Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Stella and Chewy’s product line includes eight freeze dried raw 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 Freeze Dried Dinner
- Stella’s Super Beef Freeze Dried Dinner (4 stars)
- Stella & Chewy’s Simply Venison Freeze Dried Dinner
- Stella & Chewy’s Absolutely Rabbit Freeze Dried Dinner
- Stella & Chewy’s Surf N Turf Freeze Dried Dinner (4 stars)
- Stella & Chewy’s Phenomenal Pheasant Freeze Dried Dinner
- Stella & Chewy’s Dandy Lamb Freeze Dried Dinner (2.5 stars)
- Stella & Chewy’s Duck Duck Goose Freeze Dried Dinner (4 stars)
Stella and Chewy’s Simply Venison Freeze Dried Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Stella and Chewy's Simply Venison
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Venison, venison kidney, venison lung, venison bone, olive oil, 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, taurine, tocopherols (preservative), zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron sulfate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate, thiamin mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.2%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||47%||32%||13%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||35%||56%||10%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is venison. Venison is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” venison and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Venison is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is venison kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.
The third ingredient is venison lung. Venison lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.
The fourth ingredient is venison bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The fifth ingredient is olive oil. Olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.
The sixth ingredient includes pumpkin seed. 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 next several items include a series of nutrient-rich organic fruits and vegetables…
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 Freeze Dried Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried 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.
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 73%.
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 56% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 35% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Stella and Chewy’s is a grain-free meat-based freeze dried raw dog food using a generous amount of various species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- 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)
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Notes and Updates
10/13/2016 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition ↩