Stella and Chewy’s Raw Frozen (Raw Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Stella and Chewy’s product line includes eight 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 and Chewy’s Phenomenal Pheasant 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

Protein = 43% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 12%

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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis13%11%NA
Dry Matter Basis43%37%12%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%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

  • Cranberries
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Apples
  • Blueberries

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 Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food looks like an above-average raw product 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 43%, a fat level of 37% and estimated carbohydrates of about 12%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 35%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 74%.

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 significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Stella and Chewy’s is a meat-based raw frozen dog food using a significant amount of species-specific meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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.

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Notes and Updates

07/31/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Dan,

    Thank you for answering my questions!

    You said her blood sugar ranges from 3-10.

    For those who don’t know, Dan is measuring in mmol/l (milimol per litre). To convert this to the american way to measure blood sugar mg/dl (milligram per decilitre) you would multiply by 18.

    Anything below 4.5 mmol/l is LOW and 3 is venturing into the danger zone. If she were to go into insulin shock you would have to inject her with glucose to try and raise her blood sugar quickly before anything serious occurs!

    Since she is eating twice a day (2 shots so 2 meals, correct?) I would do one meal as raw and keep the other meal canned for now. You will want to keep the carbohydrate content of the raw meal the same as the canned meal to avoid changing her insulin. I would still lower her raw meal insulin shot by about 20% until I could determine how the raw meals are affecting her blood sugar.

    I believe that home testing of blood glucose is ESSENTIAL to good control of diabetes.

    Once you see how she does on the raw meal (pancreatitis, blood sugar, insulin dosage, bladder stones, etc) you can switch her to completely raw if everything is going well.

    Remember to closely monitor her Diabetes whenever making any changes to her food regimen. Whenever unsure about how a food change is going to affect her blood sugars, lower the amount of insulin you give her until you can figure things out.

    I hope she does well on the raw food. It is definitely a step up in quality!!!

  • Dan

    Thanks for the reply!

    Despite all the issues (Most of them controlled now) she is still very energetic and in great shape. She weighs about 22 pounds. I can’t take her for long hikes anymore, but she can keep up for about an hour walk, before she’s exhausted.

    She’s been diabetic for almost two years now. The first 6 months were a little tough trying to control her blood sugar, but she’s doing a lot better now.

    Her Blood sugar is managed a lot better now and have dropped her from 8 units twice a day, to 5.5-6 Units twice a day. Her blood sugar ranges from 3-10. It does sometimes spike a little higher.

    She’s been eating Hills Prescription Diet ZD Ultra for the past 5 years or so. She was eating the kibble for majority of the time, but I recently changed it to the canned food only. Sometimes I mix some vegetables and fruit with her canned food as well. Mainly carrots, cucumber and apples.

    The kibble made her stool really soft the last few months and she didn’t seem to be doing to well with it. I also noticed that the kibble made her blood sugar spike (Probably due to the carbohydrates).

    She has had pancreatic issues while on this diet, but it could be from her getting into something, or somehow managing to find food somewhere (She loves food). Shes had bladder stones about 3 times, al while on this diet.

    She does seem to have a lot of allergies as well, she scratches her bum and licks herself quite a bit. It does get better in the fall and winter, but the summer really seems to make it worse. We have tried some prescriptions for the allergies, but they didnt help. The other forms of allergy medication she can’t take due to her diabetes.

    The reason I want to change her diet is because I don’t feel like she is getting the best nutrition from her current diet. I’ve done a lot of research and asked a lot of different people and they say they have seen great results from a raw diet. I’ve noticed a big difference since introducing natural foods (organic vegetables and fruits) and I feel like the raw diet could have a better effect.

    Despite all these issues shes a happy and energetic dog. She’s one tough dog :).

    Thanks for your help!

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Dan,

    I’m sorry to hear your puggle is having issues.

    Would you mind telling us a little about your girl?

    What food is she eating and how is she doing on it.

    How long has she been on this food.

    Has she had any stones or pancreatitis since she has been on this food.

    Is her diabetes controlled well.

    How long has she been diabetic.

    When a dog (or person) has several health issues it is unwise to throw out suggestions without knowing a little more about your dog. I’m confident you will be able to improve your dog’s nutrition I would just like you to go about it with caution and if we know more we will be able to answer your questions better.

    Give your little girl a rub for me!

  • Dan

    Hey, I have a 10 year old puggle, who is a diabetic, has pancreatitis and gets bladder stones due to high calcium foods. She’s currently eating a vet provided hypo allergenic wet food. I am trying the raw stella and chewys lamb. Im really wanting to change her to this raw food and have her a healthier more nutrious diet. Is there a specific formula you think would work best?

  • Crazy4cats

    Hey Betsy-
    Thank you for thinking of me. :)

  • Betsy Greer

    It’s a brand of dog food. Here’s the review: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/rotations-dog-food/

    C4C mentioned that she had tried it recently and good results with it.

  • Dori

    It’s a dog food. Mike has a review of the food here on dfa.

  • neezerfan

    What is Rotations?

  • Betsy Greer

    Hey C4C,

    I’m not sure how the price compares, but at k9cuisine.com, they have Rotations 25% off through tomorrow. I’ve ordered from them before. Their prices were high, but the sale item was a screaming deal.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi-
    First of all, I’m really glad to hear Abbie is doing better. :) Next, I do not know anything about her disease, but I can’t help but think that adding fresh food to their kibble would only be a good thing. I add a little canned, fresh, dehydrated or raw to every one of my pups’ meals. Sounds like you are interested in adding raw. You could start with adding eggs and sardines for a few meals. Also boiling chicken sounds like a great idea. As I said, I don’t know anything about her disease, so you definitely could check with your vet first. Wishing you the best!