Review of Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble
Which Stella and Chewy’s Recipes Get
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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 the 13 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Grain Free Beef||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Grain Free Chicken||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Small Breed Grain Free Chicken||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Grain Free Whitefish||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Puppy Grain Free Chicken||5||G|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Grain Free Duck||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Grain Free Lamb||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Wholesome Grains Beef||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Wholesome Grains Chicken||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Wholesome Grains Lamb||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Wholesome Grains Duck||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Wholesome Grains Salmon||5||A|
|Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Wholesome Grains Small Breed Beef||5||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble Wholesome Grains Small Breed Beef Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Stella and Chewy's Raw Coated Kibble Wholesome Grains Small Breed Beef Recipe
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, lamb meal, oatmeal, pearled barley, pork meal, beef liver, beef fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pumpkin, quinoa, natural vegetable flavor, chia seed, beef kidney, beef tripe, beef bone, sunflower oil, flaxseed, salmon oil, coconut flour, ginger, salt, pumpkin seed, organic cranberries, organic spinach, organic beets, organic carrots, organic squash, organic blueberries, inulin (from chicory root), thyme, sage, rosemary extract, tocopherols (preservative), dried kelp, choline chloride, potassium chloride, taurine, calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, 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, dried Pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||31%||19%||42%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||26%||39%||35%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef 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 lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.
The third ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.
The next ingredient is barley, a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fifth ingredient is pork meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh pork. Yet it can also be high in ash — about 25-30%.
However, the ash content of the final product is typically adjusted in the recipe to allow its mineral profile to meet AAFCO guidelines.
The sixth ingredient is beef liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The seventh ingredient is beef fat. Beef fat (or tallow) is most likely obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Although it may not sound very appetizing, beef fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The next ingredient is pumpkin, a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
The ninth ingredient is quinoa. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a true cereal grain but a plant prized for its gluten-free seeds.
Compared to most other grain-type ingredients, it is high in protein (about 12-18%), dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.
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 Stella and Chewy’s product.
With 7 notable exceptions…
First, this recipe includes chia seed, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.
However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
Next, we find sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
In addition, 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 and contains about 19% protein.
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.
We also note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
Next, this recipe includes sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.
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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble looks like an above-average dry dog food.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 35% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.
Which means this Stella and Chewy’s product line contains…
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 quinoa, chia and flax seeds, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Our Rating of Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food
Stella and Chewy’s Raw Coated Kibble includes both grain-inclusive and grain-free dry dog foods that use a significant amount of named meat meals as their dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Stella and Chewy’s.
- Stella and Chewy’s Dog and Cat Food Recall of December 2015 (12/12/2015)
- Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food Recall of July 2015 (7/5/2015)
- Stella and Chewy’s Stop-Sale Order and Potential Dog Food Recall (7/3/2015)
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More Stella and Chewy’s Brand Reviews
The following Stella and Chewy’s dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Stella and Chewy’s Dinners Dog Food Review (Raw Frozen)
- Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinners Dog Food Review (Freeze-Dried)
- Stella and Chewy’s Raw Blend Dog Food Review (Dry)
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