It seems like one of the toughest decisions to make these days is whether to feed your dog dry food or raw. You might as well have asked “Which way is the best way to cook your eggs?” for all the varied responses you’d get.
There are many benefits to switching your pup’s food to raw meat -better health, shinier coats, fresher breath, more enticing to picky eaters- but it can be a lot of work. While it would be ideal to have the ease of feeding your dog dry food and supplementing with raw meat when time permitted, unfortunately, your dog’s digestive system can’t handle the inconsistency. While a dog’s stomach processes raw meat as a protein, dry food is processed as a starch. Mixing the two can cause gassiness and upset stomachs.
I love the idea of a raw diet, but it’s a lot of work to source the raw meat, prepare it, store it and make sure it’s free from bone fragments and bacteria. So, what do you do if you’re like me and you just can’t decide which side of the fence you’re on?
The solution is a new product by Stella and Chewy’s called Meal Mixers- a freeze-dried raw food mix-in for your dog’s current dry food.
Bachaesh thought he died and went to heaven the day he tasted “Stella’s Super Beef Meal Mixers!”
Conveniently packaged with a plastic scooper in every bag, these small nuggets of meaty goodness are easy to add to the dry food that you currently feed your dog. They’re packed with 95% meat, organs and bone and complemented by organic fruits and vegetables. The meat, poultry and fish are cage-free, grass fed and wild-caught and sourced from North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. The Meal Mixers are gluten-free, antibiotic free and have added probiotics and antioxidants.
“Chewy’s Chicken Dinner, for example, contains raw, farm-raised chicken as well as organic cranberries, carrots, apples, spinach, broccoli, beets, squash and pumpkin seed. Just like all of our products, it’s made without grain, fillers, artificial preservatives or colorings. We didn’t even add sugar or salt!” ~Stella & Chewy’s Website
Each batch is made in Stella & Chewy’s manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, and they post the lab analysis of each batch they test on their website for you to view.
The Meal Mixers come in four flavours (Stella’s Super Beef, Chewy’s Chicken, Tantalizing Turkey, and Savoury Salmon & Cod) and three sizes: 3.5 oz, 9 oz, and 18 oz. We were given the 9oz bag which retails for about $20 and is available at most Global Pet Food stores in Canada.
I have to give this product rave reviews. It was easy to use, it wasn’t smelly or messy, and all of our taste testing pooches gave the freeze-dried meaty morsels two paws up! It really does entice even the pickiest of eaters as our senior taste-tester, Muffin, couldn’t get enough of it! Plus, as someone who isn’t quite ready to make the leap to a pure raw meat diet, I like that with these Meal Mixers I can feed raw with the simplicity of feeding dry food.
Bachaesh has tried Stella’s Super Beef Meal Mixers (AND HE DEVOURED IT!), as well as Stella and Chewy’s freeze-dried dinners in Surf N’ Turf flavour and Duck Duck Goose. These freeze-dried meals can be served dry or rehydrated with some warm water.
We’re all out of our Meal Mixers, and off to buy some more from our local store.
Hope you get the chance to try Stella & Chewy’s out for yourself, and “Kickstart your Kibble!”
Emily & Bachaesh