Over 90% of pets worldwide are fed kibble. We are very much seeing a shift towards fresh and raw foods, with these being the fastest growing segment in the pet industry. There will always be those hesitant to use exclusively raw or simply be prohibited from in for one reason or another.
This is where fresh or raw toppers come in! Just by replacing a quarter of their kibble with a fresh product can have huge impact on their health, vibrance, and longevity. Fresh or raw fed pets also typically avoid common health conditions like renal failure, skin issues, leaky gut, cancer, etc. Adding boosters makes our pets bowl more colorful, palatable, and extra nutritious.
With kibble being devoid of all moisture that our pets would naturally consume in a fresh or raw source, they are missing out on a huge part of their regular diet. Both cats and dogs naturally are biologically expecting to get upwards of 75% of their moisture from their food, meaning that they probably wont be able to make up for that with a few trips to the water bowl. Moisture is a key part to proper digestion, healthy skin, and overall body function. Simply soaking kibble in water 5-10 minutes before feeding can ensure that our pets are eating their moisture instead of being forced to drink it. Items like Bone Broth and Goat's Milk can add beneficial probiotics, anti-inflammatory properties, collagen, and much more!
Fresh and Raw Meats
Fresh and raw meats from either the market or branded toppers like the ones from Primal, Small Batch, Vital Essentials, or Stella & Chewy all add a plethora of benefits. Fresh fish products are chalk full of fresh Omega 3's and 6's. Mackerel is rich in Selenium, Sodium, and Magnesium! Other similar meat items that you could get right from the market would be eggs (raw or cooked without seasoning) and organ meats such as liver or kidney. Pasture Raised and Finshed animals, wild caught or hunted animals will always be incredibly rich in omegas as well as other trace nutrients.
Fruits, Veggies, and Kelp
Fruits and Veggies are packed full of phytonutrients, antioxidants, prebiotics, and much much more! Fruits and Veggies are typcially recommended to be puréed in order to boost digestion and absorption. Popular add-ins are berries, leafy greens, and pumpkin. Kelp and other phytoplankton can be great sources of omegas as well as aiding in anti-inflammation and anti-cancer properties.
Ok not actually, but edible mushrooms are another great addition to your pets bowl! Dried powdered mushrooms like these from Holistic Hound typically have a blend of medicinal mushrooms with health benefits including immune support, rich in antioxidants, digestive aide, detoxifier, and even helping with seasonal allergies.
Feeding our pets can be fun, engaging, enlightening, and educational! At the end of the day, there is no perfect way to do it. Learn with your pets, find out what they really crave, and improve their lives a bowl at a time.
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