From what I read on the Internet, toppers seem to be becoming quite popular at the moment and I have a feeling that they might be the next big thing in the pet food industry. For those who are not familiar with the use of toppers, they usually consist of wet food added to kibble to increase palatability and to improve nutrition.
At one time I would have said they were not necessary as dry food is labelled as 'complete' but I have changed my view as I have seen the benefits of using them.
I have a feeling that the best kind of topper, as well as being tasty should add something to the base meal. For instance, I have a couple of pals who feed their dogs James Wellbeloved mixed with Natures Menu pouches. JWB is given in smaller quantities so it reduces the carb content and the NM has a higher dry weight protein content so it gives a bit of balance. That is just my interpretation so not to be taken as fact. Anyway, it works well and the dogs are happy and healthy.
I've long been a fan of home cooked toppers and every day my dogs get something different added to their cold pressed food. For instance, yesterday it was sardines in tomato sauce and today it is chicken. Tomorrow it is white fish. I like to increase the protein a little so that is why I choose these sorts of toppers. Because they are protein foods I don't usually have to reduce the cold pressed but would do so if they were putting weight on. I also add a teaspoonful of organic natural yoghurt once a day and maybe a few blueberries and cooked vegetables.
Do you give your dog a topper, and if so what do you use, why do you use that particular one and what is your base food? Do you think that toppers are unnecessary? Would really like to hear what people feel about this.