Today we are expanding our reach and our minds. Not only is this site dedicated to treats, treat toys, and chatting about dog topics and trends, but we are going to also be talking about dog food toppers. I’m pretty excited about this because these pet food toppers seem pretty darn drool-worthy!
We are going to start out our first post about dog food toppers by checking out The Honest Kitchen Proper Toppers.
What Are Pet Food Toppers?
Do you ever feel kind of bad feeding your pet the same kibble morning and night, day in and day out? I mean we get a variety of foods! Why can’t our dog get a variety, too? Toppers give us the chance to offer this to our pets.
Sprinkle a bit of a dog food topper on top of your dog’s food to add a kick of variety to that boring old kibble. The Honest Kitchen toppers are clusters of crunchy deliciousness made from human-grade ingredients and are packed with real meat proteins.
The Honest Kitchen
I came across this company by chance but I’m super happy that I did! Reading through their website about their philosophy; how they produce their pet foods; and the quality ingredients they use – it’s just kind of redeeming to the pet food industry!
Their website states “Honest is more than a word in our name – it’s who we are and strive to be” and it offers tons of information lending truth to that statement.
Human Grade Requirements
There are laws and regulations that companies must follow and adhere to in order to lawfully claim their pet foods, treats, toppers, etc. are human-grade.
According to the Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) in order for a pet food label to lawfully claim it is human-grade, every single ingredient used in the pet food must be suitable for human consumption and the product must be made in a licensed human facility that meets good manufacturing practices (GMP) for human food production.
In addition, every ingredient and every final product must be stored, handled, processed, and transported in a way that “is consistent and compliant with regulations for current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) for human edible foods as specified in 21 CFR 117”.
The Honest Kitchen’s Human-Grade Claim
The Honest Kitchen claims their foods are human-grade. This means that every single ingredient used in their products must be suitable for human consumption. Their website screams “100% human-grade”. This means that all of the ingredients used in their products are of a high enough quality for us to eat (but keep in mind this is still dog food and not intended for human consumption).
The Honest Kitchen states right on their website that they only source ingredients from suppliers they trust. They require all suppliers to provide:
- proof of food origin
- and more
They’ve been working with some of their suppliers since 2002!
Also interesting is The Honest Kitchen indicates they produce their dog food products alongside human food. I assume this means in the same kitchen! They are routinely inspected by the FDA and claim their kitchens to be seven times cleaner than feed-grade facilities!
You can find information about their Kitchen Standards and Quality Assurance Program on their website under The Honest Difference tab.
Feed-grade Versus Human-Grade
In case you were wondering – yes, there are feed-grade ingredients that are not suited for human consumption that many pet food manufacturers use in producing pet foods and treats. This feed-grade quality food can include some nasty stuff. Here is a comparison of human-grade ingredients versus feed-grade ingredients from TheHonestKitchen.com.
The Honest Kitchen Proper Toppers (as well as their other foods) are made with dehydrated ingredients. They feel this process preserves food nutrients making it a healthier choice for your dog.
Proper Toppers come in 4 recipes including chicken, turkey, beef, and fish.
Taking a quick peek at the ingredients for the beef recipe it contains 80% ranch-raised beef and is loaded with dehydrated real foods as well as many added vitamins and minerals. The top six ingredients are:
- dehydrated beef
- dehydrated egg
- dehydrated pumpkin
- dried apple
- dehydrated chard
- dried blueberries
The chicken and turkey recipes have 90% free-range chicken or turkey, respectively and the fish recipe has 85% wild-caught fish. Other main ingredients are all dehydrated or dried real foods!
The package recommends using the Proper Toppers as an extra topper on top of your dog’s kibble, to use 2 tablespoons per 20 pounds of bodyweight. Each tablespoon contains 47 calories so you will want to decrease the amount of kibble to compensate for these additional calories.
The Proper Toppers package also indicates you could use this product as a total meal! Feeding amounts for this purpose are listed on the back of the package. It says to just splash the Proper Toppers with warm water before serving (this product will not swell up with the addition of water).
Proper Toppers also make great treats!
Other Cool Ingredient Facts
The Honest Kitchen is located in the United States and all of its ingredients are processed in the U.S. They do not use foods sourced from China or genetically modified ingredients or proteins. All ingredients are free of preservatives and chemicals including hormones and antibiotics.
Perks on Their Website
Browsing around TheHonestKitchen.com I found some nice perks if you order directly from them.
- Free shipping on orders over $49
- Sign up for their newsletter and get $5 off your next order
- if you are interested in their foods, you can order a 2-pound starter meal box so you can give it a try without having to purchase a larger quantity!
If you want to give your dog a little bit of variety but don’t want to completely change your dog’s kibble, adding a pet food topper could be just what you and your dog are looking for!
Give these Proper Toppers a try and let me and Simba know what you and your pup think of them! Look forward to hearing from you!