Stella and Chewy’s Dinners (Raw Frozen)


Rating: ★★★★½

Stella and Chewy’s Dinners raw frozen dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Stella and Chewy’s Dinners product line includes 9 raw frozen 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.

  • Chewy’s Chicken Dinner (5 stars) [A]
  • Stella’s Super Beef Dinner (4 stars) [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Venison Blend Dinner (5 stars) [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Dandy Lamb Dinner (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Absolutely Rabbit Dinner (5 stars) [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Duck Duck Goose Dinner (4 stars) [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Surf N’ Turf Frozen Dinner (4 stars) [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Tantalizing Turkey Dinner (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Stella and Chewy’s Phenomenal Pheasant Dinner (5 stars) [A]

Stella and Chewy’s Duck Duck Goose Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Stella and Chewy's Duck Duck Goose Frozen Dinner

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 50% | Fat = 38% | Carbs = 4%

Ingredients: Duck with ground bone, turkey, turkey liver, goose, turkey gizzard, 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) = 6.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis15%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis50%38%4%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%63%3%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 63% | Carbs = 3%

The first ingredient in this dog food is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”.1

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

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

The second ingredient is turkey, another quality raw item.

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

The fourth ingredient includes goose. Goose is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of goose”.2

Like all poultry, goose meat is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is turkey gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

The sixth ingredient includes pumpkin seeds. 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 eighth ingredient includes organic cranberries, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The ninth ingredient is organic spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score3 of 91.

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 Dinners
Raw Frozen Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s looks like an above-average raw product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 38% and estimated carbohydrates of about 4%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48% and a mean fat level of 36%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 8% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 75%.

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 dog food containing an abundance of meat.

However, with 63% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 34% 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 is a meat-based raw dog food using a significant amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly 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

09/10/2017 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for poultry published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2015 Edition
  3. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
  • Mauro & Rosie Callegari

    Hi, I just got a frenchie and started it on raw food (Big Country Raw), it’s real, pure raw food and you can read and understand all the ingredients in this food. He’s been fed raw since birth and he is 4 months. He loves his food, God bless us he’s in good health and his coat is so shiny and soft, he’s so energetic and easy-going. I’m continuing him on it as long as he enjoys it. I’m starting to try Stella & Chewy’s treats, because the Groomer was giving him some and he seems to like it.

  • For raw foods, my personal preferences have been Nature’s Variety (their frozen raw do not contain synthetic vitamins), Primal (the more exotic meats that have a 5 star rating), and Vital Essentials (minus turkey)

  • haleycookie

    Do you feed raw already? Is there a reason you’re changing if you do feed raw? If you don’t feed raw there’s really nothing else you’re going to find health wise. If you’re dog is in good heath anyway. Just make sure it’s balanced that’s what’s important. If it’s the salfety your worried about just make sure you’re cleaning the area you prep the food in after you make it just as you do with your own food after prepping it and you should be fine. Always make sure it’s balanced and your watching the dog as it eats to avoid any gulping or inhaling some dogs might do or prevent any choking hazards. There are also cooked recipes if you’re too scared to attempt feeding your dog raw foods. Dogs aren’t as susceptible to things such as salmonella like we are so if you’re afraid of that I wouldn’t worry too much about it. But as I said there are balanced cooked meals out there on the web. If you’re still scared or maybe you just don’t have the time there’s freeze dried foods and raw boost foods. My favorites are natures variety raw boost and merrick back country. There’s also better raw frozen foods then Stella in my opinion. I like primal frozen raw and natures variety frozen raw. You can also buy separate freeze dried to top your current kibble. Natures variety, merrick, prestine by castor and Pollux and many more have a freeze dried food booster. There are also foods like spot farms and the honest kitchen. These foods are cooked dehydrated that you just add water (and honest kitchen has some formulas you can add your own cooked meat to) to. They aren’t as processed as kibble is.

  • Jill Payne

    Do you have a suggestion for a safe and healthy raw food alternative?
    Thank you

  • I’ve been reading ingredient lists for raw frozen and dang, Stella’s here has the longest list of synthetic vitamins I’ve seen out of all the 4-5 star frozen raws I’ve checked. Usually the only supplement added is Vitamin E for the best rated frozen raws.

  • Amateria

    That formula was also very similar to the lamb one, I was just on their website and I checked them all, it’s a good thing to rate high fat to protein ratio formulas lower as then it’s up to you to make the decision of whether you want to feed a food so high in fat or not.

    A lot of people would come here or other places claiming pancreatitis and extreme weight gains and other health problems of their pets and start wondering why it happened?

    Well it happened because it was way to high in fat and most dogs don’t do well on high fat, none of my dogs ever did, always gaining weight and puking from it.

    Some common sense would have you know that turkey can be both lean and fatty dependent on meat used and what type of formula it is and lamb is usually always a weight gain ingredient. Ziwipeak is bringing out a lamb for weight loss once I can buy it I guess I’ll find out exactly how they think that will work.
    Heck every lamb I’ve ever picked up which was eww because I hate the flavour and smell so much, but anyways it was always full to rim with fat, not just the trim but all in between the flesh and everything.

  • sandy

    It’s fat-to-protein ratio is too high to receive a higher rating.

  • Goldengirl

    I would also like to know why. The turkey formula also is 2.5 stars. Beneful is 2 stars. Enough said.

  • PoodleLove

    Why does the lamb formula only have 2.5 stars?

  • Jennifer Ackley

    I give my dog natures variety raw rabbit but…. I also give her many other things like coconut oil, organic pure pumpkin, ground flax seed, homemade probiotic goats milk, organic blueberries, olive oil, organic apples and a few other appropriate things. I rotate all of these things to try and give her a variety. She’s 15 and doing well.

  • sharron

    started lexee on this food tonight, so far it’s a big hit – hope feeding raw will help her lose the bit of weight she has gained – she wasn’t losing it feeding her dry and can, she was maintaining it but i would like to see her down to 10-11 lbs.

  • Stephanie Leach

    My 9 lb. dog has been on NRG The Raw One dehydrated Raw for 8 yrs. It has been fabulous for her… there are numerous varieties but I have had her on the Bison (not sure if that would be ok or yours) , they also have a Salmon.. . I am from W. Canada & it is made in Armstrong, BC.. it was formulated by Dr. Meg Smart who for decades has run (and started) the nutrition program at the Univ. of Saskatchewan.. she’s formulated a number of brands in Canada. She has a PHD in nutrition ..

  • T Taz

    Vets get a kickback from kibble companies. So yea, they’re not ever going to recommend raw.

  • T Taz

    I was perplexed by the same exact thing. I’m almost certain it has to do with the fat-to-protein ratio. Lamb in general is VERY high in fat (notice that the feeding directions for Lamb Patties are about .5 to 1 less than the other proteins). This must be for weight maintenance.

  • T Taz

    That is a tough situation, I’m sorry you’re going through that. Normally switching to a raw diet eliminates the problems that have seemed to develop in your dogs. I would never recommend kibble but it sounds like Orijen might need to resurface for you. It is definitely one of the highest quality kibbles on the market for sure.

  • iggycocofizz

    One of my dogs is an 8 year old Pomeranian/Bichon. Got a food allergy panel done and he’s allergic to beef, lamb, and kangaroo. My dogs have been on Orijen Six Fish for a year. I’ve heard the benfits of raw. Tried Primal Pronto Raw Chicken and my rescue Brussels griffon absolutely refused it and it had a strange color to me. So tried Stella and Chewys chicken morsels. They loved that but my dog was still itching. Now we are into the duck duck goose. Since switching to raw my dogs have lost weight and their coats do not look or feel as good as when they were eating the Orijen. I have 3 dogs total and don’t really know if I should go back to the Orijen or switch to a different protein like rabbit. Any recommendation or thoughts?

  • Naomi Reagan

    One of my dogs is an 8 year old Pomeranian/Bichon. Got a food allergy panel done and he’s allergic to beef, lamb, and kangaroo. My dogs have been on Orijen Six Fish for a year. I’ve heard the benfits of raw. Tried Primal Pronto Raw Chicken and my rescue Brussels griffon absolutely refused it and it had a strange color to me. So tried Stella and Chewys chicken morsels. They loved that but my dog was still itching. Now we are into the duck duck goose. Since switching to raw my dogs have lost weight and their coats do not look or feel as good as when they were eating the Orijen. I have 3 dogs total and don’t really know if I should go back to the Orijen or switch to a different protein like rabbit. Any recommendation or thoughts?

  • Pitlove

    You are very welcome!

  • MaxMom

    Thanks so much for posting this! Max had an upset stomach last night after having 1 Stella & Chewey frozen duck patty. I think it is probably too fatty for him. S&C also told me to wait 2 weeks between switching proteins. I foolishly listened to a clerk at a small mom & pop pet store and most likely added to Max’s digestion issues by trying new “exotic” flavors every 4-5 days looking for a fast remedy to his itchies. So, today he is back on good ole Stella & Chewey’s chicken freeze-dried patties. His shedding is way down and his energy is up.

  • Jesse

    Thank you thank you for sharing your experience!

  • Jesse

    Thank you so much for sharing your insight! My pup does well on most protein especially turkey and pork, so I’ll probably continue with that. Thank you again. Here’s a pic of my pup saying a big ‘thank you!’

  • Pitlove

    Hi Jesse-

    It was suggested to me to avoid chicken when my dog was a puppy. I was told to go to exotic proteins like duck and venison. Turns out that advice was very wrong.


    “use chicken, turkey, lamb, beef and fish varieties. Do NOT use duck, venison, rabbit,
    pheasant or other exotic flavors.
    That much variety is unnecessary and these ‘novel proteins’ need to
    be avoided so that they are indeed “novel” when we need a food your pet
    has never had before. This can
    happen even in the management of routine allergies.”

    This was from an article called “Why rotate diets?” Dr. Wynn is a widely respected nutritionist in the field. Her and other canine nutritionists do not recommend avoiding more common proteins, especially during puppyhood. They also recommend rotating between common proteins so that they do not develop an allergy to one from overexposure.

    Hope this helps

  • MaxMom

    Java is absolutely right: I was told there are some proteins that are “cool” and good for inflamation (turkey, venison, rabbit). I will admit, as I try every single flavor of Stella’s, some are more dense than others. The rabbit freeze-dried is super hard to break up and really constipated him. The duck frozen patty is very soft and requires more than 1 (large) patty for his weight. The freeze-dried beef turned the water I added a little bloody, which was kind of gross.

  • Java

    Chicken is a great protein when it comes to digestion, but since it’s such a popular protein, many dogs have developed allergies to it. Any dogs that *have* allergies are typically prone to developing more. That beings said, people have their own reasons for avoiding beef, chicken, soy, grains, etc. I avoided chicken because I was told by my dog’s therapist that it can hinder healing with inflammation. Call it voodoo or superstition, but hey. There were plenty of other options out there, so I just picked up other flavors. I also avoided lamb with my little dude since I was trying to get him to shed a few pounds. If your dog has never had troubles, there’s nothing wrong with utilizing whatever protein is on sale and appears the most palatable to your pup.

  • Jesse

    Hi MaxMom, may I ask why you are staying away from chicken and beef? Sorry if you’ve already addressed this in a previous thread. I am just starting to feed raw and chicken was recommend as a protein that’s easier for digestion. Thank you for your insight.

  • Hi Poppy the Cocker

    One reason would be because the lamb is lower in protein and higher in fat. I don’t know if there are any other reasons 😉

  • MaxMom

    Thanks for the input. Since he has been on Stella & Chewy’s, his appetite, energy, digestion and stools have been superb. He has enjoyed every flavor except for Venison. But it has not helped with his dermatitis. Other dog owners with the same inflamation have told me they saw a 20% improvement with the raw diet. Unfortunately, I haven’t.

  • How is your Jack Russell now? Does he have any other symptoms of feeling unwell? Diarrhea? Vomiting? Coughing? Sneezing? How’s his energy? If it’s just one meal that he’s rejecting I wouldn’t worry. Some dogs, especially raw fed, don’t need to eat as frequently as we like to feed them. Or you may be feeding him too much. Try lowering the quantity of the food and see if that helps.

  • Does anyone know why Stella & Chewy’s Lamb formula is rated so low (3.5 stars) where the other formula’s are 5 stars (turkey is 4 stars)? Even Primal’s frozen Lamb formula is lower rated! I rotate my 22 lb Cocker’s feeding between packages of beef and lamb. For proper nutrition, variety is important with raw. I’m trying to stay away from the exotic meats because they are more expensive. Anyone have any thoughts?

  • Kim Kiernan

    Does anyone know why the lamb formula only has a 3.5 star rating? I’ve been feeding Stella and Chewy’s lamb or beef formula to my 22 lb 8 year Cocker for most of her life. I’ve also rotated Primal and Nature’s Variety in as well. I noticed that both the Primal and Stella & Chewy’s Lamb is lower rated. My dog seems to do the best on the lamb. I add pumpkin to her diet as well, otherwise her poops are too soft. She eats 1 of the 8 oz. patties a day.

  • Penny

    Has the vet confirmed that your puppy has giardia or is she just treating her asymptomatically?

  • MaxMom

    I have a 17 month old Jack Russell with atopic dermatitis. He has no food allergies, but is alergic to storage and dust mites (found in wheat, corn). I switched him over to Stella and Chewy’s about 8 weeks ago. He loves every flavor (although I’m trying to stay away from chicken and beef) but tonight he rejected the Venison frozen patty. Really surprised and disappointed as I was hoping this formula would help with his skin allergy and potentially get him off Atopica (he is also on a 9-month serum trial).

  • Cookie

    I’m curious as to how you were feeding. Long term? Reconstituting at all?

  • Cookie

    Well it’s a very healthy food, it’s a lot healthier than kibble and, as long as you’re reconstituting it, it’ll be healthier than canned. It’s got the raw element to it which is very optimal for digestion. They also advertise it as a topper or “rotational diet” which is how I’d use it, really. It cuts down on the cost, and it’s even better for digestion AS WELL as picky eaters to switch it up often.
    I know there’s people complaining that it’s high fat. I noticed that’s it’s a few percentages higher than some grain free canned counterparts. Another reason rotation is optimal. Or add ore water to your food ratio.
    (experience in studying/working in pet nutrition for 10 years)

  • Parkite2

    I had heard that raw shouldn’t be fed before 6 months of age. My (standard) labradoodle is now 9 years old. I fed her C&P Natural Ultramix for her first six months. This was before I found out about a few of the dog food review websites. This one wasn’t up and running yet. Then switched her to Natural Instincts Raw. I switched around among the different meats. She’s been on kibble for the most part after she was 2. I’ve switched brands over the years, all with 5 or 6 star ratinga depending on the review site. Ocassionally, one star less than the top rating. People always ask if she is several years younger. I have never had any problems switching her cold turkey from one variety or brand. I think that switcing her early on to different protein sources helped her in being able to adjust to different brands without the need for slowly transition her to New brands. I’m sure it helped that she is from sturdy breeding stock helped. I think too many of the smaller breeds are not from sturdy breeding stocks.

  • Sadie

    I’ve been feeding one dog were a and it seems good. I’m switching them all to it right now.

  • Sadie

    Thanks! I also got human grade probiotics and am sprinkling a tiny bit in his food. I hope that’s ok.

  • Crazy4dogs

    This is just my $.02 worth, but I feed raw also for 1 of the daily meals and have a dog that had teeth pulled recently as well.
    As a precaution, I fed canned and cooked for a week to that dog to prevent any potential problems. It’s been a couple of weeks and she’s fine. Hope your pup does well!

  • Sadie

    Good. Glad he’s better. Sorry to ask so many questions but I’m worried. Was the bacterial infection likely from the raw food? I have always worried about that and one of mine just had some teeth removed under anesthesia so he’s down and out. I am also adding the honest kitchen although it seemed rich last time we gave it a try. I was such a raw advocate for last four years but now I am suddenly so glad to not be feeding it.

  • Adrianne Foust

    He’s better now. Thanks! He had a bacterial infection they think and his pancreas was slightly inflamed. I switched him to canned Wellness Turkey and sweet potatoes at the advice of a holistic vet. He stopped vomiting and is finally himself again.
    On a side note, I called Stella and Chewys a week before the recall. The phone rep bragged to me that they have never had a recall. Ha! Never say never I guess, but this food should be avoided by most dogs. I hate that I fed this to my baby for almost three years.

  • Sadie

    How’s your doggie now? Maybe he needs a probiotic now. I wonder what was wrong. Let us know. I stopped feeding stella after the recall but before that I ha started feeding one dog weruva because he was getting sick in Stella’s. I sure hope weruva is good because I’m running out of options.

  • Sadie

    I think it’s too fatty too and maybe that’s the problem with my Chihuahua. He hasn’t eaten it in several months but he began having GI issues while eating it so I changed to canned food. He has symptoms of acid reflux and vet checks have been ok.

  • beth

    Eva-I have been feeding my year old Shih Tzu stella &chewy’s for about 6 months. The last couple of bags he has done the backing away too. Now after seeing the recall, I have thrown out stella & chewys and I am going to move to Nature’s Variety.

  • Shawna

    I’d try a different brand of raw personally but if you feel more confident with kibble or canned then do it. Weruva makes some really nice, imo, human quality canned foods. Or switch to one of the dehydrated foods. You could add The Honest Kitchen Preference, or whatever brand premix you like best, to meat you puchase at the store and cook the meat. Not quite as good as raw, imo, but a very good option.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I do feed 1 meal of raw in my rotation, but I also feed a meal of canned/kibble/water mix as well. If you’re dog is currently having problems, it should be fine for you to change to a canned/kibble mix of the products you mentioned and perhaps move back into raw or fresh cooked with a premix when he’s feeling better. Many vets have taken the AMVA’s stand against raw feeding to heart. Good luck with your pup!

  • luddite1959

    I don’t see a reply in your comment as to the vet’s reason about ‘how’ you are putting a dog at risk feeding him raw food. I would want a more satisfactory answer other than “not a fan”. Does your dog have unsupervised access to the outside where he could have eaten something else? Is he exposed to other strange dogs? Who knows what dogs can pass between each other. I wouldn’t always go straight to the food being the culprit for making a dog sick, particularly if it has been the same steady diet for them.

    If the vet’s concern is about bacterial contamination then that could apply to most any other dog food eventually. The food recalls are typically because any bacteria contamination found is dangerous to humans. I get the impression that dogs are more resistant to bacteria that make humans sick but there’s probably even a limit to that for what a dog can handle.

    That said, there is a current recall on some Stella and Chewy’s products. Check the recall list.

  • kimmylovingherbabies

    Hi my name is kimmylovingherbabies I have a 8 month old Maltese Yorkie and a 6 month All American Pit Bull my daughter works for Stella and Chews and brought some home my pit eats anything and everything but my yorkie is a very picky eater but he ate the Stella and Chews with no problem even when I used it as a topper but I don’t know if its really good for them I seen some reviews that says its good for them but then I seen some that says its no good what should I do help me please

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  • Adrianne Foust

    I really need help! I have been feeding my dog the various different raw frozen Stella and Chewy’s patties for the last three years. Last week he threw up all over my bed and pooped runny diarrhea in my foyer. We rushed him to the vet. They gave him a steroid and antibiotic shot and asked what we fed him. When I told him raw, the vet replied “Not a fan!”

    They sent us home with some oral antibiotics to give with his food twice a day. He then threw up again so we rushed him to an emergency vet. They did a ton of expensive blood work and found nothing wrong. Then they asked what we feed him. Again we said raw to which they replied “You are really putting your dogs life at risk by feeding him that. The benefits of raw do not outweigh the risks!” They gave us some anti nausea medicine and told us to stop giving him the oral antibiotics. We went home and that night he threw up again. So we gave him the anti nausea medication and he has not thrown up since.

    The problem is there is a visible difference in my dog. He is a 10 year old poodle bichon mix. He weighs around 17 1/2 pounds (and need to loose a pound or two). He used to be lively and playful. Now he just lays around, whines some, and really can’t get comfortable. Two weeks ago he could jump off my bed just fine, now he wont. He also had an x-ray two days ago, which revealed nothing wrong.. So the vet is referring us to a specialist next week for an ultrasound. Ugh!

    I just don’t know what to do. Was it the Stella and Chewy that made him sick? What in the world do I switch him to? EVERY VET I have ever seen has told me to stop feeding him a raw diet. I never wanted to stop because he loved it so much, but now not so much. I have to coerce him to eat, and I really don’t think this is worth it anymore. Also, he has gained weight on this food and he is having a hard time losing those extra pounds. He has a ton of allergies and was always getting ear infections prior to switching to raw, so I want to switch him to a comparable food, but what? Kibble or canned?

    I just don’t know what to do. I have been on DFA for over four hours now trying to figure this out! I want to cry! If anyone would help I’d appreciate it. I was maybe thinking of switching to Orijen or Wellness trufood with canned Weruva as a topper. Would this be okay? Sorry this is so long. Thanks for reading!

  • Eva Llera

    Good morning,
    I am have been feeding my dog stella and chewy’s for about 3 weeks, although its expensive, it’s the only thing he eat. The passed week he has been giving me a difficult time eating and backs away from the food. I feed it to him by crumbling it and adding water to mix it. I’m getting worried because he is a 3 month old long haired chihuahua puppy. Any advice ? I live in Morgantown, where there is not much pet stores to provide such good foods.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Almost all pet stores (especially the big box ones) have them. Just get the basic plastic kind. Their not as comfy, but are much easier to clean as she will likely rub it into the poop trying to get it.
    The Giardia is what’s causing the diarrhea. Once she’s cleared, she should be fine. You might want to put her on a boiled, chicken or turkey with white rice diet, to help her gut calm down. The metrazinadole usually helps calm the gut down too.
    You might want to give her whole crate a wipe down with diluted bleach water and let it dry. Read the link I sent you for clean up guidlines.

  • Naomi

    The cone may be the trick! I need to see where I can get one….she will hate it, she hates even wearing a collar, but at least she won’t be able to eat her poop while we are gone! The diarrhea may get better once the guard is gone right? And does the giardi treatment cause loose stools too? Just feel at such a loss as I continue to go to the vet 1-2 times a week for this problem. Thank you for all your advice and help. Its been super frustrating and I never want to give up on this girl (especially since this problem may affect her chance to ever have a great life), so desperate. Ive only had her for 3 weeks and its been non-stop problems with her GI system. Diarrhea and giardia and now coprophagia.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Simply because her digestive system is compromised, I would hold off on the raw and switch to something easier on the digestive tract, like boiled chicken. That’s what I do with my dogs & fosters when there’s a tummy upset. I would talk to the vet and ask about the metranidazole. I am not one to use drugs in my dogs lightly, but it has helped my Giardia dog and the ones who have had diarrhea that I couldn’t control in a more natural manner. From what I’ve read, it is more effective on resistant strains of Giardia and Giardia often needs a second dosing 10 days after the initial dose.
    The pooping is probably a result of being unable to control the diarrhea and it may be coming through somewhat undigested, which may be why she’s eating it. Just another thought, if you put a cone on her when you leave her, she wouldn’t be able to get to the poop. It might be messy, but it could work. I would test try it when you’re home to make sure she’s alright with it.

  • Naomi

    Yes….the stools are always loose. And she loves to eat loose stool. it seems to be a vicious cycle as the vet said the coprophagia could be also causing more diarrhea. She again pooped in her crate probably around 6am…she usually goes around 7am….and it was on her blankets and she again ate it. She always cries after doing it, so I woke up to her crying. So I should not feed raw at this time? I mixed it again but I will quit if it is not good…just want her GI system to be back to normal and want the guard gone. She is on panacur. Not Flagyl (metro). The vet said to do the panacea first and the if not effective, then the flagyl but as long as she eats her poop I don’t see this ever getting better. Im at such a loss….poor baby does not know better.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Are the stools still loose? Has your vet tried metronidazole yet? That’s one of the recommended treatments for Giardia. That’s what they gave my foster.
    I don’t know if this will help, but when potty training, her crate should be just big enough for her to stand, lay down & turn around comfortably. She shouldn’t be in general public or outdoors where other animals have been until she’s caught up on shots.
    I do feed raw as well as kibble, but I switch to canned or cooked when they have tummy issues. I’m not sure if it’s necessary, but that’s how I do it.

  • Naomi

    Its not when I am home that is the problem, its when my husband and I leave. Whether its an hour or 5, she will poop (she is only 12 weeks old) and will eat it. Crating and even gating, we have tried. She will go to the bathroom, even after already going in the morning and eat it. Im taking off work on Tuesday (the day after her 6th day of panacur) so that I can watch her so she will not eat her poop. She also doesn’t have all her shots (only the first one) because she has had all these problems so I am hesitant to take her out in our cat infested apartment complex area

  • Crazy4dogs

    Do you walk her on a leash? If you did you could pull her away as soon as she potties and immediately pick up the poop. If she has Giardia, you should be picking up the poop immediately anyway. The medication should cure the Giardia.

  • Naomi

    IS it safe for me to feed my puppy the beef frozen dinner patties? I gave her 1/4 of one with her kibble this morning and the rest of it this evening with kibble and thought it would be good for her digestive system (since I read about it online) but just started becoming concerned. Don’t know if this is safe for puppies (she is 6.2 pounds) and how much should I give and is it okay to mix with kibble. I started giving it to her for her coprophagia and guard issues. I read online that a raw diet helps with coprophagia. The giardia treatment isn’t working because she eats her feces right after. The coproban and the other powder stuff wasn’t working so I desperately attempted to feed her raw food today. Please help so I know what to do and not make her worse!!

  • Anja Brumec

    Try to support the immune system. I had to do the same with my Westie because great food was not enough … with these supplements it seems to be great

  • teddjpb

    Where do I get the recipes?

  • Barb Yelenik

    I have a 5lb Maltese how much raw dog food should I give her and how many times a day

  • Kpants

    no problem! 🙂

  • Dog_Obsessed

    That’s interesting, thanks!

  • Kpants

    Laurie, you’re very welcome! I’ve always had great experiences with Stella. I’m glad they were so responsive. Good to know they’re going back to old packaging.

  • Kpants

    Hey Dog_Obsessed!
    Yes, as Crazy4cats already mentioned, raw fish is liable to carry parasites that are very hazardous to canines (not sure about cats), however the freezing process actually KILLS those parasites. I’ve asked several of our raw food reps who’ve encountered that question from concerned customers. I have fed both my dogs and cat freeze-dried and frozen raw salmon and tuna and cisco from various brands. Normally, companies don’t use the entire fish so they have to pair it with other meats/organs in order to make it completely balance. Vital Essentials actually uses the WHOLE fish, organs and all, and therefore they have no need of mixing it with other meats or even adding produce or vit/minerals. I thought that was pretty interesting. But again, any of those parasites will be killed after freezing, thankfully! phew

  • Kpants

    Hey Fly! It’s called Chew On This. We are near Chicago and provide a lot of great premium brands of kibble, but have a decent amount of raw inventory. I think we are up to about 7 different brands of raw. We are promoting raw and dental health this month so I’ve been pretty saturated with everything RAW for the last few weeks and have been researching like a crazy woman! LOL. Is there a particular food you’re looking for or do you have questions about anything?

  • Flyballdog

    KPants – what is the name of your holistic pet boutique? Would love to check out their products as we are way behind game here in Cincinnati?

  • Laurie S.

    Hi Kpants. Thank you so much for your insights. I took your suggestion and contacted Stella & Chewy and they were very responsive. Apparently other customers expressed disconcertment in connection with the packaging changes and thus Stella & Chewy have made the decision to go back to the former packaging!

  • Kpants

    Hi Laurie!
    In my experience with all pet food, especially raw food, and Stella & Chewy’s in particular, inconsistencies are a natural and normal occurrence. Especially since Stella’s ingredients are all organic, free-range, cage-free, grass-fed, etc., and grown/raised by more natural means, there will therefore be more variances in the product as a whole. I’ve also noticed some batches to be more bloody than others. I’ve called a few other companies regarding these kinds of variances and they’ve explained that it also depends on where the ingredients are sourced from.

    I don’t believe Stella has had any kind of formula change recently (I work closely with this food and other raw/premium pet foods), but calling Stella & Chewy directly will no doubt provide you with a better answer more specific to their food.

  • Kpants

    Stella & Chewy’s is definitely top of the line, however they still use a synthetic vitamin/mineral pack (I believe) which doesn’t do much to assist in the synergy and absorption of nutrients. If you’re dog is already immune-suppressed, raw food and synthetic additives can sometimes do more harm than good without the proper added immune-boosting supplements.

    Has the dog been exposed to any immune-suppressing drugs in the past? Steriods? Antibiotics? Does she still have ringworm or has it subsided?

    Here’s a few supplements that have A LOT of crazy cool immune-boosting properties including, but not limited to: anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, eases digestion, helps absorption, improves stress tolerance, encourages healthy liver function, supports healthy immune system, protects against free-radicals, etc.

    1-Turmeric (curcumin) – Organic
    2-Coconut oil – Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed
    3-Omega 3’s (fish oil: sardines, anchovies, krill)
    4-Colostrum powder
    5-Probiotic AND enzyme supplement
    6-Ensure the dog is on WHOLE foods as much as possible; not processed/synthetic/extruded,etc.

    These are just a few. Dogs Naturally has a more extensive list…

    I’m not a holistic vet, however, as a manager of an independent and holistic pet boutique I’ve been following holistic vets for years and have seen the benefits of these particular supplements first-hand. I hope this helps!

  • Laurie S.

    Our sharpei has been on Stella &Chewy frozen super beef for approx. 2 years and doing well on this food. We noticed that all of a sudden the food is much more challenging to work with. The patties seem to fall apart and are very lose and the manufacturer removed the paper in between the burgers

  • Dog_Obsessed

    It says “Alaskan Salmon” on their website. I know they have procedures to keep dogs from getting sick from bacteria, but most bacteria doesn’t pose much risk to dogs. This sounds like it does, so I would stay away from any product containing raw salmon.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, we have it in our neck of the woods. It’s called Salmon Poisoning Disease. It’s when parasites on the salmon become infected with a certain yucky microorganism. It is mostly in the Pacific Northwest and it only makes dogs sick when they eat raw salmon. Apparently does not affect humans. We have known of a couple of dogs that have got it. It makes them very very sick and can kill them if not treated quickly.

    Some of our friends like to take their dogs fishing with them and let them lick the fish when they pull them in the boat or on the river bank. DON’T do this people!

    I checked the S&C website, and it states that their raw food is “minimally processed.” Whatever that means!

    It also says it is made in Wisconsin, but I don’t know where they get their fish from.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    The Stella and Chewy foods look great, but I’m a bit concerned that the Surf n’ Turf recipe contains raw salmon. I read somewhere a while ago that raw fish, especially salmon, contains bacteria that is harmful to dogs but not humans. Is this true?

  • Crazy4cats

    I scored a free trial 1/2lb bag of the pheasant flavor raw food this week. Our local feed store holds a lot of vendor shows to promote their goods. I used it as a topper and of course my pups loved it! No gas or digestive issues. Two thumbs up!

  • Craig

    Nupro Immunity Health supplements is an extraordinary product.

  • Jessica

    Hey Jill,
    That is exactly what I am researching online about. I have a tiny toy poodle that I would do anything for, and he’s been on Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinners for a year now and he has gained a few pounds since he has been on it. Could it be that their food is too high in protein and fat for toy breeds?

  • theBCnut

    Probiotics and antioxidants are great ways to boost the immune system. Exercise is another.

  • nan

    1 1/2 year old Westie had demodectic mange at 6 months, stubborn ring worm for last 4 months. She has
    always been fed 5 star raw food. Has been on Stella and Chewy’s for last 6 months. I believe we need to work on building up her immune system as it seems to be to weak to fight off these things. Any suggestion for the best food or methods to boost immune system would be greatly appreciated. We had her skin tested 4 months ago. She did NOT test positive for any allergies
    Many thanks!

  • John

    Gina, by cooking raw food, you’re killing a lot of the vitamins, which would make the food incomplete for nutrition.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Dan,

    Thank you for answering my questions!

    You said her blood sugar ranges from 3-10.

    For those who don’t know, Dan is measuring in mmol/l (milimol per litre). To convert this to the american way to measure blood sugar mg/dl (milligram per decilitre) you would multiply by 18.

    Anything below 4.5 mmol/l is LOW and 3 is venturing into the danger zone. If she were to go into insulin shock you would have to inject her with glucose to try and raise her blood sugar quickly before anything serious occurs!

    Since she is eating twice a day (2 shots so 2 meals, correct?) I would do one meal as raw and keep the other meal canned for now. You will want to keep the carbohydrate content of the raw meal the same as the canned meal to avoid changing her insulin. I would still lower her raw meal insulin shot by about 20% until I could determine how the raw meals are affecting her blood sugar.

    I believe that home testing of blood glucose is ESSENTIAL to good control of diabetes.

    Once you see how she does on the raw meal (pancreatitis, blood sugar, insulin dosage, bladder stones, etc) you can switch her to completely raw if everything is going well.

    Remember to closely monitor her Diabetes whenever making any changes to her food regimen. Whenever unsure about how a food change is going to affect her blood sugars, lower the amount of insulin you give her until you can figure things out.

    I hope she does well on the raw food. It is definitely a step up in quality!!!

  • Dan

    Thanks for the reply!

    Despite all the issues (Most of them controlled now) she is still very energetic and in great shape. She weighs about 22 pounds. I can’t take her for long hikes anymore, but she can keep up for about an hour walk, before she’s exhausted.

    She’s been diabetic for almost two years now. The first 6 months were a little tough trying to control her blood sugar, but she’s doing a lot better now.

    Her Blood sugar is managed a lot better now and have dropped her from 8 units twice a day, to 5.5-6 Units twice a day. Her blood sugar ranges from 3-10. It does sometimes spike a little higher.

    She’s been eating Hills Prescription Diet ZD Ultra for the past 5 years or so. She was eating the kibble for majority of the time, but I recently changed it to the canned food only. Sometimes I mix some vegetables and fruit with her canned food as well. Mainly carrots, cucumber and apples.

    The kibble made her stool really soft the last few months and she didn’t seem to be doing to well with it. I also noticed that the kibble made her blood sugar spike (Probably due to the carbohydrates).

    She has had pancreatic issues while on this diet, but it could be from her getting into something, or somehow managing to find food somewhere (She loves food). Shes had bladder stones about 3 times, al while on this diet.

    She does seem to have a lot of allergies as well, she scratches her bum and licks herself quite a bit. It does get better in the fall and winter, but the summer really seems to make it worse. We have tried some prescriptions for the allergies, but they didnt help. The other forms of allergy medication she can’t take due to her diabetes.

    The reason I want to change her diet is because I don’t feel like she is getting the best nutrition from her current diet. I’ve done a lot of research and asked a lot of different people and they say they have seen great results from a raw diet. I’ve noticed a big difference since introducing natural foods (organic vegetables and fruits) and I feel like the raw diet could have a better effect.

    Despite all these issues shes a happy and energetic dog. She’s one tough dog :).

    Thanks for your help!

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Dan,

    I’m sorry to hear your puggle is having issues.

    Would you mind telling us a little about your girl?

    What food is she eating and how is she doing on it.

    How long has she been on this food.

    Has she had any stones or pancreatitis since she has been on this food.

    Is her diabetes controlled well.

    How long has she been diabetic.

    When a dog (or person) has several health issues it is unwise to throw out suggestions without knowing a little more about your dog. I’m confident you will be able to improve your dog’s nutrition I would just like you to go about it with caution and if we know more we will be able to answer your questions better.

    Give your little girl a rub for me!

  • Dan

    Hey, I have a 10 year old puggle, who is a diabetic, has pancreatitis and gets bladder stones due to high calcium foods. She’s currently eating a vet provided hypo allergenic wet food. I am trying the raw stella and chewys lamb. Im really wanting to change her to this raw food and have her a healthier more nutrious diet. Is there a specific formula you think would work best?

  • Crazy4cats

    Hey Betsy-
    Thank you for thinking of me. 🙂

  • Betsy Greer

    It’s a brand of dog food. Here’s the review:

    C4C mentioned that she had tried it recently and good results with it.

  • Dori

    It’s a dog food. Mike has a review of the food here on dfa.

  • neezerfan

    What is Rotations?

  • Betsy Greer

    Hey C4C,

    I’m not sure how the price compares, but at, they have Rotations 25% off through tomorrow. I’ve ordered from them before. Their prices were high, but the sale item was a screaming deal.

  • Crazy4cats

    First of all, I’m really glad to hear Abbie is doing better. 🙂 Next, I do not know anything about her disease, but I can’t help but think that adding fresh food to their kibble would only be a good thing. I add a little canned, fresh, dehydrated or raw to every one of my pups’ meals. Sounds like you are interested in adding raw. You could start with adding eggs and sardines for a few meals. Also boiling chicken sounds like a great idea. As I said, I don’t know anything about her disease, so you definitely could check with your vet first. Wishing you the best!