Stella and Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Food gets the Advisor’s top rating of 4.5 stars.
The Stella and Chewy’s product line lists five freeze-dried raw dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner
- Stella’s Super Beef Freeze-Dried Dinner
- Stella and Chewy’s Surf and Turf Dinner
- Stella and Chewy’s Dandy Lamb Freeze-Dried Dinner
- Stella and Chewy’s Duck Duck Goose Freeze-Dried Dinner
Stella’s and Chewy’s Duck Duck Goose Freeze-Dried Dog Food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Stella and Chewy's Duck Duck Goose Freeze-Dried
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Duck with ground bone, turkey, turkey liver, goose, turkey gizzard, pumpkin seed, potassium chloride, organic cranberries, organic spinach, organic broccoli, organic beets, sodium phosphate monobasic, organic carrots, organic squash, organic apples, organic blueberries, choline chloride, dried Pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, taurine, tocopherols (preservative), calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron sulfate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate, thiamine monohydrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.2%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||42%||30%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||31%||53%||15%|
The first item in this dog food lists duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”.1
Duck is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life. Plus this particular meat also includes ground bone… an excellent source of natural calcium.
The second ingredient includes turkey, another poultry item with a nutrient profile similar to duck.
The third ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is goose, yet one more poultry item.
The fifth ingredient is turkey gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists by grinding up a consumed food. As foreign as it may seem to us humans, the gizzard is a favored delicacy to a dog.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables…
- Pumpkin seed
- Organic cranberries
- Organic spinach
- Organic broccoli
- Organic beets
- Organic carrots
- Organic squash
- Organic apples
- Organic blueberries
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 minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb.
And lastly, 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.
Stella and Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Raw looks to be an above-average dog food.
But ingredient quality alone can’t paint the whole picture. It’s still crucial to estimate the amount of meat present in the line before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 76%.
Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-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 dog food containing a notable amount of meat.
Stella and Chewy’s is a meat-based freeze-dried raw dog food using a notable amount of named species and their organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
To read about another raw food from the same company be sure to see our review of Stella and Chewy’s Raw Frozen Dinners.
For more suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
06/15/2010 Original review
01/14/2011 Updated (chelated minerals)
12/30/2012 Rating adjusted to 4.5 stars due to modified protein, fat and carb guidelines for our raw dog food category
10/19/2012 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the American Association of Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition ↩