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Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner for Dog Review

//Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner for Dog Review

Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner for Dog Review

Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner for Dog

Stella & Chewy's Frozen Stella's Super Beef Dinner for Dog

Stella & Chewy’s uses only free-range, USDA-inspected, approved-for-human-consumption meats and the freshest produce, organic where possible.

The high quality ingredients included in this dog food will help fortify your dog’s immune system and add healthy years to your dog’s life. This fantastic fresh recipe is made with raw, naturally raised, beef. There are no hormones or antibiotics added.

This delicious grain-free meal is suitable for dogs with food allergies or sensitive stomachs. You won’t see in the label any of the usual suspects, like grain, fillers, artificial preservatives, colorings, added hormones or antibiotics.

Despite the high quality of the ingredients included in this dog food, you should keep in your mind that appropriate handling of raw foods is essential, since some raw food may contain bacteria that could cause disease to you or your dog.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Kidney, Beef Heart, Beef Tripe, Beef Bone
  • Fat and Oil: none
  • Carbohydrates: none
  • Fiber: Pumpkin seeds
  • Fruits and vegetables: Organic Cranberries, Organic Spinach, Organic Broccoli, Organic Carrots, Organic Squash, Organic Apples, Organic Blueberries, Organic Beets
  • Flavorings: Meat sources
  • Preservatives: Tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic, Choline Chloride, Dried Pediococcus Acidilactici Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Monohydrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 13 % (min.) 43 %
Fat 11 % (min.) 3.7 %
Fiber 2 % (max.) 6.6 %
Moisture 70 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 13 % (EV)

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis. The ash value considered to the calculation of the estimated value of carbohydrates was 2 %.

Formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.

This raw dog food recipe is free from plant based protein boosters. It is a frozen raw dog food containing a substantial amount of meat and a below average percentage of carbohydrates.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Beef is a high quality ingredient with ample beneficial nutrients. It is a highly digestible and highly palatable meat source for dogs. However beef meat contains high levels of cholesterol which should be reserved to a minimum if your dog has health problems. Red meats are also rich in purines and other minerals which are best avoided in dogs with urinary and renal problems.

My advice:

You should pay attention if your dog presents any of this conditions and consult your veterinarian assistant about the benefits and detriments of beef in the specific case of your dog.

Beef liver is one of the most concentrated sources of natural vitamin A. Natural vitamin A helps in digestion, keeps reproductive organs healthy, and is a powerful antioxidant.

Liver is also an abundant source of folic Acid, B vitamins and particularly vitamin B12 that help with fatigue, mental skill, as well as preventing anemia. Liver also contains iron. Iron is required for many functions in the body including formation of hemoglobin and brain development and function.

Beef heart is a form of muscle meat. But heart meat includes more protein and some exclusive nutrients. The heart is a very concentrated in Coenzyme Q10 which is necessary for the elementary functioning of cells. Beef heart also contains selenium, phosphorus, zinc and essential amino acids. The heart also contains high collagen and elastin content which is important for healthy joints.

Beef kidney is an organ meat that is low in fat. It offers good quality protein, essential fatty acids and numerous vitamins including all the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K).

Beef tripe is the comestible lining and accompanying content of a cow. It contains a excellent profile of nutrients including enzymes, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, probiotics, and phytonutrients.

Beef bones are a complex source of an extensive variety of nutrients. Bones contain minerals which are embedded in protein. They also contain fat. The central parts of most bones contain marrow, which is a greatly nutritious mix of blood forming elements, including iron.

Fiber: Pumpkin seeds are full in fiber, vitamins, minerals and, more essentially, linoleic acid, an essential omega 6 fatty acid.

Additionally organic pumpkin seeds have been used to treat a variety of parasitic diseases. Herbalists have discovered that the seeds of the pumpkin work as an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs. Because pumpkin seeds include the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract.

Fruits and vegetables: To be certified as organic plant ingredients should grow without pesticides, artificial fertilizers, genetic modification, irradiation and sewage sludge. This dog food include the following organic fruits and vegetables:

  • Organic Cranberries, Organic Spinach, Organic Broccoli, Organic Carrots, Organic Squash, Organic Apples, Organic Blueberries, Organic Beets

All these ingredients are excellent and natural sources of numerous vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. These components are essential for your dog to have a healthy and long life.

Supplements: Dried fermentation products are added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

This food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb.

This food does not contain dyes, colors or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner for Dog we give a 5 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner for Dog seems to be a highly recommended raw dog food.

Stella & Chewy’s company use hydrostatic high pressure processing for their raw foods. This innovative technology kill pathogens without destroying the flavor or nutritional value of the food.

However, you should keep patties frozen until ready to use. When defrosting for use you should thaw, only the quantity needed for the following day, overnight in the fridge

You should not forget that correct handling of raw foods is crucial. Since some raw food may enclose bacteria that could cause disease to you or your dog.

My advice is

Wash hands prior to, and after handling raw food. Wash working surfaces, bowls, and utensils that come in contact with raw meat with hot, soapy water.

Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner for Dog main benefits:

  • Raw, naturally raised beef
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • Preserved by flash freezing and freeze-drying
  • First-rate organs, muscle meats and bone
  • Free of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Minimally processed
  • Free from grains or fillers
  • Appropriate for all stages of life

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner for Dog

Positive Aspects

  • Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Kidney, Beef Heart, Beef Tripe, Beef Bone
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Organic Fruits and Vegetables
  • Preservative: Tocopherols
  • Fermentation Product
  • Chelated minerals
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Negative Aspects

  • The need to follow hygienic guidelines while handling this type of food.
  • Beef can be contraindicated to dogs with some heath conditions due to its high content in cholesterol and purines.

Available in: 1.125 lb (approximately 12 small 1.5 oz. patties); 3 lb (approximately 32 small 1.5 oz. patties); 6 lb (approximately 12 large 8 oz. patties)

By | 2016-12-16T21:42:57+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Review|Comments Off on Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner for Dog Review

About the Author:

Dora Mancha

Hi! I’m Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 – 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.