Stella and Chewy’s Raw Frozen Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Stella and Chewy’s product line includes seven raw frozen 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 Frozen Dinner
- Stella’s Super Beef Frozen Dinner
- Stella and Chewy’s Surf N’ Turf Frozen Dinner
- Stella and Chewy’s Dandy Lamb Frozen Dinner
- Stella and Chewy’s Simply Venison Frozen Dinner
- Stella and Chewy’s Absolutely Rabbit Frozen Dinner
- Stella and Chewy’s Duck Duck Goose Frozen Dinner
Stella’s Super Beef Frozen Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Stella's Super Beef Frozen Dinner
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef liver, beef kidney, beef heart, beef tripe, beef bone, calcium carbonate, 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), 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) = 6.7%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||43%||37%||12%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||62%||8%|
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 sixth ingredient is ground beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The seventh ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.
The eighth ingredient is pumpkin seeds. 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 nutrient-rich organic fruits and vegetables…
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 also 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 Raw Frozen Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s Raw Frozen Dog Food looks like an above average product.
Since this recipe contains a number of quality organic ingredients, we feel compelled to accord this line somewhat favored status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
Just the same, 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 36%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 11% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 77%.
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 raw product containing a notable amount of meat.
Stella and Chewy’s Raw Frozen Dog Food is a meat-based product using a notable amount of species-specific meat and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
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
06/14/2010 Original review
01/13/2011 Review updated
03/14/2011 Review updated (chelated minerals)
12/04/2012 Review updated
01/19/2013 Review updated
01/19/2013 Last Update
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