what we eat every day for our meals and snacks, but our dogs just get to eat whatever it is we get them. That’s kind of a bad deal for them.

Luckily in recent years, dog food toppers and dog food mixers have become quite a popular thing! These dog food toppers and mixers are often made with real meat, fruits, and vegetables and are meant to be mixed with your dog’s regular dry or wet food. Talk about an awesome spruce up!

Today we’re going to talk about Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixer SuperBlends! Awesome blends of freeze-dried raw meat in freeze-dried, nutrient-rich superfoods like strawberries, bananas, and blueberries!

 

Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixer SuperBlends

These dog food toppers are each made up of 90% raw freeze-dried meat. SuperBlends mixers come in four recipe varieties:

  • Cage-free chicken
  • Cage-free chicken for small breed dogs
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Cage-free duck and goose

Stella & Chewy’s creates these drool-ishious dog food toppers by mixing their original 95% raw meat Meal Mixers with a special blend of 100% organic vegetables and fruit!

 

All varieties of Stella and Chewy's super blends meal mixers

 

About the Meat

The majority of the ingredients in the SuperBlends Meal Mixers are Stella & Chewy’s ‘regular’ Meal Mixers which are made from 95% meat, organs, and bone.

All raw freeze-dried proteins used in the Meal Mixers and SuperBlends are cage free, grass fed, and wild caught or farm raised. The proteins they use also have no added hormones or antibiotics!

Stella & Chewy’s obtains their meat proteins only from ranchers and farmers they trust. They are very transparent in where they obtained their animal proteins as can be seen from this clip from their website.

 

About the Fruit

Stella & Chewy Super Blends mixes in certified organic bananas, strawberries, and blueberries!

Their website indicates they only obtain ingredients

“sourced from farmers and ranchers that are recognized for their superior, human-grade quality ingredients and highest levels of food handling safety”.

 

 

Ingredients from China?

It seems dog food ingredients sourced from China are always getting a bad rap, but not without cause. China has had more than its fair number of food scandals. For this reason, consumers are often highly concerned about ingredients sourced from China.

So, to let you know …

Stella & Chewy’s indicates they source none of their ingredients from China!

 

Food Safety

Stella & Chewy's product safety testingStella & Chewy’s makes big efforts to source only high-quality, nutritious, wholesome, and safe ingredients. If you’re curious about your products safety testing, you can look it up on their website!

Enter the lot number of your product in the spot found in the upper right-hand corner of your website and you will be able to see the full product safety testing report from that product! I’ve never seen any other company as transparent and forthcoming with food safety information!

 

How to Feed

What is interesting about this dog food topper is you have the option of using it as a topper (an extra scrumptious bonus to your dog’s regular food) or as their entire meal!

 

Stella & Chewy's how to feed meal mixers

 

As a Dog Food Topper

Their website states to measure out a ¼ cup of the SuperBlends Meal Mixer; add it to your dog’s regular diet; mix it up, and serve.

Personally, I think the amount that you add will depend on the size of your dog. If you have a tiny little dog that only eats ½ a cup of food at a time (or something like that) adding ¼ cup of additional food onto that is an awful lot!

 

As a Complete and Balanced Meal

Stella & Chewy’s recommends rehydrating the super blends meal mixer in order to use it as their whole meal.

You can do this by adding 2 tablespoons warm water per ¼ cup of meal mixer.

Here is a feeding chart from their website for the cage-free chicken recipe SuperBlends Meal Mixers.

 

 

Calories, Calories, Calories

These meal mixers have a decent number of calories in them.

The website refers to a scoop as a ¼ cup, so with this in mind:

  • Cage-free chicken recipe = 60 cal/scoop
  • Cage-free chicken recipe for small breed dogs – 60 cal/scoop
  • Grass-fed beef recipe = 75 cal/scoop
  • Cage-free duck and goose recipe – 70 cal/scoop

An extra 60 – 70 calories for a large or extra-large dog probably wouldn’t amount to much, but for a small dog, that’s a lot of calories!

Be sure to decrease the amount of regular kibble or wet food you give your dog to compensate for the extra calories added by the dog food topper.

 

 

What Do People Think

Stella & Chewy’s is a well-loved brand!

155 Amazon reviewers give the Meal Mixer SuperBlends dog food toppers an average of 4.5 / 5 stars! Pretty darn good!

Some of those reviewers say:

 

 

Reviews on Chewy.com give the Stella & Chewy’s SuperBlends Meal Mixers 4.3 to 4.6 out of 5 stars!

 

 

Price, Size, & Availability

Not only is Stella & Chewy’s a well-loved brand but it is very popular as well!

You can find Stella & Chewy’s products at many sites online and at brick-and-mortar pet stores.

The SuperBlends come in 3.25 and 8-ounce bags. All flavor recipes accept the small breed blend also comes in 16-ounce bags.

Here are prices for the 16-ounce bag at a couple of my favorite online pet retailers:

Amazon.com – $37.99 to $39.98 depending on the recipe. The 8-ounce bag of the small breed chicken recipe is $19.99. Prime members get free shipping.

Chewy.com – $38.99 ($37.04 with AutoShip). The 8-ounce bag of the small breed chicken recipe is $19.99 ($18.99 with AutoShip).

 

Pros and Cons

Maui didn’t get to try this one yet (she’s pouting) so we’re going to let you know what some reviewers said online.

Pros

  • Dogs love it
  • Picky eater loves it
  • A dog with allergies was doing well on it
  • Non–eating dogs began eating again
  • Easy to hide pills in

Cons

  • Some reviewers felt the price was too high
  • A few dogs didn’t like it
  • Some found the freeze-dried protein pieces to be in crumbles

 

Freeze-Dried Pawsomeness!

These soft, yummy, flavor-boosting morsels of freeze-dried deliciousness are great additions to bring your dog’s regular dry or wet food up to the next level!

Freeze-dried morsels of beef or poultry mixed with delicious little pieces of banana, strawberry, and blueberry.

If you never tried a dog food topper before this one to be a great first choice! It comes in 3.25-ounce packages; a small bag to try out before spending the money on a big one.

 

Enjoy my frens!

Lynne and Maui

 

 

 

 

What is your dog think of these Stella & Chewy’s Super Blends Meal Mixers?

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Raw Freeze-Dried Dog Food Topper by Sojos.

 

Maui gets to try her first dog food topper!

We received the Sojos Mix-a-Meal freeze-dried raw lamb dog food topper for being part of the Chewy.com Influencer Program. I was pretty excited about this one because we (I mean Maui) have never tried a topper before. I kind of felt like a kid in a candy store (thinking that might not be a good analogy since I am talking about raw freeze-dried lamb).

Sojos makes a meal food topperMaui is always interested in the bags we get from Chewy. She was especially interested after one of her teeth poked a hole in this bag and she could smell what was inside!

 

Sojos Mix-a-Meal Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Food Topper

The Sojos Mix-a-Meal dog food topper is a grain-free, freeze-dried raw meat to add your dogs’ kibble as a protein-rich, uber delicious topper (or mixer). Toppers are not meant to be the main meal but are meant to be added to what your dog regularly gets as a meal.

Maui received the freeze-dried lamb flavor but the Mix-a-Meals come in a variety of different recipes:

  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Chicken

 

Freeze-Dried Raw Meat

Talking about the ingredients is pretty darn simple with this product. The Mix-a-Meal freeze-dried lamb topper includes …. lamb. That’s it.

The other flavor toppers are just as easy. The chicken topper includes chicken; the turkey topper includes turkey, and the beef topper includes (are you ready for it) beef.

Each of these freeze-dried raw meat toppers only includes that one single ingredient. High-protein, super nutritious freeze-dried meat.

This is great for dogs with any sort of food sensitivities or allergies. Single ingredient, single protein foods make it effortless to be 100% sure of what your dog is eating.

 

Raw beef and chicken

Source of Ingredients

The Sojos website is a bit minimalistic compared to other pet product brands. Had to look in the FAQ section to find out about where ingredients are sourced.

Sojos sources about 80% of their ingredients from the United States. Some protein options, as well as the seasonality of ingredients, require they source some ingredients from elsewhere. As an example, they say the venison comes from New Zealand and goat from Australia.

Other Sojos products included vitamins and minerals. The company indicates most are sourced from the United States; some from other countries; but none are sourced from China.

 

 

The Look and Smell

I definitely would not recommend sticking your nose into the bag. I do this with every new treat and food Maui gets; I guess just because I’m curious. I definitely would not recommend taking a big whiff of this freeze-dried topper as it is not a very pleasant smell. Don’t know what I expected, as it literally is just freeze-dried meat.

The freeze-dried lamb pieces are comparable I would say to one or two pieces of Captain Crunch or one or two crunch berries. They are a little bit randomly shaped but consistently about that general size.

 

How Much to Feed Your Dog

These Sojos Mix-a-Meal freeze-dried toppers are meant to be a supplement to your dogs regular dry or canned food.

The bag offers no suggestion of how much to feed. I guess they leave it up to us to determine how much we want to add in. It will certainly depend on the size of your dog and how much they normally eat.

 

Calories and How to Feed

I do want to stress – you need to watch the calories! If you leave the amount of dry or wet dog food you feed the same and then add this on top, your dog will be getting a lot more calories than usual. This can add up quickly and your dog will become overweight.

Sojos dog food topper caloriesThe freeze-dried lamb recipe indicates there is 228 kcal/cup.

When you add a topper to your dogs’ food be sure to decrease the amount of regular dry or wet food your dog gets to compensate for the added calories of the dog food topper.

When I gave it to Maui I decreased her regular kibble by about ¼ cup and only added ½ a cup of the Sojos freeze-dried lamb topper to her food.

Depending on the size of your dog; how much they regularly eat; and how much of the topper you want to add, you will have to decide the most suitable ratio of food to topper for your pet.

 

What People Think

This is a new product for Sojos as none of the flavors of these Mix-a-Meal toppers have reviews on Chewy.com yet.

Pulling up other Sojos products on Chewy.com shows me that people really, really like the brand! Nearly all of the Sojos products listed have a 4 to a 5-star rating!

 

Sojos dog food topper selections

 

People seem to like the Sojos product line on Amazon as well!

Sojos reviews

Pros & Cons

I can only go based on my impression of the product and Maui’s reaction to the product, as there are no reviews of this specific product as of yet.

Pros

  • Great source of protein (not less than 50% for the lamb recipe)
  • No added, unnecessary ingredients
  • Can easily use these as treats, too!
  • Made in Minnesota

Cons

  • Maui Golden retriever with Sojos dog food topperNot completely transparent about the source of individual ingredients
  • Maui won’t stop bugging me for it when she sees the bag
  • Can only currently be found on Chewy.com (it’s a brand new product!)

 

What We Think

I’m sure you know that Maui absolutely loves it! She already knows the bag and will definitely be disappointed when it’s all gone.

I love that it’s a single ingredient, single protein topper. I do wish that Sojos was more upfront and transparent about the origins of all of their ingredients. I also find it a bit confusing that I cannot find this product anywhere except on Chewy.com; it is not even listed on the Sojos.com website. For these reasons, I give this product a 9/10.

Maui gives the Sojos Mix-a-Meal freeze-dried lamb raw dog food topper a definite two paws way up! She loves it so much she tried to steal the bag when we were doing photos!

Top it all,

Lynne and Maui

 

 

 

 

Give the Sojos dog food toppers a try and let Maui know what your pup thinks of it!

Share your experiences below in the comments!

 

 

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