Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinners Dog Food Review (Freeze-Dried)

Rating:

Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinners receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinners product line includes the 13 raw dog foods listed below.

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

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Stella and Chewy’s Absolutely Rabbit Freeze Dried Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Stella and Chewy's Absolutely Rabbit

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 48% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 10%

Ingredients: Rabbit with ground bone, olive oil, rabbit liver, pumpkin seed, organic cranberries, organic spinach, organic broccoli, organic beets, organic carrots, organic squash, organic blueberries, fenugreek seed, potassium chloride, dried kelp, sodium phosphate, tocopherols (preservative), choline chloride, dried Pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, taurine, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.3%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis46%32%NA
Dry Matter Basis48%34%10%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%58%7%
Protein = 35% | Fat = 58% | Carbs = 7%

The first ingredient in this dog food is rabbit. Rabbit is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered rabbit” and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart, esophagus or other tissues accompanying the flesh.1

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

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

The second ingredient is olive oil. Olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

The next ingredient is rabbit liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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

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

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

Next, we find broccoli, 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 eighth ingredient lists beets, the root portion of a sugar beet plant. As the name implies, beets contain a high concentration of sucrose (sugar).

The ninth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary 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 3 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.

Next, taurine is 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.

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 Freeze Dried Dinners
Dog Food Review

Based on its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinners looks like a superior raw product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 48%, a fat level of 34% and estimated carbohydrates of about 10%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 45% and a mean fat level of 35%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 12% for the overall product line.

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

Which means this Stella & Chewy’s product line contains…

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 an abundance of meat.

However, with 58% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 35% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Bottom line?

Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinners is a grain-free raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats and organs as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Stella & Chewy’s product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the definition of meat published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (2008)
  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

10/27/2019 Last Update