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June 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm #45051 Report Abuse
I just want to get some ideas of toppers for kibble. My friend won’t go raw, but wants to ensure that he is feeding well. I suggested some stuff I learned from HDM, like salmon oil and coconut oil, as well as adding things like meat. I want to get some of your guy’s opinions on adding toppers to kibble. All suggestions are welcome.June 22, 2014 at 11:16 pm #45063 Report Abuse
I give my dogs canned every morning with their breakfast. In the evening they get either sardines, eggs, dehydrated, or frozen raw nuggets with their Kibbles. If we have healthy leftovers, I’ll throw those on too!
I think it’s really healthy to add to dry food. Good luck!June 23, 2014 at 5:32 am #45070 Report AbuseHound Dog MomParticipant
Hi Zach M –
I like to suggest toppers that are high in both moisture and protein as these are two things that kibble is generally lacking. These are some of my favorite suggestions to make for toppers:
-Cage-Free Eggs (omega ‘3’s)
-Tinned Sardines (omega 3’s)
-Canned Salmon (omega 3’s)
-Plain Yogurt (probiotics)
-Plain Kefir (probiotics)
-Raw Goat’s Milk (buy locally is it’s available or both Answer’s and Primal sell raw goat’s milk for dogs that has the additional benefit of added probiotics)
-High Quality Canned Foods
-Re-hydrated Freeze-Dried Foods
-Meat (use lean leftovers, purchase meat that’s on sale or items such as gizzards or heart that are fairly cheap
Remember that if using unbalanced extras, they should account for 20% or less of each meal (if using balanced additions such as canned food or commercial raw this rule doesn’t apply).June 23, 2014 at 9:55 am #45100 Report Abuse
Do I give my dog whole eggs, or just the shells? Thanks for the answers C4C and Hound Dog Mom!June 23, 2014 at 10:02 am #45101 Report Abuse
I do not give my dogs the shells. I separate the yolk from the whites and give the yolk raw and lightly cook the whites. My dogs are about 80 pounds each and they get two eggs twice a week.June 23, 2014 at 10:07 am #45105 Report Abuse
So I just give my dog the raw yolks and slightly cool the egg whites? I’m not trying to question you and be rude but why don’t you give the eggshells? I just want to extend my knowledge.June 23, 2014 at 10:11 am #45106 Report AbuseDogFoodieMember
Steve Brown is considered by many to be one of the authorities on raw feeding. Here’s and article from this site: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/raw-dog-food-fat/
Down toward the bottom of the page, you’ll read where there is mention of the e-book, the ABC Way. Here’s a link to that also: http://www.seespotlivelonger.com/home/sll/page_41/see_spot_live_longer_the_abc_way___electronic_down.html
The download costs $2.95, but it’s great for learning about healthy toppers and even how to replace meals, once weekly, with fresh whole foods and the benefit that it can have. It’s a great download for the money!June 23, 2014 at 10:39 am #45108 Report AbuseCyndiMember
I give my Bailey a few raw, cage-free chicken or duck eggs per week. I feed her the whole egg, shell and all, and she loves it. I also use tinned sardines, yogurt or kefir, pumpkin, etc.
Here is a good article about feeding your dogs eggs. There is also a ton of good info on the rest of the site.
June 23, 2014 at 11:23 am #45115 Report Abuse
- This reply was modified 8 years, 10 months ago by Cyndi.
I remember either hearing or reading something that said that if you are feeding eggs as a topper to kibble to not feed the shells as it will cause the meal to be out of balance with too much calcium. But, to only feed with the shells when it is part of a homemade diet to increase calcium levels to where they need to be.
I’m sure you will get more opinions. You just have to do your research and experiment with what you think is best.
Good luck!June 23, 2014 at 11:28 am #45116 Report AbuseCyndiMember
That does make sense C4C, I should have mentioned that I feed raw. Thanks for clearing that up! 🙂June 23, 2014 at 11:30 am #45117 Report Abuse
Thanks guys! I feel so smart now!June 23, 2014 at 11:32 am #45119 Report AbuseDogFoodieMember
You always were Zach! : )June 23, 2014 at 11:34 am #45120 Report Abuse
Aww, thanks Betsy!June 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm #45125 Report Abuse
You might want to check out the down load that Betsy mentioned above. The see Sport Live Longer for $2.95. There are some good recommendations in that little book for people that feed kibble.June 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm #45127 Report Abuse
I will download that. I’m so pumped!
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