Stewart Raw Naturals (Raw Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home frozen dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home product line includes six frozen 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.

  • Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home Turkey
  • Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home Chicken
  • Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home Beef (4.5 stars)
  • Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home Bison (4.5 stars)
  • Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home Lamb (4.5 stars)
  • Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home Chicken and Salmon

Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home Beef recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home Beef Recipe

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 43% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 13%

Ingredients: Beef, beef heart, beef liver, ground beef bone, broccoli, carrots, beef kidney, romaine lettuce, apples, ground flaxseed, salmon oil, apple cider vinegar, blueberry, cranberry, inulin, dried kelp, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, ginger, parsley, garlic, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, mixed tocopherols (as preservative), vitamin D supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis12%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis43%36%13%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%61%9%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 61% | Carbs = 9%

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.2

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second 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 third ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is ground beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.

The fifth ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.

Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.

The sixth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.

The eighth ingredient is romaine lettuce. This green leafy vegetable is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, lettuce boasts an exceptionally high nutrient Completeness Score3 of 88.

The ninth ingredient includes apples, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

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 five notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

In addition, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.4

So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

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.

Stewart Raw Naturals
Fresh to Home Frozen Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Stewart Raw Naturals Fresh to Home frozen dog food 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 43%, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 13%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43% and a mean fat level of 34%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 79%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Stewart Raw Naturals is a meat-based raw frozen dog food using a generous amount of named 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

05/22/2016 Last Update

  1. 5/22/16 “404 Not Found” for http://stewartpet.com/our-products/frozen-food/
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. 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
  4. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • Diane

    My dogs also loved the Stewart’s freeze dried lamb recipe but the protein and crude fat is so high. They gained over a pound in less then a month. So I stopped it but they absolutely loved it. Are your dogs gaining weight on this food? High protein also can affect the kidneys I was told. any thoughts?

  • Riley

    I’ve got a picky little brat who finds raw food to be some kind of doggie crack. I usually mix the Stewart hearts with the Primal pronto and some Acana kibble… This is his ideal meal. No more slimy wet canned food and boring kibble for him 🙂

  • Penney

    I have 2 finiky pomeranians. They quit eating the Iams, so I bought about 6 different kinds of dog food at Petco, brought them all home and put a dish out for my dogs to try, about 2 at a time, over about a weeks time. The Stewart Naturalswere the only one they just went crazy for, so that is what I’ve been using now. I took all the other foods back. My Pom’s love the Stewart Natural chicken. I freeze the little HEART shaped foods pellets in my freezer and just take them out of the freezer, (I get the bigger size) and I serve them frozen to my dogs. My dogs chew on them and eat them up in about 5 min’s. My dogs LOVE this food cold and frozen & it’s also giving them some fun chewing time, while also getting excellent nutrition. My dogs have not had any problems and I’m so glad to find a brand they LOVE !!! This food is expensive, but worth it to me. —- For a treat, my dogs
    love the ProPlan Roasted Slices (chicken).