Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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

The Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble product line includes 5 dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Puppy [G]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Small Breed [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Chicken Recipe [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Whitefish Recipe [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Beef Recipe (4.5 stars) [A]

Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Small Breed was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Stella and Chewy's Raw Coated Kibble Small Breed

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 34%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, chickpeas, peas, chicken liver, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken heart, natural chicken flavor, salmon oil, suncured alfalfa, chicken gizzard, flaxseed, chicken cartilage, chia seed oil, fenugreek seed, pumpkin, coconut oil, pumpkin seed, organic cranberries, organic spinach, organic beets, organic carrots, organic squash, organic blueberries, inulin (from chicory root), turmeric, thyme, sage, rosemary extract, tocopherols (preservative), dried kelp, taurine, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, sodium phosphate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, salt, dried Pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis35%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%18%34%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%38%29%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 38% | Carbs = 29%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component. However, raw organs contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is chicken heart, another quality raw organ meat inclusive of water. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

After the natural chicken flavor, we find salmon oil. 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.

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, this recipe includes dried alfalfa. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

Next, we note the use of flaxseed, 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.

In addition, we find coconut oil, a natural oil rich in medium-chain fatty acids.

Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.1

Because of its proven safety2 as well as its potential to help in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders, MCT can be considered a positive addition to this recipe.

Next, 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.

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 Coated Kibble Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble looks like an above-average dry 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 40%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 34%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, peas, alfalfa and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats 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.

Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

09/03/2017 Last Update

  1. Pan Y et al, Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs, British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 12, June 2010, pp 1746-1754
  2. Matulka RA et al, Lack of toxicity by medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in canines during a 90-day feeding study,Food Chem Toxicol, Jan 2009, 47(1) 35-9.
  • Cherie O’Malley

    I was given a sample of Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble to try at my local Chow Hound’s semi-annual sampling day. We have been using various high-end grain-free food since bringing Money Penny home from her breeder. She is now 4-1/2 years old. Always a finicky eater we tried several brands but they came back up more than they stayed down until we gave Stella and Chewys a try! Yay!!! She loves it and it stays down! Now that’s a win WIN! One happy dog and one happier Momma! Worth every cent!!! 😀

  • J Lock

    How is she doing? Is she still on Stella and Chewy’s?

  • Christine Daley

    I wouldn’t worry about it. It was 2 years ago and they did the right thing recalling the product. S&C is a very transparent company and I trust their quality and integrity of the company!! My pups love the new raw coated kibble!! I also feed their raw and my pups are doing very well on their rotational diet!! You can rotate the proteins as the kibble comes in beef, chicken and fish!! Happy with S&C very much so!! LOL!!

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  • Tara Lujan Reyes

    I switched my 85 pound pitbull from Orijen 6 fish after they stopped making their kibble in Canada and started making it in Kentucky, my dog started getting sick so I switched him to Stella Chewys raw coated kibble (red meat) recipe and he loves it and is doing great. I am a little concerned about the recall they had a few years ago, anyone have anymore details on that.

  • Brooke Janine Carter

    I have a 6 month old siberian husky who was on pedigree when I first got her. I started the switch to acana but she wouldn’t eat the mix of the pedigree and acana. SO I tried her seperately on both to see if it was one or the other she didn’t like. She didn’t eat the pedigree and sorta picked at the acana. She only ate 1/4 of a cup a day or none at all despite me giving her 2 cups a day. She started to lose weight and we began to look for something she would eat, including raw. She ate the raw, but only the organs or gizzards and heart, but never the muscle meat or bone like chicken legs even if the were ground. Picky picky. We tried, my best pet, nutrience, taste of the wild, she wouldn’t eat any of it. I started getting really scared at this point as she was like a skeleton. I took her to the vet and they said there is nothing medically wrong with her and sold me royal canine for picky eaters. Of course she didn’t eat that either. I tried canned, broths, freeze dried. I tried EVERYTHING. When they say a dog will not starve herself, well they will apparently. She looked like I abused her and I was getting scared taking her out because people would ask me about her weight to make sure I was actually feeding her.

    It has only been three days since getting stella and chewys and she is finally eating. She will skip lunch and she eats really slowly, like taking 20 minutes to finish a bowl, but she is finally eating about 1 cup and a little bit a day. But that is much better and hopefully she will start gaining some weight.

  • J Lock

    The only thing I don’t like about the small breed version is that there is only one variety. So if my dog starts tiring of the same flavor (and she no doubt will) then I’ll have to find her another brand.

  • Alicia Besler

    Got a bag of it to use as a high value training kibble and it is definitely that! My two (Saint Bernards) love it!

  • J Lock

    Our 5 month old Maltipoo came from the breeder with Royal Canin and Beneful mixed in. (YUCK!) She ate it just fine (amazingly her poos were nice and solid) but we wanted something better for her so we got Acana Puppy & Junior. Well, she hated it and didn’t want anything to do with it. Can’t say I blame her, it smells awful.

    So we got a trial size of Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble (the normal size, not the small breed) and she went crazy over it. It’s the first time she ever showed interest in food. This food actually smells good too.

    Hopefully she’ll be ok on it. If she isn’t, I’ll report back.

  • Beth Cyr

    Thank you for your review . I am going to try this have been a previous user of Stella and Chewy’s