Stella and Chewy’s Raw Frozen (Raw Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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 eight raw frozen recipes, 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 and Chewy’s Duck Duck Goose was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Stella and Chewy's Duck Duck Goose Frozen Dinner

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 39% | Carbs = 6%

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) = 7.1%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis13%11%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%39%6%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%64%4%

The first ingredient in this dog food is 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.

This item also includes ground bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.

The second ingredient is turkey, another quality raw item.

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 includes goose, a protein-rich meat with a nutrient content similar to that of other types of poultry.

The fifth ingredient is turkey gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

The sixth ingredient is pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and, more importantly, linoleic acid, an essential omega-6 fat.

The seventh ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

The eighth ingredient is cranberries, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The ninth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.

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 Raw Frozen Dinners
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 46%, a fat level of 39% and estimated carbohydrates of about 6%.

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 dog food 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 various species 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

11/02/2014 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
  • Eva Llera

    Good morning,
    I am have been feeding my dog stella and chewy’s for about 3 weeks, although its expensive, it’s the only thing he eat. The passed week he has been giving me a difficult time eating and backs away from the food. I feed it to him by crumbling it and adding water to mix it. I’m getting worried because he is a 3 month old long haired chihuahua puppy. Any advice ? I live in Morgantown, where there is not much pet stores to provide such good foods.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Almost all pet stores (especially the big box ones) have them. Just get the basic plastic kind. Their not as comfy, but are much easier to clean as she will likely rub it into the poop trying to get it.
    The Giardia is what’s causing the diarrhea. Once she’s cleared, she should be fine. You might want to put her on a boiled, chicken or turkey with white rice diet, to help her gut calm down. The metrazinadole usually helps calm the gut down too.
    You might want to give her whole crate a wipe down with diluted bleach water and let it dry. Read the link I sent you for clean up guidlines.

  • Naomi

    The cone may be the trick! I need to see where I can get one….she will hate it, she hates even wearing a collar, but at least she won’t be able to eat her poop while we are gone! The diarrhea may get better once the guard is gone right? And does the giardi treatment cause loose stools too? Just feel at such a loss as I continue to go to the vet 1-2 times a week for this problem. Thank you for all your advice and help. Its been super frustrating and I never want to give up on this girl (especially since this problem may affect her chance to ever have a great life), so desperate. Ive only had her for 3 weeks and its been non-stop problems with her GI system. Diarrhea and giardia and now coprophagia.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Simply because her digestive system is compromised, I would hold off on the raw and switch to something easier on the digestive tract, like boiled chicken. That’s what I do with my dogs & fosters when there’s a tummy upset. I would talk to the vet and ask about the metranidazole. I am not one to use drugs in my dogs lightly, but it has helped my Giardia dog and the ones who have had diarrhea that I couldn’t control in a more natural manner. From what I’ve read, it is more effective on resistant strains of Giardia and Giardia often needs a second dosing 10 days after the initial dose.
    The pooping is probably a result of being unable to control the diarrhea and it may be coming through somewhat undigested, which may be why she’s eating it. Just another thought, if you put a cone on her when you leave her, she wouldn’t be able to get to the poop. It might be messy, but it could work. I would test try it when you’re home to make sure she’s alright with it.

  • Naomi

    Yes….the stools are always loose. And she loves to eat loose stool. it seems to be a vicious cycle as the vet said the coprophagia could be also causing more diarrhea. She again pooped in her crate probably around 6am…she usually goes around 7am….and it was on her blankets and she again ate it. She always cries after doing it, so I woke up to her crying. So I should not feed raw at this time? I mixed it again but I will quit if it is not good…just want her GI system to be back to normal and want the guard gone. She is on panacur. Not Flagyl (metro). The vet said to do the panacea first and the if not effective, then the flagyl but as long as she eats her poop I don’t see this ever getting better. Im at such a loss….poor baby does not know better.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Are the stools still loose? Has your vet tried metronidazole yet? That’s one of the recommended treatments for Giardia. That’s what they gave my foster.
    I don’t know if this will help, but when potty training, her crate should be just big enough for her to stand, lay down & turn around comfortably. She shouldn’t be in general public or outdoors where other animals have been until she’s caught up on shots.
    I do feed raw as well as kibble, but I switch to canned or cooked when they have tummy issues. I’m not sure if it’s necessary, but that’s how I do it.

  • Naomi

    Its not when I am home that is the problem, its when my husband and I leave. Whether its an hour or 5, she will poop (she is only 12 weeks old) and will eat it. Crating and even gating, we have tried. She will go to the bathroom, even after already going in the morning and eat it. Im taking off work on Tuesday (the day after her 6th day of panacur) so that I can watch her so she will not eat her poop. She also doesn’t have all her shots (only the first one) because she has had all these problems so I am hesitant to take her out in our cat infested apartment complex area

  • Crazy4dogs

    Do you walk her on a leash? If you did you could pull her away as soon as she potties and immediately pick up the poop. If she has Giardia, you should be picking up the poop immediately anyway. The medication should cure the Giardia.

  • Naomi

    IS it safe for me to feed my puppy the beef frozen dinner patties? I gave her 1/4 of one with her kibble this morning and the rest of it this evening with kibble and thought it would be good for her digestive system (since I read about it online) but just started becoming concerned. Don’t know if this is safe for puppies (she is 6.2 pounds) and how much should I give and is it okay to mix with kibble. I started giving it to her for her coprophagia and guard issues. I read online that a raw diet helps with coprophagia. The giardia treatment isn’t working because she eats her feces right after. The coproban and the other powder stuff wasn’t working so I desperately attempted to feed her raw food today. Please help so I know what to do and not make her worse!!

  • Anja Brumec

    Try Nzymes.com to support the immune system. I had to do the same with my Westie because great food was not enough … with these supplements it seems to be great

  • teddjpb

    Where do I get the recipes?

  • Barb Yelenik

    I have a 5lb Maltese how much raw dog food should I give her and how many times a day

  • Kpants

    no problem! :)

  • Dog_Obsessed

    That’s interesting, thanks!

  • Kpants

    Laurie, you’re very welcome! I’ve always had great experiences with Stella. I’m glad they were so responsive. Good to know they’re going back to old packaging.

  • Kpants

    Hey Dog_Obsessed!
    Yes, as Crazy4cats already mentioned, raw fish is liable to carry parasites that are very hazardous to canines (not sure about cats), however the freezing process actually KILLS those parasites. I’ve asked several of our raw food reps who’ve encountered that question from concerned customers. I have fed both my dogs and cat freeze-dried and frozen raw salmon and tuna and cisco from various brands. Normally, companies don’t use the entire fish so they have to pair it with other meats/organs in order to make it completely balance. Vital Essentials actually uses the WHOLE fish, organs and all, and therefore they have no need of mixing it with other meats or even adding produce or vit/minerals. I thought that was pretty interesting. But again, any of those parasites will be killed after freezing, thankfully! phew

  • Kpants

    Hey Fly! It’s called Chew On This. We are near Chicago and provide a lot of great premium brands of kibble, but have a decent amount of raw inventory. I think we are up to about 7 different brands of raw. We are promoting raw and dental health this month so I’ve been pretty saturated with everything RAW for the last few weeks and have been researching like a crazy woman! LOL. Is there a particular food you’re looking for or do you have questions about anything?

  • Flyballdog

    KPants – what is the name of your holistic pet boutique? Would love to check out their products as we are way behind game here in Cincinnati?

  • Laurie S.

    Hi Kpants. Thank you so much for your insights. I took your suggestion and contacted Stella & Chewy and they were very responsive. Apparently other customers expressed disconcertment in connection with the packaging changes and thus Stella & Chewy have made the decision to go back to the former packaging!

  • Kpants

    Hi Laurie!
    In my experience with all pet food, especially raw food, and Stella & Chewy’s in particular, inconsistencies are a natural and normal occurrence. Especially since Stella’s ingredients are all organic, free-range, cage-free, grass-fed, etc., and grown/raised by more natural means, there will therefore be more variances in the product as a whole. I’ve also noticed some batches to be more bloody than others. I’ve called a few other companies regarding these kinds of variances and they’ve explained that it also depends on where the ingredients are sourced from.

    I don’t believe Stella has had any kind of formula change recently (I work closely with this food and other raw/premium pet foods), but calling Stella & Chewy directly will no doubt provide you with a better answer more specific to their food.

  • Kpants

    Stella & Chewy’s is definitely top of the line, however they still use a synthetic vitamin/mineral pack (I believe) which doesn’t do much to assist in the synergy and absorption of nutrients. If you’re dog is already immune-suppressed, raw food and synthetic additives can sometimes do more harm than good without the proper added immune-boosting supplements.

    Has the dog been exposed to any immune-suppressing drugs in the past? Steriods? Antibiotics? Does she still have ringworm or has it subsided?

    Here’s a few supplements that have A LOT of crazy cool immune-boosting properties including, but not limited to: anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, eases digestion, helps absorption, improves stress tolerance, encourages healthy liver function, supports healthy immune system, protects against free-radicals, etc.

    1-Turmeric (curcumin) – Organic
    2-Coconut oil – Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed
    3-Omega 3’s (fish oil: sardines, anchovies, krill)
    4-Colostrum powder
    5-Probiotic AND enzyme supplement
    6-Ensure the dog is on WHOLE foods as much as possible; not processed/synthetic/extruded,etc.

    These are just a few. Dogs Naturally has a more extensive list… http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/boosting-your-dogs-immune-system/

    I’m not a holistic vet, however, as a manager of an independent and holistic pet boutique I’ve been following holistic vets for years and have seen the benefits of these particular supplements first-hand. I hope this helps!

  • Laurie S.

    Our sharpei has been on Stella &Chewy frozen super beef for approx. 2 years and doing well on this food. We noticed that all of a sudden the food is much more challenging to work with. The patties seem to fall apart and are very lose and the manufacturer removed the paper in between the burgers

  • Dog_Obsessed

    It says “Alaskan Salmon” on their website. I know they have procedures to keep dogs from getting sick from bacteria, but most bacteria doesn’t pose much risk to dogs. This sounds like it does, so I would stay away from any product containing raw salmon.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, we have it in our neck of the woods. It’s called Salmon Poisoning Disease. It’s when parasites on the salmon become infected with a certain yucky microorganism. It is mostly in the Pacific Northwest and it only makes dogs sick when they eat raw salmon. Apparently does not affect humans. We have known of a couple of dogs that have got it. It makes them very very sick and can kill them if not treated quickly.

    Some of our friends like to take their dogs fishing with them and let them lick the fish when they pull them in the boat or on the river bank. DON’T do this people!

    I checked the S&C website, and it states that their raw food is “minimally processed.” Whatever that means!

    It also says it is made in Wisconsin, but I don’t know where they get their fish from.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    The Stella and Chewy foods look great, but I’m a bit concerned that the Surf n’ Turf recipe contains raw salmon. I read somewhere a while ago that raw fish, especially salmon, contains bacteria that is harmful to dogs but not humans. Is this true?

  • Crazy4cats

    I scored a free trial 1/2lb bag of the pheasant flavor raw food this week. Our local feed store holds a lot of vendor shows to promote their goods. I used it as a topper and of course my pups loved it! No gas or digestive issues. Two thumbs up!

  • Craig

    Nupro Immunity Health supplements is an extraordinary product.

  • Jessica

    Hey Jill,
    That is exactly what I am researching online about. I have a tiny toy poodle that I would do anything for, and he’s been on Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinners for a year now and he has gained a few pounds since he has been on it. Could it be that their food is too high in protein and fat for toy breeds?

  • theBCnut

    Probiotics and antioxidants are great ways to boost the immune system. Exercise is another.

  • nan

    1 1/2 year old Westie had demodectic mange at 6 months, stubborn ring worm for last 4 months. She has
    always been fed 5 star raw food. Has been on Stella and Chewy’s for last 6 months. I believe we need to work on building up her immune system as it seems to be to weak to fight off these things. Any suggestion for the best food or methods to boost immune system would be greatly appreciated. We had her skin tested 4 months ago. She did NOT test positive for any allergies
    Many thanks!

  • John

    Gina, by cooking raw food, you’re killing a lot of the vitamins, which would make the food incomplete for nutrition.

  • 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!