Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends product line includes four freeze-dried raw recipes.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends Beef [A]
- Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends Chicken [A]
- Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends Small Breed Chicken [A]
- Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends Duck Duck Goose (3.5 stars) [A]
Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends Beef recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Stella and Chewy's Meal Mixer Superblends Beef
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef liver, beef kidney, beef heart, beef tripe, beef bone, organic bananas, organic blueberries, organic strawberries, pumpkin seed, potassium chloride, organic cranberries, organic spinach, organic broccoli, organic beets, sodium phosphate, organic carrots, organic squash, organic apples, choline chloride, dried Pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, taurine, tocopherols (preservative), zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron sulfate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate, thiamin mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.3%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||47%||30%||15%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||35%||53%||11%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The third ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.
The fourth ingredient is beef heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The fifth ingredient is beef tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of a cud-chewing animal’s stomach. As unappetizing as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents, too.
The next three items include a series of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables…
The ninth ingredient is pumpkin seed. Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and, more importantly, linoleic acid — an essential omega-6 fat.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With two notable exceptions…
First, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends looks like an above-average raw product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a freeze-dried raw product containing an abundance of meat.
However, with 53% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 35% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends is a meat-based freeze-dried raw dog food using an abundance of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Stella and Chewy’s Dog and Cat Food Recall of December 2015 (12/12/2015)
- Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food Recall of July 2015 (7/5/2015)
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Notes and Updates
03/15/2017 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩