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).
Maui 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:
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.
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.
The 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!
People seem to like the Sojos product line on Amazon as well!
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.
- 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
- Not 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,
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!