If there was ever anything in the Canine world to cause confusion then it would have to be raw feeding!
Where do I start? Should I feed my dog completely Raw? Is Raw the same as BARF?
Ultimately raw feeding, or BARF (Bones and Raw Food) is quite simply feeding your dog real, natural, unprocessed food.
Feeding a complete and nutritious home-made raw food diet can be very time-consuming.
It can also be very dangerous for your dogs health if you don’t get the freshest of meats and other ingredients.
This is why I have chosen Stella and Chewy’s Wild Red Raw Kibble to review today.
Stella and Chewy’s Raw takes the guess work away to provide you and your dog with the perfect nutritional balance.
What Is Stella and Chewy’s Wild Red Raw Kibble?
Dogs will always naturally have a craving for meat, lets remember this is what they ate when they were in the wild and it has been passed on through generations to our domesticated dogs.
Stella and Chewy’s Wild Red Raw Kibble is packed with the highest quality animal based proteins from a range of different animal meat sources.
Add to this a coating of freeze-dried raw over the kibble, and freeze-dried raw nuggets and you have a complete, protein rich, nutritional and balanced meal.
At Stella and Chewy’s they truly believe that selecting the best pet food is one of the most important decisions a pet parent can make!
Marie Moody who started Stella and Chewy’s way back in 1997 still plays a very active role in the company today and you are welcome to read a little more about her in an article I wrote, What Is Stella And Chewy’s Dog Food and How Did They Start?
Stella and Chewy’s Nutritional Value.
The overall nutritional value that Stella and Chewy’s Wild Red Raw Kibble recipes offer varies considerably depending on the type of dog you own.
Just as an example, their freeze-dried recipes offer awesome nutritional value that is very high in proteins and fats.
The product we are reviewing here is a kibble recipe and also gives your dog nutrition that is above the average but not quite as good as the freeze-dried.
If you would like to read more about the freeze-dried option, check out our Freeze Dried Review.
Below is a calorie breakdown on the nutritional value of the Stella and Chewy’s kibble recipe.
You can see by this that the proportion of fat and protein is over the 60% ratio and would be more than sufficient for most dogs, especially to those who are more active.
With the nutritional value this product offers it helps support whole body health with exactly the right quantities of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and includes probiotics for a healthy digestive system and taurine for a healthy heart.
What People are Asking About
Is Stella and Chewy’s Good For My Dog?
This is definitely good eating. My dog goes crazy for the patties in almost every flavour. I’ve hit on a few bags with some poor quality control over the years, but Stella & Chewy’s always pulls through when I let them know. They seem to be a great company that’s actually focused on their four-legged customers.
Is Stella and Chewy healthy for dogs?
Yes!Stella & Chewy’s dinners for dogs are designed to be complete and balanced for all life stages this means they’re great for puppies, too! They do meet AAFCO standards for complete and balanced nutrition across all life stages.
Do Vets Recommend this product?
Stella & Chewy’s products are formulated by an animal nutritionist and reviewed by a veterinarian to assure they meet appropriate AAFCO guidelines for complete and balanced nutrition.
Is This Product Worth It?
If you’re keen on changing your pup over to a raw diet, Stella and Chewy’s is a great place to start. High quality, easy to digest, and with a great story, your pup can only benefit from the care that goes into making this food.
How Hard Is This Compared to Normal Kibble?
The Raw Blend Wild Red is primarily a kibble product, though it includes pieces of freeze-dried raw for an added boost of raw taste and nutrition. The kibble texture is relatively similar to other kibbles, but the freeze-dried pieces are softer.
Can You Soak In Water First For Older Dogs Who Have Lost Teeth?
Yes, you can absolutely soak this in cool or warm water prior to feeding. Once that water is added, the food should be consumed within 2 hours. Anything left after that time should be discarded.
What Are Customers Saying About Wild Red Raw Kibble?
5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs Adore It
My dogs adore this food.
High energy fillers and carbs slow them down. This is a blend of meat including organs and muscles with some fruit and veggies.
The bulk of the kibble is small with larger freeze-dried chunks. It is low odor and judging by the dog’s enthusiasm must taste great.
Neither my German shepherds nor my small Chinese crested dogs had difficulty with it. It seems to agree with them and I observed no negative side effects.
The bag is resealable. Only downside is the cost. It is expensive.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Benefits, But Pieces Are Too Small and Just Too Costly
What I Like:
No Fillers Or Grains
Supports Overall Wellness
What I Don’t Like
Very Pricey For People With Big Pets
Not For Fast Eating Dogs or Large Dogs
Choking Hazard Sized Pieces
I’m always on the hunt for good food options for my dog. Not only does it give him variety, but better alternatives for whatever vitamins he needs.
Anyway there are clearly some things I loved immediately liked about this food. Not only is this packed with proteins from beef, pork, lamb, bison, venison and goat. Whole prey ingredients that use muscle meat, organ meat, and cartilage. But, this is also Poultry free and Grain free with no potatoes or legumes. No peas, lentils, by-product meals, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives added for the cleanest of dog foods compared to Blue Buffalo in my opinion.
Not to mention, each piece has freeze-dried raw coating for freshness. Last but not least, it’s FULL of great vitamins and probiotics for skin, coat, overall digestive heart health and wellness. So, this has some very agreeable ingredients even for the most sensitive stomach of dogs.
So, clearly from the buyer’s perspective, this scream PREMIUM DOG FOOD. Anything for my protein loving pit bull mix. BUT, there are certain cautions to this product I don’t like already though.
He eats almost anything and is not picky. So, he had no problem eating this. The problem is with the super small pieces. Like most aggressive breeds, my dog tends to eat fast, even with a slow feeder bowl he chokes now and then on kibble. This made him choke MULTIPLE TIMES WITH JUST 2 CUPS. These pieces are just too small. It doesn’t help that he has a wide mouth and can’t process smaller food well, but this is major choking hazard for fast eating dogs or even big dogs in general that can’t catch such tiny pieces.
Secondly, the amount of food and pricing for it just doesn’t make any sense. I always tend to buy food under $50 period. Because not only do I have multiple pets, but even buying it once or twice a month compared to every week saves money. Just almost 4 pounds is $26 and 21 pounds is almost $90 DOLLARS! That is a bit ridiculous compared to brands Purina, Iams , and Pedigree. Those that save you money when having to buy multiple pounds all under $50 for over 40 or more pounds. Even a 21 pound bad wouldn’t last my dog 2 weeks when he eats multiple times a day. The volume in the bag makes you use more just to get a proper serving, but frankly you get less for the price given. There’s just no deal with this.
So, this is great if you have the funds. But, realistically this would be great as a food topper and or a treat to switch up now and then. But, even though my dog likes it, I can’t see myself switching to something that may cost me over $200 a month. Premium or not????????
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Meat and Textures
This food has been my dog’s favorite so far because it has the different textures of food and so many different meat flavors.
There are no fillers and it is packed with good stuff to keep your dog healthy.
Not sure on price of this as it went out of stock but I’d pay for a reasonable price.
Definitely check out the weight and cup suggestion as it pertains to your dog but seems typical if not even a little fewer cups per weight which is nice.
Other Recipes On Offer
Wild Red Health Benefits
- Complete Nutrition – This product is filled with all the vitamins + minerals your dog needs to be at their best!
- Digestive Support – Made from healthy fiber sources like sweet potatoes to help support healthy digestion.
- Hip & Joint Support – It contains naturally occurring glucosamine + chondroitin to help support healthy joints.
- Skin & Coat Support – Wild Red Kibble contains Omega-fatty acids from flax seed and salmon oil to support healthy coats and skin.
If you would like to read more about raw feeding, check out our article Benefits Of Raw Feeding Dogs.
My Verdict On Stella and Chewy’s Wild Red Raw Kibble
If you take the price out of the equation this is a very good, high quality raw kibble food.
Whether you choose to make your own raw food at home, with raw meaty bones mixed with fresh fruit and vegetables, or you decide to take all the hassle and prep out and go for the Wild Red or other freeze-dried raw range Stella & Chewy have you are essentially feeding your dog the same nutritional diet to your four legged friend.
You can think of it like this.
You are either going down the shops to get all the ingredients to make your favorite pizza or you head out to the local Italian restaurant to sample theirs.
The bottom line is real food is real food.
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